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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | JULY 05, 2011 7:20 AM

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ESPN’s Big Ten mockery a disgrace

On July 1, I was watching “College Football Live” on ESPN.

The people on this show seem to enjoy mocking the Big Ten. They think it is funny to mock the names of the new Big Ten divisions.

Obviously, they don’t know the thought and history behind the terms “Legends” and “Leaders.” The Big Ten has a very rich history of college-football legends and gridiron leaders. Growing up in the Midwest, I am very proud of the new divisional names and find it offensive that ESPN’s so-called professional broadcasters can make such disrespectful comments about something they know nothing about on national television.

I think they need to make a nationally broadcast apology.

Frankly, their comments show both stupidity and disrespect towards the Big Ten. And ESPN calls itself a leader in sports? Give me a break.

At a time of controversy in college sports, we need leaders to be leaders. It doesn’t help when you have nationally televised figures behaving in such a childish manner.

I am a native of Ohio, but I’m a true Big Ten fan. I cheer for Iowa, especially when it plays Michigan — though not when the Hawkeyes face Ohio State, of course. I e-mailed ESPN and told the network that the two broadcasters should make an apology on national TV; you should do the same.

Jim Allen
San Antonio


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