Football and Politics?

I came across this article on Daily Kos which says:

For several years, ESPN has been manufacturing fake cheers and fake boos for politicians. It's a very simple rule. If you are a Democrat not named Joe Lieberman, ESPN will play a tape of boos previously recorded and insert them into the audio after the Democrat is announced. If you are a Republican and ESPN is expecting boos, ESPN will play a pre-recorded tape of cheers unrelated to the Republican.
The article goes on to explain how the author knows this and how if you listened carefully when George Bush Senior was conducting the coin toss for the New Orleans/Falcons game ESPN cut the cheering tape too early and you could hear boos. Now, I watched that game and honestly I didn't notice, but I wasn't looking for it or even paying attention whatsoever, but this article definitely alarmed and disgusted me. If this is true then I'd be ready to boycott ESPN... well, except for PTI which I LOVE.

More Football Stuff

A hilarious article on Sports Pickle about the continuous problems with the law from the players on the Bengals, making fun of Marvin Lewis' apparent philosophy on the players he chooses to have on his team (in my opinion, complete thugs).

Meanwhile, a recent poll has determined once and for all that the Pittsburgh Steelers are truly America's Team.

And good ol' long time beat reporter for the Post-gazette and long-time reporter on the Steelers on his weekly chat about the Steelers put some idiotic fans in their place when they suggested that Ben be benched for Charlie Batch.

TomBaker: Hi Ed. Is there any point in which you can see a quarterback controversy existing in Pittsburgh? Hopefully this is a non-issue but the last two games haven't been pretty.

Ed Bouchette: This question makes me crazy. Do you really think the Steelers have lost faith in Ben Roethlisberger after two games? After what he did the previous two seasons. Are these the leftover fans from the early 1970s who gave Terry Bradshaw such a hard time?

LetsPlayBatch: How many more Red Zone interceptions before we sit Big Ben?

Ed Bouchette: How about, oh, 932 more?


I live in the here and now, not last season!

Ed Bouchette:
You sound like one of those fans who get to choose the batting lineups for that minor league team that is dead last in its league. Perhaps you'd also like to bench Joey Porter because he's had only 1 tackle the past two games, since you live in the here and now. And get rid of Jeff Reed because he's made just 2 of 4 field goals, since you live in the here and now. Or what about that Hines Ward fellow. He has only 99 yards through 3 games. I say get rid of him and elevate Sean Morey to start. You never know.

Um, yeah, couldn't have said it better myself. Freaking idiots!!


Brett Battles said...

First of all, what the hell has gotten into you? TOO MANY POST FOR ME TO KEEP UP!!! I'm at a confernece after all. Second, obviously I'm lying above, as I am commenting on this post...oh, hypocrisy.

Okay, on the ESPN front. Maybe it's true, but I have a hard time believing it. I work for a major cable network in my day job and we have hard enough time just getting things on air on time...and all our shows are preproduced. But putting boos on a live broadcast? Seems iffy to me. And remember, I'm no fan of the current administration...

Okay, off to the Crimespree party! B'con in Madison is a BLAST!!!

mai wen said...

Haha, I have been especially naughty today, for some reason I REALLY didn't feel like doing any work. Ah well, I'll make it up at work tomorrow, maybe, if I feel like it.

Yeah, I'm still on the fence about whether I believe the ESPN thing, I don't underestimate that people wouldn't want to do it or try to, but I know nothing about the TV business so I don't know how likely it is. Coool, I didn't know you work for a major cable company! No wonder you live in L.A.! :) Yeah, I work for a Consulting Company, BORING! Seriously, it is, you'd probably die if you had to go through a day at my job. See, my blogging keeps me alive through out the day.

I'm so jealous! Have fun at the party, I'll be, er, in bed sleeping because I have to wake up early tomorrow. Sigh. At least it's Friday tomorrow! Unfortunately I'm on call tomorrow night so I'll be staying in tomorrow as well. Oh well, there will be other weekends. Drink one for me. And don't forget the pictures!!

mai wen said...

P.S. I've heard Madison has a GREAT writing community. Is this true? It's sure sounding like it!


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