Sunday, February 13, 2011

What? Huh, oil!? Who says something about oil, bitch, you cookin?

There were a few news stories this season that ESPN shoved down your throat every single week. Photographic evidence surfaced to prove brett favre has an LBP... not exactly breaking news,we already knew that. Rex Ryan's weird, yet entertaining foot fetish was made public. We were constantly reminded that Ben R R'd a college kid and got away with it unscathed, minus a 4 game suspension. But what do all of these stories have in common? They were wrongfully labeled "distractions in the locker room."

Who exactly is being distracted by these stories? I'm pretty sure brett favre isn't in the locker room asking Joe Webb "are you bigger than me? Come on, just show me." I don't believe R'n Ben R is in the huddle telling Flozell how to beat a charge before it's even filed. And I'm fairly confident that Rex Ryan doesn't practice his police officer impersonation on Jim Leonard to keep his wife convinced.

You know why? Because members of the media are the only ones who bring this garbage up. The only time players talk about this stuff is when they're (excessively) asked "how big of a distraction is this?" Are you people asking these questions stupid? You are the only one who cares. You are the only one who can't stop talking about it. The only reason the fans talk about it is because ESPN, Fox, and NBC blast it in your eyes before you even ask to see it.

It doesn't eat into practice time, taking away valuable reps. It doesn't get discussed on the sidelines, keeping players from focusing on the game. It is only talked about during press conferences when you want to prove you know nothing about the sport you're covering, so you ask these TMZ questions to fill the time. Stop calling these events distractions when you're the only ones dwelling on the subject.

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