by Grey Grymm
If anyone asks me again why I no longer get into sports I will just be able to point to the last year. With the NHL lockout, the whole Lance Armstrong circus, the NFL bounty persecution, Penn St, NBC's Olympic coverage, the BCS championship and let's not forget the Baseball sports writers, I am seriously wondering why I ever watched sports in the first place.
Maybe I was naive because I was young or simply caught up in the hype that is sports mania in the United States. When you take a moment to step back and just look at the sport culture in our country you see just how unbalanced it is. For what seems like more and more people sports, is the #1 thing in their lives. You see people get into a fevered pitch over different games. Twitter is on fire like nothing else. Death threats are made. Billions of dollars change hands all over sports. Friendships end. Marriage get broken all because of sports.
Given the current state of our country and the world at large I often wonder what would the world be like if we showed a fraction of the same passion and devoted the same amount of resources to other things that are vastly more important.
And if you think politics is full of hypocrisy then you would be blown away by the amount of hypocrites involved in sports. Team owners, coaches, players, university presidents, athletic directors, sports agents, sports equipment companies, and the most guilty party in all of this; the fans.
I know most people give fans a pass but not me. Fans are the ones that pour their hearts and money into the sports machine. They are the ones that tolerate all of the things these institutions do and come back for even more. They don't demand change. Instead they just complain (sometimes) and just keep right on supporting their teams and athletes.
Until fans are outraged by the crimes committed by their favorite players, stop spending their money on teams that exploit players and communities, and most importantly until fans decide that a lot of other things are more important than sports, then I will continue to have no love for our sports culture. If there was ever an oxymoron it is integrity in sports.