Okay I really need to get this off my chest because I feel like some people don’t understand why I say I like the way TSN covers the NCAA tournament. Others don’t understand why I’m so pissed that everyone complains. It all came to a head this evening for me when one reader accused me of being a TSN employee. So let me state for the fact, I do not work for TSN, Rogers Sportsnet, The Score, CBC or any other Canadian media organization. I have no ties to them whatsoever and I’ve never even met anyone who works for a Canadian sports network. As a writer I take great pride in being impartial and giving every broadcast on every network its fair shot. Any time someone questions my impartiality it bothers me more than anything else someone could say to me.
First I have to say that you, the Canadian basketball fans, have made me really jaded about watching March Madness this year. I find it isn’t even worth the effort because all I see is people complaining. I have never been this put off about watching a sports broadcast by that sport’s fans before in my life. I would consider myself a casual basketball fan. I watch a few regular season (mostly Big East and Big 12) college games, and March Madness. I don’t watch NBA much at all.
Now, I have to philosophies that I use in life that apply to this in someway
1) I really don’t like complainers. In fact complaining is my biggest pet peeve. If you don’t like something, do something about it. Don’t just whine. I much prefer to appreciate what I have, not complain about what I don’t have.
2) When I watch a sports event, I like watching it from start to finish. For basketball, from when the clock reads 20:00 1st until it reads triple zeros in the 2nd.
So, you may ask, how does this apply to college basketball. Well the first one explains why I hate it when people complain. It isn’t necessarily because I disagree with you and it certainly isn’t because I don’t respect your right to your opinion (although I feel some people don’t respect my right to my opinion), it is because it is my biggest pet peeve, by a long shot. Not a lot of things tick me off, but people complaining about every little thing does. The second tells you why I like TSN’s way of presenting coverage. I don’t care what network the coverage is on, if Sportsnet or The Score presented it in the same way, I’d like it just as much. The thing that gives TSN an advantage over The Score is having two channels. Sportsnet also has an advantage over TSN because they have 5 channels. NCAA would work perfect on Sportsnet, I’ve said that ever since they lost it.
If you really don’t like TSN’s coverage, then don’t watch it. Watch CBS only. Don’t buy from TSN’s advertisers. Don’t ever buy chocolate milk again. Never watch TSN again in your life. These are actions you can take to show TSN that you don’t like their coverage. Don’t just complain. It annoys the hell out of the rest of us.
Lastly, of course I have a bias when I write an opinion piece. An opinion and a bias are the same thing. If you find me an opinion piece that is completely unbiased, I’ll write a long rant about how bad TSN’s March Madness coverage is. I challenge you basketball fans of Canada. Yesterday’s piece was just that, an opinion piece. It was my opinion. I don’t really care if any of you agree with it. My longtime readers (you guys know who you are) have never lashed out at me for being a TSN employee. Those are the guys who I care what they think. Any first time readers who are just coming here to complain, I honestly couldn’t care less what you think of me. I couldn’t care less if you think I work for TSN. If you don’t like what I write, go start your own sports media blog and comeback when you get 1000 page views a day. Hell, even better start you own blog on how biased my blog is. I don’t give a shit.