"Here's what it comes down to. ESPN's current chosen model of glitzy, Hollywood-ized sports coverage and subsidized trolling seems to be, in my mind, one with a limited ceiling. It has only been so successful because it has piggybacked onto ESPN's long legacy of what was at one point supposedly universally respected. This is not exactly Newton standing on the shoulders of giants, if you will, but you know what I mean. As the Skip and Stephen A. Show becomes more and more absurd in the eyes of more and more people, there just has to be a point when ESPN decides to tone it down or go in another direction. Or, maybe not. Either way, it seems that this strategical resource has already been voraciously tapped. I have no doubt that Skip will continue to say ridiculous things about Tim Tebow, Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, and others, but I think that even the Worst Sort of Fan will become tired of it all much sooner than ESPN would hope."
Fouad over at his home site Holdin' the Rope, providing about as good a takedown as I have read on the ridiculous direction ESPN's non-game programming has taken in the past few years, and the rise of Skip Bayless and
Screamin' Steven A Smith. Is there a breaking point? Depends on what you think of sliding ratings (Is it ironic that Tim Tebow might be responsible for Bayless's success? If Tebow goes away does Bayless? Can we work that deal out?).