I guess, as always, I am an "oddball" with my thinking. I really don't care about "image" - you do something because you like it and you do the best you can at it. I didn't decide to resume playing golf 8 years ago because of Tiger. I didn't play hockey as a kid because of Wayne Gretzky. I didn't play basketball because of Michael Jordan. I didn't play football or baseball because of (insert 80's superstar here). I did them because I liked them. If those "idols" did something stupid and broke the law or *gasp* swore, well, Holy Moses, you mean they're actually human
? They're not gods or immortal? You don't say...
Yes, I, too, am colorful with my language. I use the f-word and the like as everyday adjectives, nouns, and adverbs. I also am very harsh on myself when I screw up, and, invariably, those words come flying out and I'll cuss myself like a dog. I haven't cussed out another bowler in a few years, at least someone who didn't deserve it (the last time for that was nearly 20 years ago). People have been known to put a pool on me to see when I'll blow up next, and, like JedC, I've been rather "tame" and "disappointing" as far as entertainment value, but I've had my moments and probably will struggle with my "passion" for as long as I play the game.
I understand the flip side of the argument, but I don't buy it, really. I know that by default, sports figures are iconic in nature and are held to be "role models", but kids' icons and role models should be their parents and their elders, not some guy/gal on TV
. Oh, sure, I idolized Jordan, Gretzky, Mark McGwire, etc. when I was growing up. But I knew they were a) human and b) the elite of their respective sports, and because they weren't actually immortal, they would make human mistakes. But that's because my true idols
, my parents, taught me the difference a long time ago. I agreed with Charles Barkley when he said, "I am not a role model". He wasn't. Society made him a role model, but he was not a role model, and he wasn't mine, but he had entertainment value almost in a "WWE-like" fashion. I thought he was hilarious.
And you can single out the bad seeds of any sport - the "Pacman Joneses" of any sport - but really, those are few and far between. Pete Weber
, for years, was a j erk, and honestly, still is to a certain degree, but he's now considered "intense and passionate" as opposed to "a jack-ass" 20-30 years ago. Sure, for some it would be nice to see 4 or 5 guys being "pleasant" on the lanes week after week, but not me. Bowling is a "do or die" sport - there are no mulligans or second chances. I want to see someone's passion for the sport, whether it's deemed "good" or "bad", not some stupid robot that throws a ball in the ditch on a 4 bagger and says, "oh, pooh, I made a boo-boo". That's unrealistic. I would dare say the bulk of you who read and post to this board don't go "oh, pooh, I made a boo-boo" when you make some really bad mistake at work, now do you? I'm sure something short of the "f-bomb" is let loose at some point unless those words aren't in your vocabulary. You may not openly show your disgust at yourself, and if you don't, cherish the fact that you can control your emotions that well, but the rest of humanity isn't blessed with that kind of control.
But back to the actual topic; if you want to eliminate the opportunity for a cuss word to come out, take away the mics, whether it's strapped to the athlete themselves, or on the field of play (the parabolic mics on the sidelines of NFL games come to mind as well as the tee box mics on the golf courses). If that's not plausible, do the delay. Otherwise, if you want "up front, edge of your seat, real-time action", you're going to have to put up with "up front, edge of your seat, real-time action language", and it's not always G or PG rated.