7. Baseball Tonight
One thing I look for in these shows is consistency, not just consistency for a short period of time but over a span of several years. For any baseball fans, you know that you can rely on Baseball Tonight to be the same source of highlights and analysis from around the league for each night during the marathon that is the MLB regular season.
Growing up, everybody does their own “Web Gems” in the backyard…don’t deny it. I’ve been watching the Web Gems segment since I was little, and I assume I will many years from now, too.
Not to mention, they always are able to find great people for the show. Currently, Karl Ravech does a great job hosting the show, and the likes of Tim Kurkjian, John Kruk, Curt Schilling, and Barry Larkin offer great expertise.
Every night, you know you can get caught up on dozens of hours of baseball in just 30 or 60 minutes, and it’s not changing anytime soon. And let’s not forget that it’s not their fault some questionable characters have come aboard. We’re looking at you, Harold Reynolds and Steve Phillips.
6. College GameDay
5. Sunday NFL Countdown
I’m going to keep this one short and sweet. The NFL is currently bigger than any sport league has ever been in our country. Everyone tunes in every Sunday from September to the Super Bowl in January or February. Chris “Boomer” Berman is someone we’ve all grown up with and enjoy watching, and who wouldn’t want to watch a show with Mike Ditka?
This show is on longer than any other NFL pre-game show prior to kickoff, so everyone is inclined to tune in. Whether you’re a die-hard fan, love fantasy football, or just love to sit back and soak in the spectacle that is the NFL, Sunday NFL Countdown is the place to be before the coin is flipped.
Investigative reporting is my favorite. E:60 is still a relatively new show, but the people we see on it do not lack in experience. The best reporters are the ones on the show, which is what I feel is its strongest aspect. Stealing a lot of thunder from Outside The Lines, E:60 is now the main place we look for those famous ESPN emotional pieces. And like I said earlier, when you don’t watch the shortened version time after time on SportsCenter, it really is a great time watching the features.
I make features in this style for my studies, so it is something that I appreciate greatly. They do what I think is a near-perfect job with them. It’s a time for a deep breath to get away from the same stories that you’ve heard on every other show that day and learn about something that you did not know before hand.
3. The Sports Reporters
I’d be willing to bet that a lot of you guys have not heard of this show. It’s one that’s been around for a long time on ESPN, airing every Sunday morning. And it’s just what you’d think it is based on the title: a bunch of sports reporters bantering.
It’s led by John Saunders and has various panels of extremely reputable sports reporters on it. It doesn’t make you laugh and it doesn’t have a signature segment, so why am I rating it so highly? It’s good television. If you want to be informed with only the real, raw opinions that you should hear, this is your show. It’s not aimed toward pop culture and teenage audiences, it’s just sports talk plain and simple.
These guys know what they’re talking about, too. So if you tune in, you can be sure to dominate the water cooler talk every Monday.
Yeah, I know this choice is risky. But I’m going to stand by it: SportsNation is a great show. ESPN struck gold with starting it a couple of years back.
Colin Cowherd is “eh” at best. He’s a less extreme version of Skip Bayless, who’s show “First Take” would probably not make my Top 100 list. He has at times very questionable opinions, but he knows a lot about sports. He’s a credible radio personality who, even though he’s controversial, does know a good deal about what he’s rambling on.
But his co-host is one of the first two reasons why SN is ranked so high. Michelle Beadle is absolutely phenomenal at what she does. She’s fun to watch, makes the audience laugh, and always has a smile on her face without coming off as overbearing. Cowherd and Beadle are the perfect balance, similar to Wilbon and Kornheiser.
But the second main reason why I’m raving about SN is because of the content of the show, the segments. “Cheers & Jeers” and “Pulse of the Nation” are just a couple, but the program is filled with fun segments each and every day. Yet at the same time, they have enough different segments that they can turn to so that none of them get old.
It’s fun, refreshing, comical, and informative all at the same time. If SportsNation is not one of the shows you watch regularly, it should be.
If you’re a sports fan, you either go to sleep with SportsCenter or wake up with it. I know I do seven days a week.
Yeah, I know the Tebow and LeBron stuff gets annoying at times, but that’s the case with every program. SC has been around and at the top of its class for decades now, and will always remain as the primary sports news program.
It’s got the serious, it’s got the laughs, it’s got the consistency, and it’s got a great arsenal of personalities. SportsCenter truly has it all. Lots of fans take it for granted and try to criticize it unnecessarily, but the fact of the matter is, there’s nothing more soothing than sitting down to a fresh episode of SportsCenter.