Sunday, June 14, 2009
ED TEMPLETON ON ESPN: IRONIC RECOGNITION
ESPN has produced a tribute to Ed Templeton, one of the most influential skaters/artists/business owners ever. Of course I have a few thoughts on the subject:
1. Ed always was/is awesome and he deserves the recognition. Also, Toy Machine is a skateboarding institution.
2. ESPN has a skateboarding blog?
3. Apparently, ESPN is so convoluted that they think they have the credibility to be covering artists from a skateboard community that for most of its past, aggressively rebelled against companies like ESPN who only wanted to be involved to make a buck. (For the record, ESPN is a fantastic station, but they have no legitimate connection to skateboarding)
4. Skateboarding is not a sport. A sport is defined as a physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively. There are no rules in skateboarding and it shouldn't be judged.
5. I admit, I love Sportscenter.
6. ESPN wishes they were Vice and this interview was an Epicly Later'd episode. (EL is the best)
7. The narration is a ghastly attempt to make Ed/skateboarding sound "extreme".
8. Trying to inject the "competition" in skateboarding, the producers try to hard to paint Ed as a competitor in his time on the "contest circuit" in the early 90's. (he won two contests and at that point, they were TINY, jokes of a competition which is how it should be)
9. Mike Vallely is an embarrassment (Afflicition MMA clothing? Mighty Ducks?), but thank God, Allah, Vishnu, Buddha they mention Gonz and Natas for cred.
10. Sheep shoes/1997/animal-free represent. (SoleTech bring that sh*t back)
ESPN, this interview is simultaneously awesome and horrible at the same time, but thanks for giving Ed his due in proper.