ESPN Erodes “Classic” Even More

I know they’ve been scraping for ESPN Classic content lately, and here’s another example:

Indianapolis 500 an Instant Classic; ESPN Classic to Re-Air Thursday

ESPN Classic will re-air Sunday’s dramatic Indianapolis 500 as an Instant Classic with a two-hour telecast at 4 p.m. ET Thursday.

The 91st running of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” won by the popular Dario Franchitti, ranks as one of the best in the storied history of the event. It featured dramatic moments, including several lead changes throughout the rain-delayed race, which ended under caution 34 laps shy of the scheduled distance.

Among the highlights was Marco Andretti’s quest to overcome last year’s heartbreaking loss to Sam Hornish Jr. on the last lap. On Sunday, Andretti flipped down the backstretch near the end of the race. Other highlights included Danica Patrick’s run, which put her in second place late in the race before she finished eighth, and veteran Michael Andretti telling the ESPN on ABC audience that the race would be his last Indy 500 start.

I don’t know which race they were watching, but this was maybe one of the worst, most forgettable Indy 500s I’ve seen. Take the rain out of the equation: This race just plain sucked. The reason there were so many “exciting” lead changes is because half the field didn’t know how to drive and would just randomly spin out, leading to all the cautions. Perhaps ESPN realizes most people wisely abandoned Indy and switched over to the NASCAR race, and they wanted to give viewers another chance to see it.

What else is an Instant Classic? The Liddell vs. Jackson UFC stinker? Andy Roddick’s awesome French Open? Cripes.


  1. I’m waiting for the instant classic that is Tyson vs. McNeely. That has to be next.

    Notice I took the high road and didn’t mention Ashley Judd celebrating in the rain at the end of the race, as a possible reason this became an ESPN “Instant Classic.”

    See, I’m classier than that.

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