This morning, whilst watching the greater metro area of the capital of the free world freak out over 2 inches of snow and expediently close down every school, office, and service it could close, I happened to notice a fun new graphic that ESPN was touting every spare moment it could find. That graphic depicted a listing of collegiate football programs with “the most national titles since major polling began.” It listed Alabama and Notre Dame as tied with 8, effectively robbing Notre Dame of 3 of its consensus national championships. Effectively, ESPN, for whatever reason (a reason I’m sure is in line with some MBA’s or group of MBA’s strategy for ESPN and their relationship with the SEC), has revised history, and thanks to a huge
lie media distribution capacity coupled with the fallow intellectual capacity of the greater portion of the nation’s population, it seems likely that it’s only a matter of time before it becomes “common knowledge” that ND holds only 8 national championships.
Whatever ESPN is trying to accomplish here, there’s little doubt that their intent is no less duplicitous than Urban Meyer’s average thought. Notre Dame, despite internal and external forces and influence, continues to refuse to “get in line” and join a conference and they continue to remain in a relationship with NBC. Thus ESPN, the “journalistic entity” that covers the sporting world – a world that is as much about business as it is about some ethereal notions of fandom and entertainment – has probably at best identified Notre Dame as competition and at worst identified Notre Dame as an enemy. So long as Notre Dame refuses to cooperate on a business level with ESPN, ESPN would rather Notre Dame be seen as a Vanderbilt or Duke in the college football realm.
There’s not much more to be said about this. It’s outrageous. It’s irresponsible. And it’s further indication that ESPN is little more than TMZ plus flashier intro screens and less journalistic integrity.