I have been watching, as have many of us, the movement of politics into sports. There was a time that I watched sports to get away from politics, but today, you tolerate them in order to watch a game. Any game.
I particularly found the most recent incident of political intervention into the world of baseball to be not a testimony of anything that said baseball. It instead smacked of political indignation. Punishment for opinion if you would.
I am fine with both sports and with politics. I don’t root for any team just for the sake of rooting. And, I don’t root for any political party for the same reason. That to me is not what it is all about.
Bringing it down to a more personal level, I don’t get the correlation between sports and politics. I don’t watch a game to hear what the political opinion of the players is, any more then I watch a politically oriented show to hear a talking head give me his/her opinion, not the news, of the impact of politics on sports. Further, I don’t give a damn what teams they support.
So it was with some confusion that I scratched my head over the movement of the All Star Baseball Game out of Atlanta, but not the PGA Masters tournament out of Augusta. Obviously, I’m missing something here. One would think that if you are trying to punish a state as well as your fans, of which I am not, that you would run the board so to speak. Clean house. Remove all professional sporting events. Tell the Atlanta Hawks that you are sorry but they will have to at least play part of their season elsewhere because someone got their shorts in a knot over something that doesn’t impact their games one way or another. And don’t forget NASCAR and the Atlanta Motor Speedway. If you are going to step on a states sports entertainment venues, why not really show them you mean business and do it with both feet.
I have never played golf, or even know much about the game and as for baseball, I couldn’t name a player on any team. But I’ll have to admit that this decision has taught me one thing. It is the difference between a chip shot and a cheap shot. Just Sayin.