Alex Rodriguez and Biogenesis scandal have sports networks losing focus

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At a time when Major League Baseball pennant races are typically the topic of sports news, some sports networks focus on Alex Rodriguez and performance enhancing drugs.

Major League Baseball has the longest and richest history of the major sports leagues dating back to 1869. As July ends, and August begins, Major League Baseball pennant races are typically the topic of sports news.  Sadly, in 2013, Alex Rodriguez and a now defunct clinic known as Biogenesis of America dominate the talk on televison and radio sports reports.

Listening to a major sports network for over an hour on the morning drive to work today, every mention of Major League Baseball was about the possible suspensions of Alex Rodriguez and a handful of unnamed players implicated in the Biogenesis performance enhancing drug scandal.

Sadly, there was no mention of the Pittsburgh Pirates having their best season in twenty years.  A story that has many casual baseball fans rooting for a team that is not only trying to break out of their slump of twenty losing seasons, but currently fighting for the lead in their division.

Instead of what teams are the surprising winners and losers, or what players are hot or not, the talk was on legal and medical issues. Doctors, lawyers, and anyone who is an expert at something remotely related to performance enhancing drugs and drug related scandals are being interviewed. These experts are questioned on legal and medical aspects of a now defunct clinic known as Biogenesis of America. Talk focuses on  how the clinic allegedly sold performance enhancing drugs to professional athletes.

Social media brings out the worst in sports fans

Social media brings out the worst in sports fans

My one personal pleasure, my escape from the world in recent weeks, has been watching the NHL playoffs.

As I have watched the NHL playoffs I have used twitter a bit during hockey games to see fan reactions during hockey games.  I have also commented on sports topics on various websites that allow comments on articles.

Many of the comments made on social media and various sports blogs about specific athletes, are absolutely brutal.  It is sad for fans of any sport, of any team, to wish players get hurt, or simpy die!

As if it is not bad enough that juvenile fans make smart remarks about players and their cities, it is sad when professional media people make things so personal, as I remarked in a previous post on how Boston broadcaster Jack Edwards compared Matt Cooke to assassin Sirhan Sirhan.

In an article on a Pittsburgh media website remarks were made about Pittsburgh fans not giving credit to the opponent for game plans and execution. The jab is followed by the remarks, "educated fan bases do that." Posting to the article is done through a Facebook account.  Following the link to the person who posted the remarks, he appears to be a reporter for a Boston based publication.  His facebook page includes a few personal digs on Penguin players that sure makes his remarks about "educated fan bases" seem a bit hypocritical.

Boston broadcaster Jack Edwards compares hockey player to assassin

Pittsburgh Pebguins Matt Cooke

During the nationally televised NHL game between the Penguins and Bruins on Saturday, Boston announcer Jack Edwards compared Penguins Matt Cooke to Sirhan Sirhan.

Edwards first said that Cooke, “assassinated the career of Marc Savard” and followed up with, "Nominating Cooke for the Masterton is the equivalent of nominating Sirhan Sirhan as the prisoner of the year."

Edwards blames Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins for ending the career of injured Boston center Marc Savard.

Sirhan Sirhan was convicted in 1969 for the assassination of United States Senator Robert F. Kennedy.

Edwards is a regional announcer for Boston based NESN. The feed of the game was being carried nationwide by the NHL network because of the significance of two of the top teams in the conference playing each other.  The game was also significant because it had been postponed and rescheduled in the aftermath of the Boston bombings.

With the world trying to relax a bit from the events of the week, and turning to sports to do that, comparing Cooke to the man who murdered Senator Robert Kennedy was as out of touch, insensitive, and tasteless, as one could get.


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