Remember when ESPN was about sports?

Remember when ESPN was about sports?

Baseball pennant races getting dramatic. College football already in top form. NFL finally on every channel every other day of the week. And, of course, Fantasy Football in full swing.

It should be a time when Xs and Os are over analyzed and team passions are on full display.

Instead, this weekend was all about substance abuse, spanking, and domestic abuse. And ESPN is loving it. Because addressing these weighty topics makes them feel so very important.

NFL analyst (and former NFL wide receiver) Cris Carter was nearly in tears giving us a full Dr. Phil moment about his childhood spankings:

“My mom did the best job she could do. Raising seven kids by herself. But there are thousands of things that I have learned since then that my mom was wrong. It’s the 21st century. My mom was wrong. She did the best she could, but she was wrong about some of that stuff she taught me. And I promise my kids I won’t teach that mess to them.”


It’s incredibly passionate and compelling and I respect Cris Carter for his opinion and his remarkable delivery. But, here’s the thing: I want to watch some football! And I want to talk about football! If I want to see serious discussions about spanking and the psychological damage it causes I’ll watch Lifetime Channel or Oprah’s OWN.

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