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Marshawn Lynch Is Right. Thanks For Asking.

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Marshawn Lynch is my favorite athlete right now. Thanks for asking. I appreciate that. I’m just writing this article so I won’t get fined.

Lynch has made headlines for giving thirsty interviewers pretty much no answers week after week in the NFL player’s obligatory press conferences. Many people think it’s funny, annoying or disrespectful, but I think that it is truly a brilliant way to remind how useless constant media can be.

Sure, it can be exciting to talk to these celebrity-athletes about the games that keep us glued to our TV’s every Sunday, but is it always necessary? Sometimes, athletes will have quotable thoughts, opinions, or reactions after the game, but more often than not, it’s nothing more than a series of copy-and-paste questions with fill-in-the-blank answers that sound like they were prepared by a Public Relations Manager.

Pretty much every post-game interview ever either sounds like:

Reporter: “You guys won tonight, how’d you pull off the victory?”

Athlete: “Well, we played hard, did what coach told us in practice all week, and came out with the win. The other team fought hard, but we didn’t give up.”

Reporter: “Next week you play _______, how will you prepare yourselves for that game?”

Athlete: “We’re gonna practice hard, study film, and hopefully play our best during that game. They have a great team and we’ll need to give our all to win”

Or:

Reporter: “You guys lost tonight, what do you wish you had done better?”

Athlete: “Well, we played hard, did what coach told us in practice all week, but we didn’t end up with the win. The other team fought hard, and we didn’t play as well as we had hoped.”

Reporter: “Next week you play _______, how will you prepare yourselves for that game?”

Athlete: “We’re gonna practice hard, study film, and hopefully play our best during that game. They have a great team and we’ll need to give our all to win”

Why do we waste the time of both the athletes and viewers for these near-scripted interviews? I like to think the idea of 24-hour multi-channel sports coverage sounded great when introduced, but it seems to me to be an obvious issue: There just isn’t 24 hours a day’s worth of relevant, interesting sports to fill the schedule. These press conferences get replayed over and over, on every show and station, for hours until the next athlete opens his mouth involuntarily.

As a man who truly loves sports, I have to side with Marshawn. More sports, less press conferences.

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