January 20, 2004

ESPN.com debuts Page 3:

posted by corpse to general at 01:43 PM - 25 comments

Another step in the further decline of ESPN in general, once a nice little niche network is now just another cog in a giant entertainment conglomerate.

posted by corpse at 01:48 PM on January 20

What is the point of this page? How is it connected to sports and the rest of ESPN?

posted by billsaysthis at 01:56 PM on January 20


posted by jerseygirl at 01:59 PM on January 20

Like MTV not playing music any more, ESPN is slowly reporting everything *but* sports?

posted by MeatSaber at 01:59 PM on January 20

For a site that touts their CSS kung-fu, Page 3 looks like shit in Mozilla.

posted by yerfatma at 02:14 PM on January 20

There are nuggets of gold to be found in this pile of crap.

posted by grum@work at 02:25 PM on January 20

For a site that touts their CSS kung-fu, Page 3 looks like shit in Mozilla. yerfatma: I canceled my ESPN membership because ESPN told me in an email reply that they "only support MSIE." Since I won't use MSIE, it made my decision easy.

posted by scully at 03:08 PM on January 20

They can toss me a Simpsons bone, but that's still not going to make up for an interview with Ashton Fucking Kutcher. Stupid idea. When did ESPN merge with Teen People?

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:10 PM on January 20

The grease-stained napkin from under a piece of cold pizza.

posted by jason streed at 03:15 PM on January 20

Hey guys, this is great... for me to poop on. Page 5, due 2007, will be soft core porn. Page 6, 2010: hardcore. Page 7, 2015: sports snuff films Page 011010100, 2016: Top 100 Moments of the Robot Revolution /slippery slope

posted by forksclovetofu at 04:27 PM on January 20

Oh, and "once a nice little niche network"? Dude. It's Disney. C'mon.

posted by forksclovetofu at 04:28 PM on January 20

I canceled my ESPN membership because ESPN told me in an email reply that they "only support MSIE." Weird. Sounds like their marketing department doesn't talk to IT (shocking!). I sent an email once complaining about a certain page type template being broken in Moz and they fixed it soon after. Supposedly they're working their way through the templates, but that seems to have died since every page in their NHL section is broke.

posted by yerfatma at 04:35 PM on January 20

I use ESPN in epiphany (a moz derivative) all the time with no problems, well, except for the fact that ESPN Motion makes me want to be on Windows for the first time in ages. As for the rest of the thread... it used to be a cool, fairly indy network. I mean, it wasn't always a Disney appendage- it used to show roller derby, for chrissakes. :)

posted by tieguy at 05:10 PM on January 20

Dude. It's Disney. C'mon. Yes, what tieguy said.

posted by corpse at 05:18 PM on January 20

All I see is nothing but "Need Flash Player to view header" in like three seperate places. But from the above comments, it sounds like I'm not missing much.

posted by mkn at 06:28 PM on January 20

Question: How many years ago has ESPN been an ABC affiliate?

posted by forksclovetofu at 07:36 PM on January 20

20 years

posted by goddam at 08:25 PM on January 20

It's like that st00pid Cold Pizza show they got. I watched that once, thinking to myself, hey, how neat, a kinda fun-themed morning sports news program! It took me about half an hour to figure out that there wasn't going to be any sports in it. 'sides, practically all their sports shows any more feature the classic thick-necked guys in polo shirts shouting each other down and getting all red in the face as they refrain from saying, "Fuckin' A!" on television. If that's the limit of their imagination in sports programming, no wonder they're cultivating other vineyards. God knows their coverage of the 2003 Hahnenkamm, one of the premier events in ski racing, completely and totally sucked. But God almighty, you'd think that a sports network would exert itself a little to try and offer decent sports coverage, in whatever sport, rather than do a lame-ass job of it and produce some st00pid "Good Morning, America" lookalike to boot. It is to haungh ptui.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 10:13 PM on January 20


posted by forksclovetofu at 10:45 PM on January 20

Another new "feature" debuting on ESPN.com today.

posted by dirigibleman at 11:00 PM on January 20

Well that sounds awesome. The Flash ads at the top of ESPN.com are bad enough. How'd you find that, dirigibleman?

posted by yerfatma at 06:51 AM on January 21

I forget which random weblog I first saw it on. I know Slashdot and Monkeyfilter mentioned it.

posted by dirigibleman at 01:30 PM on January 21

My sister used to be a sales director at Unicast but she left before the nutjobs in charged drove her insane. Now her fiance has that job.

posted by billsaysthis at 01:43 PM on January 21

Page 3 is the suckiest bag of suck that ever sucked. And they don't appear to have a "tell us what you think!" email link, so I can't rant. Except at SpoFi. God Bless SpoFi.

posted by jeffmshaw at 02:14 PM on January 21

The little brunnette on Cold Pizza is pretty smokin'. Too bad too, because the show licks a$$.

posted by garfield at 02:36 PM on January 21

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