It’s always engaging when someone tells you what “true” sports fans should feel. Are you watching every inning of every Yankees game, including the West Coast games that end at 1:30 a.m.? No? Well then you’re not a “true” fan.
In this same vein of idiocy resides Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, who was discussing the NFL lockout with FoxSports’ Jason Whitlock when he (at the 6 minute mark of this clip) says “true football fans have an attitude about the other sports, and true football fans want to see football embraced as America’s pastime, not baseball, not anything else, and that’s the way that I’ve always felt, that’s what drew me to this, that’s why I do this every day, because I’ve always felt that football is the greatest game out there, so I don’t want to see the sport diminished for my own selfish fan reasons and my financial reasons. ”
Florio then goes on to say that he has more problems with sportswriters who “try to dabble in various sports” than the folks who focus on one sport— specifically, football. Luckily Whitlock reminds him that football doesn’t need to be protected as some great symbol of America, and that it might be best for America if this mentally and physically debilitating sport took a backseat to other sports.
Here’s hoping for the NFL lockout, if only to see less of Mike Florio, who has an uncanny ability to miss the point on most things.