Sunday, December 2, 2007

On watching sports for all the wrong reasons

(Terrell Owens)

There are only three sporting events I will plan to watch on a regular basis. Those are track and field, women's professional basketball and women's college basketball. Everything else is mainly of no interest to me.

The only thing that will compel me to watch anything other than those events I mention is if I want to root for a particular player who is unpopular or root against a particular team. Example, I will watch the NFL's New England Patriots play so that I can root against them. I still don't have the interest to sit through a whole game, but I'll tune in every now and then in hopes that they are losing. I root against them because recently it was discovered that they had been cheating. And as far as I could tell they didn't receive just punishment for it, just a slap on the wrist. So to me they are just a bunch of cheaters and that motivates me to root for whoever they are playing against.

Another example is Terrell Owens. He has been constantly demonized in the press, a lot of it it racist as far as I can see. So I will tune in to see him play and root for him. He currently plays for the Dallas Cowboys but I rooted for him when he played for the Philadelphia Eagles too. So if he is playing I will tune in intermittently to cheer him on. It's not so much that I really admire him or anything, I just think that sports journalism is full of racists who don't give Black players the same treatment as White ones. Don't get me wrong, Terrell has done some goofy things but I really don't think he's as bad as the media tries to paint him.

I also watch Tiger Woods play golf to see how badly he's beating the golfers he's playing against. I will usually only tune in on Sundays. That's usually the final round. And if Tiger is winning but only by a little I won't watch. But if he's winning by a huge margin or is behind and is on the chase I will watch to see if he can increase his lead or catch up and really kick butt!

I wonder if there are other people who watch sporting events for these non-sports driven reasons? I suppose most people just tune in for the love of the sport.

Oh well.

14 comments:

Symphony said...

Thats funny. I completely agree with you on the Pats, TO and Tiger.

Mes Deux Cents said...

Symphony,

It's good to know I'm not the only one who feels that way.

Monica Roberts said...

I'm rooting for Rutgers to win the NCAA womens title in light of last year's Don Imus comments.

Love the Williams sisters since I'm a tennis fan.

But I definitely feel you on rooting for teams and people for other than the love of the sport

clnmike said...

Well uh, I think those are very interesting reason to watch but I do think because you do not watch regularly you might be slightly misinformed.

I hate the Pats because I am a Jets fan, as far as them cheating it is a well known fact that all NFL teams steal signals at some point, the Pats just got caught. The fact that they are still running scores up and winning is enough reason to hate them and know they did not need it.

Well as fo TO I understand the medias tendency to go after black players they view as arrogant, self serving or just plain old vocal, TO made his own bed.
This is the same man who said he would rather play for a white QB than a black one while he was in Philly. He also threw his black QB under the bus after the super bowl in Philly. When unhappy he destroys teams instead of show team work. he is very much deserving of peoples scorn.

Question though, why track and field, and womens basketball and nothing else?

Brianna said...

First of all...Yay for Track and Field!!! ;)

I find myself drawn to T.O. as well. I actually happen to like football but I agree that T.O. is picked on entirely too much, not to mention he's one heck of a player.

Mes Deux Cents said...

Monica,

Have you noticed I have Rutgers (Temple and Tennessee) scores on the sidebar?

I think a lot of people are pulling for Rutgers after that Imus incident. I liked them before that; I think Coach Vivian Stringer is amazing.




CinMike,

Okay you are giving me details like I'm a "real" football fan. (lol) I'm just a casual fan at best.

You're right; I may be misinformed because I don't watch much. I had not heard about T.O.'s quarterback statement. Could you give me a link to read about that?

I have loved Track since middle school. That's when I began to compete.

I like women’s basketball because it seems to take more talent (to me) to play below the rim basketball than above the rim.

Do you get what I mean?




Briana,

Track and field is my fave!

T.O. is a great player. He led the NFL in touchdowns last year. Even so all anyone talked about was how many balls he dropped.

clnmike said...

"I had not heard about T.O.'s quarterback statement. Could you give me a link to read about that?"

Here you go.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11119954/

Mes Deux Cents said...

CinMike,

Thanks, I just read the article and I'm not sure if, one, T.O. was just trying to get Donovan's goat. Two, was he saying he wanted a White quarterback or was he just saying they would be better off with 'another' quarterback?

clnmike said...

"Two, was he saying he wanted a White quarterback or was he just saying they would be better off with 'another' quarterback?"

You know the more I remember of the incident the more inclined I am to believe that his words may have been taken out of context. You cant really trust the media. But with out a doubt he was trying to step on toes with the intention to hurt a teammate. That I have a problem with.

Mes Deux Cents said...

CinMike,

Well if he was trying to get Donovan's goat then that's a personal thing. It's an entirely different thing than asking for a White quarterback.

I'm glad I asked otherwise this would have left a bitter feeling toward T.O. And I really like rooting for him! (lol)

alpha said...

Hmmmm....Racism, sadly, is one of those things that permeates everything in life, including sports and sports media, but when it comes to Owens, I feel that he deserves most of the criticism he gets. He is football's version of Dennis Rodman (he's a freak). I am an avid Eagles fan though, so my feelings towards T.O. are purely biased. I use to love him, and now even the thought of him gets me in the mood to hate. He dumps my favorite team for the hated old division foe no less and that's just unforgivable, I mean that's ******** sacrilegious! He's like the girl who dumps you for your best friend, and now they look good together. But I am not bitter or anything. (:

Mes Deux Cents said...

Alpha,

As you say you are biased with regard to T.O. (lol)

I think that T.O. just gives the people what they want, drama.

(lol) Not bitter.


Thanks for stopping by

rjweems said...

After seeing your comments on other blogs I'm just stumbling over your own blog tonight. Where have I been?

I'm a HUGE fan of women's (college) basketball and am delighted to find another sister blogger who shares my love for the women's game.

This is my favorite time of the year. All speculations this past Monday night about the next day's Super Tuesday results paled as I sat glued before my computer trying to catch the Rutger-UConn women's game.

Thanks!

rjweems
http://www.somethingwithin.com/blog/?p=107

Mes Deux Cents said...

RJ Weems,

Thanks for stopping by. I love women's basketball. I am struggling at the moment to watch it because I canceled my cable last summer.

I have seen a few games so far this season on CBS. I look forward to March Madness! I hope one of my favorite teams will win the championship this year.

I will stop by your blog and please visit here again!

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About Me

West Coast, United States
African American, Poet?, Vegetarian, Music lover, Agoraphobic, Social Phobic

My Favorite Poet

My Favorite Poet
Staceyann Chin

My Favorite Track Athlete

My Favorite Track Athlete
Christine Arron