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My Wish..

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by doubledown68, Jun 28, 2007.

  1. doubledown68

    doubledown68 Active Member

    I know ESPN often sucks... but has anyone been watching the My Wish segments?

    I'm a sentamental fool, so I can only watch them in the apartment, where it suddenly becomes amazingly dusty. Anyway, its as an enjoyable as five minutes as any on the WWL.
  2. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    I'm allergic to Chris Connely and treacly piano music. It is nice though to see athletes shown as being compassionate.
  3. BYH

    BYH Active Member

  4. Bubbler

    Bubbler Active Member

    My head tells me this is the worst kind of exploitive television, the kind of thing that generally makes me have the same gutteral reaction that Jones had to KFC. ESPN really has no shame.

    But my heart tells me who cares if it's exploitation if these kids get to live a dream because of it?

    The athletes? To an extent, fuck 'em, this isn't about them. And definitely fuck ESPN/Disney and their promotional motivations.

    But those kids getting to be on SportsCenter is a massive thrill for them in an otherwise awful time, so I can't knock it.

    In the end, I've only watched part of the Jimmie Johnson one and none of the others. Forced sentimentality just doesn't do it for me.

    But if it's someone else's cup of tea, I can't by any rights stand on a mountain and rail about it.
  5. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    This reminded me of the scene in Ocean's 13 where Brad Pitt goes to Clooney's room and when he gets there, Clooney is sniffling. Pit says, "Are you watching .... Oprah?"

    This in some ways is a cheap off-shoot of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (which, when I have occasion to watch it -- because my wife wants to -- makes me wonder where all that dust came from, as well. Probably doesn't cost ESPN anything to do it.
  6. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    I wish I was white, uptight and out of sight. (With my luck, the genie would turn me into a tampon.)
  7. alleyallen

    alleyallen Guest

    It's a little overdone at times, but it's still a decent feature. One nice one from a couple of days ago had a girl and her mom get pulled over by two cops who then "escorted" her to meet Jimmy Johnson. That was kinda neat.
  8. Mayfly

    Mayfly Active Member

    I read the other day that a kid wanted to have his wish be to kick Barry Bonds repeatedly in the groin. It was quickly denied.
  9. doubledown68

    doubledown68 Active Member

    Considering what the steroid regimen must've done to Barry's groin, they probably didn't want the poor kid wearing himself out.

    And I like the segments because kids who survive shit like that damn sure deserve something to smile about. The little girl in last night's segment learned to walk and talk again after having a tumor removed from her brain stem.

    Unfortunately, I'm sure there are hundreds of more like her. It' just good to see, that's all.
  10. Ashy Larry

    Ashy Larry Active Member

    DD.....I like the segments for the same reason, it's great to see kids that have gone through too much finally have a reason to smile.

    Shit...I was watching something similar a few years ago and a little girl needed a bone marrow dono, I drove to the Dana Farber the next morning, registered and now I'm on the donor's list.
  11. I like the SportsCenter segments, but I have a problem with something else. Yesterday, on ESPN.com, they had brief chats with some of the kids featured. How can these kids (most aren't even teen-agers) respond to questions like, "How did meeting Dwyane Wade help you fight your illness?" That seemed pretty tacky, to say the least.
  12. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    My grandpa used to say, "Wish in one hand and [crap] in the other, and see which one fills up first."
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