Prize Fighters: The easiest post-event interview
Sometime back in the early eighties they took a poll of sports writers and TV commentators asking “Who do you believe is the easiest post-event interview?” – The writers and commentators overwhelming chose prize fighters as he easiest to interview, while also overwhelmingly choosing ‘as the most difficult post-event interview’ (wait for it) … tennis players. No surprise there.
There seems to be a correlation between an athlete’s opportunity to let out his aggression by being able to actually hit his opponent, and then coming out of the encounter, win or lose, satisfied and docile.
Tennis players on the other hand are never given this opportunity and consequently tend to come to post-match interview still angry and hostile.
After reading this years ago, I started to note that NFL quarterbacks, who are often hit, and seldom to never given the opportunity to return the favor, tend to appear at post-game interviews, at best glib and arrogant, if not angry and hostile. Whereas linemen, who are given the opportunity to give as often as they take, tend to be more polite, and even ‘fun loving guys” during interviews. (With Ndamukong Suh being an obvious exception; but I personally think there is actually something wrong with that man.)
Of course this does not apply to prize fighters during pre-fight interviews. All fighters, although they would never admit it, must enter the ring with some level of ‘scared’ in them, (and if they don’t then there may well be something wrong with them) and fear makes all men aggressive and hostile. But almost always, a fighter who acts like an asshole before a fight tends to a very different person after the fight. (With Mike Tyson of course being the exception here, but then again we all know, there IS something wrong with Mike Tyson.)