Things I Hate About TV: "At the end of the day..."
I'll be the first to admit that it's pretty dumb to watch this much sports-related television. I feel especially stupid if I'm watching the Rome/Around the Horn/PTI block in real time and all three shows are covering the same thing I watched six times on Sportscenter. By the time Tony and Michael get to discussing it, I feel like I could write a dissertation on "me-first wide receivers" or "Mike Tyson related crime". As stupid as I feel, though, I keep watching. I can't stop watching. Honestly, I think ESPN is putting something in the water.
So, maybe it's a little disingenuous for me to be complaining about these shows, but seeing as ESPN is keeping my brain a hostage, I might as well sound off on the one thing I can't stand about all of them...
I understand that sports are where a lot of our clichés come from and I even like a lot of sports clichés (I get happy during every single "bad-team-gets-it-together-in-training-montage.") I just want the people who comment about my sports to be able to do so without repeating the same four or five phrases again and again and again.
With the exception of Michael Irvin (and his enormous tie-knot) these are professional broadcasters, for goodness sake! They have writers and producers! Can't one of them get through a segment without saying the same trite and useless statement that every other announcer has used?
The worst example of sports cliché is the title of this blog entry. "At the end of the day..." Listen the next time you watch these shows and you'll hear the phrase approximately nine hundred times an hour: "I like what Jeff Garcia has done with this offense, but at the end of the day you need a legitimate starter in there"; "the Colts have an amazing offense, but at the end of the day, it's defense that wins you championships"; "the sun is an amazing giver of life and light, but at the end of the day, it abandons us, just like mommy did."
It drives me nuts.
There's something to be said for the immediacy of understanding that a cliché brings to the table, but at the end of the day, originality needs to win out!
What's your annoying sports cliché?