In the Sports World, there’s never a shortage of opinions. There is 24-hour television coverage compete with talking heads; radio stations from coast-to-coast allow hosts to scream out their opinions, while thousands of writers blog into the night like they were the last Pope to greet the masses at the Vatican.
If you boil down what they’re saying, it’s usually the same tired thoughts or unfounded claims to rationalize the numbing realizations that one team doesn’t have what it takes to make the big time, while another team does. Some days it’s hard to think through all the noise of the tweets, drumming of the radio voices and recycled B-footage of the latest sport “celebrity,” whether it be Tim Tebow, Yasiel Puig or Aaron Hernandez.
I’m all for pursuing your passion, and many of us have found that niche in the confines of a sports industry making billions off its fan bases countless times over. Whether their reasoning for this pursuit be the glory days or simply the ringing of a goal post, we all grasp for the experience on being part of the game, part of the cycle.
When I created Derekindenver.com, my mission was to only add content if it was marginally different from what graced the Internet on a day-to-day basis. I have avoided the grand recaps, the far-fetched rumors and painful “what if” questions that spark quick and easy 250 words of ink to fill the satisfaction of some company line. I detest slideshows and the stereotypical objectification of women that seems appropriate to some because it’s coupled with the masculine culture of sports, Of course it ignores the smart commentary that women writers are throwing out into the stratosphere.
And yet, as we hit the summer heat, the march to death for most baseball teams, I wonder how this idea can survive. I could care less about Denver Broncos training camp, protecting a leagues image and debating things that will play out in mere months. I don’t know how to make smart commentary out of a continually decaying Denver Nuggets, a new testament on the downward plunge of the Colorado Rockies or a repackaging of the hope that the Colorado Avalanche seem to supply.
I do not wish to merely be a rumor, a passerby, a quick hit that does not leave a reader with anything more. When I write something down, I want it to have some insight, language or perception that slightly alters the way the reader thinks. Is it too much to try and create quality along with the volume that is out there?
I will keep struggling to break through the noise and provide that higher level analysis. I’m not sure that anyone will read, but on a week when I could have churned out some easy piece on the local sports teams, I would rather have one quality piece with my name on it, than seven that no one cares to read far enough to find the author
Is this level of analysis worth striving for or should intellectual discussion stay out of sports?