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Back In My Day, We Just Had SportsCenter...

During the high school days, I had a love affair with SportsCenter. The highlights, the catchphrases, the stats — it was a show my friends and I shamelessly watched on repeat. But as the years went by, ESPN and other TV networks started to change the sports program formula... possibly as an attempt to cast a wider net. Retired athletes and comedians alike popped up as hosts of game shows, reality TV programs, dramas, and morning shows, discussing the issues. Come on, don't tell me you never wanted to know what Lil' Wayne thought of A-Rod and steroids. Some prevailed, and others, well, were cut from the team.

Sports Media Watch created a list of the 10 worst sports shows of the Aughts. Get this — although the self-proclaimed "Worldwide Leader of Sports" produces one of my favorite shows to date, NINE out of ten programs on the list were from ESPN!

My guilty pleasure: #5 — ESPN's Dream Job. Oh, how I daydreamed of becoming the next Stuart Scott, yelling "BOOYAH!" during highlight reels and making funny commercials. Too bad the three winners aren't still employed by ESPN. Guess I found my calling in radio. Booyah.



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