ESPN has been in a nasty mood lately.
The weekend brought a substandard “Outside the Lines” piece entitled “Selling the NCAA.” That was followed Tuesday by Tim Keown’s rant on Perry Jones and Jim Tressel, Eamonn Brennan’s complaint about calling the First Four “first-round games,” and Michael Wilbon’s tirade about the lack of great players and teams in the field.
Keown was especially jacked up, saying “The NCAA should stop prostituting itself for the sake of the one-and-done players and release itself from the NBA’s rule against players heading to the NBA or the D-League out of high school.”
In the “Selling the NCAA” piece, the authors highlighted a Spike Lee clip in which he called the NCAA pimps.
All of that brings forth memories of when Bob Knight called writer John Feinstein a pimp and a whore. To which Feinstein replied, “I wish he would make up his mind so I know how to dress.”
ESPN should turn down its own volume. Occasional outrage can be a good thing, but an endless tantrum is only annoying.