What ESPN Could Learn from ‘The Great British Baking Show’

I’ve been eating a lot of sweets lately: cakes, pies, cookies. My wife bakes them, but my expanding waistline is not her fault. And I certainly won’t blame myself! So, I’ll put the blame where it rightly belongs: on an addictive TV baking competition called The Great British Baking Show. Each season of the show … Continued

Entertainment

ESPN Virtue-Signals Its Way to Well-Deserved Ridicule

Many people rejoiced when Barack Obama won the 2008 election. Many declared we were in a post-racial America. It didn’t take long before we realized that was all a myth. Racial divisions still run deep in the United States and Barack Obama didn’t help heal them. As much as he seemed to present himself as … Continued

Politics


Tim Tebow Wins Without Scoring

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, news broke that quarterback Tim Tebow and former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo, who had been dating since October, have gone their separate ways. Ordinarily, this would register as only a minor blip on the celebrity gossip Richter scale, except for one unusual detail that set the internet afire: Apparently Culpo left … Continued

Celebrities, Entertainment, Sports


The Naked and the Proud

In 1999, author Wendy Shalit encouraged Americans to button up and ramp it down in her book, A Return to Modesty. The book and its themes were widely acclaimed, but ESPN Magazine didn’t get the memo. Ten years later, it launched its first “Body” issue, a provocative collection of photographs that showed athletes liberated from the pesky … Continued

Culture

ESPN Steamrolls a Real Profile in Courage

Bob Costas is getting heat for daring to suggest that giving Caitlyn Jenner the ESPN Arthur Ashe award is preposterous. He’s right, of course. And not just because giving the award to Jenner is a publicity stunt, but because there was an obvious choice for 2015: Leah and Devon Still, whose story goes like this: … Continued

Entertainment, Sports

Sonny Vaccaro: The ‘Sole Man’ of Round Ball

The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network—ESPN, to you—recently parted ways with Bill Simmons, one of their brightest media stars. The internal politics of that dispute aside, Simmons’ legacy at “The Worldwide Leader in Sports” network is secure if for no other reason than that he is the party responsible for the network’s 30 for 30 … Continued

Entertainment, Fashion, Sports

Ernie Johnson’s ‘Stuart Scott’ Moment: Everything That’s Right with Sports

The past twelve months have been rough ones indeed for the public image of professional sports in this country. Donald Sterling’s racially-charged rant against black people (and Instagram). Adrian Petersen’s suspension and trial for whipping his young son. Ray Rice cold-cocking his fiancée in the elevator of a hotel in Atlantic City. The American media’s … Continued

Culture, Entertainment, Sports

ESPN’s Britt McHenry is a ‘Mean Girl’

Late last week, ESPN sideline reporter Britt McHenry had a rude awakening. And I mean rude, literally. She was filmed saying very rude comments and has been suspended from her job for a week. Turns out McHenry had a bad day. She got her car towed and was upset about that. She made rude comments … Continued

Culture