First off, an apology for what is basically the rantings of a middle-aged man, but do you remember the good old days when the sports media used to only report on the actual sports?
The start of NBA free agency has brought to the forefront one of the main aspects I dislike about the direction sports coverage has taken.
Everywhere you look, the Internet, in newspapers, on the television and radio, there are 'exclusives' about where Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and the rest of the 2010 free agent class will be plying their trade next season.
In just the last few days alone, 'reliable sources' have Wade and Bosh playing together in Miami. Or is it Chicago? No wait; Wade is edging towards joining Chicago. Actually, that's wrong; he's sitting on the fence. Scrub that; along with James, the trio are going to join the New York Knicks. Or maybe the Miami Heat? And it goes on and on...
Certain publications even have 'truth or rumor' sections or something of similar ilk. I wouldn't mind, but the people writing these are often just taking what is basically one throwaway comment by an athlete within a 10-minute interview and twisting it to their way of thinking. Hmmm, that sounds familiar. (Unsuspecting husband: "You look nice today, honey." Wife: "What do you mean? Don't I normally look good?!")
And what's with reporting on tweets (another thing that I hate with a vengeance). Are journalists really just sitting there sifting through the various bland ramblings of professional athletes, looking for that one 'gem' to comment on?
While you're at it, don't forget to check on who Cameron Diaz is currently dating and if Jennifer Love-Hewitt really is pregnant, you pansy.
Sports have basically evolved into a women's gossip magazine, and that can't be good. No disrespect to the fairer sex, who I love just as much as the next guy, but this annoys the hell out of me.
I already detest the fact that men have become more and more 'metro-sexual' over the last 20 years. We have become way too effeminate.
Well you know what? It's time to take back our masculinity.
Stop spending good money on trendy haircuts (a la David Beckham) which take 45 minutes and a half tub of wax/gel/putty to prepare in the morning. What happened to a good old-fashioned short back and sides?
Stop with spending so much money on the latest fashion items. Only women should feel the need to wear a different dress ensemble 364 days of the year (they deserve one day off from making an effort).
A T-shirt and jeans will do the trick, with one pair of pants and a shirt for social occasions. And if you're working in an office, two suits max.
But most of all, please, for the love of God, please take back our sports. Get back to reporting on the actual games.
If someone plays badly, don't analyze it to death, wondering if the person's performance was affected by the fact that his wife just gave birth to baby Brittany or Tiffany or whatever the hell parents name their kids these days.
Maybe they just had a bad day at the "office." It happens to us all.
If an athlete is caught enjoying themselves and having a drink in a bar after a tough loss, don't automatically interpret this as meaning they don't care. Be honest, after a crappy day/week at work, don't we all sometimes feel like going out and having a drink and forgetting about our troubles?
Of course, I realize the chances of actually returning sports coverage to the "good old days" is bordering on the impossible. In this era of 24/7 sports, the stations have to fill in the airspace somehow.
Still, if even one person heeds these comments, it's a start.