ESPN isn’t well-liked around New England, especially when it comes to their NFL coverage. That probably won’t change, but we can at least count on a little less Patriots hate this year.
According to reports the Worldwide Leader has parted ways with Ray Lewis, a guy who has uttered some of the most twisted, inane statements in the history of sports television.
“. . . I’m not choosing nobody else but Rex Ryan,” Lewis said. “If you’re asking me Bill Belichick or Rex Ryan, I’m taking Rex Ryan all day because Rex relates to players as well as myself more like a father.”
In other words, he’d trade Super Bowl rings for a coach who relates to the players more. Coming from a guy who’s won two rings himself, this was likely more anti-Pats bias than anything else.
He also said the 2014 Patriots deserve an asterisk for deflategate, so that tells you everything you need to know about him. Not to mention this man’s career deserves an asterisk because there’s a strong chance that it never should have happened in the first place. Where’s the white suit Ray?
Patriots fans shouldn’t be the only ones rejoicing right now. Anyone who respects the game of football and doesn’t want irresponsible, inaccurate reporting on the sport should be happy to see him go as well.
ESPN also let go of Trent Dilfer, who dropped this gem following the Pats’ week four loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in 2014:
Last but not least, Cris Carter is being shown the door as well. He’ll always be remembered for his lecture to young players on having someone take the fall for you when you commit crimes:
So who is ESPN bringing in to replace these guys? So far we just have one name, but it’s the best name we could have asked for.
Randy Moss. It doesn’t get any more pro-Patriots than that. Moss loved his time in New England and always goes out of his way to praise Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. I loved this interview he did with TB12 for Fox Sports last year:
ESPN can never make up for all the lies they’ve told and their nonstop efforts to throw dirt on the Patriots and Brady’s name, but this is at least a big step in the right direction.
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