Monday, April 9, 2007

Zero Tolerance = Damn Straight


some kudos must go to new espn ombudsman le anne schreiber, who was very critical of colin cowherd's attack on thebiglead.com. for those who dont know the story, cowherd told his espn radio listeners to flood the big lead with so many hits that it would crush the blogs limited bandwidth. the attack had the site down for 48 hours, while the big lead scrambled to find a new server. for more insight, check out the big lead's take on the situation. i sat patiently waiting for a response from espn.
cowherd is an idiot who, very simply put, did something illegal. espn cannot get away with bullying a sports blog, and cowherd's actions must be placed in the same context as don imus's "nappy-headed hos" comment. the big lead has been extremely critical of espn in the past, just like other sports blogs have been. hell, even my opinion of espn has changed since the company basically sold out in an effort to be internationally recognized and loved. espn played a big part of my life growing up, and i still check in to get the full spectrum of sports news. despite supporting espn for years, i would never want some huge-ego sports personality looking to score some ratings coming and shutting down my site. in this way, i would rather see espn hit the road, while independent sports blogs such as the big lead, deadspin, mondesis house and nation of islam sports blog rule the sports world.
schreiber must be commended for the stance she took on the whole situation. since she is so new at espn, she has little relationship with the so-called "personalities" on espn radio, tv, mag, or .com. zero tolerance must be enforced, and cowherd should be fired over this instance. the big lead can take legitimate legal action against cowherd and espn, which should send the message that any attempts to disrupt another person's livelihood through any espn-related media cannot be accepted. espn terminated harold reynolds for supposedly acting inappropriate with a woman (caution: hugs = sexual harassment). if espn continues to employ cowherd after purposefully (and illegally) attacking an independent sports blog, then espn will continue to be viewed as a company with double standards, and any credibility it has left will be flushed away.
so good job, le anne, but your job will not end with a critical article nearly a half a week after cowherd acted like an idiot. legitimate action needs to take place to ensure the safety of us little guys. psamp looks up to blogs like the big lead, and i smiled so hard when the site was up and running again.
one last thing: what if some anti-mini pony espn personality publicly bashed psamp (it would probably be skip bayliss, but this is just a fake, rhetorical question), and crashed this site? zero tolerance must start with the initial problem, before it spreads like the plague. cowherd must be held accountable, and espn better take the appropriate actions against cowherd, before the sports-blog community rises up in arms against the once-heralded espn.



I MESS said...

That is the pot calling the kettle black. Oh, I am racist, fire me.

Where was this outrage when poser Leitch sent his minions to shutdown ESPN converstation and they succeeded. Oh yeaht no outrage.

Smart ass do not forget Leitch is not a little guy, he is backed by gawker and they are no pup.

Don't believe me go to the wayne fonts experience.

tecmo_bowl_bo_jackson said...

i only group leitch and deadspin with the rest of the "little guy" blogosphere because of the support given to the big lead when the schrutebag decided to shut it down. espn calls itself the worldwide leader in sports. having that much of a bloated ego, espn is clearly asserting itself as the sports-market monopoly. using that platform to shut down an independent site like tbl was plain evil. deadspin shutting down espn conversation just shows that blogs do have power. what, you never root for david? you always stick with goliath? calling deadspin a little guy was just my way of separating espn from the blogosphere. i know how big deadspin is, and leitch can be annoying at times. but there is a bigger gap between espn and deadspin than there is between deadspin and sites like tbl

tecmo_bowl_bo_jackson said...

oh, and i do read twfe. twfe is critical of billy packer, and how is he any different than imus? both are old, curmudgeonly, and way past their time. twfe calls for packers ousting, and i call for imus's as well as packer's. im all for freedom of speech, but using a national platform like imus and shrutebag did is unacceptable.

i mess said...

First of all it was the same thing and they did it for the same reason to show they have power. Colin and Letich are no different in this situation.

Please Letich looks out for his own what if it was CSTB who got shut down. Would there have been a post on deadspin?

First of all I root for David when he is not a poser.

Are you serious Deadspin is the ESPN of the blogs. He sets the agenda and you do not want to piss him off look at CSTB. Leitch is mainstream he worked for sporting news and is backed by gawker.

So ruining something because it gets you hard and to show power is okay as long as it is being done to someone who annoys you. Is that not what Cowturd did. Think about it oh wise one.

tecmo_bowl_bo_jackson said...

ok, i can see you have some serious beef with deadspin. this post isnt even about deadspin, save for mentioning them alongside the rest of the sports-blog community. im not their biggest supporter, and i would rather get my information from smaller sports blogs. do i read it, though? yes. do i take it as the gospel? no. there is a huge difference in what deadspin did to espn conversation and what cowherd did to tbl. deadspin was able to take a chip out of the espn facade. did this ruin the entire business? no. did anyone at espnu, espn2, espnclassic, etc suffer when espn conversation went down? probably not. is espn conversation still available on other stories aside from page 2? yes. its different when the "worldwide leader" decides to take a poo on some small site that was run on a shared romanian server. what happened when cowherd attacked tbl? anything tbl-related was gone. tbl gets kicked off the tiny shared server, and must scramble for more than 2 days, just for having a passion and sharing it on the internet. so yeah, i understand what you mean when you call deadspin mainstream, and i know that deadspin couldve picked a better way to confront the big e. all im saying is the impact of deadspin's attempts are dwarfed by the magnitude of schrutebag's stupidity.

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