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Old 09-07-2008, 09:01 PM
 
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Normally I avoid watching ESPN, so I am unfamilar with their SOP. I was forced to watch yesterday for the U-M game. So U-M is winning and there is commentary on the game. All of sudden the announcers seem to do this 180 and begin commenting on how (the state of) Michigan is falling on hard times. GM plants closing, the Detroit mayor's scandal, etc. As far as I could tell, all of their facts were reliable, so I am not disputing that. I am just very puzzled what they think any of that has to do with the game, or Ann Arbor. Is their standard operating procedure to try blindsiding the victor or the host team? Do they see themselves as the Geraldo Rivera of sports commentators? I don't have a problem with color commentary, but I think they serve their fans better if it is favorable or at least balanced.
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Old 09-07-2008, 09:03 PM
 
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Normally I avoid watching ESPN, so I am unfamilar with their SOP. I was forced to watch yesterday for the U-M game. So U-M is winning and there is commentary on the game. All of sudden the announcers seem to do this 180 and begin commenting on how (the state of) Michigan is falling on hard times. GM plants closing, the Detroit mayor's scandal, etc. As far as I could tell, all of their facts were reliable, so I am not disputing that. I am just very puzzled what they think any of that has to do with the game, or Ann Arbor. Is their standard operating procedure to try blindsiding the victor or the host team? Do they see themselves as the Geraldo Rivera of sports commentators? I don't have a problem with color commentary, but I think they serve their fans better if it is favorable or at least balanced.
They do that kind of stuff all the time.... and then some more.
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