Various Observations heading into the Weekend

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It came so fast, furious and ridiculous yesterday it was hard to sort it all out.  Some observations.  The media horde converged on San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver in New Orleans.  He may have some impact on the outcome of Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, but no self respecting card carrying member of the 21st century media cares a hoot about that.  They just want to hear more about his unbelievably stupid and insensitive homophobic remarks about not wanting any gay players in his locker room.  That’s the real story.  Why do we continue to give professional athletes so much credibility?  Once in a blue moon a Jack Kemp or a Bill Bradley, someone with real intelligence who can make a difference, comes along.  As for the rest of them, let them play their games and leave the observations on society and world situations to those who know what they’re talking about.  Putting any importance on anything the average NFL player has to say outside of the game plan is a waste of our time, which pretty much describes Super Bowl Media Day.  What’s the best thing ever to happen to Major League Baseball?  Alex Rodriquez.  Quick, name any of the other players that showed up in those Florida clinic records.  I rest my case.  Last night the discussion on MLB Network centered on whether it’s time for Major League Baseball to stiffen penalties for using performance enhancing drugs.  Ya think!?  And those guys knew the other names in that book, but the discussion only comes up because A-Rod is on the list.  Whenever A-Rod does it, whatever it is, even before it’s proven he did, it’s time to do something about it.  If only he’d come along 25 years ago, we wouldn’t have the current Hall of Fame controversy.  Phil Mickelson was on fire in Phoenix yesterday, an 11 under par 60 at the Phoenix Open, his last two birdie attempts missing by less than an inch each.  Before we get too excited about what it means for Phil’s year, remember, this is where he played a lot of his college golf and claimed multiple PGA titles.  Last week Tiger tore it up at Torrey Pines, where he’d won six amateur championships and seven previous PGA titles.  It’s too soon to start assessing their seasons based on early results.  Let’s hold off until they start putting up similar numbers on courses they don’t already own.  What do you get when you devise events specifically designed to draw the crowds that rubberneck at accidents and violent crime scenes.  The same crowds and the same results.  That’s just what ESPN was going for when they created the X Games.  They wanted the testosteroned-up 20 something male audience that pops a beer and hopes for a casualty count and, on that level, this year’s X Games have surpassed expectations.  Send a man into upside down flight off an elevated ramp on a 500 pound snowmobile and separate the two in mid air, it’s anybody’s guess where the snowmobile will come down.  Yesterday Caleb Moore, a star in the event, died, seven days after his snowmobile came down on him, the same day his kid brother was rushed to the hospital with a seperated pelvis suffered in the same event.  As the body count goes up in snowmobiling, snowboarding and downhill skiing “stunt” competitions ESPN spokespeople says they’ll be reviewing such events to see how they can be made safer.  No rush, however, not as long as the testosterone, beer and inury factor keep the preferred, make that, “target” audience coming.  With some observations from the sports world, I’m Scott Gray


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