There are a lot of annoying and disliked people in sports. Whether it be players, coaches, announcers, experts or anyone else in sports, there is a good chance some people dislike you. But there is perhaps no one who is more famous for being disagreed with and hated than Skip Bayless. While his on air persona may be exaggerated or a ruse, that persona has people fuming on a day to day basis. Here I will take a look at the history of Skip Bayless and how he went from a sports columnist to the extremely colorful television personality he is today.
Skip Bayless (born John Edward Bayless) got his start in the sports world during his time at Vanderbilt university when he worked as a sports editor for the university newspaper and interned under the sports editor of his local paper. Right after graduating college, Bayless went down to Miami to work on sports features.
After a few more moves over the next few years, he finally began to make a big name for himself as a sports journalist in Dallas. He was even named Texas sportswriter of the year in 1979, 1984 and 1986. He made the transition to radio in the early 1990’s and by the mid 1990’s, he was a frequent guest on ESPN shows and then soon became an ESPN employee and began hosting a weekend sow which aired until 2004, which was about the time that Bayless began to appear full time on television.
He was brought on full time by ESPN in 2004 to co-host a daily debate show with Woody Paige which was called “1st and 10”. A few years later, the show was rebranded as “First Take” and Bayless appeared on it full time until the end of June 2016, when it was revealed that he was leaving ESPN and will be moving to Fox Sports in August. His co-hosts have varied over the years, but Stephen A. Smith has been his co-host since 2012 and the two have had some legendary debates.
The reason Bayless is so hated is simply because of the fact that he seems to deliberately say controversial or idiotic things in order to make people upset and get a rise out of them. Whether it is saying Manziel will be better for Cleveland than Lebron James, saying Josh Freeman will be better than Cam Newton and basically professing Tim Tebow is one of the best QBs out there. There is literally dozens more examples of things like this that are likely said for no other reason than to infuriate people or make headlines.
It is not only the public that isn’t a fan of his work sometimes as even some people in the indsutry have even voiced their displeasure with him such as Charles Barkley, Mark Cuban, Richard Sherman, Terrell Suggs and many more. They all know he is likely playing a role, but he does it so well they cannot help to be mad. While many don’t like him, there is no doubt he was entertaining and will definitely be missed on “First Take”.