Athletes Being Bad: Why Do You Care?

Pacifica Slug@azovrkzContributor IMarch 11, 2010

Another gridiron hero fallen from grace, plastered on evening "news" shows and fodder for prime time sports engines.  Is he really a hero?  Is he something that should garner national news attention?

Why are people so interested in someone they most likely don't know or have the remote chance of meeting?  Why must our nightly sports talk shows and nightly highlight reel cinemas be invaded by news of some college town where some QB was accused of something?  In short, why do you care?

Isn't this a personal matter for the people involved?  I know, naive of me to think that my sports shows should contain, you know, sports.  Sex sells, even when it might not be consensual.  Nothing like a teaser filled with promises of a photo of the 20-year-old that accused Roethlisberger of sexual assault to sell those male enhancement products or weight loss supplements.  I suppose we live vicariously through these people and therefore need any information about them to continue the fantasy.  By the way, nothing has been proven to be true, so why is this even a story at this point?

But why is it deemed acceptable to mix this type of news with sports programming?  One of the reasons I watch live sports is to get away from "reality" T.V.  My head starts to hurt when my wife watches too many people getting voted off too many shows.

I know, you are thinking that I might be nuts looking for enrichment from a sports program, but I beg to differ.  I tried to explain why I watch sports to my wife like this.  "Sports is a way to watch competition of a physical and mental nature, between two parties that respect a set of rules to compete by."  She said her programming is the same thing.  I wondered about that but came to the conclusion that the difference is that sports is almost always unscripted, and you might see something happen at any game or match that hasn't ever happened before or will ever again.

With this in mind, I tune in to my favorite talk shows or programs and expect to listen to, at this time of the year, all our pro sports humming at full information overload.  NFL draft, NBA, NHL, spring training baseball, golf, march madness.  Instead, I get 20 minutes of Roethlisberger tidbits and what his legal position is.  After that, I get to listen to how he ranks compared to Tiger and who has done the worse damage to themselves.

I am not sure about everyone else, but if I want the dirt on someone's personal life, there are much better outlets for such information.  Any of the accessinsideentertainmenthollywoodtmz shows will be much more capable of bringing the salacious tidbits about these issues than our major sports stations.  When I tune in about Roethlisberger, I want to hear how he improved on his throwing motion or play-action technique, not how many drinks he bought his crew.

Isn't it time we demand a bit more sports related material from our sports outlets?  I am a bit discouraged by the lack of conviction to keep this junk out of our sports.  If the transgressions aren't happening on the field, then why do you care?