Seriously, WTF is with ESPN’s sudden fixation with player opt-outs? First we had Herbie’s cranky “I just think this era of player doesn’t love football” observation. In response to that, Desmond Howard offered this ($$):
“Their whole mentality is all about the championship or the Playoff. Because of that, they don’t value the bowl game. When we were coming up, Herbstreit and myself, going to a bowl game was a huge reward for a fantastic season. That’s what it meant. Your team played this well so you’re going to be rewarded with a bowl game, you’re going to get a ring, you’re going to get swag. Now, kids don’t really care about that. They have a sense of entitlement. It’s like, ‘If we’re not going to the one that matters, it just doesn’t have as much value’ — like it did for us coming up.”
But the topper came during last night’s Sugar Bowl, when Joe Tessitore felt compelled to share his thoughts on the matter after Matt Corral was knocked out of the game with a leg injury.
He’s doing it the right way, unlike those selfish kids who are depriving Joe Tessitore and his employer of their entertainment services during bowl season. Never mind that it’s Mickey who’s been feeding these players, along with the general public, a steady stream of bullshit about how it’s only the CFP that matters now.
It shouldn’t have to be said, but as long as a player is making a free career choice, there is no wrong way. And if ESPN isn’t commercially satisfied with that situation, it’s certainly free to make an offer to influence that choice. In the meantime, its talking heads can shove their moral judgments straight up their collective asses.