Sunday, July 20, 2008

Slap Hitter: Happy to see a good Sports story destroyed

Sun, Jul 20, 2008 at 9:23 PM

Anybody anywhere near the sports media this weekend got a full dose of Greg Norman love and then bitterness. Man, they were grooving on the fact that a 53-year old guy was going to win a major, and then when he couldn't hold on turned on him savagely for blowing the narrative.


Is it just me or are others who root for the media story line to be wrecked these days? I remember with glee a Kentucky Derby champ from a few years back who befuddled the chatting heads by not having a poignant owner story, heroic jockey recovering from addiction or a horse bought by twenty cancer survivors?

I think the lazy slobs who cover the sports world should have to work to make the story go. Tough for them that the British Open didn't end the way they wanted to script it. Perhaps they'll try not to write the story 24 hours before the finish line, and work with the fact that the winner generally has a story line too. Or if they want to go with their already written lead, maybe they can explore why Greg Norman faltered rather than why they're so pissed that the story had an original rather than fairy tale ending.— Kibby Kleiman

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