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To ESPN, with Love

Dear Delusional ESPN Executive,

Poker never has been, nor will it ever be, an athletic event. Showing Poker on your network does not make it s sport; it is simply a game, a hobby, even. The hand-eye coordination involved is little to none, and it requires no strength or athletic prowess of any kind. Valuable air time is being wasted here; I'd rather be watching a Billiards match between Jeanette Lee and Allison Fisher. Some might argue that Billiards isn't a sport either. I disagree. Billiards requires flexibility, hand-eye coordination, and one must be at least in marginally good health to play. Some of the Jabba-the-Huts I've seen on the Poker table wouldn't last ten minutes on a pool table.

Please reconsider your decision to show Poker on your network. What's next, backyard Barbecue Grilling, Vacuuming, toothbrushing, perhaps?

Sincerely yours,
Rob S.
A Concerned Viewer


  1. Dear Viewer-

    I would have to agree - I do not understand why it is we here at ESPN show poker on a regular basis. We do not just show it on ESPN2, no, we take time on the mothership to air poker in reruns.

    Granted, the big guy with the crazy glasses is funny - and it was a hoot to see some hot head jackass loose it when he lost a GIRL... but in the end - there is no athletic competition in poker. It is cards, and you don't even have to strain your hands to shuffle them.

    Being a temporary victim in a poker house hold, I feel your pain, and if ESPN where part of NBC, I would off poker onto A&E, where the other boring shit is.

    -- Brian


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