DISCLAIMER: I realize the irony that I’m writing more about stories that don’t need to be written anymore about. I hope my points can act as the final nail in the coffin so we can bury these stories and never have to talk about them again. Please, continue.
Call me a cynic, but lately I’ve been feeling like Will McAvoy from “The Newsroom”(fantastic show on HBO, must watch) and am sick of all the junk we have on SportsCenter these days. ESPN has developed this nasty habit of talking about the same stories for months at a time and eventually everyone gets sick of them. You all know what kind of stories these are. These are the stories where you wake up and turn on ESPN, and the first hour of coverage is devoted to one athlete or one story. Every ESPN analyst and their mother feels the need to express their opinion, and somewhere, somebody is making themselves look like an idiot trying to defend their point. And yes, I am looking at you Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith. I love ESPN and a TV channel that is committed to sports 24/7, but that inevitably leaves us with hours of broadcasting forcing us to throw the remote through the TV after 20 minutes of watching. Here are the top 5 over-hyped stories of 2012.
Let’s be honest. The second you read the title of this article you knew this was going to be number one. We all know the story: Tebow comes in middle of the season and somehow, magically, wins 7 out of his first 8 games in dramatic fashion. Oh, in case you didn’t notice, the Broncos played a cupcake schedule in those weeks. Here are the teams they beat and their final records:
Bears (without Jay Cutler and Matt Forte): (8-8)
This was, by far, the most hype ever given to a winning streak that was against mediocre teams. And all that hype was centered around one Tim Tebow. Now that Tebow is with the Jets, who almost made this list without him, there can only more Tebow-mania to come. Fantastic.
2) Dream Team vs. 2012 Olympic Team
The “Dream Team” is the greatest sports team ever assembled. And the sickening thing is, they damn well know it. Every time you compare the 1992 Olympic Basketball Team to anybody playing today it gives a bunch of retired jocks to relive the glory days when they used to be on top of the world. Michael Jordan loves to relish in the fact that his team would have destroyed this year’s team because Jordan’s team these days (Bobcats) was the worst team in NBA history last season. This story shouldn’t even be a story because the two teams can’t compare. You’re putting up young, unproven stars like Tyson Chandler and Russell Westbrook against legends like PATRICK EWING AND MICHAEL JORDAN. As cocky as the “Dream Team” comes off to be when they say they would win 10 out of 10 games or that they would win by 25, they’re probably right. So let’s please move on so we don’t have to listen to a wrinkly Chris Mullin gloat on SportsCenter more than he needs to.
(Editor’s note: Make sure to check out our article on why “Dream Team” would beat 2012 Olympic Team. Another article coming soon on the exact opposite)
This is Tim Tebow in the form of a small Asian point guard. The New York Knicks go on a 5 game winning streak when the most unlikely of players steps up and drains miraculous shots. Something worth mentioning, that winning streak got the Knicks to .500. It’s not like this streak was a playoff run right before the end of the season. No, this was a run that happened in the middle of the NBA regular season where defense is a bad joke. The media publicity stemmed from A) Lin played in the biggest market in the country and B) Because Lin doesn’t resemble your average NBA point guard. His nickname was the “Yellow Mamba”. Yes Lin broke records for points and assists in his first 5 starts, but you can’t tell me that those factors had nothing to do with all the sudden fame.
4) Joe Pa’s legacy and Penn State
What happened at Penn State can be summarized into one sentence: Jerry Sandusky raped young boys and Joe Pa was influential in hiding it in order to protect his football program. Joe Pa allowed one of his coaches and friends to rape children on his campus by not saying anything. The penalties came down hard on Penn State and in this sports blogger’s (the term blogger being used loosely) opinion they didn’t come down hard enough. Remember at this point a year ago when they were thinking about giving Ohio State a death-penalty because of a couple of free tattoos and cars? Kind of puts this whole thing in perspective doesn’t it? Every sportswriter has felt the need to express their opinion on the penalties and the legend of Joe Pa because of the case’s high profile. But in the end it all boils down to the same facts. Joe Pa’s legacy of honor at Penn State was a lie, and it all came crashing down this year. It’s time to move on for the sake of the program and everyone involved.
5) Can you please just get Dwight Howard out of Orlando?
Credit Gene Duncan
Los Angeles, Brooklyn, anywhere. Get him out of Orlando. This is what the NBA has come to. NBA stars becoming bigger than their teams and flexing their star power muscles in order to get the deal they want in order to play with friends. Dwight says he won’t re-sign with Orlando? Fine. If you’re the GM in Orlando you really have two choices: Let Dwight holdout and sit on the bench for the last years of his contract, cost you millions of dollars, and then leave as a free agent in the offseason OR ship him to a team that wants him and receive players and draft picks. Maybe you don’t like what Brooklyn or LA is offering but it is better than nothing. Which is what you will get out of him if you don’t trade him away. Make the trade happen.
Feel free to comment or tweet at me (@bgrover05) if you have any more stories that could make the list.
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