Richard Sherman takes on Skip Bayless on First Take

When Richard Sherman and Skip Bayless fight, we all lose, according to Bill Simmons

3/8/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

Blog Photo - Richard Sherman takes on Skip Bayless on First TakeEven as a Boston fan, I rarely agree with things that Bill Simmons says. In fact, he's such a Boston homer that it gets embarrassing at times for me to hear him speak and read the ridiculousness that he occasionally spews.

But sometimes, he absolutely hits the nail on the head. And that's what happened yesterday, when he responded to the epic battle that went down on ESPN's First Take morning show between Richard Sherman and Skip Bayless.

Sherman went on the show and made it clear in no uncertain terms that he's tired of Bayless' trolling schtick.

Bayless has been critical of everyone over the course of the show, from Sherman to LeBron James. He certainly has his favorites, and he makes no attempt to hide it.

Sometimes, Bayless has valid points. But most of the time, he's just an attention whore who will say anything to get people going.

Sherman is obviously tired of that, and wanted to take his time on the show to let Bayless know, and do his best to completely embarrass him.

In case you missed it, check it out here, via BSO:


It worked, since most people would agree that Sherman "won" the exchange with Bayless, calling him "ignorant, pompous, and egotistical," among other things.

Bill Simmons would disagree with the statement that Sherman won, however. He actually tweeted about it, and criticized First Take, which is something that most ESPN employees wouldn't even have the freedom to do.

Blog Photo - Richard Sherman takes on Skip Bayless on First Take


Simmons is absolutely right this time. Many people watch First Take because there are controversial arguments about hot sports topics. But at the end of the day, just realize that Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith are just trolling you, and 90% of the time, at least one of them doesn't even really believe the words that are coming out of his mouth.

If you enjoy that type of thing, then have at it. But keep in mind that there are, as Simmons says, like 800 channels out there. Check out the Dan Patrick Show, or NFL AM. Or even Sportscenter, if you want to check out highlights from the day before.

It's time for people to get smarter about what they watch, and leave First Take where it belongs: Off your televisions.
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3/8/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Unfortunately, First Take is popular for reasons I can't understand, and worse, the First Take way ("Embrace Debate") is leaking into other ESPN programming, particularly the late morning/early afternoon SportsCenters. I went out for lunch today and one channel had First Take (which seems to run all day on ESPN2), while the other had Stephen A yapping about something on SportsCenter. I don't get it.

This type of debating is all over cable. Its cheap and easy entertainment...

3/8/13   |   PurrsAlot   |   1606 respect

taithumble wrote:
I watch First Take all the time.  I just ignore Skip when he's being foolish; it's not hard to do.  I'm a huge sports buff and the show has a lot of info, whether the guys are being tools or not.  Of course Skip is a blowhard, he always has been, but I just take him for what he is and listen to the topics.  As for Richard Sherman, he doesn't even realize how stupid he made himself look.  He completely sank to Skip's level and then some.  Actually, he was more childish than Skip is.  "I'm better at life than you"?  Good God. He blasted Skip's ego while throwing down egotistical statements like that.  The whole thing was embarrasing to watch. 

i agree

"better at life"????  wtf does that mean in his arena?  He just set himself up for a big fall when he screws up down the road.  And with his ego... he WILL screw up.  "on to bigger and better things"...  what are those mr better at life?

3/8/13   |   PurrsAlot   |   1606 respect

boringggggggg, answer the questions or don't go on the show!

3/8/13   |   taithumble

(Edited by taithumble)

I watch First Take all the time.  I just ignore Skip when he's being foolish; it's not hard to do.  I'm a huge sports buff and the show has a lot of info, whether the guys are being tools or not.  Of course Skip is a blowhard, he always has been, but I just take him for what he is and listen to the topics.  As for Richard Sherman, he doesn't even realize how stupid he made himself look.  He completely sank to Skip's level and then some.  Actually, he was more childish than Skip is.  "I'm better at life than you"?  Good God. He blasted Skip's ego while throwing down egotistical statements like that.  The whole thing was embarrasing to watch. 

3/8/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Unfortunately, First Take is popular for reasons I can't understand, and worse, the First Take way ("Embrace Debate") is leaking into other ESPN programming, particularly the late morning/early afternoon SportsCenters. I went out for lunch today and one channel had First Take (which seems to run all day on ESPN2), while the other had Stephen A yapping about something on SportsCenter. I don't get it.