Saturday, December 06, 2008

What Grinds My Gears (WGMG) Post #1: What's the problem with wannabe sports reporters?

Usually, I reserve my rants for my close friends' ears. But, given the nature of today's events, I was starkly reminded of how people can be so misguided in their use of time and (possibly) money. I am starting a (hopefully infrequent) series of posts that I would like to call WGMG, or What Grinds My Gears. Sa madaling salita, ito'y mga bagay na sadyang nakakairita at dapat kong ilabas sa aking saloobin.

Today is a historic day. Our very own Manny Pacquiao battled it out against unarguably one of the most famous boxers of our time, Oscar dela Hoya. It's a fight that, as my good friend Jonas estimated, will earn Pacquiao 8-figure dollars net of taxes. It's also a fight that every Filipino should be proud of, even if you're not a big fan of boxing (i'm only a casual fan, at best).

With the growing popularity of boxing in the country, lots of establishments are offering pay-per-view (PPV) screenings to cater to avid boxing fans so as the will not be a slave to the slew of commercials that local TV inserts in between rounds. Sadly, these establishments cater to a certain group of annoying people who want to be sports reporters. Since PPV finishes waaaay earlier than local TV, results of the fight are known as early as a little after noon. And what do these morons do? They take it upon themselves to send you updates and even the result of the match. Now, the people they send the message to fall under these categories: (a) interested with the match but is not willing to pay 500-800 pesos to see it in real time (b) not interested whatever the result is (c) would have wanted to see it real time but didn't have money. Now, do you know anyone who would be not watching PPV, is interested in the match (and its result), and would like to know the result before the actual match begins on local TV? Ayun.

For me, these messages go straight to the trash.

I would like to say a lot more but it might get me into trouble or I might have a long argument with the morons who are the harbingers of these shit.

Advice na lang I guess: Be a bit more sensitive (and less moronic??). The person you are sending it to is either not that interested with the result, or will get bummed knowing the result of the match he has yet to see. Common sense will tell you that your message is not solicited and it could probably even ruin someone's day...