Skip Bayless has only 2 1/2 more months remaining at ESPN — he’s off for Fox Sports when his contract is up in August (around $5.5 million per year for four years plus a $4 million signing bonus, according to Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated). You’ve been celebrating ever since hearing the news, but admit it — deep down you’re going to miss him.
Every good story needs an antagonist, and for all of your adult life one of your main villains has been Skip. But after he’s gone (face it — no one watches Fox Sports 1), then what will you do? As Moriarty said to Sherlock Holmes: “Every fairytale needs a good old-fashioned villain.”
All this time, Skip Bayless has served an essential purpose. And we didn’t even know it.
Sure, on Monday night Skip predicted a Warriors’ sweep in the Western Conference Finals, and then the Thunder won game 1. And Skip immediately blamed the refs. Then, Wednesday, Skip predicted a Warriors collapse:
This Warriors lead feels flimsy, built on one late all-out Iggy-inspired rush.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) May 19, 2016
And Golden State of course went on to win Game 2 in a rout.
But in order for a classic villain to be believable, he has to be relateable — there have to be traces of good. And perhaps you don’t want to hear this, but such is the case with Skip.
Here are ten good things that Skip has done over his career — things that make him seem human like you and me. Well, like you.