Updated: Aug 30, 2021
(UPDATE: ESPN has released a statement addressing this story)
There are all sorts of wild stories that come out across sports every day, but this one might take the cake.
Buckle up, because this is a WILD ride.
In what has become a bit of tradition, ESPN usually spends the weekend before the first full weekend of college football broadcasting a bunch of high school games. It's fun, you get to see future stars, all that good stuff.
Unfortunately that was not the case Sunday, as the network broadcast a game between IMG in Florida, arguably the top team in the country. Their opponent? A school named Bishop Sycamore out of Ohio, a school which allegedly sold itself to the people who set up the game (which in turn was broadcast on ESPN) as one of the top teams in the state, with several Division I players.
Only apparently it appears that the network agreed to broadcast the game, without realizing it was a total lie.
Broadcasters essentially admitted as much on-air, saying - and this is a direct quote - “Bishop Sycamore told us they had a number of Division I prospects on their roster. To be frank, a lot of that we could not verify."
Yes, you heard that correctly. As the game got out of hand, the broadcasters were legitimately concerned for the player's safety on the field.
So what is "Bishop Sycamore" and how did this game end up coming together? Well, we got some details by some folks that know the high school football scene in Ohio.
As the old saying goes: "But wait, there's more."
Apparently Bishop Sycamore - playing arguably the top team in all of high school football - went 0-6 last season with their closest loss coming by 23 points.
Again, you hang out enough and you see all sorts of stories.
But this is the craziest one we've seen in a long time.
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