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ESPN First Take Tackles Huge Philisophical Question: Bears

Like many bloggers, I’ve got one of those day job things that typically occupies me from 9-7 or so. I try to write before and after work and usually rely on my personal observations from live events for content, along with SportsCenter to help fill in the blanks on any relevant news I’ve missed.

Therefore, I don’t frequently get to experience the joy of watching ESPN’s First Take program…or the show-formerly-known-as Cold Pizza…or just the crap hour, for short. First Take runs at 10 a.m. on weekdays (I think). My cursory impression from tuning in for only a few minutes on random off days is that the talent, topics, guests and dialogue is pretty much second-rate, making First Take fairly painful to watch. Not to mention, I really can’t stand that Skip Bayless character.

Which is, in a sense, why the following video should not be at all surprising. For those not in the know (a category of folks that included me until checking out this out at Fandome), our buddy Timmy! Kurkjian (by the way, does that ever get old? could be one of my favorite parts of his appearances on Mike and Mike in the Morning) brought up a topic that First Take has since grabbed onto and simply refused to let go: bears.

Specifically, Mr. Kurkjian posed the age-old question that has captivated philosophers, historians and intellectuals for centuries. If you put a hungry bear on the 50-yard line…and an NFL kick returner on the goal line…could the return man outrun the bear and make it to midfield?

This, my friends, has led to “months” of programming, interviews and discussion on ESPN’s First Take. According to host Jay Crawford, First Take has interviewed such notables as LaDainian Tomlinson and, of course, Ashton Kutcher on this incredibly important question. Apparently, almost universally, sentiment has come in on the side of the NFL return man.

Earlier this week, First Take took its investigative journalism on this critical debate to the next level, brining in renowned bear expert and PhD Lynn Rogers, as well as Antwaan Randle El to discuss the matter.

As the Maitre D’ of Chez Quis once said: I weep for the future.

HT to Fandome for video.

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  1. P-Cat

    May 23, 2008 at 10:44 am

    I can’t stand when sports tries to “entertain” because it usually leads to YES network’s Ultimate Road Trip, or MNF having Freddie Prinz join them in the booth for a quarter. (“And, oh yeah, you’re in a movie now Freddie, right?” Put out by Disney?”) I would rather carrot scrape my toes than ever watch Cold Pizza or anything ESPN ever puts on that’s only marginally sports related.

  2. Dan

    May 30, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Better question: Would the bear kick to Devin Hester?

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