Connecticut has a lot of problems. We all know this. We all agree on this. We’ve all come to accept this. It’s part of our identity.
But here’s the thing: Our state’s problems are like a family’s problems. Is it acceptable for people inside the family to talk about our problems? Sure, totally allowed. Is it acceptable for people outside the family to talk about our problems? ABSOLUTELY NOT, ARE YOU CRAZY!?
Which brings us to today’s story: A former Connecticut resident and ESPN anchor put our state and its problems on blast today for what feels like no reason.
According to The New York Post, Fox Sports One anchor and former ESPN talent Colin Cowherd was talking with fellow-former-ESPN talent Jason Whitlock on an FS1 podcast called “Speak for Yourself” over the weekend. And, for whatever reason, Cowherd decided that would be the appropriate venue to say that ESPN is crumbling and it’s all because no one wants to live in Connecticut. Here’s the quote:
“What is undoing ESPN and is not spoken about, is no one wants to live in rural Connecticut. [Keith] Olbermann didn’t want to live there. [Bill] Simmons didn’t want to live there. You didn’t want to live there. I didn’t want to live there. The seven bosses that worked for us at Fox didn’t want to live there. It has become a huge unspoken disadvantage. … Anybody we want, we get. Why? They don’t want to live there.”
Respectfully, Mr. Cowherd, did anyone ask you? Because I’m pretty sure no one asked you.
Nevermind that your new network has struggled with ratings for basically its entire existence. Nevermind that ESPN has plenty of staff in places like New York City, Chicago, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles. Nevermind that people do want to live here because, y’know, literally speaking, people live here. Nevermind that, as The Post points out, most of the talent you mentioned in your rant didn’t leave by choice but were sent packing by ESPN.
Forget all of that. At the end of the day, ESPN and whether or not people want to live in Connecticut isn’t any of your damn business.
Is Connecticut perfect? No. Is ESPN perfect? Also no. Do we have some problems that need fixing? Sure. Does ESPN? Probably. Is one of ESPN’s problems that it’s in Connecticut? That argument could be made, yes.
But should any of that be the concern of a broadcaster who doesn’t work for that company or live in that state? Heck no. This is a family matter, Colin, and last time we checked, you left the family for good some time ago. Keep your opinions to yourself.