Keep politics, sports apart

The Baltimore Sun

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama called in recently to a Philadelphia sports talk radio station in hopes of appealing to voters before the Pennsylvania primary.

It was interesting because Obama and the radio hosts, Angelo Cataldi and Al Morganti, didn't talk about sports at all, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.

Personally, I like politics and follow it regularly. It's as entertaining as sports, and often, it's as superficial. But I'm not sure I'd be thrilled if I were a Phillies fan interested in discussing whether Cole Hamels can stay healthy for a full year, and I tuned in to my favorite radio station only to have to sit through a half-hour of what amounted to a political endorsement.

It annoyed me to no end that Curt Schilling decided to celebrate the Red Sox's World Series victory in 2004 by running out the next day and campaigning for George W. Bush. Or when Bill Clinton was suddenly the world's biggest Arkansas Razorbacks fan during the 1994 NCAA tournament. Let's not even get started on Hillary Clinton's claim that she can be both a Cubs fan and a Yankees fan.

A lot people listen to sports talk radio specifically because they don't want to spend their commute thinking about politics, whether they get their news from Rush Limbaugh or from NPR.

They don't want to concern themselves with John McCain's thoughts on how to beat a zone defense or Brian Roberts' position on school vouchers. Doesn't it annoy you when those two worlds collide?

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