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(Awful Announcing)   ESPN continues filling sports void with new documentary looking back at ESPN's ridiculous, much-maligned decision 10 years ago to give LeBron James a full hour in primetime for "The Decision" and to hype it to utter exhaustion   (awfulannouncing.com) divider line
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2020-06-24 2:28:33 PM  
That was undoubtedly one of the stupidest things I'd ever seen, much less heard of. I couldn't believe anyone gave enough of a shiat about where LeBron James was going to play sportsball that it required a one-hour primetime TV special. They absolutely deserved to be raked across the coals for it.
 
2020-06-24 3:56:45 PM  

Coco LaFemme: That was undoubtedly one of the stupidest things I'd ever seen, much less heard of. I couldn't believe anyone gave enough of a shiat about where LeBron James was going to play sportsball that it required a one-hour primetime TV special. They absolutely deserved to be raked across the coals for it.


It did seem like an extended, hour-long "fark you guys" to what he had always said was his beloved hometown.

He did seem to learn from it, however, and handled his second departure from the Cavs more gracefully.  Of course, he'd gotten them a title, so that was much easier to take.
 
2020-06-24 4:00:31 PM  

Coco LaFemme: That was undoubtedly one of the stupidest things I'd ever seen, much less heard of. I couldn't believe anyone gave enough of a shiat about where LeBron James was going to play sportsball that it required a one-hour primetime TV special. They absolutely deserved to be raked across the coals for it.


They gave a shiat because James was the biggest star in the league and his decision would league wide ramifications for years to come. But hey, sportsball.
 
2020-06-24 4:09:14 PM  

Resin33: Coco LaFemme: That was undoubtedly one of the stupidest things I'd ever seen, much less heard of. I couldn't believe anyone gave enough of a shiat about where LeBron James was going to play sportsball that it required a one-hour primetime TV special. They absolutely deserved to be raked across the coals for it.

They gave a shiat because James was the biggest star in the league and his decision would league wide ramifications for years to come. But hey, sportsball.


I figure if everyone's gonna ask you the same question every day for multiple years, it's fair to soak 'em for a few million to get an answer "exclusively" if they want to be so thirsty.

But remember, it's never OK for those in power to be put in positions where they have to cede power to people that traditionally don't have it.
 
2020-06-24 4:12:21 PM  
Was that already 10 years ago?
 
2020-06-24 4:14:06 PM  
Especially considering he had already made up his mind a long time ago. He and Wade got together at the previous All-Star game and talked about playing together as soon as he hit free agency.

The Decision was a colossal waste of time.
 
2020-06-24 4:14:11 PM  

Resin33: Coco LaFemme: That was undoubtedly one of the stupidest things I'd ever seen, much less heard of. I couldn't believe anyone gave enough of a shiat about where LeBron James was going to play sportsball that it required a one-hour primetime TV special. They absolutely deserved to be raked across the coals for it.

They gave a shiat because James was the biggest star in the league and his decision would league-wide ramifications for years to come. But hey, sportsball.


I love sports, don't get me wrong - baseball and football are my jams. I just didn't see how, despite James' obvious talent and celebrity, enough people in the entire country cared that it warranted a one-hour primetime TV special. You didn't see and haven't seen other stars of his caliber do something like that, not in basketball, not in any other sport. The closest I've seen was when Roger Clemens went into the press box at Yankee Stadium to announce, mid-game and mid-season, that he was coming back to the Yankees. Suzyn Waldman damn near had a coronary.

"The Decision" just struck me as very self-serving and egotistical, almost like he thought he was so important and so beloved that people would willingly watch a TV special where he waited until damn near the end to announce where he was playing basketball that year. I think he's an amazing talent and as a person off the court, I don't recall ever reading/hearing anything about him that would make me think he was a scumbag. So, please don't count me as a sports hater or a basketball hater or anything else like that.
 
2020-06-24 4:21:35 PM  
ESPN does have such a huge vault of their own programming that they could last another month easy just producing self-indulgent, meta documentaries on behind-the-scenes stuff about their own prior productions.

Have they made a 30 for 30 specifically on how the 30 for 30 series came to be yet? That seems like a logical programming filler choice given the continued lack of live sports

/if they haven't made that yet, it might be hard to get Bill Simmons to stop counting the bags of money Spotify just gave him for long enough to participate.
 
2020-06-24 4:27:56 PM  
On the bright side, the term "I'm going to take my talents to South Beach" became a great euphemism for going to the restroom.
 
2020-06-24 4:28:58 PM  
It was the ultimate douche move.
 
2020-06-24 4:34:16 PM  
I don't want physical proof if I'm wrong here, but I'm pretty certain most of you are just jealous that ESPN can perform autofellatio for over an hour and you can't get there for a second after making the attempt once a decade or so just to see if you could this time.
 
2020-06-24 4:35:51 PM  

Count_Crackula: On the bright side, the term "I'm going to take my talents to South Beach" became a great euphemism for going to the restroom.


Meh, still has nothing on "I gotta go shake hands with a legend."
 
2020-06-24 4:37:29 PM  
meta
 
2020-06-24 4:37:38 PM  

Killer Cars: Have they made a 30 for 30 specifically on how the 30 for 30 series came to be yet? That seems like a logical programming filler choice given the continued lack of live sports

/if they haven't made that yet, it might be hard to get Bill Simmons to stop counting the bags of money Spotify just gave him for long enough to participate.


I think ESPN has tried to pretend that Bill Simmons didn't actually work for them for over a decade, that it was more of a "Who? Oh, wasn't he an intern?" relationship. You know, because the guy who built and ran Grantland, and was pretty much the reason that Page 2 existed in the first place, and that they tried to build things like an animated series and a talk show around, was nothing more than some annoying punk that would sometimes get in trouble for shooting his mouth off at management.

And now I feel sick, for a) defending Simmons, and b) remembering the abomination that was The Sports Guy Animated Series.
 
2020-06-24 5:30:06 PM  

WoodyHayes: I don't want physical proof if I'm wrong here, but I'm pretty certain most of you are just jealous that ESPN can perform autofellatio for over an hour and you can't get there for a second after making the attempt once a decade or so just to see if you could this time.


Check your front porch.  Inside that Amazon Prime box is some physical proof.  You said you didn't want it, but it was already in transit.
 
2020-06-24 7:25:25 PM  

IAmRight: Resin33: Coco LaFemme: That was undoubtedly one of the stupidest things I'd ever seen, much less heard of. I couldn't believe anyone gave enough of a shiat about where LeBron James was going to play sportsball that it required a one-hour primetime TV special. They absolutely deserved to be raked across the coals for it.

They gave a shiat because James was the biggest star in the league and his decision would league wide ramifications for years to come. But hey, sportsball.

I figure if everyone's gonna ask you the same question every day for multiple years, it's fair to soak 'em for a few million to get an answer "exclusively" if they want to be so thirsty.

But remember, it's never OK for those in power to be put in positions where they have to cede power to people that traditionally don't have it.


I don't blame LeBron one bit for taking ESPN's money.  But that was absolutely a landmark moment in ESPN's decline into being E! for sports.
 
2020-06-24 7:44:57 PM  
Im a Heat fan and I thought it was stupid.
 
2020-06-24 7:47:13 PM  

IAmRight: Resin33: Coco LaFemme: That was undoubtedly one of the stupidest things I'd ever seen, much less heard of. I couldn't believe anyone gave enough of a shiat about where LeBron James was going to play sportsball that it required a one-hour primetime TV special. They absolutely deserved to be raked across the coals for it.

They gave a shiat because James was the biggest star in the league and his decision would league wide ramifications for years to come. But hey, sportsball.

I figure if everyone's gonna ask you the same question every day for multiple years, it's fair to soak 'em for a few million to get an answer "exclusively" if they want to be so thirsty.

But remember, it's never OK for those in power to be put in positions where they have to cede power to people that traditionally don't have it.


Yes. The multi multi millionaires truly are an underrepresented population in our power structure
 
2020-06-24 10:07:17 PM  
What is this doing in the sports tab?
 
2020-06-24 11:07:03 PM  

Coco LaFemme: Resin33: Coco LaFemme: That was undoubtedly one of the stupidest things I'd ever seen, much less heard of. I couldn't believe anyone gave enough of a shiat about where LeBron James was going to play sportsball that it required a one-hour primetime TV special. They absolutely deserved to be raked across the coals for it.

They gave a shiat because James was the biggest star in the league and his decision would league-wide ramifications for years to come. But hey, sportsball.

I love sports, don't get me wrong - baseball and football are my jams. I just didn't see how, despite James' obvious talent and celebrity, enough people in the entire country cared that it warranted a one-hour primetime TV special. You didn't see and haven't seen other stars of his caliber do something like that, not in basketball, not in any other sport. The closest I've seen was when Roger Clemens went into the press box at Yankee Stadium to announce, mid-game and mid-season, that he was coming back to the Yankees. Suzyn Waldman damn near had a coronary.

"The Decision" just struck me as very self-serving and egotistical, almost like he thought he was so important and so beloved that people would willingly watch a TV special where he waited until damn near the end to announce where he was playing basketball that year. I think he's an amazing talent and as a person off the court, I don't recall ever reading/hearing anything about him that would make me think he was a scumbag. So, please don't count me as a sports hater or a basketball hater or anything else like that.


I mean, I didn't see the point in watching, either; it was an hour to get news that could be summed up in a tweet.

But it was the highest-rated show on cable that night and it peaked at 13.1 million viewers, and the World Series that year peaked at about 15 million...so I wouldn't say they were wrong about people being interested in watching.

It all just seemed like people were mad about what, in fact, America is, and blamed LeBron and ESPN for it.
 
2020-06-25 12:10:36 AM  
Killer Cars: ESPN does have such a huge vault of their own programming that they could last another month easy just producing self-indulgent, meta documentaries on behind-the-scenes stuff about their own prior productions

ESPN must have thousands of hours of footage of *gasp* actual sports being played, not people sitting around talking about sports, which I have zero interest in. I assume they don't show archive stuff because of the money they would have to pay to do so.
 
2020-06-25 12:16:49 AM  

DRTFA: WoodyHayes: I don't want physical proof if I'm wrong here, but I'm pretty certain most of you are just jealous that ESPN can perform autofellatio for over an hour and you can't get there for a second after making the attempt once a decade or so just to see if you could this time.

Check your front porch.  Inside that Amazon Prime box is some physical proof.  You said you didn't want it, but it was already in transit.


Cool, thanks. You speak my code. Please, whatever you do don't send more physical proof.
 
2020-06-25 8:50:12 AM  

BlazeTrailer: Yes. The multi multi millionaires truly are an underrepresented population in our power structure


The Great American Success Teardown Story
 
2020-06-25 10:37:41 AM  
Anyone who watched that Cavs 2010 debacle against the Celtics knew he was leaving. Can't recall his numbers but was visibly emotionally absent the whole time. Didn't need the special show a few months later to verbalize it too.
 
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