From my latest article at Worldmag.com:
“I hope they go 0-162.”
Well, that wasn’t a terribly nice thing for Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler to say about his former team, the Texas Rangers. Texas traded Kinsler to Detroit during the offseason, and because he apparently holds a grudge against his former employer, he fired off this reply to a question posed by Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas. Once Kinsler’s comment went viral, media members skewered him, calling him “surly, cocky, and competitive” andridiculous and childish. It didn’t stir up as much outrage as Richard Sherman’s infamous rant at Erin Andrews after January’s NFC Championship game, but Kinsler’s spouting off falls into the same category.
Mainstream media’s relationship with athletes and coaches is confused. Everyone wants a scoop, a gold nugget of a sound bite. But instead they get pat, boring answers. Why? Because they ask pat, boring questions. Reporter: “What kind of adjustments do you need to make at halftime to get back into this game?” Coach: “We just need to play better defense and score more points.” Wow, gripping stuff there!
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This sort of tension and confused relationship reminds me of what we encounter at church. Christians attest to valuing openness and authenticity. Authenticity is, in fact, one of the most appreciated traits of our day. Most often, though, we engage each other with the same pat, meaningless questions.
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