Root Root Root For The Home Country?


My, what a restless group you have become!

Here I am trying my best to provide some commentary and when I don’t….sheesh.

Listen, I appreciate the feedback, and yes, I’d love to provide great commentary every day. However, it has become increasingly difficult this summer to do so. What can I tell you? Honestly, can you remember a duller time in sports media then we are in right now?

Trust me, I love to write. I have time to write. I don’t want to bore you with stories about nothing.

Ok- now to the subject at hand.

I am not, as you know a soccer fan. Nothing against soccer nor it’s fans but it just isn’t my cup of tea.

I was fascinated to follow today’s Olympic match between USA and Canada. For a good solid hour 9/10 tweets in tweetdeck were related to that game. The most interesting part to me was the cheering, overtly cheering by the Canadian media for the female team Canada players.

Someone out there will say if I am wrong ( you are just that type of crowd), but I don’t recall that type of open cheering when Team Canada played Team USA in the final Olympic hockey game. Those tweeting about the game followed their normal NHL routine of editorializing without any cheering whatsoever.

Now, we’ve been told before that to be objective the media can’t cheer.

In fact, it’s banned from many a professional pressbox.

Do the events of today perhaps change things?

One MSMer said to me today that the cheering was okay here as the MSMers can cheer yet remain objective.

Curious, is that not possible in the other sports?

Is it so bad that those who cover our pro teams are also fans? Can’t they be objective in covering pro teams as they are in covering Olympics?

I love, as you know, following live sporting events on twitter. In part, I will admit, because Toronto teams, and my Miami Dolphins, suck so much it makes watching a little less painful. Interacting with both other fans and media makes it a hell of a lot more enjoyable. Personally, I would find it even better if some media types showed their true colors and cheered for the teams they love. I’ve been told by several media members that they cheer for their team while watching from home with their kids, but wouldn’t dare do so in public. I’ve been told my several media members that they aren’t fans of the game they cover.

Personally, I’d like to think that if you cover a sport there has to be some admiration or “fan” element. I think, and I know there are exceptions, that it makes it too vanilla too objective if there isn’t some love of the game in the commentator. How do you relate to the fan if you aren’t one?

Today was, to steal a line, a Twitter moment.

Personally I’d like to experience more like them.

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August 7, 2012 1:55 pm

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Steve in Waterloo
Steve in Waterloo
August 7, 2012 7:30 pm

I have no problem with the national broadcasters of an international event being “homers”. I think they need to analyze with objectivity, but there is no harm/bias if a little rooting for home when the only people hearing the broadcasters are from home.

August 8, 2012 3:42 am

I wonder if it’s different, or feels different, if it’s on Twitter? I know Grange, Sixiero, Blair, etc wouldn’t express this much emotion if they were writing a column, but maybe Twitter feels different to them? Like, while they’re still kind of on the job, they’re also expressing their in the moment emotions and thoughts?

Honestly, I like it. I like to know what people with experience and knowledge feel during these events, and how they view things. And also it made for great dialogue during the match. 🙂

Also, I think on radio shows, people expect you to have opinions and to express strong opinions. Blair does this all the time on his show. It’s kind of the difference between a column and an article in my opinion. In an article, people expect a degree of unbiasedness, while a column is an opinion piece.

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