Sure wish I’d said this
Christopher Hitchens is an excessively hard-drinking British curmudgeon I rarely agree with. But his article on sports in Newsweek is so perfect I can’t add to it, just point you towards it. Here’s a quote, click through for the entire article:
I can’t count the number of times that I have picked up the newspaper at a time of crisis and found whole swaths of the front page given over either to the already known result of some other dull game or to the moral or criminal depredations of some overpaid steroid swallower. Listen: the paper has a whole separate section devoted to people who want to degrade the act of reading by staring enthusiastically at the outcomes of sporting events that occurred the previous day. These avid consumers also have tons of dedicated channels and publications that are lovingly contoured to their special needs. All I ask is that they keep out of the grown-up parts of the paper.