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(Fansided)   Ex-ESPN Employee reveals behind the scenes look about "The Decision." Includes Kanye West falling asleep and upset children   (fansided.com) divider line 43
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2013-07-08 12:41:17 PM  
IT WAS THE BEST NAP OF ALL TIME. A NAP THAT REALLY SPEAKS TO A GENERATION.
 
2013-07-08 01:24:36 PM  
WHERE ARE MY CHEETOS?  THEY WERE VERY DELICIOUS CHEETOS, QUITE FRANKLY!

EARVIN, HOW DO YOU FEEL THIS RANKS IN THE UPPER ECHELON OF THE GAME OF BASKETBALL?
 
2013-07-08 01:59:15 PM  
MICHAEL JORDAN HAD ONE OF THE BEST CAREERS OF ALL TIME.
 
2013-07-08 02:05:46 PM  
Why does ESPN keep pretending they were lambs in the wood with that bullshiat? I blame them much more than I blame Lebron for his bad decision making yet ESPN always acts like Lebron brought it on himself.

/Moral of the story: Watch ESPN on mute.
 
2013-07-08 02:25:55 PM  
also,

That reporter may be able to get some name recognition out of that fiasco at the very least.
 
2013-07-08 02:26:25 PM  
please come back home after next year, please.
 
2013-07-08 02:31:45 PM  

Lunchlady: Why does ESPN keep pretending they were lambs in the wood with that bullshiat? I blame them much more than I blame Lebron for his bad decision making yet ESPN always acts like Lebron brought it on himself.

/Moral of the story: Watch ESPN on mute.


There's this yearning out there for someone to be able to put together a network that could really compete with ESPN, but no one seems to be able to pull it off, at least not yet.  But if one of those networks -- Fox's, NBC's, or CBS's -- can succeed in prying away a major sport, or one of the major sports leagues decides to cut ESPN out of the loop and just rely on their own network, I think ESPN will go into a steep, fast decline.  Everyone is just so sick of them trying to insert themselves into the middle of everything in sports.
 
2013-07-08 02:35:28 PM  
FTA:  "As the hate for overflowed, I couldn't help but wonder if all would have been forgiven had he chosen Cleveland."  The hate for WHAT?  Don't leave me hanging!
 
2013-07-08 02:39:21 PM  
too long;didn't care
 
2013-07-08 02:47:35 PM  
Stop linking to that BS website.
 
2013-07-08 02:48:22 PM  

ltdanman44: please come back home after next year, please.


Mike and Mike think LeBron is gong to LA - in their minds it is already a done deal
 
2013-07-08 02:50:54 PM  

jake_lex: Lunchlady: Why does ESPN keep pretending they were lambs in the wood with that bullshiat? I blame them much more than I blame Lebron for his bad decision making yet ESPN always acts like Lebron brought it on himself.

/Moral of the story: Watch ESPN on mute.

There's this yearning out there for someone to be able to put together a network that could really compete with ESPN, but no one seems to be able to pull it off, at least not yet.  But if one of those networks -- Fox's, NBC's, or CBS's -- can succeed in prying away a major sport, or one of the major sports leagues decides to cut ESPN out of the loop and just rely on their own network, I think ESPN will go into a steep, fast decline.  Everyone is just so sick of them trying to insert themselves into the middle of everything in sports.


Maybe, but ESPN is still printing money and that's not going to change anytime soon, as live sports are going to continue to be the only bankable rating left in TV.

What's interesting to me is the deals ESPN is starting to sign with schools to broadcast stuff via ESPN3. KU basketball did something like this recently. So far it seems to be in addition to regional deals schools might have (so called 3rd tier deals), but you have to wonder how much longer that will last.

I think ESPN3 will eventually be the vision ESPN had with the Longhorn Network, only now they don't have to try and convince cable operators to pick up another pricey channel.
 
2013-07-08 02:54:23 PM  
The Decision was beyond horrible... it was like your doctor staging a Vaudeville show to give you the biopsy results.

"...aaaaaaaand... start the drum roll please... IT'S MALIGNANT!! Mister Tumor's gonna be takin' his talents to your lungs and brain, fool!"
*confetti, trombones, clowns running everywhere*

To his credit, LeBron has been a model citizen since that epic farkup...
 
2013-07-08 02:54:30 PM  
But will we get ESPN 8 "The Ocho" ?
 
2013-07-08 02:56:32 PM  
Please, when reading that, don't assume the intelligent people of my generation write that way. We don't.

Who calls themself a writer and uses the word legit?
 
2013-07-08 03:06:25 PM  

dellsworth1007: ltdanman44: please come back home after next year, please.

Mike and Mike think LeBron is gong to LA - in their minds it is already a done deal


So, yeah, he's going to Detroit
 
2013-07-08 03:06:36 PM  

dellsworth1007: ltdanman44: please come back home after next year, please.

Mike and Mike think LeBron is gong to LA - in their minds it is already a done deal


LEBRON HASN'T BEEN GONGED YOU TAKE THAT BACK!
 
2013-07-08 03:07:01 PM  
I would think that the silver lining in "The Decision" is that it was so poorly received that we wont have to endure another one.  Please say I'm right.
 
2013-07-08 03:32:14 PM  

thecpt: Please, when reading that, don't assume the intelligent people of my generation write that way. We don't.

Who calls themself a writer and uses the word legit?


Who uses the word themself?
 
2013-07-08 03:44:48 PM  

dellsworth1007: ltdanman44: please come back home after next year, please.

Mike and Mike think LeBron is gong to LA - in their minds it is already a done deal


To the Clippers, maybe.  The only way he takes a floor with Kobe is in another color jersey.
 
2013-07-08 03:58:15 PM  

Halstread: I would think that the silver lining in "The Decision" is that it was so poorly received that we wont have to endure another one.  Please say I'm right.


I want to...but never say never

Also, that article had potential to be interesting, yet failed miserably. Kinda like the decision
 
2013-07-08 03:58:56 PM  

Branch Dravidian: The Decision was beyond horrible... it was like your doctor staging a Vaudeville show to give you the biopsy results.

"...aaaaaaaand... start the drum roll please... IT'S MALIGNANT!! Mister Tumor's gonna be takin' his talents to your lungs and brain, fool!"
*confetti, trombones, clowns running everywhere*


images3.wikia.nocookie.net

Approve
 
2013-07-08 04:02:21 PM  
Holy Revisionist History, Batman.  Even I remember the BSPN "rumor" headlines that LeBron had picked Miami all friggin' day that day.  But you marks keep on going with the whole "OMG he picked Miami I'm so SHOCKED!!!" narrative if it helps you sleep at night.
 
2013-07-08 04:08:33 PM  
Everybody knew since the night before The Decision that he picked Miami. I'm calling shenanigans on this -get your brooms!
 
2013-07-08 04:10:00 PM  

calm like a bomb: dellsworth1007: ltdanman44: please come back home after next year, please.

Mike and Mike think LeBron is gong to LA - in their minds it is already a done deal

To the Clippers, maybe.  The only way he takes a floor with Kobe is in another color jersey.


Kobe may not be there.
 
2013-07-08 04:12:13 PM  

dellsworth1007: Mike and Mike think LeBron is gong to LA - in their minds it is already a done deal


I honestly can't see Lebron leaving Miami for anywhere, especially not if he's coming off a three-peat.  What's going to be funny is seeing who opts out. Cuz I think Miami is far better off letting Wade walk and hanging onto Bosh and LeBron than any other combination of two of the three. Hell maybe Wade is the one who ends up in LA.

/maybe about a 5% chance Lebron returns to Cleveland to get them over the hump
//no other team is in play
 
2013-07-08 04:21:00 PM  

Branch Dravidian: The Decision was beyond horrible... it was like your doctor staging a Vaudeville show to give you the biopsy results.

"...aaaaaaaand... start the drum roll please... IT'S MALIGNANT!! Mister Tumor's gonna be takin' his talents to your lungs and brain, fool!"
*confetti, trombones, clowns running everywhere*

To his credit, LeBron has been a model citizen since that epic farkup...


He was a model citizen (and teammate, and basketball player) before that epic farkup.

This was a one time farkup in a life that has been under a media fishbowl since he was 16.

And the only reason why this was a farkup, because LeBron underestimated his own importance. He underestimated how many fans invested their emotions on the possibility of him coming to his team. If he thought that his decision to leave would have hurt Cleveland fans that much, he would have done things much differently.
 
2013-07-08 04:21:56 PM  

bopis: thecpt: Please, when reading that, don't assume the intelligent people of my generation write that way. We don't.

Who calls themself a writer and uses the word legit?

Who uses the word themself?


Can be used instead of himself or herself and is an actual word rather than valley girl slang. Nice call out.
 
2013-07-08 04:24:38 PM  

Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: calm like a bomb: dellsworth1007: ltdanman44: please come back home after next year, please.

Mike and Mike think LeBron is gong to LA - in their minds it is already a done deal

To the Clippers, maybe.  The only way he takes a floor with Kobe is in another color jersey.

Kobe may not be there.


In four or five years, maybe.
 
2013-07-08 04:33:29 PM  

thecpt: Can be used instead of himself or herself and is an actual word rather than valley girl slang.


Legit's a word according to dictionary.com.

Also, I just saw Zach Lowe use it in his piece about NBA free agency.

/not a fan of using the word but of all the English atrocities taking place in writing on the web, it's a pretty minor one.
 
2013-07-08 04:35:27 PM  
Furthermore, Webster's dictionary cites first use of "legit" being in 1908.

Kinda reminds me of the first use of OMG being from an Admiral to Winston Churchill in 1917.
 
2013-07-08 04:48:12 PM  

IAmRight: Furthermore, Webster's dictionary cites first use of "legit" being in 1908.

Kinda reminds me of the first use of OMG being from an Admiral to Winston Churchill in 1917.


Mirriam Webster lists it as slang...

Yeah, not a worthy gripe on its own, but the way that article was killing me. And it hurt.

I don't want to hear about how she locked her cell phone in her car. I don't care when my friends do that.
 
2013-07-08 05:29:18 PM  

Branch Dravidian: The Decision was beyond horrible... it was like your doctor staging a Vaudeville show to give you the biopsy results.

"...aaaaaaaand... start the drum roll please... IT'S MALIGNANT!! Mister Tumor's gonna be takin' his talents to your lungs and brain, fool!"
*confetti, trombones, clowns running everywhere*

To his credit, LeBron has been a model citizen since that epic farkup...


And before, too. LeBron's "epic farkup" is really low on the scale. Maybe it turns out that LeBron is a terrible person, but from what I've read (admittedly, quite filtered) he seems like a pretty good guy.
 
2013-07-08 05:59:14 PM  

buckeyebrain: Holy Revisionist History, Batman.  Even I remember the BSPN "rumor" headlines that LeBron had picked Miami all friggin' day that day.  But you marks keep on going with the whole "OMG he picked Miami I'm so SHOCKED!!!" narrative if it helps you sleep at night.


Well in fairness, it sounds like he was a bit too busy to pay attention to his newsfeed.  You know, seeing as he was working and all.
 
2013-07-08 06:08:17 PM  
The article was great, but I swear if that Prudential ad had popped up one more time I would've busted a blood vessel.
 
2013-07-08 06:09:31 PM  

hammettman: also,

That reporter may be able to get some name recognition out of that fiasco at the very least.


Well, first she has to dance onstage with The Boss.
hellogiggles.com
 
2013-07-08 06:26:00 PM  
I found that headline to be redundant.
 
2013-07-08 06:30:05 PM  
Maybe I don't have all my facts, but from what I understand, Lebron wanted to do "The Decision" for charity purposes.  He raised $2.5M for charities through that television event.  That's a pretty good haul.

Ignoring that it's fun to hate on LBJ, what exactly was wrong with "The Decision"?  It's one thing to view it as a selfish ego media hype, which is what most people viewed this as, but I always thought it was a creative way to leverage all the interest and attention on LBJ into a charity drive.  Am I wrong?
 
2013-07-08 07:07:29 PM  

The Banana Thug: Maybe I don't have all my facts, but from what I understand, Lebron wanted to do "The Decision" for charity purposes.  He raised $2.5M for charities through that television event.  That's a pretty good haul.

Ignoring that it's fun to hate on LBJ, what exactly was wrong with "The Decision"?  It's one thing to view it as a selfish ego media hype, which is what most people viewed this as, but I always thought it was a creative way to leverage all the interest and attention on LBJ into a charity drive.  Am I wrong?


He could have donated that amount or more directly with ease or through a number of different charitable methods. 'The Decision' was done to feed his ego.
 
2013-07-08 07:12:17 PM  

UncleStumpy: Halstread: I would think that the silver lining in "The Decision" is that it was so poorly received that we wont have to endure another one.  Please say I'm right.

I want to...but never say never

Also, that article had potential to be interesting, yet failed miserably. Kinda like the decision


Notice how much lower-key Dwight Howard's decision process was. He realized people found the line.
 
2013-07-09 01:13:21 AM  

dellsworth1007: ltdanman44: please come back home after next year, please.

Mike and Mike think LeBron is gong to LA - in their minds it is already a done deal


Stephen A. has it right (shocking I know).  Jim Buss is a farking Moron and no one great wants to watch Kobe jack up bad jumpers in his declining years.  So elite players will avoid the Lakers for at least the next 3 years.
 
2013-07-09 02:12:49 AM  

Halstread: I would think that the silver lining in "The Decision" is that it was so poorly received that we wont have to endure another one.  Please say I'm right.


ESPN must all but fellate themselves on live TV, so they will make you sit through another one.  Maybe not with LeBron, but you will sit through another episode of The Decision.
 
2013-07-09 11:10:33 AM  

bluorangefyre: Halstread: I would think that the silver lining in "The Decision" is that it was so poorly received that we wont have to endure another one.  Please say I'm right.

ESPN must all but fellate themselves on live TV, so they will make you sit through another one.  Maybe not with LeBron, but you will sit through another episode of The Decision.


I was kind of surprised they didn't do one with Tebow.

// although...I guess they sorta did
// every 5th SC story was "Where will Tebow end up?"
 
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