Monday, September 08, 2008


My dislike of sports, especially “professional” sports, is well documented on this blog. See here and here.

However, if you will allow me a repeat rant?

There is a particular news station in our town that currently has an ad running where a local newscaster is saying, “We know you all love prep sports!” (at which point, I yell “No, we don’t!” at the TV). The newscaster goes on the say, “That’s why we’re giving you more coverage on the morning, noon, and evening weekend reports.” (at which point I resignedly sigh, “It’s your air time and real news stories to waste.”)

That’s really it. No big point to make. I’m just frustrated. It’s just a game – tiddlywinks, dominoes, and guys in tight pants throwing a leather ball and mauling each other – it’s all the same to me.

I just hate being bombarded with it on TV, sandwiched cleverly in between real news, like it’s actually important.

When. It’s. Not.


Alice said...

I, for one, am outraged that sports are even on network television at all. And then that we need news coverage of said sports events. What do they think ESPN 1-78 are for? And did you know there's a 24/7 car-racing channel? Speed. I'm serious. We can't seem to give our citizens decent health benefits, but we can give them wall-to-wall NASCAR.

I couldn't chime in on the Sarah post below, but you will hear me singin' it here, sista!

Alice said...

P.S. (because I can't seem to make one coherent comment, I must do at least two) Here's a quote you will like by Thorsten Veblen: "The addiction to sports, therefore, in a peculiar degree marks an arrested development in man's moral nature."

Yeah. What he said.

Juliet said...

Well as for me and our house...we enjoyed the Bears beating the Colts last night. Oh it was so much fun seeing those men in tight pants. :)

In some ways, you are not your father's daughter.

Anonymous said...

I do not care for sports either, with the exception of a good soccer game. And, I don't feel the need to see that on a news station.

Sun-Kissed Savages said...

Ann-Marie, I'm with you. (PLEASE don't tell my husband!!) After 11 years of marriage, I still know NOTHING about football.
However, I do enjoy watching my husband get totally exhilarated with the Bears. He's a peaceful phlegmatic type, and really only gets worked up about two things. ;-)
Football THRILLS him. He watches tons of games, plays Fantasy Football Leagues, played football in high school... sigh

Solution: don't watch tv. Problem solved. (hahahahahhaaaaa maniacal laughter)

Heidi said...

Those of us who do enjoy sports are glad that they are on regular tv because not all of us choose to have other tv for various reasons.
Stop being a bunch of "women" and start enjoying the simpler things in life like football.

Cindy Swanson said...

Oh, my goodness. With a husband and two sons who are avid sports fans...I've never even tried to fight it. :)

Ann-Marie said...

Football = Simple?

IMHO, more like

Football = Pointless.

(But then again, I grew up in a home with two Bears football fanatics! - So I may be a tiny bit prejudiced against the sport!)