The problem is, ESPN should have shown the clip. One, it was of the #2 ranked Georgia Bulldogs on a day when the #1 (USC) didn’t play. Two, it was of someone that ESPN analysts have listed as a potential Heisman candidate. Three, it was awesome. It was the kind of clip that sports people drool over. It was the biggest play of the game.
Someone asked Mark Richt about this today (reported by David Hale):
Anyway, having said all of that, Richt was asked what he thought about Knowshon’s hurdle not making it onto “SportsCenter.” Here’s what he said:
“I think they missed the boat or didn’t do their homework or whatever. I don’t know how they couldn’t have noticed that. It’s going to make our highlights for a long time.”
At that point, an ESPN reporter chimed in to say that FOX controlled the broadcast for the game and did not send that highlight to ESPN as part of their satellite package.
Then, not surprisingly, a FOX reporter said ESPN could easily have gotten the highlight if they wanted it.
So Richt’s conclusion: “I guess they’re both under the bus, then.”
I’ve had it out for ESPN since the end of last season. They decided Georgia shouldn’t be in the title game and that Hawaii would dominate Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. Remember how that one turned out? I know that ESPN doesn’t decide who should be in the title game, but the analysts said it should be Ohio State against LSU, and that was all that people heard for a week. And the voters voted that way.
ESPN (and the media, in general) decides too much, especially in college football. It is time for a revolution.
Note: AJC has Richt’s comments as well.