SportsCenter is generally a fine show, featuring sleek production, skillful anchormen, and up-to-the-minute coverage. Sometimes, though, they drop the ball, usually when the show strays from its main purpose of showing highlights (this is what has made Baseball Tonight unwatchable for at least the last five years); witness the overlong segments of cliched “analysis” by meathead ex-jocks or last month’s unbelievably retarded “Mount Rushmore of Sports.”
Such fuck-ups are relatively minor, as one can simply stop watching for the duration of the segment. For the past two days, however, they’ve ruined the entire show. How? They’ve dedicated a third of the screen to displaying the first round matchups of the NCAA tournament. Now, I love March Madness; though I’m mainly a baseball fan, I consider the tournament the most exciting sporting event of the year. But why the fuck do I need to see the pairings in real time? They were released several days ago and haven’t changed since. Anyone who’s interested in the tournament can see them in the newspaper or online; it’s impossible to keep track of the brackets when they’re displayed two at a time anyway. Even more maddening, to what is half the show devoted? THE FUCKING NCAA TOURNAMENT. And, as if that wasn’t enough redundancy for one hour, they’re even showing the brackets for the women’s tournament, which will only be watched by the players’ mothers.
I hope someone gets fired for this.