Has ESPN's "College GameDay" fundamentally and permanently strayed from its original premise? Has it, as they say in pop culture terms, jumped the shark?
The San Francisco Chronicle's Betting Fool believes this to be the case.
"Do we have to sit through another soft-focus, deeply-troubling, tear-inducing feature from Tom Rinaldi. You know them, you love them, you hear them in your sleep: The features in which he uses the exact same timing and tenor, stopping only to change the words and pictures."
And what about the rest of ESPN's analysts, namely Lou Holtz and Mark May? The Fool says they "do little more than regurgitate stat sheets when making picks or lobbing lame, quaggy observations worthy of any 12-year-old who's seen 20 games.
"Yes, we get that Holtz is the folksy lovable Ol' Coach Guy who sticks by his teams [pick Notre Dame again, you idiot] and that May is the learned [it's all about the glasses] but snarky anti-Holtz, generating this fake rage in his brief and simple retorts to the OCG [yeah you know me]."
And now a report that GameDay host Chris Fowler has expressed concern over the site Lets Show Corso, where fans can "throw" footballs at a likeness of analyst Lee Corso. The site, which uses video of Corso saying Steve Spurrier would never win an SEC title at South Carolina "even if he coaches here 400 years," was conceived and created by the South Carolina athletic department.
"I’m a little puzzled [about] the approach [of] marketing the team by attacking Lee," Fowler said, adding that the creation of the site "doesn't increase the chances" of GameDay returning to Columbia.
South Carolina athletic director Eric Hyman said: “Did South Carolina, when [Corso] made some of the comments he made, did we return it? It’s fun, it’s an enjoyment.”
Thanks to TV Tan Line.