After a lot of thought and consideration -- I have decided to retire One Foot in Reality and leave it as an Archive. I will still monitor it to keep the trolls at bay, but will not be posting here any longer.

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Tired of Sports TV Becoming So Confrontational

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

Originally posted on: August 9, 2013

This doesn’t have a damn thing to do with running, it is simply me voicing my opinion on something that has bothered me for a while now and it is time to speak out.

I admit it – I am an old fart and probably considered pretty old fashioned in many respects. Ummm respect, I guess that is an old-fashioned concept that I am seeing less and less of every day.

No I am not talking about lack of respect being directed, directly at me, well maybe I am.

What in the hell are you talking about Harold?

It is no secret that I am a huge sports fan and if I am not watching a “show” on one of the history channels, I am watching something related to sports, either a game, ESPN highlights, Mike and Mike in the Morning, but mostly the New England regional sports stations.

However, over the last year or so, I have noticed a significant increase in the number of shows, that have embedded antagonistic debate tactics and devolve into shouting matches in their attempts to be “right” or “hook” the viewer.

I have stopped watching several shows that I used to watch and enjoy regularly, because of the now antagonistic and confrontational nature of the shows.

Some of my favorites were on CSSNE and ESPN’s First Take, that used to have decent conversations and collegial disagreements, now they typically degenerate into hollering and screaming squabbles or the unnecessary confrontational pokes at one another, just to add to another point into their argument.

You may enjoy this type of sports reporting, but to me it is shit Television. It is sensationalist attempts at gaining our attention in order to move ratings up. After all, we are supposed to have an emotional response to their emotions.

My response is to turn the channel when the hollering starts and find something else to watch.

What is your take on this mode of sports reporting?

Do you enjoy this new confrontational style of sports reporting or do you want to go back to a more measured and respectful form of reporting sports, where the personalities show more respect for their viewers and one another.

New England is not the only area that this happens either, when I visit other regions, I see much the same form of reporting, sensationalist and antagonistic seems to be more of the norm versus the George Hale method of sports reporting that I grew up on.

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