Commentary: Sports quieter back in the day

Jenny McCarthy split from Brian Urlacher, Evelyn Lozada wants to divorce Chad Johnson and I’m still reading stories here and there about the Kim Kardashian-Kris Humphries split.

I’ve heard of McCarthy, but don’t really know what she does; I never heard of Lozada until about two weeks ago and Kardashian, uh, what does she do?

Anyway, that’s where we are in sports today. If it were all about athletics, there wouldn’t be cheerleaders at NFL games. Or Ryan Secrest at the Olympics, for that matter.

This is what we’ve come to.

I get this entertainment swing in sports. I just don’t want it. I don’t want to see an Olympian cry on television because she’s taken apart for posing nude in a sports magazine, then not winning a medal in her event.

I don’t want the sale of a major league team to become bigger than the story of how the team plays.

I don’t need to see all the celebrities courtside at NBA games high-fiving players as they run past.

Can we have some old school here?

Sure, most of this stuff went on years ago, when Babe Ruth did more than play baseball and Leo Durocher was marrying movie star Laraine Day and getting suspended for hanging with gamblers and Joe DiMaggio (after his retirement) was marrying what’s-her-name.

It just seemed like only a few of those stories were reported, they didn’t dominate sports and now every team has something going on that doesn’t have to do with any game.

Was it better in the old days? It was certainly quieter.

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