The Houston Texans and Oakland Raiders are playing in an AFC Wild Card playoff game right now, and naturally, ESPN is spending much of the broadcast — being shown on ABC — focusing on a player that is not playing in the game.
Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is on Injured Reserve due to a back injury that has kept him out of game action since Week 3, but he was apparently cleared for football activities last week, and ESPN showed us video of Watt working out on the football field yesterday:
They also keep showing Watt on the sidelines, and from all sorts of camera angles. It’s a bit much.
Even during the halftime show:
Do not for a second think that ESPN’s Watt obsession slipped by Twitter:
*Jadeveon Clowney wins Nobel Prize*
"Wow, look at JJ Watt!"
— Kevin Clark (@bykevinclark) January 7, 2017
If it was legal for JJ Watt to marry a television camera, he would.
— Ethan Booker (@Ethan_Booker) January 7, 2017
And more sideline shots of JJ Watt. Is he there? https://t.co/dSSC5sPaW7
— Dominic Bonvissuto (@dombonvissuto) January 7, 2017
Good to see JJ Watt is working out for once.
— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) January 7, 2017
Those J.J. Watt sprints actually took place at 4 AM, don't be fooled
— Steve Palazzolo (@PFF_Steve) January 7, 2017
How do I switch off the J.J. Watt cam?
— scott pianowski (@scott_pianowski) January 7, 2017
JJ Watt? More like JJ When at this point, are u rite?
— Dave Brown (@AnswerDave) January 7, 2017
Wonder what JJ Watt is doing for the game today? Probably at his house relaxing on his couch.
— Your Friend Alex (@alexwarneke) January 7, 2017
If a UFO lands on the 50 yard line in Houston, one ABC camera crew would be getting JJ Watt's reaction shot
— Jerry Thornton (@jerrythornton1) January 7, 2017
If a TV camera had a vagina, JJ Watt would marry it
— Jason Ashworth (@MantisToboggan5) January 7, 2017
They gonna show JJ Watt at least 100 times b4 this game over
— Wavy Crockett (@murdamonk) January 7, 2017
This cameraman on the Texans sideline loves him some JJ Watt, chill out dude
— Blaise Salter (@B_Salt11) January 7, 2017
Is JJ Watt at the game? Haven't seen him yet…
— Luke Rodgers (@thelukerodgers) January 7, 2017
We get it ESPN, JJ Watt fucks footballs and loves America
— Winnie the Bish (@WhyYeezus) January 7, 2017
ESPN shoving sideline cam of JJ Watt in your face like pic.twitter.com/xnedWV8Qpz
I have an idea for ESPN/ABC: just show JJ Watt and a scroll on the bottom of the screen describing the game action. #jjwatt
— Izzy Einsidler (@IzzyEin) January 7, 2017
— Chris Crawford (@ESPN580CC) January 7, 2017
ESPN could do us all a favor and just start a separate channel devoted to JJ Watt sideline shots.
— Bryan Miller (@realbryanmiller) January 7, 2017
ESPN cheating on Lebron James with JJ Watt
— Joel (@JoelMetsNY) January 7, 2017
Really enjoying the ESPN JJ Watt-bowl so far.
— Chuck Dotson (@chuck_late) January 7, 2017
— Tim Bryant (@timbonole) January 7, 2017
Nothing would make me happier than Oakland taking the lead and ESPN focusing on JJ Watt's stunned face.
— Jesus Rodriguez (@_jrodd) January 7, 2017
Yes, Watt is the most famous player from these teams, and the quarterbacks in the game stink. But it shouldn’t be too hard to find enough coverage on the players/coaches that are actually a part of a playoff game, especially with the ridiculous plays Jadeveon Clowney, Whitney Mercilus, and Khalil Mack (arguably the best defensive player in the league) are making out there.