There Is No "Schism" at ESPN

Jody WagnerContributor IAugust 28, 2009

ESPN television crew is set to broadcast  the 2005 American Bowl  Aug. 6    at the Tokyo Dome  in Japan.   Mike Tirico (left), Mike Golic and Chris Mortensen (right) watched the Atlanta   Falcons defeat the Indianapolis  Colts 27 - 21.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

The popular word at ESPN this week is "schism."

Schism (as defined by
1. division or disunion, esp. into mutually opposed parties.
2. the parties so formed.
3. Ecclesiastical.
    a) a formal division within, or separation from, a church or religious body over some doctrinal difference.
    b) the state of a sect or body formed by such division.
    c) the offense of causing or seeking to cause such a division.

There is no schism at ESPN.  There is no division there.  Everyone who works at the Eastcoast SPorts Network follows what I believe is their east coast policy, which is, attack any team not on the upper east coast and follow the upper east coast teams favorably.  I'm sure it's only an unwritten policy that is just understood, but it's one that is definitely followed. 

This week, ESPN has totally blown out of proportion a report that a Vikings player has said there is a "schism" in the locker room and that some players want Favre as the starting QB, some want Tarvaris Jackson, and some want Sage Rosenfels.

Let's go back for a second.  Where do the Vikings play? Oh yes, they play in Minnesota.

Just about every show on ESPN this week has played the "schism" remarks, commented on it, and played it over and over. 

ESPN is TRYING to start a controversy.  They are trying to egg it on.  Favre being in Minnesota isn't distracting to the Vikings.  ESPN continually overhyping SUPPOSED comments could be. 

Is that what ESPN is trying to do?  I think maybe they are.  Why aren't they naming names if the story is true?

Jared Allen had the quote of the week on the alleged schism, "I thought it was an STD when I first heard it and I thought, WHOA, we preach abstinence around these parts."

Brett Favre also responded that he seriously doubts anyone had said that in the Vikings locker room because no player is going to use a word like that.

When Favre was on the Jets, did they talk much about schisms? No, they did not, even though Kellen Clemens is probably better than Tarvaris Jackson. 

Brett Favre leaves the upper east coast team, the Jets, goes to the midwest, and ESPN is after him.  They are relentlessly upper east coast biased.

Do you think they've never done this before?  If you think no, you would be wrong. 

They did the same thing with Manny Ramirez.  Ramirez demanded a trade from Boston and it was eventually granted to him.  Once Ramirez demanded a trade, ESPN attacked him for lollygagging and worse. 

Once on the Dodgers, the attacks never ceased and they still don't.  When you hear an ESPN commentator bring up Manny's name, you can hear disgust in his/her voice.  They are following the company line of not going against the upper east coast. 

Manny Ramirez hit about .300 with 20 HRs in 365 ABs for the Red Sox and ESPN acted like he hit .200.  I don't know how ESPN got away with saying Manny was a big lollygagger with the Red Sox and not trying when he put up numbers like that. 

Do you need another example? Ok.

When the Dallas Cowboys acquired Terrell Owens, ESPN chastised Jerry Jones!  Forget the fact that Bill Parcells signed off on the acquisition.  Parcells even said that they agree on everything before something happens.

ESPN ignored that and said Jerry Jones forced Owens on Parcells.  They gave Parcells a pass on this.  Why? Bill Parcells is from the upper east coast.  Oh yeah, that's right. 

So, ESPN tore Jerry Jones to shreds for signing Terrell Owens.  It wasn't just one commentator on ESPN, it was just about every show and every commentator that did it. 

However, when the Buffalo Bills in this offseason signed Terrell Owens, there was almost NO ripping of the signing.  Nobody tore the Buffalo Bills up.  There was no chastising.  I don't even remember anyone mentioning the Bills' ownership.

Where is Buffalo located? Oh yeah, it's in New York.

When the Minnesota Timberwolves drafted the popular Ricky Rubio, ESPN went on a "Get Rubio to NY" campaign where they marched on many commentators discussing how the New York Knicks might be able to acquire Rubio and how Rubio would be great in NY. 

They said Rubio's family doesn't like the cold in Minnesota forgetting to mention that NY is pretty close to being as cold as Minneapolis is in the winter time. 

They said Rubio's mom wanted to be in NY for the shopping, I guess they forgot to mention that the Mall of America is in Minnesota.  They've reported that Rubio doesn't want to be in Minnesota even though he's never said that.

The list goes on and on.

There is definitely no "schism" at ESPN.

This Minnesota guy is tired of the Eastcoast bias there and the monopoly ESPN has on the sports world.

NOTE: This is all my opinion on ESPN.  Take it for what it is.  I'm a Minnesota guy.


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