Like it or not, here we go again. Third take as the countdown continues:
|The mascot smackdown.|
30 Mascots. Yes, the kids love them. But does anyone else? The best moment in sports on film remains the mound conference in Bull Durham, Crash telling Nook - “Hit the mascot.”
29 Chris Berman. “Bert Be-Home-Blyleven” sounded cute -- but not for long.
28 ESPN Classic. I remember Brian Bosworth. I really don’t want to go back there, thanks.
27 Sportswriters doing TV. Watching them, you realize why they went into newspaper work.
26 Vince Lombardi. Not so much him, but the whole “coach as genius” mythology.
25 The FOX Puck. Hockey for morons.
24 The FOX robots. Football for idiots.
23 The FOX Joe Buck. A good baseball announcer turned Kewpie doll.
22 Jumbotrons. Gigantic video boards sell ads, tell you when to clap and turn everyone in camera range into waving, jumping idiots. But don’t expect any instant replays of a close call.
21 Michael Jordan. The template for the me-first NBA (and pro sports) star system AND a sports dilettante to boot. Plays poker, too.