Yesterday was Michelle Beadle’s final day on SportsNation. Colin Cowherd and the rest of the crew said farewell by giving her an Evil Kenevil outfit and launching her from a cannon. Along the way she was cheered on and hugged by some familiar ESPN faces. It was silly and very SportsNation, but it somehow evoked emotion from me.
I think I felt a little nostalgic. Now, I don’t watch SportsNation, but I’ve seen the show. I’ve blogged about the show. I’ve seen clips. I have a working knowledge of the program, but I was still left feeling like Michelle Beadle was leaving my life. Is there a rational explanation for that? She’s just going to another network to talk about celebrities. My life will be no different tomorrow based on what Michelle Beadle is doing. Yet here I am, writing about how whatever Michelle Beadle is doing tomorrow will affect my life.
We exist in a place on the Internet where we talk about sports and media and women in sports and media. When there’s an attractive woman with little or no ties to the sports world, we make one up. Does it really matter? When it comes right down to it, we’re all just trying to find ways to entertain ourselves and fuck around at work. It’s our job to keep you wasting company time at this website.
Michelle Beadle has been a part of this little corner of the world since she showed up on SportsNation three years ago. She’s eaten hot dogs, been eaten by mascots and played with puppies – all for our enjoyment. Or at least for the enjoyment of the people who don’t know that Law & Order is on at the same time.
Michelle Beadle hasn’t been an actual part of our lives for three years, but she kind of has. The same as Cowherd and all the other ESPN personalities we love and hate are. They are part of the shared experience So even though it’s the people at ESPN who will no longer be hanging out with Beadle everyday, it still kind of feels like she won’t be hanging out with us everyday.
It’s fitting that the final image from Michelle Beadle’s final show is Charissa Thompson’s legs. While not necessarily “new” to our little neighborhood, when she picks up hosting duties at SportsNation she’ll be a much bigger part of our world. On to the next one…