Colin Cowherd Rails Against Video Game Tournament On ESPN2, Says He’ll Quit If Ever Forced To Cover It

  • Eric Goldschein

If there’s one thing jocks can agree upon, it’s that nerds suck. Colin Cowherd, the ultimate radio jock, took a few minutes out of his radio show to rail against the fact that nerds got two-plus hours of ESPN2 coverage yesterday: Blizzard Entertainment’s Heroes of the Storm tournament called “Heroes of the Dorm,” complete with live audience and e-announcers, played while the NBA playoffs aired on TNT. Cowherd hated it:

here’s what’s going to get me off the air. if i am ever forced to cover guys playing video games, i will retire. and move to a rural fishing village and sell bait. you want me out? demand video game tournaments on espn because that’s what appeared on espn 2 yesterday…

i tolerated donkey kong, okay? i’ll tell you what that was the equivalent there, of me putting a gun in my mouth and having to listen to that.

I must have missed when ESPN aired that “Donkey Kong Country” tournament back in 1994.

First of all, Colin, nobody is going to ask you to cover a video game tournament. That wasn’t Mike Tirico on the call there — the higher-ups know people of your generation have no idea what’s going on here (though, to be fair, I don’t know what’s going on here either). Second of all, you sound like you’re 100 years old. Get your head out of the sand and realize that “e-sports” is a billion-dollar industry and growing, with tournaments that sell out giant arenas, millions in prize money and professional visas and scholarships given out to pro and aspiring gamers. You can argue whether or not playing a video game is a sport (and I’d probably agree with you), but airing it on a sports channel is no less egregious than airing poker or eating contests, which ESPN does with relish (pun slightly intended).

Finally, the coup de grâce here: “You know the funny thing is? Listen to how intense they are. Guys are totally into it.” No shit. It’s a big deal to them, and to millions around the world. Stop bashing things you don’t understand and fuck off, bully.

Watch the whole rant:

Hey Colin, why don’t you take a page out of colleague Michelle Beadle’s book and give it a chance, instead of sounding salty as shit:

Go Beadle.

Eric Goldschein

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Managing Editor Eric Goldschein was there for the Larry Johnson four-point play and the Jeffrey Maier game. He's a Pitt alum, which means the best part of his college sports experience was tailgating.