Great comeback by the A’s on Sunday, one that shows they’re still playing hard for Bob Geren. Another excellent outing by Barry Zito for the Giants, one that shows what he’s capable of doing (thought he’s being paid to do it for six months, not one).
But let’s not talk baseball this morning. Let’s talk the aftermath of Appalachian State’s stunning win over Michigan on Saturday, perhaps the biggest upset in college football history and one of the Top Five Upsets of all time, period. I mean, it’s far more interesting than anything that’s going on with either of the local nine at the moment.
I caught ESPN’s day-after coverage of the upset last night, and was taken by how it devoted a long segment to all the negativity and anger going on in the aftermath of MIchigan’s loss, and a considerably lesser segment devoted to the aftermath in Boone, N.C. To me, that speaks a lot about how society has become. Rather than focus on the thrill and excitement of a once-in-a-lifetime moment, the choice was to focus more on the anger and shock of the Michigan loss. It’s a small, subtle thing, perhaps, but it speaks volumes about how the media covers sports in the 21st century, and perhaps even about what their audience finds desirable viewing.
Anyway, I hear athletes complain all the time about how the media and fans these days get more of a perverse pleasure in the failures of teams than they do a genuine pleasure from the success of others. It’s the culture of sports in a sports-talk era. Better to discuss what a pitcher did to lose a game than what a hitter did to win one.
After watching how ESPN gave considerably less enthusiastic play to Appalachian State’s stunner than they did to Michigan’s clunker, it’s hard to dispute that.