ESPN Drawing Some Ire For .Com New Orleans Photo

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Came across this late last night and I'm not sure what to think about this headlining photo that was up on ESPN yesterday. I'm sure there was no intent to make the photo as such but the photoshopping is sketchy at best.

Via LA Weekly comes a picture that ESPN.com put together for the BCS Championship Game. It appears to combine some of the local landmarks around The Big Easy which includes The Superdome, the Crescent City Connection (bridge), a Bourbon Street sign, and the Mississippi River. The problem is that it seems to have invoked thoughts of Katrina because the Superdome isn't supposed to sit on water.....


I, like the LA Weekly, obviously don't think this is/was intentional but I still can't believe that things like this still slip by the editors at ESPN.com.

ESPN Puts New Orleans Back Underwater (LA Weekly)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 10:21 AM

20 Comments:

Oh Jesus Christ, ESPN helped pump a shit ton of money into the community and they have stones to bitch about a picture??? Fuck that.

GMoney said...
Jan 9, 2008, 10:58:00 AM  

Who gives a shit about a picture.

Anonymous said...
Jan 9, 2008, 11:02:00 AM  

It was probably a silly mistake, caused by stereotypical thinking. ESPN went to the focus group and asked what they think about when you talk about New Orleans, and they said "Water, the Superdome, and Bourbon Street." So ESPN found a way to get them all in the picture so they could "identify" with the game.

I find it funnier that the Bourbon Street sign is underwater (at least that's how it looks in the picture--correct me if I'm wrong). The French Quarter was one of the few areas of New Orleans that was high and dry during Katrina.

J.J. said...
Jan 9, 2008, 11:14:00 AM  

Don't the people at the LA Weekly have anything better to do. Talk about over analysis!

Fitty said...
Jan 9, 2008, 11:16:00 AM  

"Don't the people at the LA Weekly have anything better to do."

Yeah, they were trying to come up with an arguement about USC deserving a share of the title that actually made sense. But they couldn't come up with one, so they turned to this.

J.J. said...
Jan 9, 2008, 11:26:00 AM  

Wow the LA Times has their own Invent-A-Controversy Machine?

Tar Heel Fan said...
Jan 9, 2008, 11:27:00 AM  

AA...this is barely worthy of a post. You usually show better judgment than this. Posts like this are why people think you have a vendetta against ESPN.

Anonymous said...
Jan 9, 2008, 11:29:00 AM  

What a load of shit.USC couldn't get enough slurping from the 4 letter so there PR arm came up with this shit.
I love the internet and all but the over analysis / over exposure of the little petty crap is just a bit much.

Drew S said...
Jan 9, 2008, 11:34:00 AM  

He said it wasn't intentional, and everybody here (myself included) who regularly trash the network believe it wasn't a big issue.

J.J. said...
Jan 9, 2008, 11:35:00 AM  

It probably not intentional, but it definitely is an "oops" moment that can generate bad press, whether the crticism is valid or not.

Jan 9, 2008, 11:40:00 AM  

Lynch those honkey bastards!!!

George Jefferson said...
Jan 9, 2008, 11:41:00 AM  

I would be more worried about the four giant heads about to eat the Superdome than the calm waters in front of it.

Daniel said...
Jan 9, 2008, 11:43:00 AM  

I love how people bring up the "vendetta thing" every single sensitive issue. I said it wasn't intentional just like the Tilghman comments from yesterday.

Jan 9, 2008, 11:57:00 AM  

the people don't even have houses but they have computers and are complaining about an internet picture. give me back the money i sent. geez! they just want handouts!!

Anonymous said...
Jan 9, 2008, 12:04:00 PM  

never mind that miles looks like he's about to give a blow job. tressel hasn't been seen with a smile since his divorce. the lsu logo is tough to see on the superdome.
dam it -- it haunts me of katrina. boo hoo.
if you give me some more gov't money, i'll let it slide.

Anonymous said...
Jan 9, 2008, 12:08:00 PM  

They're complaining in Los Angeles, not New Orleans.

The people in New Orleans are more upset about Allstate shelling out millions of dollars to sponsor a bowl game in a city it won't insure and refuses to honor Katrina claims in.

J.J. said...
Jan 9, 2008, 12:20:00 PM  

If they had left the original image of the ugly guy with the beer in the shopping cart walking in the water- then I could understand. But otherwise everyone needs to get over it. The game is over- hell I showed this image to 10 people and they never even saw it before or even thought it was offending anyone.

People are far too sensitive these days- everyone needs to just STFU & GBTW.

Anonymous said...
Jan 9, 2008, 1:57:00 PM  

Yeah, it's much ado about nothing. It's not like anyone at ESPN has any weather related disasters happen to them recently....

http://nwahomepage.com/content/fulltext/?cid=9778

Too soon?

Anonymous said...
Jan 9, 2008, 3:58:00 PM  

I'm more offended by the letters BCS.

Anonymous said...
Jan 9, 2008, 4:53:00 PM  

I agree with GMoney

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