Sports idiocies

Sports on television and radio is part of modern life.  Almost any time a professional team plays, there are cameras and announcers and folks doing colour coverage, background interviews, post-game interviews – the list goes on; it is a virtual flood.

Unfortunately, however, in the middle of all this high-technology inundation with replays and close-ups and file footage generated to a fine technical quality, we are often beset by commentary or statements that are so inane that’s it hard to believe that these folks, working for these big dollars, are saying such nonsense and that next week, or the next game, there they are again coming up with these idiotic statements. Sometimes, of course, the sports figures react to the inanity, either refusing to respond to the silly comment, or, as NFL coach Bill Parcells was known to do, by just walking away from the interview.

A particular piece of foolishness is the modern 30-second sound bite, taking place before the game or at half-time, where managers or coaches are asked what strategy they will use in the action you’re about to see.  Are these people nuts? Who in his right mind would believe that a coach or a manager would divulge his …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.

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