ESPN doesn’t just “show the highlights” anymore. That’s hardly news.
However, on Sunday morning, the SportsCenter crew made an interesting decision with the direction it took the highlights of the LSU-Ole Miss game.
Instead of focusing on Derrius Guice’s historical night in a 40-24 win for a red-hot Tigers team, the Worldwide Leader decided to instead focus on a midweek interview from LSU coach Ed Orgeron during which he confessed his love for chicken-on-a-stick prepared by a lady at a local convenience store during his time as head coach at Ole Miss.
Prior to the game, LSU media members scrambled for interviews with “Miss Phyllis,” who happily revealed that she does still prepare the Coach O favorite and that she believed LSU would beat Ole Miss.
It was a nice, cute storyline. But did ESPN take this angle a bit too far?
SportsCenter’s highlight included broadcaster Elle Duncan assigning a fake country accent to Miss Phyllis, presumably because she happens to be from Mississippi, and then included Photoshopped images of Orgeron eating chicken on a stick from the sidelines each time a positive highlight was shown for the Tigers.
Check this out:
Umm. Assigning fake country accents to Southern women and Photoshopping chicken into LSU highlights. This is where we're at, ESPN? pic.twitter.com/TbewfXDj1b
— Nick Cole (@NickColeSports) October 22, 2017
It was a curious decision, to say the least.