Keith Olbermann

We’re in the final days of the second round of the Keith Olbermann Era on ESPN. Olbermann’s eventual landing spot is still a question, but his self-titled show has won acclaim over the two years it was on the air.

The most popular part of Olbermann was his opening monologue, which could be insightful, absurd, or downright moving. We’ve compiled Olbermann’s ten best ESPN monologues from the past two years, and if you didn’t watch the show because of your preexisting opinions about Olbermann, hopefully the content of some of these will make you realize what a loss this is for ESPN.

February 4, 2014 – Olbermann calls for a boycott of the Sochi Olympics

June 16, 2014 – Olbermann mourns Tony Gwynn

July 3, 2014 – Olbermann honors Lou Gehrig

August 1, 2014 – Olbermann calls on Roger Goodell to resign

September 8, 2014 – Olbermann calls for an NFL boycott

September 23, 2014 – Olbermann takes Derek Jeter down a peg

January 5, 2015 – Olbermann eulogizes Stuart Scott

March 2, 2015 – Olbermann ends batting practice

May 4, 2015 – Olbermann torches the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight

May 11, 2015 – Olbermann exposes pre-paid patriotism in sports

There have been plenty more monologues and memorable segments, but these were some of the most impactful. I don’t think there’s another show on ESPN that can provide that sort of honesty and bluntness, and it’s a shame to see the network going in a different direction.

About Joe Lucia

I hate your favorite team. I also sort of hate most of my favorite teams.

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