Wednesday, June 01, 2011

scorncob

The overwrought moralizing from sportswriters has been a source of annoyance to me for years. I thought Steve Rushin wrote a nice column about it that hit on some of the main reasons why I have a little more trouble getting worked up over steroids or whatever other controversy is the topic of the day.
Anyone who feels real moral outrage when reading the Sports section has almost certainly skipped the News and Metro sections. The murderers given a single paragraph on 2C, The Hague-bound war criminals on 1A, would leave the most self-righteous reader too demoralized to moralize on, say, the Miami Heat. A man taking his talents to South Beach is, in the context of a single day's newspaper, a comical diversion, a performance-art piece of slapstick self-absorption.