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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Football and Sports Media

A few weeks ago I posted an article about Tony Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers and his religion. In college football there's also a devout player, 2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, University of Florida quarterback. Tebow is a senior, and an up front evangelical Bible quoting man. He puts scripture verses on his eye black. His parents are missionaries in the Philippines. Religious man of religious parents.

It appears that sports writers (the same breed that excoriated Rush Limbaugh based on lies), are offended with all the religiosity. I guess football players that get in fights, get drunk, abuse their wives or girlfriends, are disrespectful and full of themselves, have the 'f' word every other word of their vocabulary, are more interview acceptable. Seems to me Tebow, Bible verse spouting and all is more of what we should look for in both an athlete and a human being. Can all that religious scripture talk get irritating? Sure. Sometimes even irritates me, a Christian zealot. So can 'f'ing this and 'f'ing that, and 'like' 'anda' 'ummmm' 'like' 'ya know' 'like' yada yada yada... be irritating? Sure. Why increasing negative comments about the religious guy? What about comments about the inarticulate thugs yammering profanity?

I suspect sports writers are like the rest of the MSM; Leftist anti-Christian bigots. Much of what passes for sports writing now is politically correct mindless meandering using sports as metaphor for political venting. I don't follow sports so much any more, but in my younger days I read, and even wrote sports stories, and I don't remember any political or social commentary.

Sports writers need to write about what's on the field of play. We don't care if you don't like hearing scripture and God talk during an interview. Just ask the questions, report the games, then shut the hell up.

Here's an example of the kind of bigoted sports writing I'm talking about.

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