This is what the world of Sports has turned into. One big huge friggin soap opera.
The games are just not enough anymore. We have become drama a society of drama addicts and there is no rehab that can fit us all in. Almost everyday you turn to Sportscenter the lead story is not what happened on a playing field, its what happened off. Most days you have to wait 10 – 15 minutes before you can see one home run, or one guy get dunked on.
The past year has been a pretty amazing year in Sports. Just take a look at the NFL. We had a season where the Tennessee Titans nearly went undefeated, the Patriots rallied around Matt Cassell to go 11-5 and miss the playoffs because of a Dolphins team that was 11-5 the year after losing like 50 games, Drew Brees challenged Dan Marino’s single season passing record for yards, and of course we had the Arizona Cardinals make a magical run to their first Super Bowl before losing to the Steelers in one of the greatest games ever. Yet when we look back on last season the first thing we think of is stupid ass Plaxico Burress shooting himself in the leg. (Not to completely overlook the Cowboys’ dumbass dynamic duo of Pacman Jones and Terrell Owens.)
It used to be that these things were kept fairly separate. You think this is a new phenomenom? Athletes are egomaniacal by nature. You think they didn’t do dirt back in the day? Of course they did. We just didn’t turn each incident of stupidity into the spectacle that we do now. I am not saying that we shouldn’t nail Donte Stallworth to the cross for killing someone while driving drunk. That is a serious crime. But do we need ten minutes of coverage on this story everyday for three weeks. No. He committed a crime, he got arrested, let me know when his sentence is passed down. That is all I need. I don’t need to see Roger Cossack’s (ESPN legal analyst) old ass on every episode of NFL Live.
Donte Stallworth met with a judge today to request the top bunk in whatever cell he is going to be residing in.
Stallworth’s lawyers expressed to the judge that their client would feel less vulnerable to anal rapings from the top bunk.
In the end I really don’t even know why I’m writing this. Things are too fargone for anything to change. We can never go back to a time where a Roger Clemens rookie card is worth more than a Rusty Hardin (Clemens’ lawyer) rookie card. Drama is as much a part of the sports world today as performance enhancing drugs are. The sooner I come to terms with this the better. I guess writing this is just a form of therapy for me. You know something, now that I think of it I feel a little better already. Still, if I only had someone to blame for all of this. If only there were some convenient scapegoat I could pin this downward spiral on…
…Wait a sec. I’ve got it!!!