Monday, January 10, 2005

Give me a freaking break

After hearing all weekend how terrible it was that Randy Moss left the field of last week's game 2 seconds (yes, seconds) early, the media was ready to jump all over him when he decided to do a tasteless end zone celebration in last nights game against the Packers. I'm not defending Moss, his celebration, and leaving the field early were both out of line, and are just little things that when added together with earlier incidents show that Moss probably isn't a very good guy. However, the level of outrage about this incident (much like the TO/Desperate Housewives intro) is just ridiculous. I'm tired of people whining about things that just don't matter. What difference does it make if Moss is a nice guy? He's paid to play football. He does that very well. You don't like what kind of person he is, fine, don't buy his jersey, don't go to Vikings games, don't watch him on TV, but for God's sake, shut the fuck up about it already.

I was listening to the game on the radio, so I didn't see what happened, and thought I would see it later on ESPN, but no...they're above showing such terrible things. However, they felt free to go on and on about how bad it was. If you're not going to show me what happened, then don't talk so much about it. If you're really above it, then be above it and ignore it. If you want to have a discussion about it, then show me what we are discussing. It didn't help me feel any better that these are the same people who were falling all over themselves to talk about what a great guy Reggie White was. So, for the record, offensive endzone celebrations are worse than being a bigot and a homophobe, and not only being one, but actively promoting bigotry and homophobia. Great job ESPN, maybe you could tell me a little bit about why OJ is great because he never had any questionable endzone celebrations.

Another thing that bothers me about this whole thing is that this is what we reserve our outrage for in this country. Hundreds of thousands of people get killed a couple of weeks ago, and it only inspires us to argue over who is charitable and who is not. We are involved in a war, with people (Americans and others) getting killed everyday, but we are largely apathetic about it. We make no demands on our government to do things right, or even to explain why the war isn't a complete waste of human life. But Randy Moss pretends to drop his pants and suddenly we're outraged and we all want to have our say. I love sports, and football in particular, as much as anyone, but there are more important things going on in the world. Who is hurt when Randy Moss celebrates? No one! Who is hurt when he leaves the field early? No one! Could we get over this? Could we talk about real things going on in the world? Actually, I'm sure that we can't, which saddens me. But, if not, could we at least stop making this seem like a big deal?

Oh, and please, please spare me the, I was watching this with my kids and now I have to explain this to them, arguement. If you don't want your kids to see anything bad, then blindfold them and lock them in a closet. And if this is the worst thing that your kids see, consider yourself lucky. Think of the terrible things kids in Asia have been seeing lately, or Iraq, or a million other fucking places in the world. If your kids saw Randy Moss pretend to drop his pants and you were bothered by that, then tell them that that kind of behavior makes people look like idiots. Tell them that you don't want to see them acting like that. Tell them whatever you want, teach them your values, they're your kids, not Randy Moss', not the NFL's, not FOX Sports'. You teach them, don't let the TV do it for you.

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thatcoloredfella said...

I recommend, that if you're gonna get some of your news from television, watch Countdown with Keith Olbermann!

I didn't see the incident live, but read about it in the paper. But, Keith showed the entire footage, where you hear announcer Joe Buck whine 'That's disgusting!'.

It turns out, Moss was mocking a tradition of Packer fans, who line up outside a defeated visitor's bus and moon them as they leave Lambeau!

As for why this is blown out of proportion, I believe for a very large segment of straight men (some gay) in this country, sports are an all consuming, isolated parallel world, unto itself. It's all they care about and know about, because for those who were probably never athletic, this is how they relate and compete amongst men.

They have not a clue (or really care) as to what's happening in Iraq, but it won't stop them from offering up their ignorant opinion. But, they can run down their NFL playoff picks and why, and are more likely to have phoned in a sports radio program, than to have actually voted.

John Howard said...

I like Countdown, but I always seem to miss it somehow. I have heard Joe Buck's ridiculous outrage as well as hearing this morning that Moss was just mocking the fans. As far as I'm concerned, that should make the story pretty much over. Of course it won't, but I thought it was ridiculus how people reacted before, after hearing about the fans' tradition, it makes it even more unbelievable.

Funny that Joe Buck would have a problem with a player doing something like that when he is in Beer commercials with a character that is pretty much the classic selfish athlete.

Melissa McEwan said...

Awesome post. *So* true. Outrage at sport events seems to be the new thing, starting with Janet's 'wardrobe malfunction.' It's like the Right has discovered a whole new outlet delivering a steady stream of things at which to take offense. And hey - they were already watching anyway!

Could 1/10th of the indignation at how our sports stars behave be redirected to things like Abu Ghraib?

Ace Cowboy said...

Abu Ghraib? Why would anyone be outraged about that little thing? After all, don't you guys know that what we did were acceptable forms of prisoner control?

The lawyer for this fockin' ringleader moron came up with the following defense yesterday, and sadly, this is not from The Onion, it's a real story (if you haven't seen it):

Graner's attorney said piling naked prisoners into pyramids and leading them by a leash were acceptable methods of prisoner control. He compared this to pyramids made by cheerleaders at sports events and parents putting tethers on toddlers.

"Don't cheerleaders all over America form pyramids six to eight times a year. Is that torture?" Guy Womack, Graner's attorney, said in opening arguments to the 10-member U.S. military jury at the reservist's court-martial.

Melissa McEwan said...

Oh, I've seen it. Check out my post here.

Ace Cowboy said...

Well said, Sister, well said. Preach on.