There was a time when the thought of life without ESPN was horrifying. Granted, I was a lot younger and a more enthusiastic fan. Recently, I went a year and a half without cable, or indeed television, at all. (Well, I did have Babylon 5 on DVD. At least the first season.) And last year when I turned the cable back on, I decided I didn't care enough to pay for extended service and, therefore, ESPN. Strangely, in all that time, I haven't missed ESPN or, my once favorite way to pass time, Sports Center one bit.
I couldn't figure out why that might be. Matt Feeney offers a thorough critique that may explain the change. If you're interested in this at all, you should read his whole article, but his conclusion is priceless:
As John Buccigross might say, as Pravda was to the old Soviet Union, SportsCenter is to pro basketball.