How crazy is this? How far has the insanity of political correctness, or liberal derangement or whatever you want to call it actually gone?
Well, when it invades the world of sports, it's gone pretty far -- too far, it seems. Let's not forget that this is the same ESPN that gave its Most Courageous Athlete (ESPY) honor to Caitlyn (the former Bruce) Jenner. Indeed, "wacky" would be too kind a word for that move.
But organized sports has been out of control for a long time now. And my theory about all this is simply that sports has become too big, too ubiquitous, too invasive throughout our society to be managed in any sane manner anymore.
In fact, it’s even gotten so bad that there’s nothing very sportsmanlike about sports anymore.
Consider the whole sorry mess: the endless drug-enhancement allegations in baseball; the hundreds
Lest you think this is limited to the pros or big-time college sports, think again. Even among kids’ sports, the win-at-any-cost mentality seems so elevated and tensions are so high that national youth sports associations now monitor weekly reports about fights or abusive conduct involving parents or coaches.
But none of this seems to matter to the gluttonous sportsocracy and those who feed it.
And despite the fact that sports has now been politicized (along with much of the rest of our society) rabid sports fans are fattening the bottom line with an almost gleeful abandon even though the average ticket price for an NFL game routinely exceeds $100, if you can find a ticket.
Through endless TV sports channels, radio jock talk programs and burgeoning sports-related social media, the craving for a sports fix is fed 24/7.