Thursday, April 22, 2010

Changes In the Sports World

I've never been a fan of ESPN's The Sports Reporters. The show features pompous, self-absorbed sports reporters that offer little in terms of substance while trying to paint their commentary as socially meaningful. Plus, it's boring. Not surprisingly, the show airs on Sunday morning, when most sports fans are either in church or sleeping off their Saturday evening activities. Howard Bryant is one such reporter featured on this Sunday morning sleeper. However, yesterday I read Bryant's take on Ben Roethlisberger, Tiger Woods, and a sports world slowly awakening from it's misogynistic slumber. Bryant writes, "For the first time, in a meaningful way, the wink-wink, nudge-nudge acceptance of the professional athlete and his murky late-night encounters with women has been replaced by a demand for maturity and accountability." I found his commentary to be insightful and, I hope, foreshadowing of an important change taking place in the world of professional sports. Read the entire article at the link below.

- Joel

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