Originally Posted by NJReds
Media hype ... everything is either going to kill you or break you. Somewhere along the line the media stopped covering the news and tried to become a paranoid parent.
That's a simple one to explain. Those stories are cheap and easy to produce. They really don't have to do any work, they don't have to pay correspondents, and they don't really have to ruffle any feathers.
In a way, this is where ESPN and the Olympics fail. They think that people watch sports because of the fluff stories. Yes, the Josh Hamilton story is great and adds some great color to the game, but the only reason people care about Hamilton is because he can destroy a hanging curve ball. If he were just some random junkie who cleaned himself up, we wouldn't bat an eyebrow.
I love the games, I love the competition, and I love to gain some insight into the game I am watching. The only show that gives you that is NFL Match-up. But, in the end, it it easier to cover the Brett Favre, Clemens, Bonds, TO, Chad Johnson, or A-Rod than it is to analyze game tape and give us insight. So, we get Entertainment Tonight Sports Edition. Sad.