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received, and the woman was accusing me of 'having an obvious bias against Post 15 East.'You guessed it, I played for East as a kid. She was accusing me of being in the tank for our arch rival.I still occassionally get USF or Augie fans that complain about which team's name I mention first when they play each other. As if that has any significance whatsoever. I figure if Augie and USF fans are both convinced that I favor the other one (which it seems they do) I'm doing my job.The idea that I have a 'bias' towards any team is silly, and even if I did, I wouldn't let it affect what I wrote. There have been a few instances where I was privately hoping for a certain outcome, usually due to a player or coach on one side doing or saying something that pissed me off. Whether they got their just desserts in my mind or not, my disdain never appeared in my game story. I've interviewed lots of players who I pretty much couldn't stand personally. Some of them are still active. They weren't/aren't aware.It's the same for Troy Aikman and Rebecca Lobo and whoever. Would they like to see 'their' team win? Yeah, probably. But they're not openly rooting for them on the air, or in print or whatever, and if you think that they are it's probably because you're an angry or delusional person who takes sports way too seriously and is looking for something to be angry about.Troy Aikman is a retired Hall of Fame millionaire. He's not losing any sleep over the 49ers beating the Cowboys 20 years after he retired. I assure you.It's funny, too, because the same fans that constantly complain that the national media should be more objective often give their local media (columnists, local TV personalities) a hard time for being too negative when they show objectivity. It's silly and it's why a lot of media personalities these days make no effort to engage fans or interact with them. At times it's hard to blame them. Go for a walk. Play your favorite record. You'll be fine. None of it really affects your life.
twitter timeline last night when I saw someone complaining about Rebecca Lobo serving as a studio analyst for the women's NCAA championship game.The complaint, of course, was that Lobo played for the UConn Huskies, and therefore she was biased and should not be allowed on the broadcast because her Huskies were playing against Notre Dame.This is stupid. And I hear/see it all the time.All. The. Time.Whenever Troy Aikman does color commentary for a 49ers game, 49er fans complain that Aikman 'hates the Niners'.Reggie Miller is a Pacers homer/Knicks hater. Jay Bilas is biased towards Duke. And so on and so on.I really don't understand why anyone would care if those guys really had those perceived biases, but the degree to which so many fans assume they do is laughable. I think it just illustrates how completely clueless a lot of people are as to the difference between sports being someone's job as opposed to their obsession.I remember being on the field after a Roosevelt football game early Saucony High Top
in my career when some random student walked up to me and said 'Maybe now you'll show us some respect, huh, Zimmer? You O'Gorman homer!"For a split second I considered decking the kid (really, I did), but I just shook my head and walked away.I played high school football from 1994 1997. Until I started working at the Saucony Freedom Shoe Argus in 2003, that was the last time I'd ever thought about high school football.And I played for Washington. If I'm being totally honest, the only school I really hated back then was O'Gorman (because they were the dominant team back then), and here this kid was calling me an O'Gorman homer (and it's worth mentioning O'Gorman fans are generally the ones who hassle me the least).Now that most people know I'm a Washington grad I often get accused of being a Warrior homer, but the truth is I'm a 34 year old man with a girlfriend, a house, two dogs and an active social life. When I'm not covering or writing about high school football I'm not thinking about it. I don't care who wins.I once got an email from a parent of a kid who played baseball for Post 15 East. To this day it's one of the more vicious emails I've ever Saucony Nomad Tr
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