Why Even Bother?

March 16, 2010 – 3:06 am by Ryan Phillips


It’s one everyone’s mind today. We’re all thinking it. Heck, the entire sports world has NCAA Tournament on the brain. If no one else is going to ask the question I might as well go ahead: why on Earth did ESPN waste time with a Women’s NCAA Tournament Selection Show?

While I was pounding out a few miles on the treadmill yesterday, the 50-plus year-old (I’m guessing here) woman next to me had the remote – which is always a dangerous prospect. While I love QVC as much as the next guy, I politely asked if she could change the gym’s television to something else. As if to punish me for my insolence, she settled on ESPN’s coverage of the women’s bracket selections.

The female version of bracketology was one of the most pointless exercises in the history of television. It ranked somewhere between Viva Laughlin, Manimal and The Jay Leno Show.

My question is, after UConn has won 72 straight games, been a unanimous No. 1 for the entire 2009-10 season and has a player that might team up with our Commander-in-Chief, why even have this kind of special? We all know (and don’t really care) that UConn is going to win another freaking national title. Whoop dee freakin’ do. Awesome, hang that banner Lady Huskies, then get off my television please.

I’d rather ESPN showed professional bowling than a show dedicating an hour to see who’ll be winning the regionals in Dayton, Sacramento, Memphis and Kansas City.

And that’s another thing, if you’re tournament is important enough to get its own show on ESPN, you should be able to find better places for the regionals.

Dayton? When I have insomnia, I think of the day-to-day life of an average Daytonian. Memphis? Yeah I want to dodge bullets on the way to my game. Sacramento? I’ve been to Sacramento several times. If you haven’t, you’re the lucky one. Kansas City? Let me tell you something about Kansas City – there is absolutely no good joke to be made about Kansas City…

God bless women’s basketball, really, God bless em. They play hard, sound, (somewhat) fundamental basketball. That doesn’t mean I want to watch it.

So good luck to all the rest of the teams in the field this year. And after UConn is done getting handed its title maybe ESPN can have an hour-long special discussing how Albert Pujols is quite good at hitting a baseball.

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  1. 5 Responses to “Why Even Bother?”

  2. Maybe the entertainment value could be found in trying to guess the six teams that will be slaughtered by UConn on their way to another title? Kind of like that “I don’t want to look at the car wreck–EWWWW!!! THERE’S A DEAD BODY–I feel so dirty that I feel so alive” sort of way.

    By MJenks on Mar 16, 2010

  3. MJ,
    Best comment we’ve had in quite a while around here. Well done sir, well done indeed.


    By Phillips on Mar 16, 2010

  4. Thank you for your non PC article. Thank you for stating the painfully obvious truth that woman’s basketball is a crap filled twinkie with very little twinkie. Even the major sports sites when they put up an article on WB disguise it so that people will actually click on it.

    By Jizzo on Mar 16, 2010

  5. Seriously?

    Can you also write a post about how easy it is to pick low-hanging fruit?

    By Santa Claustrophobia on Mar 16, 2010

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