COMMENTARY: Sad summer for sports

COMMENTARY: Sad summer for sports

There are 9 comments on the WBIR Knoxville story from Jul 26, 2007, titled COMMENTARY: Sad summer for sports. In it, WBIR Knoxville reports that:

I picked up a sports section the other day, and a summons fell out. Turned on Sportscenter and could have sworn I heard ?All rise!? I feel I should swap places with WBIR News Anchor John Becker?there are fewer ...

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Asheville, NC

#1 Jul 26, 2007
Whenever any sports record is broken these days, I sincerely question its legitimacy.

In case you have not had your fill of illegal competition, it is not much longer until the 2008 Olympics. As we read this article, I am sure many of those Olympic competitors are "juicing up".

Louisa, VA

#2 Jul 26, 2007
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Eatonton, GA

#3 Jul 26, 2007
Very good article, and I'm happy to see a sports reporter who's not siding with Vick.
One question for you. Is your word processor rebelling and not supplying you with apostrophies, but providing question marks instead? LOL -- J/K!!

Knoxville, TN

#4 Jul 27, 2007
thank you for a sensitive commentary..

I have gone out of my way to tech my son ethics and integrity and in doing so I have not shared many sports with hime due to the lack of substance and ethics...unlike the old olypic examples.

Your article brings me back to what a sport is realy about...a sport, not a game of one ups man ship...thank you

Kingston, TN

#5 Jul 27, 2007
Do you some cheese with that whine????

It's built into the system. Too much money...too little talent.... too many YOUNG INMATURE atheletes becoming rich for doing NOTHING!!!!!!!

Knoxville, TN

#6 Jul 27, 2007
I'm simply reminded of the now-dated commercials featuring Charles Barkley saying, "I'm not a role model." Perhaps it's time to re-introduce this ad campaign?
Johnny Reb

Thornville, OH

#7 Aug 5, 2007
Yes, Summer of 2007 will be remembered as terrible. Names such as Michael Vick, Barry Bonds and that katman who played football with Titans put sports in a bad light. They are a disgrace to sports and those that watch or are looking at sports for role models. Bonds and Vick are the worlds worst. I remember a line in a song that really needs to be revived on the American sports scene in 2007. "Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio?" of course many in America today do not know who Joe DiMaggio is? Where are America's sports heros coming from? Don't see any other there for the future? That's bad, but that is the epitomy of America today. We careless about human mankind and more about greed, money and power. Thats what America has become.

Since: Jun 07

Knoxville, TN

#8 Aug 22, 2007
I couldn't agree with you more. What has happened to sports these days? I grew up watching the Cincinnati Reds and the Atlanta Braves. I was, and still am, a Pete Rose fan and loved watching Dale Murphy shag fly balls in Fulton Cunty Stadium. Pete had a real problem and it is unfortunate that he didn't get the help he needed before it was too late. It is sad that he will forever be remembered for his failure off the field rather than his success on the field.

There is almost a double standard these days. Drug use should be right up there with gambling. There have been so many times that athletes have abused drugs, alcohol, whatever and been given chance after chance to clean up (ie Steve Howe, Darryl Strawberry, etc). Barry Bonds should have never been allowed to break the record-he should have been suspended while being investigated-and banned when it was proved that he was juiced. I will always believe that Hank Aaron is the homerun king until someone can legitimately break the record without the use of performance enhancing drugs.

This truly has been a sad year for sports and unfortunately, it probably won't get any better if the powers that be continue to look the other way.
Bill Robinson

Kingsport, TN

#9 Aug 24, 2007
I agree 100%, and this title fits perfectly. While we are a nation of news it sorta-kinda makes the point about focusing on the things we can help change and leaving others in the beds they made.

When this makes headlines it detracts from all the little people who are newsworthy and are overshadowed by the headlines.

A very good straight up story with no spin required. We need more of that for a fact Jack - uh I mean Steve.


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