Monday, June 13, 2011

Fans and media need to take a deep breath and calm down

Overreacting is part of life, and it is certainly part of watching or talking about sports. But over the last month or so, it has been taken to a whole new level by the media and by fans.

In just the past few weeks, not an entire calendar year, here are some of the gems that I have heard uttered either on TV, radio or in general conversation.

- Following Miami's win in Game 1 of the NBA Finals ... "The Mavericks are done. It's over, it's not worth a debate. In fact, the Heat might sweep." Dallas wins series, 4-2.

- At 30-15 on May 23, the Indians were shocking the baseball world with a 7-game lead in the AL Central ... "Start printing playoff tickets. The AL Central stinks and not even the Tribe could lose this lead." Cleveland and Detroit nearly tied atop division less than three weeks later.

- After Tiger Woods made a charge at the Masters, only to come up short, and now will miss the upcoming US Open because of injury, the golf experts came up with this ... "Tiger Woods will never win another major." Maybe, maybe not. But doesn't that seem like a major reach just considering he is only 35.

The worst ever. The best ever. I guess we are guilty of overreacting at some point, but the sports world has really gotten us all - in and out of the media - a little bit to absolute in our opinions recently. Take a deep breath, drink decaf coffee and calm down.

Skip Useless and Colin Coward on ESPN are probably the biggest offenders of this, but it happens on the local level just as often. There are gray areas in everything. The Indians aren't as bad as they are now and probably were never as good as 30-15. The Heat wins one game at home and tombstones are being erected for Dirk Nowitzki and crew. Tiger has gone ... wait for it ... three whole years without a major, and he might as well join a Sunday men's league in Boca Raton, Florida, because his career is over.

Throttle it back people. It's not always all or nothing.

Reacting to sports is fine, even enjoyable or therapeutic. Overreacting isn't good for anybody.

- Bill Tilton


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