Feb 23, 2013; Fort Collins, CO, USA; Colorado State Rams fans hold large cut outs of ESPN television personality Stephen A. Smith (left) and Skip Bayless (right) during the game against the New Mexico Lobos at Moby Arena. The Lobos defeated the Rams 91-82. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Skip Bayless busted by Deadspin for making up facts about Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry


ESPN’s Skip Bayless is often under fire for making outlandish claims. Usually they stem from his often erratic opinions on various topics, but those opinions have landed him a very successful career as a talking head, however they are opinions so they can’t be dismissed as outright 100 per cent false. Today when Skip got to talking about the Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry he apparently tried to interject his opinion into something he didn’t have enough knowledge on and this time he was caught up in some outright lies.

Deadspin pointed out that when Skip Bayless was discussing the restoration of the Michigan-Notre Dame regular season “rivalry” meeting that the First Take staple got his facts just a little mixed up.

From Deadspin:

This is not an historical… Are you kidding me? I mean, I grew up, I couldn’t wait for Michigan-Notre Dame, going back to Bubba Smith.

Two things here. First, Skip was 26 years old the first time he ever watched Michigan play Notre Dame. Second, he mentions the series “going back to Bubba Smith.” Smith played college football in the 1960′s, a decade during which Michigan never faced Notre Dame. Also, Bubba Smith played for Michigan State—not Michigan (or Notre Dame).

Skip Bayless is a staple of ESPN’s morning programming. It is unacceptable that he and the World Wide Leader in Sports allow themselves to make such erroneous errors on their show. If you are going to debate and claim that your opinion is always true, you at least have to have your facts straight. Skip, a friendly reminder: Michigan = Maize and Blue. Michigan State = Green. UM = Wolverines. MSU = Spartans. You’re welcome from all of us.

Tags: Big Ten ESPN Michigan Michigan Wolverines NCAA NCAA Football NCAAF Notre Dame Notre Dame Fighting Irish Skip Bayless

  • Chris Foosman

    Now if only we could get the same kind of fact checking on something that matters. Bayless is a dope. That’s a fact.

  • Legend

    All he does is win