We Can't Blame Cowherd For Being Just Another Dumb Jock
See what I did there, Colin? In case you didn't know, it's called stereotyping or rather, marginalizing an entire community about which you know nothing.
In point of fact, my headline is ignorant. I don't know this guy and yet, I'm assuming he's dumb because he's a sportscaster and presumably, an aging jock.
But maybe he isn't. Perhaps he was actually one of the nerdy kids in school (which I'd be surprised to learn, considering his decidedly anti-geek tirade). Maybe he simply got into journalism and it didn't specifically involve sports. In short, maybe he's really the antithesis of the harshly stereotypical term, "dumb jock." Therefore, me saying something like, "Somebody lock the basement door and don't let him out" should be met with a round of derision. Actually, intelligent people should dismiss it immediately.
Which is precisely what I'm compelled to do concerning Cowherd's rant against competitive gaming. It's an ignorant man shooting off at the mouth because he gets paid to shoot off at the mouth. He knows nothing. Why should we pay any attention to him at all when it comes to eSports or pro gaming? We're not supposed to listen to clueless people who stand atop a soapbox and yell as loudly as they can, desperately trying to convince themselves they belong on that soapbox.
Hey, as I said in that previous article, Cowherd isn't wrong. I can't watch competitive gaming, either, and no, it isn't a sport. It doesn't belong on ESPN. What galls me is simply the manner in which he made these claims, which implies a deep-rooted ignorance. Based on his words, I'm sure he wouldn't predict my response; I'm sure he'd think I'd defend competitive gaming to the death, that I was indeed a friendless nerd, that I have the speed and hand-eye coordination of a medicated sloth. He doesn't know that if he stepped into the ring with me, he'd probably be in serious trouble.
He's just doing his job. I get it. But I have just one question: For those who remember the days of being a social outcast (yes, there are plenty of gamers out there who were, and perhaps still are), I'm betting Cowherd's words bring back some painful memories. They sound an awful lot like those "dumb jocks" who tortured you in school, don't they? How is it even remotely professional to sound like you're a 12-year-old bully in a schoolyard? I usually have great respect for ESPN anchors but this guy...
At any rate, can we say, "lesson learned," Colin? Or are you going to take this mess to the next level and make a bigger fool of yourself?
4/28/2015 9:41:33 PM Ben Dutka