It hasn’t been a good few years to be a San Francisco 49er fan. The 49ers held the No. 2 pick, but swapped it to Chicago for the No. 3 pick, plus the third- and fourth-round picks this year, plus a third-round pick next year. The Bears used that pick to select North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, and the 49ers used the next pick to grab Stanford’s Solomon Thomas.
To quote SportsCenter host Michael Smith, “‘Don’t hit women’ isn’t politics.” Yesterday was a horrible day at ESPN, and for sports journalism as a whole. The company reportedly laid off 100 of its reporters and analysts, and while names are still trickling out, the casualties of this cut include ESPN giants like NFL reporter Ed Werder; NFL analyst Trent Difler; espnW and NFL reporter Jane McManus; college basketball expert Andy Katz; and analyst and radio host Danny Kannell. The list goes on and on. ESPN tried to dress up the cuts with corporate buzzwords, but ultimately, this was about the bottom line. ESPN’s business model is dependent upon people purchasing cable subscriptions, and thanks