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Sports Interviews are all the Same

Updated on July 17, 2012

I never could fathom the point of interviewing athletes, coaches or fans before, during, or after a game that was won, lost or tied. The reasons why one team or athletes wins and another loses should be self explanatory: either playing well/poorly, or luck/bad luck. No two ways about it. Yet, sportscasters always insist on having interviews with oftentimes breathless players during halftime or just after a game and asking them mind numbingly pointless questions like "How do you feel?", "Why do you think your team lost?", "How did your opponents play?", "Are you happy with the result?" and so on.

The more people try to explain sports events in an attempt to make it into a science, the less seriously I can take it. It all seems so mundane and self explanatory. Asking a golfer what his strategy is to win is just as stupid as asking a soccer player how it felt to score a goal. Sports commentators are also guilty of over explaining and just not shutting up, especially in America. Why is it necessary to have 5 supposed sports "experts" comment on a game is beyond me. I usually just watch games with the sound muted now. I suggest everyone try this. It actually allows you to watch the game instead of listening to 5 idiots make obvious comments and share dull anecdotes about some player, or speak totally off topic about something like cloud formations over the stadium.

Coaches are oftentimes even worse to listen to in interviews than players. Baseball coaches or "managers" as they are inexplicably called, all seem to be either in a very bad mood as they mumble something between their chewing tobacco stained teeth, whether they win or lose. "We played good out there", or "We shoulda done better out there" is usually what their answers come down to. Basketball coaches on the other hand mostly seem overly hyper and don't say anything interesting either.

What it all comes down do is that one team or athletes loses, and another one wins, for the simple reason that they managed to win or lose in that particular game. No point in analyzing it and making it seem overly important. But I suppose players and coaches want to try and justify the millions they make by putting their feelings about their performance into predictable and dull words, and maybe even 2-3 copy-pasted sentences for the fans and newscasters to chew over.

I suggest that you try and just watch your favorite sport without any sound on, and skip listening to the pre-game show and after game interviews. You'll find that you will be enjoying the game for the game itself, and not for all the BS that goes along with it.

Tell it like it is


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