But I bet there would also be a huge influx of fans that would be over the moon to see a gay player come out, that would cheer their fool heads off, balancing out the troglodytes. Especially, as Andrea said, if said player is a winner.
Said player would have to be at MVP caliber. Sports is one of those institutions where logic often is set aside by emotion and superstition. Not unlike how Fox News and AM Talk Radio instigate much of the anti-Democrat public sentiment, these icons for 'the purity of sport' would spend the week before a game getting the fans riled up; the beer at the stadium would fuel the rest.
"Real Sports" is so set apart from the rest of sports media that Bryant's surprise and occasional indignation at certain things is almost laughable. The wrap-up proved that "Real Sports" is as much about things like triumph over adversity, and the power of the human spirit, as analysis of recent events. Even when they delve into the top stories, there is a distance that separates them from the name-calling, ego-driven, a-holes at the other sports channels.
"Real Sports" is a relatively rare oasis of quality and decorum in a world that is largely about dick measuring - by players, coaches, owners, and the sports media. People seem to like to point out that Gumbel didn't work out at NFL Network, but that doesn't surprise me. Outside of a Sunday morning timeslot (like ESPNs "Outside the Lines"), Bryant's style doesn't mesh with the 'Man Up' nature of most other sports programming.
Edited by JoeSpacely, Dec 23, 2010 @ 10:55 AM.