With a site like Awful Announcing, one of the critiques I hear most often is that we should ignore the obvious trolls that exist in the sports world so as to not give them the attention that they so desperately and obviously crave. While this is a valid argument, the whole idea of criticism is to expose the downright absurd or wrongheaded instead of pretending it does not exist. No matter how many people didn't watch Movie 43, the fact is that it still was made and we should recognize it to make sure it never happens again.
But if there’s anyone in sports who comes closest to walking that line and making me rethink that entire thesis, it is Jay Mariotti.
The former Chicago Sun-Times sportswriter and ESPN talking head has been exiled to the island that is SportsTalkFlorida.com after his downward spiral. When you write for a site like SportsTalkFlorida, the only way to get any sort of widespread attention is to write something that goes well beyond the internet description of trolling and into some kind of undefinable ether. Something that crosses over into a territory that no longer deserves any kind of serious coverage or criticism because it’s just so patently ridiculous that it should be completely ignored forever.
But what would be the fun in that?no comments