a state or period of inactivity, stagnation, or depression.“the mortgage market has been in the doldrums for three years”
synonyms: depression, melancholy, gloom, gloominess, downheartedness, dejection,despondency, low spirits, despair;inertia, apathy, listlessness, blahs,blue funk, blues“winter doldrums”inactive, quiet, slow, slack, sluggish, stagnant“overseas stocks are in the doldrums”
The worst time of year for me is right now. No football and no pitchers and catchers yet. The dreadful NBA All Star Game and mid-season NHL action on tap. Blech. And look, I like hockey – it’s a great game, but I’m on the belief the NHL has done significant damage to it’s product:
- Overexpansion, leading to…
- Playoff expansion, which means
- the season is too long and meaningless: everyone makes the playoffs
And that’s not the only structural problem I have with the league. The other one is that they simply don’t know how to run the business. Shut down the league for an entire year to force a more favorable collective bargaining agreement, and once accomplished the teams start signing guys to ridiculous contracts – the name Ilya Kovalchuk mean anything to you? So they still wind up paying the same amount of money to these guys, but stretch it out over 15 years to bring down the average salary. It’s foolish, and telling.
Meanwhile, the NBA All Star game yielded almost 370 points. I’m no fan of All Star Games, because I think they’re all ridiculous to watch – although I “get” how cool it is to see the days’ best players in one place, the game itself is just preposterous. In any other game, a 23-point loss is a blow out, but when you’re looking at a combined 370, that just doesn’t seem like it’s that bad.
So, I sit in my cave waiting for anything worthy of note. The time really is ripe to tear down another Super Bowl Champion – as seems to be the running zeitgeist of the day – so I’ve been prowling the interwebs looking for more Peyton Manning dirt to start slinging. I mean, hell, let’s start making this a rite of passage: get to the Super Bowl, start the sniping from off stage. And if deflating footballs (IF THAT EVEN HAPPENED) is worth a 4-game suspension, I’d love to know what HGH AND a “deep and ugly” assault story must be worth a game, right? New Hampshire’s primary gave Donald Trump a win, but if you’re asking me, Tom Brady took the day, with 4 votes. I mean, you can deflate the NFL, but you can’t deflate a New Hampshire Voter’s enthusiasm for New England football.
As an aside, Goodell supporters have been saying that the Ray Rice mess, the Deflategate mess will do nothing to hurt him in the eyes of the league owners because the league is basically printing money in larger numbers than ever. But what if – just consider this for a minute – the myriad personnel screw ups start to become a problem? What if a team moving to Los Angeles – to recapture one of the largest media markets in the country (read here, printing OODLES of money) was delayed or derailed because the office of the commissioner was preoccupied? There’s definitely a price tag that can be applied to that.
Gosh. I can’t wait for Pitchers and Catchers to report. Anything but this stuff.