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This is what's wrong with sports.

Now, before I go off here, let me say that I understand what it's like to be rooting for your team and to be really close to a title and not get there. I know it sucks.

But come on. "I'm so depressed. I'm going to cry."??? What the hell is that? What kind of life do you lead when a team, which you are NOT on by the way, loses a game and it affects you emotionally? Is there nothing else in your life worth caring about? Is it that pathetic and devoid of any meaning that you can't move on today because your beloved team lost? Nobody died. You didn't lose your job, your house, your family because of it. It's a GAME. It's not that important. That's WHY it's called a GAME. Let it go already.

The second thing that pisses me off: Shame on you, ESPN. Why the hell is it necessary to publish the guy's name, where he lives, where he works, and the names of his family members and neighbors? Are you actually TRYING to get the guy killed? That'd make a great story, wouldn't it? You can't wait to write the article about how all the crazed and unreasonable fans went to the guys house and burned it down, after you practically handed them the gas cans. Fuck you people. I hope you get sued.

Well... that's about all I have to say, other than it sucks to be that guy. I don't understand the lengths people go to to catch a foul ball. Knock your kid over, break your thumb, shove an old lady, whatever it takes. I'm sure the guy didn't think about the consequences at the time. I'm sure it didn't even occur to him that he was affecting the game at all. And I'm sure that if I was in the same seat, I'd probably have instinctively done the same (except that I'm a wuss when it comes to projectiles speeding at me). The guy just did what came natural. And now all he has to do is convince his entire town to sympathize. Bummer.


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Oct. 15th, 2003 04:15 pm (UTC)
while i agree with you about it being just a game, espn.com isn't at fault here (or at least not the ones who ran with it first) - the guy's name was published in the chicago sun-times & a similar story was put out on the AP wire.

i just think it's hilarious that people want to blame the fan when it was prior, farnsworth, & remlinger who actually gave up the runs, and it was gonzalez who muffed an easy double-play ball. no way we should attack the people who actually affected the outcome...
Oct. 15th, 2003 08:28 pm (UTC)
this is a GAME!
If ESPN is so outraged, why are they publishing his name again? On the off chance that somebody missed it the other times? ESPN failed. bigtime. Just like that fuckwad Dave Anderson and the NYTimes encouraging Yankee fans to throw batteries at Pedro in game 7.
Oct. 15th, 2003 05:07 pm (UTC)
that is lame. poor guy. does no one else notice that the score was 8 to 3? do they think the cubs were SO devastated that they allowed the other team to score 7 more points? kind of a weird situation, but by no means was it this guy's fault.
btw, once I played the game Taboo with some friends, and after the game a member of the losing team called himself a loser. he was upset. um, get over yourself. it's Taboo. such is the nature of competition.
Oct. 17th, 2003 08:57 pm (UTC)
that's it; blame the messenger -- again.
Why is it that you blame the messenger when he/she delivers the bad news? Remember that what the media does is hold the mirror up to our society. We merely reflect back to you what you show us.

I'm sick and tired of seeing the messenger blamed. would you rather live in a society where there is no media looking out for you? Gimme a break, son.
Oct. 18th, 2003 01:44 pm (UTC)
Re: that's it; blame the messenger -- again.
What? Where's your brain? This isn't a case of me "blaming the messenger" at all. I didn't blame ESPN for the Cubs losing the game, did I? I didn't get all mad at ESPN for that guy catching the ball. If I'm blaming the messenger for anything, I'm blaming them for whatever problems this guy suffers as a result of his name, where he lives, where he works, and the names of his neighbors and family members being given out. Hell yes, I blame them for THAT. Care to rub your two brain cells together and see if you can guess why? Here, I'll give you a hint: BECAUSE IT'S THEIR FUCKING FAULT! If you don't give out the guy's personal information, then the angry mob doesn't find him. Just because they happen to be a messenger doesn't mean they can't be a culprit as well.

And don't give me any of this bullshit about the media being a mirror of society because it's a load. Major media reports selected details designed to either scare the shit out of people so they'll keep watching, thereby increasing the value of advertising space, or to steer the public to believing what the government that gives them grants and regulates their existence wants them to believe.

Maybe ESPN didn't actually intend to ruin this guy's life just for the sake of getting a few more hits, but I seriously doubt it. I'm sure that more than one editor in that organization stopped and thought about the fact that releasing this guy's personal information was a) not necessary and b) going to put his privacy and possibly his life in jeopardy. They did it anyway and that's irresponsible and stupid.

As for living without media... no, of course I wouldn't like that. But, I could certainly live without agencies like CNN and Fox, who only report the half of the story that makes things look peachy and great. I'd rather be informed by someone whose primary interest is truth, not money.
Oct. 21st, 2003 09:43 am (UTC)
the messenger
The media looks out for me?

Oh dear lord, I hope not.

The tabloids that have become mainstream news have done more to destroy peoples lives than protect them.(Listen to the lyrics of Don Henley's "Dirty Laundry")

And now, Jennifer Lopez has gotten the go ahead for her own talk show.

As Michael Stipe says "It's the end of the world as we know it"

and no, I don't feel fine
Oct. 21st, 2003 02:54 pm (UTC)
the media elite...
with very few exceptions, the days of responsible news reporting, whether in print, radio or tv are long gone...gone is objectivity, civility, respect, humanity and more than anything else, truth and edward r. murrow.... many newspapers, for example, slant the news so blatantly to reflect their own political leanings and those of the people in power...or, as radio and tv and some papers do, glorify the rich, the famous and the athletes who if it were not for the sport they excelled at, couldn't hit water if they fell out of a boat....most of reporters who i call "geraldo rivera wannabes" don't have the slightest clue of what resposnsible reporting is...they're too hung up on their ego and getting that "front page" story...nevermind who gets hurt in the process..

the media these days looks out for no one but itself...again, with very few exceptions....how sad for the world...
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