Sounds like an odd statement. But, in light of this week’s sports headlines, my plea makes perfect sense.
If you’re a diehard sports fan like me, you probably check your Twitter feed and log onto your favorite sports site before taking your first sip of morning coffee.
We’re eager to be updated on standings, teased with current trade rumors and educated by coaches’ moves or players’ decisions. We covet the very latest on our favorite NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, MLS or NCAA college team.
However, what we don’t want is to be inundated by the seemingly endless information emanating from police blotters, court records and league disciplinary hearings that have dominated sports news this past week.
I say it’s time for something else.
Instead of reading reviling media reports of NFL players like Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Ray McDonald and Greg Hardy belting their wives, sons and pregnant fiancés, I want to relish in stories about Major League Baseball’s Beltway franchises battering their opponents on their way to division pennant races.
Instead of being disgusted with NBA news about another team management’s callous views on race, I want to be overwhelmed by ultra-competitive playoff races.
Instead of being sullied, yet again, by the immature, irresponsible and insensitive tomfoolery of Florida State University’s Heisman Trophy winning quarterback, I want to be immersed in the best of NCAA football.
Instead of being appalled by a petulant, potty-mouthed diva whose song was snubbed by CBS Sports’ Thursday Night Football (in lieu of a needed dialogue surrounding our nation’s unspoken scourge of domestic violence) that voiced her off-put remarks with 37 million of her Twitter followers, I want to be entertained by the song, pageantry and excitement of big time sports events.
Instead of reading whether an upstate New York grand jury will indict NASCAR great Tony Stewart and force him to stand trial, I want to witness an athlete’s trial by fire on the field.
Instead of learning about another athlete’s personal fall, but I want to read about events like the Fall Classic.
Instead of cringing at the latest player’s episode of physical abuse exercised in his personal life, I want to know that a player’s last best hit was inflicted upon a competitor on the field.
Instead of reviewing videos of court room arguments, I want to see indisputable video evidence applying to the latest NFL games.
Instead of reading about drug and alcohol arrests, I want to be intoxicated by mesmerizing plays and last second scores.
In a word, I want real sports news to return to sports news.
MIKE – thee ultimate talking head on sports!