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ESPN Frozen in Class of '85

With about three minutes left in tonight's Tulsa/UTEP game, ESPN flashed a graphic of big name NFL players drafted after tonight's announcer Trevor Matich in 1985's NFL draft (Matich was chosen in the first round as the 28th pick to the New England Patriots).

Among those players were two World Wide Leader personalities: Mike Golic and Doug Flutie.

Anybody find this a bit odd?

Matich, Golic and Flutie all work for ESPN.

Matich, Golic and Flutie all were drafted in 1985 and are presumably in the same age range.

People rightfully criticize the American media for having a mindset stuck in the 1960's.  ESPN appears to have hired at least three personalities whose best days were possibly achieved within the same brief period of time in the mid 1980's. 


Like one of those prehistoric bugs permanently locked in golden amber out of a scene from Jurassic Park, ESPN has apparently hired three guys from a distinctly similar time period.

This is, of course, a little unfair of me and assumes that they all share similar mindsets and that the peak of their lives was reached at some point in their college years.  People are far more diverse and independent than often given credit for, but one has to admit this is verrrrrry interesting.

And for the record I like ESPN.  But as the World Wide Leader, they're going to fall under at least a minimal level of scrutiny from here.

Ok that should be my last writing for tonight, see you tomorrow morning.

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You could throw Craig James (drafted in 1983) and Chris Speilman (drafted in 1988) can both probably be grouped in with the guys you listed as far as age range goes.

ESPN right now has Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and Robert Smith who were all early 90s grads. Throw in Trev Alberts who used to be there, and what's the difference.

CSTV has 2 early 90s grads in Brian Jones and Trev Alberts as their lead analysts.
October 30, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterRutgers Mike

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