Originally posted on Awful Announcing  |  Last updated 2/5/13
Like some sort of hideous Blob type demon spawn, ESPN2's First Take is expanding once again.  Earlier this winter, ESPN attempted to launch a new Saturday morning edition of First Take starring the ignominious Rob Parker.  Those plans were cut short when Parker destroyed his own career with some of the most outlandish comments on Bristol airwaves.  The last time First Take Weekend aired in its 8 AM Saturday time slot was in December. If at first you don't succeed, try and try to inflict pain and torture on us as much as you can.  Stephen A. Smith tweeted, ESPN will begin to air a live half hour edition of First Take in their afternoon lineup at 3:30 PM ET.  This is in addition to the four hours of First Take on ESPN2 from 10 AM - 2 PM ET.  If God wasn't so worried about the Ravens winning the Super Bowl, maybe he could have stopped this... This Thursday, FIRST TAKE is also coming on LIVE at 3:30pm on ESPN -- not ESPN2. We're doing this for a month. We'll still be on in the AM. — Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) February 5, 2013 Every time I think ESPN is turning a corner with the legitimacy and sincerity of their programming and their honest effort to be taken seriously from a journalistic perspective as a company... they throw another half hour of carnival barking, trolling, and least common denominatoring at America.  When we say ESPN is developing a branding problem, this is exactly why.  ESPN is better than a program that wants to give one of its debaters taking credit for motivating Joe Flacco by calling him "Joe Fluke-o."  I really do feel for the many people at ESPN that do good, honest, hard work to see them passed over time and time again at the expense of this circus. Tommy Craggs was right.  Soon ESPN will be nothing but 24 hours of people arguing with Skip Bayless.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
Cult of Sport: Before there was Ezekiel Elliott, there was Eric Dickerson
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Louisville's Lamar Jackson wins 2016 Heisman Trophy

Carmelo Anthony ‘skeptical’ of new CBA before Thursday deadline

Erik Spoelstra on sitting Hassan Whiteside: ‘This league is for competitors only’

Andrew McCutchen admits trade rumors left him ‘on edge’

Leicester City put up three goals in first 20 minutes against Manchester City

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Houston regent: Lane Kiffin ‘was not a safe hire’

Adam Jones takes a shot at Terrelle Pryor

Jeff Fisher, Les Snead deny ‘toxic’ relationship reports

‘Field of Dreams’ 24-diamond complex clears final hurdle, will build on site from film

Dorial Green-Beckham fined for wearing non-charity Yeezy cleats

Chargers GM won’t commit to Mike McCoy’s return in 2017

Winners, losers and what is still pending from baseball's 2016 Winter Meetings

The best (and worst) times athletes hosted 'SNL'

Why UCLA's Lonzo Ball is the most interesting player in college hoops

The NBA goes courtside to curbside: Drinks and rides for discerning fans

Five teams on upset alert in NFL Week 14

CFB Crash Course, Graduation: Final grades and awards

NHL All-Star Game fans are in search of another John Scott

Box Score 12/9: Carey Price has had enough of your nonsense

MLB Winter Meetings, Day 4: News, notes and rumors

Matt Ryan is now Mr. Pick-Two

Ten most significant developments of the NBA season

Sporting life: Gifts for the fan who is always on point

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Winners, losers and what is still pending from the 2016 Winter Meetings

Why UCLA's Lonzo Ball is the most interesting player in college hoops

The NBA goes courtside to curbside: Drinks and rides for discerning fans

CFB Crash Course, Graduation: Final grades and awards

The five best (and worst) times athletes hosted 'SNL'

NHL All-Star Game fans are in search of another John Scott

Sporting life: Gifts for the fan who is always on point

Matt Ryan is now Mr. Pick-Two

MLB Winter Meetings, Day 4: News, notes and rumors

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker