Hey Tony Parker, No One Cares About Your Divorce...Well, Except ESPN
I'm usually not one to become angry over a typical pop-culture story such as an athlete's divorce, but this time I've had enough.
It's kind of how I felt after Favre came back for the second time.
We know it's gonna happen, no one cares as much as they do, and the last thing we want to hear in the sports world is news of infidelity.
If we want to talk Eva Longoria news, can we keep it over at TMZ? ESPN disagrees wholeheartedly.
It probably doesn't help that I've never liked Tony Parker or the Spurs, but this kind of thing keeps getting more and more press with every cheating incident. I was listening to the Stephen A. Smith show this morning on my commute to work and the entire discussion was about whether or not the prenuptial included "who gets what" in the right context. Granted, my first mistake was listening to the Stephen A. Smith show.
Nothing else suitable is on in the five am range. This morning was similar to the rest, being that there is more and more nonsense in sports.
Tiger Woods and his 100 hooker friends was news, I admit. Anytime you get your windshield smashed in by a golf club and crash in your own yard, that is newsworthy.
Tony Parker boinked his old teammate's wife. That should be something that news carriers frown upon. Instead, Parker is being used as a punchline in a string of events that have become gradually more popular. However, it's Brent Barry who is being made the joke.
Does this constitue "Sports News"?
Barry had to call the police to escort the paparazzi away from his home this morning. The news story got so much play last night on ESPN, and online, that Barry not only had to figure out a way to shield his kids from the flashing pictures: He now has to listen to every sports person in the nation, and maybe France, talk about how tragic this is for sports.
And then there is the infamous "Well obviously, he's a pro athlete".
Well if it's that obvious, then why is this a story?
ESPN is, in my opinion, totally to blame for this. The proclaimed sports leader is quickly becoming nothing of that industry. If you tune in right now, and they aren't talking about Tiger and how he's moved on, Longoria and Parker, or Cam Newton's live coverage of his cheating ways, then I will be shocked.
Don't worry, if they aren't covering it now, it is on the bottom line as "BREAKING NEWS".
I stand as a beacon for all the sports fans out there that have had enough. It's bad enough that our sports coverage gets infiltrated with "Jessica Simpson being the reason Tony Romo blew it in the playoffs", or "Kirilenko and his wife agree on one 'friends-with-benefits' hook up per year".
Wait, you haven't heard of that last one? Oh right, that's because they agreed on something ridiculous, not vice-versa. This is actually a story that is plain out bonkers. It appeared in ESPN The Magazine.
I know, right? What a surprise.
ESPN knows drama.
Back to my rant.
Dear ESPN and other confused members of the sports media world. We as fans could care less about Tony Parker, let alone his cheating habits. He will do what he wants, and if that means betraying a teammate, then so have you. In no way is this relevant to the actual game of basketball.
I hate the whole "probation report" that ESPN does as well. In fact, I think that's how it all started. Once the ratings went up because people wanted to see all the bad things athletes do, ESPN has decided that every player's DUI or speeding ticket is considered sports.
If there are team penalties, and games will be missed, fine. I get that.
If it's JJ Redick, and he flips a U-turn at a police checkpoint, why do we have to spend one whole day discussing his character flaws as a basketball player?
Maybe the DUI thing can be considered. But you get my point.
Enough with this watered down garbage that ESPN and major affiliates spoon feed us. Why do you think bleacher report becomes more important with every day?
It's the ordinary fans, the ones who sit in the snow to watch the Patriots, or the ones who come every game during a terrible seven years in Oakland that people want to hear from.
No one cares about Bob Costas and his entertainment tonight segment at half-time on Monday Night Football. Maybe you do, but certainly not those of us who can see the hidden agenda of the major networks.
With that said, I'm out. Let the discussions begin.
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