Friday, December 17, 2004

What the Hell is That?

I'm sitting here, freshly home from work, watching a little ESPN as I ponder dinner. Amid a discussion of the college bowl mess (Auburn got jobbed, but they're hardly alone) they switch to simulating games on EA's NCAA Football 2005.

TNT and ESPN have been doing this type of thing- utilizing video games to demonstrate player abilities- for a few years. But this is different. ESPN- Sportscenter- is highlighting, recapping, analyzing, and box-scoring these simulated games. Poor Kirk Herbstreit is speaking about the games as if they happened. And coaches are being interviewed as if it were a week before pregame interview.

Is it really that slow of a sports news day? Big NBA trade, MLB signings and trades. And this! ESPN and Sportscenter have jumped the shark. End of story.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Being Wrong Sucks

Paris Hilton has been deemed one of the "10 Most Fascinating People" of 2004. Sure, we can try and wiggle away from this- it is just a Barbara Walters special and the category is fascinating rather than interesting or successful or important. But try as we might, this reflects something about US.

To briefly review her contribution(s). Her career, if you can call it that, consists of slumming for Fox. She also contributed what VH1 (VH1!) voted the Big Catchphrase of 2004- "That's Hot!" And let us not overlook the party photos, the banal sex tape, and the heiress irrelevance (her dog wears nicer clothing than you do).

Nothing here even approaches fascinating. But we actually tune in and are interested. A year ago shows such as Born Rich, Rich Girls, and The Simple Life began to peel back the veil of wealth. Frank Rich wrote a column saluting the new honesty about wealth. I expressed hope that this would spark a new awareness that their lives are not relevant to our lives. I was wrong.