Look, we’ve established that I’m not a sports guy. But with the second sports scandal this month culminating in a shame-faced tell-all interview, I have to ask: Do sports fans really enjoy having these bullshit narratives slapped on top of their sporting events? Were Te’o’s games really more magical because you thought he had a dead girlfriend? Do you enjoy the Olympics more when you find out that the gymnast’s mom had cancer, or that the figure skater’s whole family was wiped out in a tragic car accident?
It all started with the Olympics, which to me have almost become unwatchable because of the overlay of sappy melodramatic backstory, but now it infects all sports coverage.