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Vulgar Opinions: Sports And Knowing Too Much (NSFW)

05/29/13
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In today’s world, thanks to Twitter and Wikipedia and the Internet in general, we have access to vast amounts of information that we simply didn’t have before.  Want to know something? Google it.  Curious about a public figure?  You can find just about anything you want about them if they’re famous enough, and sometimes even if they’re not.  While I tend to view this as a good thing in a never-ending quest to know everything, when it comes to a product or a service you’re mildly unsatisfied with, it can become a witch-hunt for things to complain about.

In sports, this is trouble.  At the very least you’re throwing 10-60 different individuals together under one banner and you’re not going to agree with all of them on everything, whether it’s a guy like Robbie Rogers being gay, or a guy like Adrian Peterson or Manti Te’o going to great lengths to assert the opposite, or someone like Evander Kane or Sean Avery simply being kind of an asshat.

It goes deeper with our ability to probe into the actions of our favorite team’s front office.  It takes mere minutes to keep up with Buffalo’s version of the Kardashians or to look into the Sabres’ owner’s sketchy environmental and political past.  Do these things affect how we view our favorite teams?  To most I would imagine the answer is no, that the focus is on the people that actually play the game or coach the people that play the game.  But the non-sports part of an organization is also the part that is responsible for engaging the fans.  When those people are bad at their jobs or slight us in some way, perceived or real, it feels a little bit personal.

I guess I wonder where you draw the line.  If you’re a staunch advocate for the environment, does that make it more difficult to be a Sabres fan knowing a hydrofracking giant is the owner?  If you’re gay, can you still like the Red Wings even though they partner with Amway?  If you have a pulse can you find a way to forgive the Miami Marlins for basically everything?

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