Originally Posted by WilyMoROCKS
It seems like he's said those inane plays on player's names, oh, maybe, ten million times.
If I hear Curtis "my favorite" martin one more time I'm going to puke.
I find the "Back, back, back, back...gone!" during a damned home run derby to be the low point in Chris Berman's career.
The truly great talent of ESPN grows up and leaves (see: Olbermann, Kieth and Kilborn, Craig). The rest attempt to carve out little fiefdoms for themselves by trying to be personalities that are larger than the games they cover. In some cases it ends up being horribly cliched (Stuart Scott), in some cases it ends up being horribly dated (Chris Berman), and in some cases it ends up just being horrible (Sean Salisbury & John Clayton's "arguments").
ESPN is an interesting animal...in control, to a large extent, of how the public percieves sports (especially out-of-market sports) and who becomes the stars of those sports. But also, on the other hand, terribly beholdent to the various entities that grant them access to those sports and players. This is nowhere more evident than with the NFL, where it doesn't take a conspiracy theorist long to conclude that ESPN buries things the NFL doesn't like both publicly (cancelling "Playmakers") and not-so-publicly (see their lack of coverage on the "Ron Mexico" Fiasco, the Clock-gaffe in Pittsburgh, etc.)
It's a weird symbiotic relationship that taints a lot of the credibility ESPN has, in my opinion.