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Sports-journalists Need to Stop Asking Players and Coaches about Their Future Plans, Concerns, Opponents, Etc.

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The dumbest question any person in the media can ever ask a coach or player is if they’re concerned or thinking about anything that has to do with the future of their team because they answer the same fucking way every time.

“Hey coach are you worried about how many good opponents your team has coming up?”

“We’re focusing on one game at a time. We have one thing we’re thinking about and that’s beating the guys we’re playing tomorrow.”

If you’re a reporter that’s ever asked a coach or player about their upcoming playoffs, I feel sorry for how much of an idiot you are for wasting your one question among the room of massive amounts of press. And I feel sorry for all the other people in the room, the coach or player that you made recite another BS answer about something regarding whatever challenges lie ahead, and I feel sorry for all of the sports fans watching that can’t ask their own questions and had to listen to their coach or player talks bout nothing, rather than learning some new and actually useful information.

And sometimes, asking about the future will just flat out piss off the athlete. Watch when this reporter asks about this nascar driver’s plans:

 

 

 

 

Seriously, asking about how confident a player or coach is about a team’s future is incredibly dumb. If someone important at a company made a statement to the press saying, “yeah I have no confidence in the future of this company,” every shareholder ever would jump ship.

And now, a poem:

 Chris Paul,
who plays b-ball,
illustrates it all,
in this interview-clip
in his team’s media hall:

 

 

 

 

Haven’t you ever heard the phrase, “don’t let your enemy see you’re hurt,”? Do you really think that any coach or player is gonna say something like, “oh yes we are super worried about the playoffs. All those teams have me shaking in my boots.”

I love when news reporters ask about really bad injuries as well.

“Are you worried at all about how this injury will impact you next season?”

“This injury is going to get better one day at a time. I am just focused on the getting better each day to get back to full recovery.”

Uh, no shit they’re worried about that. Historically, any player that’s had a multi-seasonal injury returns as a lesser-quality player. Which in turn will probably effect their confidence which will then require a mental recovery (in addition to physical) and will probably result in being paid less or traded or even dropped. And then their minds are racing about what they would do and if they’re cut out for coaching and how they’re going to feed their family–the list goes on.

But they can’t say that shit. They have to put on a brave face with all the confidence in the world so that their coaches and teammates and owners don’t get worried and have all the confidence that they’ll be 100% ready to go because no one wants to pay with anyone considered a weakling.

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And no one wants to waste money on overplaying a  player–especially when they can hire and much younger, eager player to do the same job at a cheaper price, on top of being healthier, hungrier, less injury-prone, and more durable (these old people are making us younglings work like dogs because we’re physically able to).

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Moral of the story is that everyone will give you the same answer, so for the love of god, don’t even ask the question so we can actually get some information about what’s going on in a coach or players head. People would much rather hear a coach or player’s response to, “What was your thought process and reasoning to make said risky choice at that point during the game?” Gives people some real information–you learn how aggressive someone can be or might not hate someone for making said decision; it peaks into the mind of the person that you wouldn’t normally get. If you’re wondering if the coach is worried about their games of the future, ask him about the state of the team.

“After today’s performance, what do you think your team needs to work on?”

“Well you watched the game, clearly we need to address some things.”

The coach here is obviously worried about the future games because he thinks his team is sucking dong and if they don’t fix their big fat problem they are going to keep losing. But if they’re confident about the future, they’ll talk about a team’s confidence.

“What are the takeaways from today’s game?”

“Well, there are always things to work on, but I think today showed that our team has a lot of heart and that they’re hungry to fight and eager to win. “

No one is going to say, “oh we’re gonna beat the fuck out of every other team. There is no stopping us.” And they say they have things they can work on because they don’t want everyone in the world thinking that they take practice lackadaisical or not constantly working as hard as they can to be better. But lets be honest, Sean Payton of the New Orlean Saints needs to be thinking, “God damn are we a powerhouse this year.”

THEY WILL ALWAYS TALK ABOUT THEIR FOCUS ON THE PRESENT! You know, too much thinking about he future is a bad thing right? There is a reason people try and practice mindful thinking–which is being conscious or aware of something. Everyone is always rushing to grow up until they’re old as fuck and want to turn back around.

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Haven’t you ever seen Ferris Bueller? But let’s be honest, everyone thinks about the future and everyone has some worry about it. You literally fear things about the possible future for your entire life….or atlas you become okay with death, but until that, you’ll always have some fear of the future. So just assume that said athletic person is worried about the future and save everyones breath.

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