The Dividing Line

The other day, I was thinking how different sports commentary has changed over the years. In the past, most of that perspective was mostly filled by retired players and coaches — those who experienced the sport first-hand. These days, we see more ideas and observations supported by analyzing data, often by people who never competed at the professional level.

The public sees them as two opposing sides: old school vs. new school. Players vs. the number crunchers. You’re either on one team or the other.

This of course, ridiculous. The dividing line is an artificial construct, because it creates tension and spectatorship. People will tune in to a good fight. But is that what the two sides really want?

Good sports commentary comes from understanding the game better and there’s always more to learn. I think the opposing sides are really on the same side.