Sports Stories Everyone Should Stop Talking About

Laura DeptaFeatured ColumnistJuly 15, 2014

Sports Stories Everyone Should Stop Talking About

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    There are some sports stories that you really wish people would just stop talking about.

    I understand that there are dozens of networks and even more websites dedicated solely to constant sports coverage. All that airtime and web space needs to be filled with something. But if I see one more speculative article about Cleveland’s NBA title chances next year, I’m going to explode.

    Unfortunately for me, I’m probably going to explode, because it doesn’t look like the LeBron James story is going anywhere anytime soon.

    But King James isn’t the only tired subject matter in sports right now. Some of these stories will die down—it’s the natural evolution of sports coverage—but none of them can die soon enough for me.

Andrew Wiggins

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    We know Andrew Wiggins is one of the most talented young rookies in the NBA. But every morning I wake up to another video of him throwing down some monster dunk in Summer League.

    There is a lot of talk about Wiggins, LeBron James and a championship in Cleveland—which strikes me as funny since Wiggins is the best Kevin Love trade bait the Cavs have.

    It looks like the Cavs want to try and keep him and get Love, but enough with the speculation. Notify me when moves are made.

The Body Issue

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    I guess nudity is newsworthy?

    ESPN’s annual “The Body Issue” has already come out, and it's impeccably done as always. Yet, for some reason, we are still hearing stories about it days and weeks later.

    Who has the best body? Why is Prince Fielder in it? What are the ethical implications of posing nude?

    Here’s a question for you—who cares?

Lionel Messi Debate

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    Following Argentina’s World Cup final loss to Germany—and Lionel Messi’s failure to put a last-second miracle free kick into the back of the net—some people have actually been speculating about whether or not he is still the world’s best player.

    Stop. Just stop.

    True, his Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament seems a little bogus, given James Rodriguez of Columbia’s six goals.

    But there is no doubt that Messi is still one of the greatest—if not the greatest—footballers in the world.

Christ the Redeemer

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    Yes, it’s a beautiful statue. Yes, it’s funny to Photoshop Luis Suarez into a photo with it. Yes, it’s gorgeous against the backdrop of a setting sun or rising moon.  

    But geez, it’s a statue. And the World Cup is over. Enough already.

Derek Jeter's Farewell Tour

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    Listen. I admire and RE2PECT Derek Jeter as much as anyone—truly. But even when you’re talking about one of the classiest and most admirable players in the history of baseball, the farewell tours get annoying. They just do.

    Every week it’s another headline about another random gift a team gave The Captain. It’s not that he doesn’t deserve this recognition, but what happened to the good old days—you know, when a ballplayer just made a simple announcement?

College Football Playoff Trophy

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    Really? A new trophy is front page news? I can’t think of anything I care less about than what the winner of college football’s four-team playoff takes home next season.

    The College Football Playoff’s executive director Bill Hancock called the trophy a “priceless, one-of-a-kind piece of art,” according to ESPN.com.

    Oh please. It’s a shiny cylinder with a football on top. 

Cleveland's New Mascot

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    OK I take it back. I care less about the Browns’ new mascot. 

    Ever since King James announced his epic return to home sweet Ohio, every little thing that happens in Cleveland is suddenly a huge deal.

    Since when does the Browns’ acquisition of a new bullmastiff dog constitute big news?

Aaron Hernandez

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    Aaron Hernandez no longer plays in the NFL, correct?

    While his alleged criminal activity was shocking when it first came out in 2013, it’s unclear why minor courtroom developments are leading sports news with the trial still almost a month away.

    Recently, we learned that a judge has denied a request by Hernandez’s team to suppress evidence. Also, Hernandez’s cousin will change her criminal contempt plea from not guilty to guilty.

    Just let me know when the trial starts.

Rihanna

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    Rihanna is all over sports news, all the time—attending NBA games, becoming a World Cup superfan, you name it.

    Most recently, she made news by helping the German national team celebrate its victory over Argentina. I don’t know if I’d want to be celebrating with a team that curb-stomped my team 7-1, but to each their own.

    The Germans also actually let her hold the trophy, despite her obvious bandwagonism. 

Cleveland Cavaliers Winning Anything Next Season

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    OK—one more Cleveland reference. Man, even I need to stop talking about Cleveland.

    But this is why Cleveland is the most depressing sports city in America—one word: hope.

    LeBron James is coming back, yes. But why is Vegas suddenly offering the Cavs at 4/1 odds to win the NBA title next year?

    Jumping the gun, much? This talk needs to stop happening immediately—if only to protect Cleveland fans from yet another bitter disappointment.

    James himself said it’s going to be a long road.