Open Thread and goodness: August 20th, 2010

August 20th, 2010 by John Krolik

Oh, man. Not a lot to talk about tonight, eh? Sorry again about the lack of in-depth stuff here recently: again, I’ve only got a few days of summer vacation left before I likely never have one again, and that’s been taking priority recently.

-Re: Brett Favre and LeBron: I feel like there’s something to be said about sports fans’ obsession with narrative. The thing about sports is that they are not a story: they’re what happens when the best athletes in the world compete with a common goal in mind. The LeBron/Favre backlash does seem to speak for the sports-as-a-narrative thing, which is interesting in and of itself.

Part of me feels like all of this is sports fans playing the role of Sammi Sweetheart talking about how everything isn’t a fairy tale while Ronnie drunk (and possibly high on coke) is making out with multiple strippers and climbing up onto the stage. Some things aren’t supposed to be fairy tales. Embrace the strategy and the game, embrace the ridiculousness, and realize that it wasn’t all that long ago that Ron Artest and Kobe Bryant were the most reviled basketball players on the planet. The game is the game, man.

Honestly, that’s all I really have for tonight. Until later, guys.