For the last seven years, Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless have graced our television screens—er, or at least, someone out there's television screens—every single weekday morning as part of the hit show ESPN First Take. We've gotta be honest: We don't know how the show has lasted as long as it has, given how much criticism it has received since it first debuted back in May 2007. But it's clear that some people (again, not us or, at least, not all of us) really enjoy getting their days started with First Take. So in spite of some of the asinine arguments that have appeared on the show in recent years, First Take has maintained a stranglehold on the 10 to 12 p.m. Eastern time slot on ESPN2 every day.
Some of the conversations that take place on the show really blow our minds, though—and not in a good way. Take, for instance, the position that Stephen A. took on domestic violence yesterday during a debate about Ray Rice. We're sure he was trying to make a valid point. But what he ended up saying made us cringe and upset a whole bunch of people out there.
Believe it or not, that's not the craziest thing Stephen A. or Skip has ever said on the show, either. In light of today's controversy, we put together a list of The Most Ridiculous Arguments in ESPN First Take History. And if these don't make you second guess turning First Take on come Monday morning, nothing will.