ESPN has lost grasp of what is important

Take it while you can get it. With the Super Bowl right around the corner, any sports fan, whether it is a diehard or fair weather fan, can find an abundance of interesting and newsworthy coverage in the world of sports.

Now I know it may take some time for you to fully understand this concept, due to an overload of useless and time-filling information, but if you really dig deep, you can see what true journalism is all about.

If you’re a fan of ESPN, the worldwide leader in sports, then you probably understand the daily issues of a sports enthusiast. In a year filled with triumphs, victories and star-studded performances, ESPN has seemed to lose track of the coverage. It seems that while there are more miraculous benefits of athletics coming to light, they’re being covered less. Is this the audience’s fault? Do we live a life filled with drama that is fueled by conflict? If you base your decision off of media coverage, we do.

Still don’t get it? Let’s dig deeper. If one word could describe the 2011 sports world, what would it be? Maybe, scandal? Out of a whole year, this is what we are left with. From the Ohio State University football scandal and the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse dilemma, to the “Sugar-Daddy Nevin Shapiro” alumni fund at the University of Miami, everything revolved around wrong doing. Do you disagree? Okay, maybe I forgot about some positive things. How can I leave out Albert Pujols’ quarter billion dollar salary or the “Big Three” dream team in Miami? That is what the sports world is about, right? If ESPN were doing an experiment, it would be Pavlov and we would be the dogs, salivating at Tim Tebow. Sometimes it is just too much.

Now that you have caught on, take a look at some of the real sports coverage that you might have missed. Jimmy Johnson won five straight Sprint Cup series titles for the first time ever and was then stopped in his tracks by Tony Stewart in the closest points race in history. Didn’t catch that story? Well, how about David Freese? The hometown kid from St. Louis who was traded to his beloved Cardinals last season. All he needed was one shot, and it came in game six of the World Series when he blasted a walk-off home run that eventually led his team to win it all and earning the World Series Most Valuable Player.

These are the stories we don’t get, but come this week, they will be everywhere. We’ll get a more in depth look at the coaches and players of the New York Giants and New England Patriots before the Super Bowl. We’ll find out what kind of preparation Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is doing to face the strong Giants’ pass rush and get a chance to learn about New York head coach Tom Coughlin’s turnaround after nearly being fired four years ago. This is news-worthy coverage, take it while you can get it.<br/>