How many yards did Randy Moss have for the 2007 New England Patriots?
Hold on, I'll check.
Were the New York Yankees an original member of the American League?
Let me look it up.
Did the Cubbies win last night?
Yes; I read about it on my iPhone on the way to work this morning.
How many girls did Tiger Woods hook up with?
I'll send you a link.
The "Internet" got its start some time between the Russians launching Sputnik and Bill Gates dropping out of Harvard. The Internet came onto most of our radars in the 1990s, and in the 21st century we have our first generation coming into maturity that has never known a world without the Internet.
Today, there are no unknowns left. We no longer have to wonder. The sports world is laid out for us to exploit and share. We can recognize players, look up stats, read about events, watch replays and learn the history of our favorite sports. The creation myths are lost, and every detail of every quibble of every stat and story can be found somewhere on line.
At the same time, professional athletes no longer enjoy the anonymity and privacy that once allowed them to be kings of the world, having their cakes and eating them, too.
No single tool has given the professional athlete and the leagues in which they toil the exposure of the Internet, and that is variously a good thing as well as a bad.
But take it or leave it, love it or hate, the Internet has fundamentally changed the way we view sports.
Wait a minute.
Maybe it's the other way around.