First off, the standard disclaimers: I wasn't offended, I was a bit surprised, I've never really understood wearing the mics, and do wish all professional athletes projected themselves...um...professionally.
That said, I'm in the "double standard is the bigger issue" camp, and am surprised that the double standard was only barely touched upon by a couple others. Tiger was mentioned, as was some one punching a wall out of anger, but what about all the violence displayed by football players, hockey players, soccer players (um, the soccer fans!), etc? And many of those are seen on broadcast TV
. Would you rather be exposed to strong emotional language, or some one with a broken nose spewing blood from a fist fight? Or maybe that is *exactly* what bowling needs...full contact drama! (ok, not really...I don't know what bowling really needs, if I ever figure it out, I will let everyone know).
I tend to watch football at work (tends to be the only thing on and I don't have control of the TV
) and have lost track of the number of times I've seen a player / players shoving and getting physical with each other after a play is over. Same for hockey, fans can't get enough of the fights that often break out, and the networks aren't censoring those. And nobody has even mentioned the likes of the UFC which along with it's "reality" show gives the impression of short tempered always angry ready to fight to the death people.
I agree it is natural to express frustration or anger, and I agree that how it is expressed is a learned response. So is it better to be exposed to swearing under your breath (and sometimes a bit louder), or to go beat the [fill in the blank] out of somebody?
The best answer is probably "neither". But we all know that isn't going to happen.