Originally Posted by Clockwork Orange
Not surprising. Barry is known for wanting the media to laud praise on him when he succeeds while either handling him with kid gloves or flat out leaving him alone when he fails (look back on his days in the postseason with Pittsburgh). I still remember hearing him tell a reporter, "You go negative on me, I'm walking out of here." ESPN and their employees just pucker up and try to show him in the most positive light imaginable. Wouldn't want Barry blowing them off for the Sunday Conversation when he hits number 756*.
There's competition for the ass kissing title though. Jim Gray has become the official Kobe brown nose to the point of blaming Phil Jackson for the departures of himself and Shaq from the Lakers this offseason.
And of course, it would be just wrong when speaking of media suck ups to omit the name Ahmad "(insert name here) is my main man" Rashad. He swung off of Jordan's sack until the day that ESPN took the NBA contract from NBC.
Ahman Rashad might be the only man who still won't admit that Jordan pushed off of Bryan Russell to sink the game winner in the NBA finals against Utah. Even Jordan himself says he had his arm on Russell before he pulled up folr the shot.
ESPN in general is a laugh when blowing sports figures, it seems like the bigger a-hole you are or the greater felonies you commit, the more attention ESPN will give you.
Before the NFL season started, ESPN did a top 10 of Players that mean most to their team, and by damn, Ray Lewis was #1 on that list. There's only 8 other pro Bowl calibur players on that D, but if Ray goes down, it would be more than players like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Randy Moss, Priest Holmes etc. if they all went down.