Hockey’s untold story: What the media doesn’t tell YOU

The headline of this post would indicate that I have some closed-circuit information to reveal to all. No please. There isn’t any controversy brewing. It’s just that you would have realized that what the media doesn’t tell us is actually covering hockey enough in their page spaces and TV timings.

But just like the typical masala mind of us Indians everywhere, they are gleefully covering the defeat to Britain that ensures the players stay at home during the prestigious tournament this year. Tormenting the Indian Hockey Federation(which apparently hasn’t done any good to the sport), lambasting the coach, support staff and players and sparking cold reactions from past legends is all the media can do.

The sports pages of the nation’s news delivery products were filled with stories fuming at the team and photos of downbeat Indian players in Santiago after the defeat. It has never happened in 80 years of Olympic hockey history. But does anyone really care? I don’t think so. Not least, the media.

When all we are interested in doing is glorifying our failures, then we have no reason to be upset with the efforts put in by the team. It is no fault of theirs when they earn just about as much as the common man. As usual, life will go on without the slightest remorse in our minds. As usual, these men will never ever gain hero status.

Hmm. So what is field hockey anyway?


  Krishna Aradhi

Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at 9:39:00 PM PDT

The media doesn't give a damn. The only time hockey gets so much coverage is when the team loses pathetically. If they give so much coverage when the team wins a match, it will be much better. More youngsters will be inspired to get into hockey.


Thursday, March 13, 2008 at 4:07:00 AM PDT

buddy...media doesn't have time for hockey..they are busy with SRK's Knight riders and Dhoni getting a B.Com


Thursday, March 13, 2008 at 10:00:00 AM PDT

@krishna, rahul
Just covering hockey regularly will do a world of good for the team. It's the weirdest media in the world - they cover defeats and ignore victories.
Thanks for your opinion.