I despise the practice of “miking-up” (or in the contemporary version, mic’ing up). This business of putting electronic microphones somewhere on the uniform or outfit of athletes, be the sport football or golf or water ballet, is, in my opinion, one of the final indicators of the decline and fall of western civilization. I most certainly do not want to know what Bubba, Peyton, or Michelle is “thinking” or saying at any time during the course of a competition. Totally irrelevant, totally distracting, and – considering the banality or vulgarity of most of what they say – totally depressing. Certainly not entertaining or inspiring, certainly not anything that enhances either the viewing experience or the positive feelings I might otherwise have had about the athlete. But it goes beyond even that: in my opinion, it detracts from the level of performance.
As a lawyer, I am well aware of the phenomenon that lawyers and judges behave differently when you put a camera and a microphone on them in a courtroom – they tend to become self-conscious, to play to an audience, to do all sorts of atypical stuff. Most importantly, they tend to under-perform because their concentration has been divided or broken. These are among the reasons why the proceedings of the U.S. Supreme Court are not telecast.
To me, the whole business of capturing “spontaneous” utterances of athletes is distracting, degrading, a complete downer. I do not want Bubba worrying about his language during a round, I want him worrying about his round.