How often do you read something about sports and think that it’s stupid or else accept its many flaws because, well, it’s sports writing? Now, compare that to the number of times you’ve read something about sports, and it altered your perspective or confirmed something that you felt, but couldn’t necessarily express? The latter happens so rarely that what should be the rule has become the exception.
For many years, sports writers have gotten away with sloppy articles and poorly formed opinions because most of their readers consider sports to be a diversion, and until recently, only the sports writers themselves could provide their audience with the framework necessary to make that distraction function. Casual interest and controlled context combined to form an indolent system of tainted information proclamation that resulted in the proliferation of stupidity and hokum, rather than reason and consideration.
… and then, the internet.