Part 1 of Blogging Laws I Love to Break is here.
6. You shall make fun of everything you do not understand in the world of sports. This tendency especially annoys me when it shows cultural ignorance. If black players want to have a special handshake, or Latino/Euro players want to kiss on both cheeks, or Christian players want to point at the sky or make the sign of the cross, let them. When bloggers make fun of such things, from my vantage point it appears ignorant and shows disrespect. Save your comedic stones and arrows for stupidity that transcends genetics and culture. Or, a player will be a little eccentric (Gilbert Arenas, or Manny Ramirez) in a way that wouldn't raise many eyebrows at your job. However, because it's an athlete, it becomes a big deal. Frankly, sometimes I wonder if nerd resentment is the cause; bloggers are saying "You may be my physical superior, and get more ladies, but I am smarter than you!"
7. You shall mock outspoken or thoughtful athletes by telling them to "shut up and play", while complaining all the time that "nobody ever does anything interesting" in sports.
Admittedly more of a regular media bias, but see, for example, Deadspin on Curt Schilling. Look at that hating! And yet, what major leaguer is more like the average blogger than Curt Schilling? And it's fascinating how much resentment is launched toward players who give thoughtful opinions on topics (see the coverage of Steve Nash for his anti-war stance). Again, media like to think of athletes as their physical superiors and mental inferiors, and they don't like it when an athlete messes with the social structure. Quick quiz; think of Derek Jeter/Alex Rodriguez, Kobe Bryant/Shaquille O'Neal, Tom Brady/Peyton Manning. Now, which one gets the better media coverage? It's the one who talks less or seems less intelligent. Hmm...interesting.
8. You shall never admit it if your favorite athlete messed up, especially if you share a belief or skin color with that athlete.
Just once, I'd like to visit a blog after their favorite team or athlete messed up and hear them admit "So-and-so just had a bad day" or "Maybe he's not who I thought he was." Look, this is a blind spot for me too. If someone told me (hypothetical example) that David Robinson was caught on tape stealing millions from the Spurs, my first comment would probably be "Oh, not David Robinson! He's such a good Christian!" However, the more impressive move would be to admit "David sinned, he needs to repent and repay the money, and if he doesn't, I can't continue to pretend he's an excellent Christian. It doesn't make me or anyone else any less of a Christian just because David was less of a Christian." etc. It's not the time for me to start squawking about "disrespect of Christian athletes", "Mainstream Media Bias" and "If you keep digging and hating, of course you'll find something." Completely out of place; any clarifying argument is much more legitimate if I admit the fault up front.