Everything is a show, for better or worse
One of the things that fascinates me – and perturbs me to some small degree – about this day and age is how things that really aren’t “events” get turned into something huge and colourful and seemingly important.
Take yesterday, for instance.
Land back from Boston and am anxiously waiting around Pearson to get my day going well and all I see when I’m reading the tweeter and waiting is breathless breakdowns of – get this!!!! – hockey sweaters.
Yeah, hockey sweaters.
The Canada hockey sweaters for the Sochi Olympics and if ever there was something overblown, that was it.
I’m not picking on the pucks, honestly. I had the same feeling when they had the dog and pony show for the remade Blue Jays jerseys a few years ago and I know I’m going to roll my eyes in disdain whenever they do the makeover thing with the Raptors in a couple of years.
But yesterday seemed to be over the top didn’t it? Stage shows, fashion critiques, history lessons. A rather disproportionate amount of attention for what it was.
It’s like that everywhere, though, isn’t it?
Why do we do it? Why does everything have to be staged and big and a show in these times?
Is it because we need the distraction? Is it because we believe these to be important moments? Is it because we need TV shows to fill air time and need something to talk about that isn’t all that important?
Everything these days is big, a production and I think what it does is denigrate the things that really should be big and bold and brash.
There doesn’t seem to be context any more, if we treat everything as important, the stuff that is important tends to get lost and I believe that’s the biggest danger.
It’s on us, I suppose, to somehow find a way to distinguish between matters of importance and matters of showmanship.
Hockey sweaters, or baseball jerseys, or whatever, are shows, not things.
Now, everyone rush out and start buying them up because that was probably the goal at the heart of the whole thing.
This is this guy’s birthday and is this his greatest song?
Yes, we will be back with an IGBT for tonight’s big tilt with the Minnesota’s (big question: What does Schved’s hair look like?) and you should all join in on the fun.
And if you can’t and have some pressing questions, let’s start the weekly (weakly?) plea for mail at email@example.com. With back-to-back games Friday-Saturday I have no clue what we’ll do when but there will be mail and you have to help me out.
Okay, looks like the marketing poohbahs and facilities people at the Maple Leaf Sports and some big shots at the league office came to their senses and decided to follow some league rules because there’s been some movement on the seating issue.
(I bring it up knowing it’s inside-reporting and you probably don’t care but I started it so I should finish it).
Seems the atrocious corner of the bar at the top level on the end idea is dead, which means we no longer will have the worst seats in the NBA.
For tonight, because there is no visiting radio or TV, there are some seats courtside that we’ll use, for the rest of the pre-season will be in regular stadium seats in a corner with some kind of temporary table and in the regular season, I think we’ll be somewhere in the Air Canada Club.
I know, it’s confusing to us and we’ll still be far, far away from the action and that will limit what we do in the IGBT and with some of our reporting but at least we’ll be closer to the top of the lower bowl and it’s an okay compromise, I think.
Squeaky wheel getting grease? I don’t know. I do know that some saner heads somewhere prevailed.
This was still planned terribly from the start and, yes, everyone’s scrambling but it’s better, I think.
This is what they’re talking about concerning tonight’s HOTH opponent.
(I’m doing okay remembering to add stuff from the other team so far this season, aren’t I?)
Or is this his greatest song.
I’m taking the first one but as far as anthems go, this one is significant, no?
Didn’t get into the minutia of HOTH practice yesterday because I was working with good editors on this piece, which I thought was a bit better than how they’ll defend Ricky Rubio in an inconsequential pre-season game tonight.
And I find it kind of unique that this group of players – well, some of them at least – have taken it upon themselves to venture out and be among the people more than usual.
I’ve often felt that professional athletes of all stripes lived a far too insular world and that staying in the cocoon of their workaday lives somehow robs them of things their cities have to offer and probably contributes to what has to be, in some ways, a boring existence.
I think escaping from the stress of work – and they have lots of it in their chosen professions – helps in so many ways. Getting away to explore, to find something that excites you that doesn’t have to do with work has to help, doesn’t it?
I don’t want to make too much out of it because I have a tendency to have a singular focus far too often and I see how it can happen.
But a well-rounded life is more complete, isn’t it? And I think athletes are among those who miss out the most.
There was a time when the baseball result last night would have been a very big thing to me. Now? Now I’m kind of dreading all reference to Red Sox Nation. And if they could stop using “Nation” in reference to all sports teams, the world might be a better place.