Sports producer Lindsay Applebaum:
Liz Clarke has an interesting story today about how some college basketball coaches are calling off practice Tuesday so players can watch the inauguration.
Two things struck me after I read the story. One, it's unreal how many athletes know and care about politics these days. And not even in a Charles Barkley way. Two, why do I have to work on Tuesday if nobody else does (ahem, Boss)?
Something else struck commenter peterxaviercollins, though:
peterxaviercollins wrote: This is typical of the Washington Post. Every sports reporter thinks he (or she) is a political reporter. Don't you realize, Ms. Clarke, that we turn to the sports page to GET AWAY from politics?
Hmm. It's true that reading the sports section has long been viewed as some sort of escapism ("I always turn to the sports section first. The sports page records people's accomplishments; the front page has nothing but man's failures." -- Earl Warren), but this seems different.
I'd be willing to not bring this whole thing up if it were the first time I'd seen an anti-politics/inauguration/anything-that's-not-sports comment, but they've been popping up all over the place as of late:
mooresap wrote: Either way, keep the Politics off the sports bog Dan, its often the only place I'm not subjected to the Post's pro-Obama crap.
jec4p: I can't even escape inane anonymous political arguments at the sports bog. I blame the commies.
Anyway, maybe we ought to settle this with a completely unscientific poll. The results certainly won't guarantee any more or less inauguration coverage, but at least we'll know where we stand. Or something.
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