Playing the Field: News had Mike Wallace; Sports has hot sideline reporters like Jenny Dell

Erin Andrews is so 2010.

The journalism world took a severe body blow over the weekend when 60 Minutes legend Mike Wallace passed away at the age of 93.

Now, we all know the world has changed drastically since Wallace’s heyday. Sports TV journalism, in particular, which was once dominated by the likes of Dick Schaap, Howard Cosell and Will McDonough, has since implemented dozens of pretty faces on the sidelines over cold, hard facts.

The young, target demographic of 25-34 year old men seem to be more than fine with this change. Ditto for the creepy old man demo.

So the sports world, which has long held the mantle of society’s toy department, has embraced this transition. A quick look at a few non-Erin Andrews sideline reporters who could one day become the Mike Wallace of the sports arena.

 
Jenny Dell, Red Sox reporter, NESN

Experience: 0. Dell is just four days into her pro sports broadcasting career, but the early returns are through the roof. Jeremy Lin’s first week as point guard of the Knicks did not go this well.
Journalistic integrity: 8. We have no doubt that Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein are watching Dell’s current work. It’s never too late for self-improvement, men.
Attributes: 10. Let the Google images do the talking.

 
Sam Ryan, MLB Network
Experience: 8. Formerly part of the shameless Worldwide Leader, she hit her peak in 2005 working Monday Night Football. She has since settled in at MLB Network.
Journalistic integrity: 5. She loses points here for allowing the Milwaukee Brewers to poison the minds of America’s youth.
Attributes: 7. She’s been around, but there’s no doubt she has lasting power.

 
 
Jenn Brown
Experience: 7. She graduated summa cum laude from Florida, which means she would have been a C- student at a northeast school. Nonetheless, Brown worked for Showtime Sports, which means she covered a lot of boxing. Much respect for that. All reporters should have to take a pit stop with the Sweet Science.
Journalistic integrity : 4. Another one who enjoys playing mind games with the FCC.
Attributes: 8. She’s off the market fellas as of this week. But Mr. Jenn Brown can’t do anything about the internet.

 
Meredith Marakovits, YES Network
Experience: 7. Philadelphia’s loss is New York’s gain here, as Marakovits jumped from the Sixers beat to the Yankees job.
Journalistic integrity: 8. Recruited to play volleyball at La Salle, Marakovits knows her sports. She has the legs to prove it.
Attributes: 9. The Yankees-Red Sox rivalry may be lame on the actual playing field this year, but keep an eye around the dugouts. Jenny Dell vs. Marakovits is the new Clemens vs. Pedro.

Dumb Jeopardy contestants

Sports fans get criticized often for living in a bubble. “Real news” is supposedly over their heads and guys who watch their local baseball team each night often times couldn’t name the Vice President of the United States (it’s Joe Biden, just in case).

But these things work both ways. You would think most sports fans would be able to identify Rick Santorum as being a member of the Republican Party as he is currently one of the political game’s most important figures.

Well, last night this guy named ‘Bing’ had trouble naming which team one of baseball’s most recognizable stars played for. Who’s well-rounded now Bing!?:

It never ceases to amaze me how hilariously dumb smart people can be sometimes:


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