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.

When is a baseball game worse than a hockey game?

Hockey fight Penguins Flyers

I usually don't care much about baseball until after the NHL playoffs are over.  Hockey season drags on through the middle of June, and the baseball pennant races usually don't mean much until August.  But the talk of the sports world that has caught my attention is a baseball fight.

Huh, a baseball fight?

Thursday night in San Diego, Padres' batter Carlos Quentin was hit by a pitch thrown by Dodger pitcher Zack Greinke.  Quentin charged the mound going after Greinke, and both benches cleared as players ran onto the field.

Not following the Dodgers or the Padres, I'm not sure of the so called history between these two players.  The incident went from a rather typical at bat to a field full of players pushing, shoving, and screaming in a very short period of time.

The story became more heated and discussed in the press because in the process Dodgers ace pitcher Greinke broke his collarbone and could miss eight weeks.


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