When it comes to Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, there's no bigger supporter of his than former NFL signal-caller and current ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky. That was exemplified on this past Tuesdays edition of "Get Up," as Orlovsky expressed his belief that Wentz was the fifth-best quarterback in the league right now. That bold claim forced him into a heated debate with colleague Dominique Foxworth, who insisted that Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys is a better QB than Wentz.
The argument made waves across social media platforms, where many blasted Orlovsky for burying Prescott with the use of weird and cherry-picked statistics. But as it turns out, that the whole debate was scripted! Orlovsky himself confirmed it in a subsequent radio appearance.
We aren't shocked by this, and you shouldn't be either.
Sports networks thrive off debate programs, as evidenced by the bonafide success of "First Take" back when Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith screamed at each other on a daily basis day after day, year after year, before an audience of millions. If someone has an unpopular or particularly fiery opinion, fans are going to tune in willingly to listen to the theatrics.
Simple as that.
That's what Orlovsky did, because being Wentz's No. 1 fan is his on-screen persona. Come on, he even took off his coat before defending the Eagles signal caller! On top of that, he angered the gigantic and passionate Cowboys fanbase by downplaying the success of Prescott. As a result, ESPN reveled in all the buzz.
Here's a lesson in sports media for you all: Ridiculous opinions make for great ratings.