MUST WATCH: Gordon Hayward Goes On The Herd To Defend eSports, Wins
Colin Cowherd takes serious issue with TV networks airing eSports tournaments. In fact he takes issue with the term "eSports," generally. He puts gaming in the same category as professional crossword puzzling. Last week, he reacted to news that TBS would be carving out an entire programming block for professional gaming -- dedicated to the iconic first-person shooter "Counter-Strike" -- as if he'd just been informed of a Zerg invasion.
Bottom-line: Colin Cowherd does not like video games. He thinks they're for hapless losers who lack the requisite ambition to become his own myopic idea of a successful human being. He thinks professional gaming encourages sedentary lifestyles, or something like that.
With his trademark broad brushstrokes, Cowherd paints everyone who's ever held a controller as a character from "Revenge of the Nerds."
“There goes Spencer, he’s leaving the event and walking across the street to his mom’s house, where he still lives at 29. He goes over to the refrigerator, opens it up, he’s got a Hot Pocket! Oh yeah, microwave next. Look at the cheese! Big night for Spencer. Now he’s going upstairs to his room, a room where a girl has never entered. He sits down — look at that Star Wars collection.”
Utah Jazz power forward Gordon Hayward did not agree. The 25-year-old NBA All-Star was quick to point out the hypocrisy of Cowherd's assault on the uncool, digging up a photo of a young, Egon Spengler-looking sports reporter from the late 80s.
Honestly, does the person pictured below have any right to condemn others for not being prom king? Does Cowherd's very real obsession with traditional sports make him any less nerdy than someone who fixates on the fictitious world of League of Legends? I mean, come on -- this guy TOTALLY looks like he names his boogers.
— Gordon Hayward (@gordonhayward) September 30, 2015
Hayward went on Cowherd's show Thursday afternoon to inform the Fox Sports 1 host that professional gamers aren't just Hot Pocket slurping introverts who live inside a bean bag chair. It was a massacre. Brutal. (Rated M for mature.)
all the professional guys i now, they're professionals in the every sense of the word. that means they're training 8-10 hours a day and it just so happens, their training doesn't require them to lift weights or run around or things like that i will say that i've been through, most of these guys that are professional gamers, they all pretty much have teams and they live in a house together. so the whole notion that you know, they're 29, living with their mom, you know that, that's kind of just bull crap. because they all have a house together. they train together. i've been there, not one of the guys that i was with was overweight. they had you know, sex at all times. what they did each day was training, exercise, getting out, getting breaks. just because they don't have to, you know for my sport, i need to be strong. it helps to be tall. when you sit down and play video games, you don't necessarily need that think you're stereotyping there big-time, colin.
Watch the full debate, below...
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