Tiger's Tale: The Most Recent Evidence Sport Isn't What It Use to Be

Mike KlineAnalyst IDecember 4, 2009

WINDERMERE, FL - DECEMBER 02:  In this handout photo provided by The Florida Highway Patrol the area where Tiger Woods crashed his SUV is seen on December 2, 2009 in Windermere, Florida. Tiger Woods crashed the SUV into the fire hydrant and tree next to his Florida home in the early hours of November 27. FHP charged Woods with careless driving which carries a $164 fine and four points on his driving record for the accident. Woods did release a statement on his website stating, 'I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart.'.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Handout/Getty Images

Once upon a time sports were a respite for me from the everyday ills of society—rough day at work, depressing news, my Washington Redskins losing again.

I could count on sports to entertain and inform me about, well, sports.

Unfortunately now, sports channels are following the MTV model for entertainment and dealing less and less with what their name implies.

The Tiger Woods scandal (I'm still waiting for someone to call it "Woodsgate") is the most recent manifestation of media blurring the lines between something that is news and not.

It isn't just sports radio, which I was hardly able to listen to the last few days due the incessant complaining about Tiger's apology to everyone, it is ESPN, Sports Illustrated and just about every other sports outlet.

For at least three days, the breaking news flashes dealt with the latest in the Tiger Woods story. Announcers berated Woods for his apology not being sincere enough, like he somehow cheated on them.

Unfortunately enough people care so that they feel the need to write, talk, and produce shows about it. And yes I'm writing about it now, but only because I'm so tired of it I couldn't think of anything else to write.

CNN.com on Friday morning had three stories on Tiger on the front page of the site. Three! Forget we are sending some 30,000 troops to Afghanistan or that our economy is being held together with bobby pins and duct tape.

That is the kind of news that drives me to the sports talk shows on the radio or TV in the first place. Unfortunately when I turn over there now too many times I'm hearing the phrase "as reported by TMZ."

I'm sorry but I thought we were going to be talking about actual sports.

I realize that the Tiger Woods situation does have some ramifications on sports. The potential impacts on his endorsements and the overall health of the PGA are real sports topics, but honestly, TMZ reports?

Case in point: When I did a search for a picture of Tiger Woods for this article the only thing that popped up were images of his house and the tree and fire hydrant he hit. Not one of the man himself.

I almost long for the days when SportsCenter was just about highlights and moderately funny catch phrases, but I guess I need to accept the fact that our society has turned sports into one big soap opera like everything else.

If I could change it I would. I'd also actually play music on MTV but that is a different story altogether.