Facebook chats with friends can be great inspiration for blog posts. To wit, here's my raw conversation re the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight, as it happened.
"I do find it interesting all the whining from players about fans throwing sweaters on the ice like it's an affront to dignity and 'respect' and such. Heck, fans pay exorbitant prices for tickets and merchandise, get off your high horses players and respect the fans' right to express their displeasure. (of course, why an adult person would wear a sweater with the name of another adult person, an athlete, whoever, on their back has always been beyond me. a kid, sure, but adults? but I've never been a logo person. OK, I have some Rolling Stones shirts with the tongue logo on the front but that's different. :)
. . . omg and now the Leafs players decided not to salute the fans after beating Tampa on Thursday night? I mean, who cares but these guys are worried far too much about what the fans think than playing the game. No wonder they're so up and down. hilarious. what a joke. athletes: people of such strong character, they always tell us, but wounded emotionally when fans throw a sweater or boo or otherwise express displeasure. too funny.
. . . good for Jeff O'Neil on TSN right now (6 pm or so) saying, essentially, the Leafs players are idiots for doing this. they are. so now what? next home game, Leafs come out, do fans cheer or boo? Leafs score, do fans cheer? boo? stay silent? what an idiotic potential tit-for-tat Leafs players have created. what a scream this franchise is."
And now, on with the regularly scheduled blog item addendum commentary:
You know the next step, of course. The media will be blamed for all of this, by both players and fans. As if. Hey, it's an incestuous relationship but bottom line is, at some point early on media thought professional sports worthy of covering, that's how it grew, exponentially, because a fan base was built due to reportage of a team's exploits, then the players, fans and media became intertwined in feeding each other. That is not to say the media invented sports. Of course not. But if the media didn't cover the games, nobody'd know about them other than by word of mouth from fans who attended the games but then if the media didn't publicize the games the fans wouldn't know they were being played, etc. etc. etc.
It's not so crucial now, the media, because sports leagues publicize themselves via their own websites (whose content is often populated by ex-journalists) but . . . .
None of which should take away from the absolute comical nature of the current Toronto Maple Leafs situation re wins, losses, sweater tosses and the team now deciding not to 'salute' its fans.
I can't stop laughing.