Two big sports stories that I'm aware of this week...well, after the Super Bowl, that is.
One was the new round of accusations against Alex Rodriguez and other baseball players.
The other was accusations of massive levels of match-fixing in international soccer.
Now, what I'm wondering is: doesn't everyone consider the latter story a much, much, much...infinitely more important one?
I mean, not to the world as a whole, but within their own sports.
I don't follow soccer much at all, so I have no idea how new this story is other than the story that broke this week, or how likely it is to be true. I do know that to the extent I've had any interest in paying more attention to the sport, this pretty severely pushes me away from it. What's the point of watching a game if it's not on the level?
Whereas "cheating" in baseball with steroids or whatever...at this point, when it's a clear rule, folks such as Melky Cabrerra deserve what they get, but beyond that I just don't really care about it, still. And I suppose that to the extent it harms the athletes I'm probably in favor of the ban as a way to solve the collective action problem involved. However, I'm still mystified -- absolutely mystified -- that some people feel that steroid revelations retroactively ruin games they enjoyed.
Match-fixing? Absolutely. I get that; I'd feel as if I was duped if it turned out that the reason the Giants beat the Reds in the NLDS was that some combination of Reds players and umpires had thrown the series. But people report that feeling from finding out about steroids, and I just don't get it.
Anyone want to try to convince me?