peachesenregalia wrote:Also, neither espn.com nor espnfc.com has a single story regarding hillsborough. Weird.
ESPN has a 30 for 30 special tonight. Other than that, not a thing. Just a note and a link on ESPNUK.
Its not an "American" story. Really ESPN's adopted Prem team is United. if the news doesnt apply to them its rarely seen on the front page.
I was 15 when it happened. Living in New Jersey. I still remember the front page of the Star Ledger had a picture of these kids faces pressed up against that blue fencing. That was the story, that was the news. And then it was sort of gone. Trying to get any idea of what was happing in English football in the 80s and early 90s was difficult at best in the US anyways.
Today the coverage would have been much different ofcourse. But in the pre-CNN, pre-Internet days it was a newspaper story one day, then replaced by something more local the next. I still think ESPN and the rest of American media are playing catch up to football and its stories.
Its Messi, United, World Cup....the rest is filler. While the emotions of City's massive win two years ago, the atmosphere at Anfield on Sunday and the tributes to one of the greatest sports tragedies ever may have made the front pages, their is no historical context for ESPN, CNN, FOX to fall back on. It runs its 24 hours and then is replaced by NFL free agency, baseball, basketball, whatever..
its so difficult to be a fan here because its nearly impossible to replicate the atmosphere and emotion we see cast across the line from the streets and stands in England.
Brendan and Roberto did themselves, their clubs and the families great justice with their readings this afternoon as well.