Ribaldry, vulgarity or even obscenity in the locker room? Horrors! Nudity, also? Shocking. How long have these shameful things been going on?
Recently two columns, one in Sports and one in View, have asked some pertinent questions on who should be in the locker room. Mike Downey and Betty Cuniberti suggest that perhaps only team personnel should be admitted. That sounds good. Athletes come into the locker room after a game tired, sweaty and dirty. They want a shower and a change of clothing, and they want it without a delay for inane questions.
How many insightful questions are asked? How many enlightening answers given? "Why did you throw that pitch that Canseco hit out of the park?" "It was a tough fight, ma, but I won." Most of the athletes perform better on the field than they do in interviews. Also, closing locker rooms might spare us the spectacle of overgrown boys spraying champagne over everyone, a ritual followed more for television than as a spontaneous reaction.
I would challenge some of Cuniberti's generalizations. When can you make an accurate statement that all men are this way or all women are that way?