If you’re like me, and that’d be a scary thought, you’ve noticed a trend happening lately. A trend that’s bugging me like crazy in the sports world. We’ve gone from thought provoking discussions to, well, a world full of hot takes without much thought or factual basis behind why we think the way we do.
Sometimes I think back to when First Take first started off. I want to say it was a show called Cold Pizza and either evolved into First Take or just became like First Take. While Cold Pizza was a pretty fun show with good discussions, First Take put two, to be quite frank, blowhards on TV to yell at one another for a couple of hours.
With all due respect to Steven A. Smith and his former cohost, Skip Bayless, every time I’d watch their program, it was them just yelling back and forth. Or Skip just never giving LeBron James his due as a great basketball player. It’s like they were told to just give these terrible opinions with no real reason behind it.
“Oh hey, LeBron struggles in the clutch, good enough reason to say he’s not a great player.”
You know who else struggled in the clutch? Wilt Chamberlin. Yet, he’s held in high regard despite only winning a couple of NBA Championships, widely considered a top five player. Would Skip Bayless hop in a time machine and proclaim Wilt wasn’t great in the clutch and thus was not a great basketball player?
I’m all for starting logical debate with other fans, but if someone came up to me and said that because Dan Marino was a bad quarterback because he never won a title, I’d might try to throw hands with you. Not even joking. That’s how I feel about hot takes created to start some form of controversy.
Opinions are wonderful. I’ve had a few discussions with the sports editor up in Spencer about Iowa and Iowa State, but we’ve never really just thrown out something without much to back up the claim. If you want to say something like Dan Marino was an overrated quarterback, throw some numbers out there, look at who he played and so on.
Look at that Colin Cowherd on FOX Sports. The guy ragged on the Iowa football program for years. Kept on calling them the fake ID of college football and I never really heard too much of a reason outside of the always lame argument of they haven’t played anyone. Going by that logic, most years Alabama doesn’t really play anyone out of conference that’s great outside of a Florida State or so every couple of years.
A lot of top teams don’t play a tough non-conference schedule every year. Some top tier SEC teams don’t really play a great non-conference slate and why are they not a fake ID of college football if that’s your sole argument against a school? Again, I believe these people are told to say outlandish facts to drive up the listeners and viewers.
A hot take would be me saying that Iowa State got lucky in October against two top five teams, a decent Texas Tech team and a Kansas team that can hardly function at times. Luck was the only reason why they went 4-0 last month, but people know better. Through looking at the games themselves, we know that those wins were earned through hard work and preparation.
Also some self implosion on the opposite side helps but that is simply football.
Hot takes are an unneeded attention to sports and to anyone with an opinion that wants to spout out without so much of a thought.