Let's cut that boy some slack. All he's really done so far in his life is play football, win more than he's lost, be really, really open with his relationship with God, say super hokey, humble shit when the cameras are on him, and not have sex ever. The not having sex ever aside, the guy hasn't really done anything. And yet we hate him. We love him. We know his name.
That he's neck-and-neck with LeBron James as the most polarizing person in professional sports is amazing, because compared to James--hell, compared to hundreds of players in the NFL alone--he hasn't really done anything.
It took us awhile, America, but we've identified the problem, we've identified why we love and hate this evangelical, almost-aborted (his words!) backup quarterback from Manila: because we hear about him all the time. And more recently, we've identified why we hear about him all the time: because ESPN is whorish.
There's plenty written about it already, but the gist is that to increase their ratings,ESPN specifically has taken a mediocre talent who hasn't started a game this season for the New York Jets, and is responsible for a whole 126 more of his team's total yardage this year than your mother is, and turned him into a superstar. This is bad, really bad, because ESPN is, or at least plays at being, a journalistic organ solely meant to report the news as opposed to make news themselves for the purpose of financial gain. More »