The Game is on the Field, Not Off the Field

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Is anyone else sick of hearing about Mike Vick, or Tony Romo and his girlfriend, or shall I say now ex-girlfriend?

It seems that now more than ever, whether it is the offseason or during the NFL season, we hear more stories about off the field issues rather than what is going on on Sunday’s.

Why is this?

Well there are two sources to blame for this: Number one being the media.

Sure it was important to cover the Vick saga, but does the coverage really need to last for months and even years?

First it was what Vick did, then it was what he was doing while in jail, now it’s “What is Vick’s future? Will he return to the NFL?” Hopefully he will fall off the face of the earth so us fans can focus on the games.

OK, so maybe at first the Vick saga was newsworthy, but one thing I do not care to hear is which celebrity an NFL star is dating.

I could honestly care less.

Take Tony Romo and Jessica Simpson for instance. Over the past couple years it seemed that every week there was at least one update on how the couple was doing, if they had broken up and where they were last seen together.

Who cares?

Sure fans of gossip TV shows may enjoy this, but does it need to be on ESPN and other sports news stations? I don’t care who the players are dating, I care that they perform at their highest level on Sunday’s.

The second outlet we can blame is the players that do stupid things, or want attention, (Yes I mean you Terrell Owens.)

The NFL, now more than ever, is a lifestyle, there seems to be at least one player on every team that seeks attention from the media and wants to be more than just a player, he wants to be a celebrity.

In order to achieve his goal and be a celebrity, while playing in the NFL, he must be vocal and sometimes criticize his teammates and unfortunately, do stupid off the field stunts.

Whether it’s Terrell Owens crying on air about mistakes he has made, or appearing in spots for “Desperate Housewives,” it gets the fans and medias attention.

The media and NFL superstars should be best friends, the two go hand in hand, both like to grab the worlds attention.

But who is worse, the media or these attention starved players?

All to often these days greatness on the field, gets overshadowed by gossip and ignorance off the field.

Am I the only one that is tired of this?


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