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WHY ESPN'S TITLETOWN IS THE MOST RIDICULOUS IDEA IN THE HISTORY OF SPORTS

by Jarrett Carter, Stet Sports Blog

Factoring in all levels of athletic competition, there's sure to be one place that produces more championships and champions then any other are.

And you could name it 'Titletown.'

And if you did that, like ESPN is doing, you too could also be hailed as king of all dumbasses.

It would be one thing to definitively say that a town surpasses all others in sports dominance, in which case, it would more than likely be a town with a collegiate powerhouse, and ages-old franchises in football and baseball.

But to foster a competition that features Valdosta, Ga as a possible candidate and field it against the likes of Los Angeles and New York is just another effort to get web hits and T.V. views. Anyone who thinks there's any real merit to this feature besides getting country folks and city slickers amped about their town enough to help ESPN ratings is uninformed.

The fact is that New York or Los Angeles is going to be 'Titletown.' Even if they don't have the most championships, they are the cities that field some of the most popular teams in the history of organized sports. Teams so popular, that neither region or sport could undermine their appeal and recognizability.

Why do I care about the University of Florida's women's volleyball team and 17 consecutive SEC championships? Am I impressed by that? Absolutely. But I am not as impressed by that the legacies of the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Dodgers or New York Knicks.

I'm just not.

It's all about pro sports and the cultural fanaticism that surrounds them. Certain pro franchises are beloved throughout the nation, and have fans at every stop along the way. It might have been a better competition to find the most popular teams in every major pro sport, then to lump all sports together in a homogenous, regional popularity contest.

Lame, ESPN. But either way, we'll see you in New York when you crown the Big Apple 'Titletown.'

12 comment(s):

MoonDog said...

I agree. Had they centered this around college sports and the associated towns those schools were located in, fine.

But as you said, to lump New York City in with Knoxville is absurd.

Nice piece.

Scott Jacobs said...

I agree with you completely! How do you pit college towns with nothing else (Gainsville for example) versus powerhouse media markets like LA or New York or Boston? Gainsville is only on this list because of recent success, but it appears to me that much of this competition is about a historical body of work, and until a few years ago, the Gators were just a good football team and an okay basketball program. As for high schools being on there, its just plain ridiculous. This just might be worse than when they did "who's now"... but im not quite sure yet.

Mac G said...

I know it is the slow time for sports but what is the point of this crap other than to get a bunch of people on TV from these towns? U of Iowa has dominated college wrestling, with 21 national titles in the last 33 years so does this mean Iowa City is title town USA? So Freaking DUMB!

Epic said...

This makes that 'Who's Now' campaign from last year back look good. Who's Now? I'm going with Brett Favre because 38 is the new 21, BLACKJACK!

Anonymous said...

I agree. The whole "competition" comes down to votes and a town like Valdosta, Ga. with 50,000 people can not possibly vote as many times as some of these towns with millions of people. Even though Valdosta has 440 state and national titles to brag about.

cian said...

there already is a title town, it's green bay, wisconsin. seriously, why is espn so dead set about making this up for grabs? does anyone outside of the states of minnesota and illinois really want to bonk the tiny city of green bay on the head? c'mon, there's not much going on there. is it necessary to rub that in?

World of Isaac said...

green bay sucks

Mac G said...

Detroit Sucks. Sterling Sharpe might still be open down the right hash. :)

World of Isaac said...

the worst moment of my life

Brian said...

Valdosta won. They are taping it today at our stadium. Thanks.

GDH said...

Yep... the ESPN taping is at 2 pm at Bazemore Hyder Stadium in Valdosta!!

Big cities don't care enough to vote...

Christine said...

It's a great day to be a Blazer!


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