ESPN needs to forget whip-around coverage

Cup o Joe | Big Joe Lombardi

That’s what they’re calling it now.  If one team is pounding another in the NCAA basketball tournament, well...let’s cut out of this one and switch to another, tighter contest, the wheels at ESPN decide.  What about the viewers?  Don’t they count?
Remember the first time in recent memory when an NBC programmer flipped a switch and ignited sports fans anger around the country?  It was Nov. 17, 1968, when the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders were deep into a close AFL game, but network honchos decided the tilt wasn’t as important as getting the movie “Heidi” started on time?  
Serious fan fallout!  It was the same at my house Saturday during the UConn - St. Francis women’s tournament matchup on ESPN2.  
Like I’ve said before, it’s a treat to watch the UConn Huskies and Baylor Bears, the two best women’s college teams going and the fact Connecticut had a 70-point lead was immaterial.  They were approaching a number of single game records and I wanted to see it happen!
So, the network switched to a game I had no interest in and didn’t find out until later what happened.  
Bottom line..ESPN, if you start a game,finish it and put that whip-around business in your back pocket and leave it there.
I’m proud to say you won’t find any of that mess on when we cover Bulldawg sports.  One game at a time, beginning to end.  That’s how we do it. 
ESPN..take a lesson.
Go Dawgs!

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