Jeremy Schaap, Please Come Back!

World Cup 2010 is nearly over. We have less than 24 hours left to relish the final moments of what has been an incredible tournament.

The roller coaster ride has taken us from Landon Donovan’s 91st minute goal against Algeria to Asamoah Gyan’s excruciating crossbar penalty kick to the shocking upset of Brazil by the Netherlands. The highs and lows have united countries and continents.

As I think back upon what the last month has meant to the world, it makes me extremely nostalgic. I’m filled with dread that it will all be over tomorrow.

When USA lost to Ghana in a match they probably should’ve won, I thought the one positive out of the loss was never hearing Jeremy Schaap’s voice mentioned in association with the World Cup again.

It was absolutely baffling why ESPN would send Schapp, who clearly knows nothing about the sport, to South Africa to cover one of the greatest sporting events in the world, an event that only happens once every four years, mind you.

His four-word generalized questions came straight out of a high school journalism textbook.

  • How would you assess your team’s performance tonight?
  • How did you feel when your team came back in the second half?
  • How did you feel after you made that goal?

I would stare blankly at the screen wondering if he really just asked those questions. A sideline reporter’s job is to ask insightful questions in order to draw clarifying responses from their subjects. When your knowledge about a sport is near rock bottom, it’s a little difficult to ask analysis-laden questions. And it clearly showed.

One more point – it’s not as if Schaap is preparing the questions on the spot. He has an entire match to compose questions in order to direct the interview to where he wants it to go. Jeremy Schaap at the World Cup = Total Fail.

However, I would embrace Schaap if it meant another week of World Cup action. I would listen to his inane questions with full support and without judgment. I would even write a blog commending Schaap for his wonderful World Cup coverage if it meant another week of matches.

Just one more is all I ask.


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