ESPN has met the enemy.

And he is… Chris Petersen?

I didn’t take Petersen’s comments as a direct criticism of ESPN whatsoever — he seemed to be speaking generally about the situation and never uttered those four letters.

“We apologize for these late games,” Petersen said. “And I’d also like to reiterate it has nothing to do with us or the administration. We want to play at 1 o’clock.

“It hurts us tremendously in terms of national exposure. No one wants to watch our game on the East Coast that late, and we all know it.”

*** Herbstreit does an excellent job as a fair and reasonable advocate for the sport in all corners of the country. But his response to Petersen — he “should be thanking ESPN” — went far beyond what seemed necessary.

Kneel before Zod, Petersen.

It didn’t stop with Herbstreit, either.

No wonder Washington fans took umbrage with this during last night’s broadcast:

This cropped up during the broadcast of the UW game:

This was an especially nice touch.

No doubt Petersen already senses that this is a game he can’t win…

… but for his sake, he’d better hope that Washington’s case for the CFP is unassailable, because he’s not gonna get any help from Mickey.

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12 responses to “ESPN has met the enemy.

  1. AusDawg85

    Will the last adult at ESPN please turn off the lights? Funny how petty the lords can be as they dole out cash to the pigs at the trough. Peterson is no innocent here…he’s playing the posturing game too…but for so many participants of the broadcast to take part in that smack-down is shameful.

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  2. junkyardawg41

    ESPN has lots of struggles — to include feuds. What they don’t struggle with is having Tubberville call absolute awful games. I gave him a pass on the App St game. You would think he would have improved…. apparently he has regressed from bad to awful.

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    • Dolly Llama

      Truth. My God, so much truth. Tuberville is awful. Just awful. If I heard him talk about “Going NASCAR” one more time last night, I was going to scream. He needs to be ANNOUNCING NASCAR. They’d appreciate his dumb cracker ass.

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      • Hobnail_Boot

        Uhhhhhhh excuse me?

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        • Mike Cooley

          Dumb cracker ass? I agree that Tubberville sucks at his new job but that’s a bullshit comment.

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        • Macallanlover

          lol, you didn’t think this game had a level field did you? Leftists totally miss the point that racism and bigotry are terms that apply in both directions. They are the biggest abusers, by a large amount.

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  3. A little inside baseball here: apparently UDub is notoriously difficult to work with from a public relations/access perspective. There are several stories out there about their SID flat out not returning phone calls from people interested in doing stories.

    My gut tells me that Petersen and UDub severely dissed ESPN and the Gameday crew at some point and this was their chance to take a shot back.

    That said, UDub is really, really good again and Peterson is one of the 5 best coaches in the country.

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    • addr

      When all this was going down, I thought there HAD to be something else. There’s literally no good reason for the WWL to get in a pissing match with a coach unless there is something else going on. I don’t believe for a second that it is simple pettiness… if it were just Herbstreit I might believe it, but there seemed to be a concerted effort from all different corners of the ESPN world.

      I understand Peterson’s frustration, but to say this is a fight he can’t win is a huge understatement.

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  4. Alkaline

    I, for one, welcome our east-coast biased overlords. Here’s hoping McGarity isn’t opposed to funding an assistant SID position to cater to their every whim.

    The weird part is I’m not sure if I mean that sarcastically or not.

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  5. ESPN turn the volume down on all their shows and just watch the game.

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  6. Macallanlover

    Peterson’s point is valid, perhaps not from a bias stand point, just a visibility of the live action. Probably cost McCaffrey the Heisman last year, but that award has become less meaningful, imo. I could make a case that some CFB junkies like me watch more PAC12 games because they are on so late. I see every late game on Saturday nights, except the PAC12Net games, and I would watch hardly any if they were on in the early afternoon, or PrimeTime. I am not going to choose their games when I have more interesting, top match ups than I already can juggle without including them. Occasionally they may have a secondary TV position in the 3:30 or 7:30 time slot, but not very often. Why not play on Thursday or Friday nights when there is little competition? Lord knows it wouldn’t require many fans to have to change their attendance plans, and you would get a lot of eyeballs on you.

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  7. Blue Sox

    Just one question. How many west coasters watched UGAs 9:00 pt game yesterday. I am more likely to watch a west coast game late than one that competes with an SEC game.

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