The Don Henley tune keeps playing in my head “The End of the Innocence”. I’ve been listening to sports radio in Boston since I was in grade school. The “Godfather” of sports talk was a man named Eddie Andelman. I even got a chance to meet him, and his famous tag line was always, just keep it fun. Sports are supposed to be fun, all this ticky-tack nonsense with replays and ridiculous rules is just sapping the fun out of sports. Really I’m tracking so close to giving up on the NFL entirely and maybe even the NBA. MLB seems to be keeping it a little real, but the replay nonsense is starting to get stupid there too. None seems to solve anything, referring to the controversial call, or lack of call, that saved the Packers at the expense of the Detroit Lions. It’s either silly overkill, or failure to launch. So yea, I’ve kind of reached the end of my innocence when it comes to the major sports in America.
What really prompts this is is my old favorite sports radio station. It started when one of the hosts was absolutely livid that an Olympic athlete would have the audacity to be a virgin. He was appalled that a 30-year old woman would still be a virgin. The whole thing was absolutely crude and I was embarrassed for WEEI radio.
Well now they’ve decided that they have to take advertising for a marijuana convention in Boston. Yea, enough is enough, I probably should have walked away awhile ago, but old loyalties can die hard, even if those in question just become creepy, ill-informed and just plain classless.
Yea unfortunately so much of sports, on the field, in the locker room, and on the air-waves has just become crude, totally lacking in class, just a grab for money and success and without any regard for character and taste, just creepy. This is also for the advertisers on WEEI, most are Boston area sponsors, so it probably won’t make much difference, but if you want to associate with drug advertising, then I don’t want to associate with you. So it will be sad, but its not the same station and hey maybe they will upgrade their character and lose the stupid comments and the drug ads. But probably not, there’s no concern with any kind of character or class, just being creepy and a mindless grab for money.