I saw this on Instapundit earlier, Mr. Reynolds wondering when sportswriters became such pansies. The Insty link goes to Frank Deford, sort of the godfather of living lyrical sportswriters, ruminating about guns. Mr. Quick’s response:
Right about the time they admitted female sportswriters to men’s locker rooms.
via Asked and Answered | Daily Pundit.
Rush Limbaugh talks about this on occasion, and his point is the correct one: most sportswriters are journalists first, and most journalists are Liberals. Roger Ebert likes to talk about how he started out as a sports-writer when he was still all wetbehindtheears, then he became an acclaimed movie critic, and now he’s known as a either a Liberal hero or a half-mad ranting leftwing nutjob, depending on your politics. Ebert ditched the bulk of his reputation as a reliable film critic and a good writer to be loved by other Liberals.
Remember: At the end of the day, Liberal journalists long only to be loved by other Liberals. Everything else is a mean to an end.
Regarding Mr. Quick’s point, as a man with a love/loathe relationship with popular sports, I say that reporters have no business in locker rooms, period, and women damn sure have no business in men’s locker rooms (which is currently accepted) any more than men do in womynz locker rooms. Another annoyance for me is the weird specter of women calling men’s games. It’s not that they’re not capable, it’s that they’re tokens, and for every game they call, there are hundreds of men who’ve played the men’s game, whatever the sport may be, that are more knowledgeable of the sport in question, especially when it comes to color commentary. Plus, women tend to have voices that are grating, shrill – men’s games deserve the soothing sopranos and barritones of a man who’s balls have dropped, so to speak.
That, however, is a broadcasting issue. Regarding sportswriters being pansies…
Sports Illustrated was, from my observation, Ground Zero for this business. A magazine that was once regularly devoted to football, baseball, track and hunting started its decline with an increasingly Liberal slant in the 1990s ie its shunning of its hunting roots and the growth of anti-gun views.
Now, “progressive” issues and people populate the sports-reporting world, especially at the high-exposure levels of SI/ESPN. Peter King’s must-read MMQB column following each NFL Sunday is regularly infused with soft-liberal politics. SI is unreadable, in part because of this same cancer. ESPN and its crusade regarding concussions is an example. Anything manly is dangerous, anything dangerous is manly, and we all know that anything manly is bad. One thing I like about ProFootballTalk.com is that while Florio is an attorney and probably a Liberal, he keeps the politics out of his reporting, which I admire.
Then there is the Pink Cancer that greets football fans each October to raise awareness for an affliction that affects all men: Breast Cancer.
While Mike Lupica evolved into the Roger Ebert of sports-writing, Mitch Albom evolved into its Dr. Phil. The most influential writers now have a TV presence, and the most beloved writers – shocker – keep their politics to themselves, or cloak them very well.
National sports-writing is a game for the best-of-the-best Beta Males these days – fuzzy manlets who are quick to pull the trigger against guns and violence while nasally whining about whatever issue of the day their sexless wives and lives will find appropriate.
Such is life in America these days.