Posted by Dr Fro 8:13 PM
I saw the last episode of the WSOP last night. I still enjoy the show, but I really wish ESPN would stop giving attention to buffoonery. Mild buffoonery got attention a few years ago because it was noteworthy. That only encouraged more ridiculous behavior (i.e., buffoonery beget buffoonery). From the guy making animals out of balloons in the first episode to the very awkward scene involving two people praying to God simultaneously that they win the hand. Look, I am pretty sure that God doesn't care which side wins a football game, but I am certain that he doesn't give the river card to the one who prayed the hardest. That was hard to stomach.
ESPN should focus on the pros. Give plenty of attention to well-behaved amateurs, but focus on the pros. For goodness sakes, Lee Watkinson and Daniel Alaei were at the final table and placed 25th, respectively, but neither got much more than a nod from ESPN. Meanwhile, we get regular updates on Hevad Kahn's Red Bull total. Give it a rest. The marginal fan has either been sucked in or turned away. Cover poker, not buffoonery.