With my sports hate reaching an all-time high after last weekend’s events, I find myself trying to find some solace. As I watched Sportscenter that night and tried to figure out just went wrong, I was hit with a reminder of how good Sportscenter used to be, and how far it’s fallen.

Watch this clip from the golden years and see how good it used to be. Don’t worry, I’ll wait.

OK, now let’s talk. Back then it was the personalities of Sportscenter that made it good. Guys like Keith Olbermann, Chris Berman, Dan Patrick, Stuart Scott (back in the day), and my personal favorite Kenny Mayne helped grow my sports obsession to the heights that it has reached today.

In those days, it wasn’t just about telling you who won the game, it was about finding your own twist to place on a 90 second highlight. Olbermann would find his nonsensical words that flowed somehow (He’s frozen pizza / He gaked on it). Dan Patrick was short and to the point, but oh so poignant. And Kenny Mayne was the master of sarcasm.

Today, with the advent of Twitter and instant information, we don’t really need Sportscenter anymore. We can see any highlight on demand, and we can find out the score on demand. So today Sportscenter has become all about gossip and the personalities of sports. If I never hear the name Brett Favre or Tim Tebow again, it’ll be too soon.

I guess I’ll stick to watching old ASU highlights, as I don’t have much to look forward to this season, and I’ll keep on watching some old Sportscenter commercials, because they still make me laugh to this day.

Oh and Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I’m thankful for my family, and good food, and basketball, and football, and (yeah, even still) ASU, and my great girlfriend Courtney (who did the news reads in Episode 10). Enjoy your holidays!

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