I don't really discuss religion or politics with my friends or family. Who you pray to or vote for is your own personal choice. I certainly wouldn't do it here either.
The religion I want to discuss today is the love we all have for sports. Which has taken a big hit lately, hasn't it? Just a quick recap of some of the stories we have been dealing with the last 12 months or so.
- Penn State hides the fact one of their former employees is using University facilities to hurt children.
- Major League Baseball stars Mark McGuire, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemens are pretty much black balled from the Hall of Fame because they used PED's to extend their careers and perform at high levels that made many people (including them and MLB) a lot of money.
- It seems every high profile college football coach takes an NFL interview or links their name to other college openings so they can make more money or extend the contract at the place they are at. I like to call this practice the "Les Miles". The last obvious attempt at a "Les Miles" was Brian Kelly's interview with the Philadelphia Eagles. Chip Kelly did a reverse Les Miles yesterday as he decided to go back to Oregon only to change his mind when the Eagles sharpened their pencil. I actually applaud the Eagles for this move because I hadn't heard of any of the coaches the NFL has been hiring lately. The Bears hired a CFL head coach (and former Detroit Lions assistant) for goodness sakes.
- Lance Armstrong beats cancer, takes PED's to win a bike race in France (and has been denying he did it for 12+ years) 7 times that nobody in the US really watched or cared about before he won it. During that time he raises nearly 1/2 a Billion Dollars for cancer research from his Livestrong charity.
- Now the Manti Te'o story of his girlfriend dying was a complete hoax. Let's be clear here, whether Manti was a victim of a hoax or he and a friend put this entire thing together to get Heisman votes. It's sick, very sick. I personally believe that Manti had to have known something along the way but I guess we will learn more as the facts continue to come out.
What's next? Is LeBron James a robot? Is Michael Phelps part fish? Is Alabama really the next NFL franchise?
When is this going to stop? Do we know too much? Should we not be looking behind the curtain?
Is sports becoming professional wrestling?
It just seems too much and that ESPN News and CNN are on a collision course to becoming the same thing. I listen to sports radio and many radio hosts wonder out loud why there is so much interest in New York Jets backup QB who looks like he is throwing with the wrong hand? The above bullets points are why, because good stories in sports are becoming harder and harder to find and when we do find them, we find out it's just a big façade.