ESPN strikes again
That apparently was some great game Sunday between Mount St. Joseph's, the area's top ranked boys basketball team, and nationally ranked Oak Hill Academy, as the Gaels battled Oak Hill to a virtual standoff.
Too bad hardly anybody saw it, since the game, played at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., could only be seen on ESPN 360, a Web site of the Worldwide Leader in Sports. In other words, two schools located about six hours away from each other and in neighboring states, presumably took planes to play a game that hardly any of their fans could see.
And the reason for that? Because two of the players, Mount St. Joe's Henry Sims and Brandon Jennings of Oak Hill, are highly recruited athletes who will play in colleges -- Georgetown and Arizona, respectively -- next year that regularly air on ESPN. We've said it before and we'll say it again: Someone had better get a hold of this phenomenon of made-for-television games before it ruins the concept of high school athletics.