As has been clearly evident, I haven’t been here a whole hell of a lot and to those remaining, I deeply apologize. My job, my volunteer work with veterans, travel league bowling and one other reason has kept me from blogging: I find some (many) sports boring now. Let me explain.
NFL. Is there anything right with it? It’s dominated by New England, there’s teams who just refuse to improve (Cleveland, Buffalo, New York Props), and it’s not evenly covered (I’m tired of hearing about Dallas). You never know what a catch is anymore, they can’t seem to behave, oh, and the NFL shits on the good fans of St. Louis and Oakland while San Diego couldn’t care less and is playing in a 30,000 seat stadium in Carson. Finally on the rare occasion when I watch a game, there’s more commercial time than actual game time.
College Football. It’s Alabama and nobody else. I’ll give the Big Ten credit for wiping out their cupcake games, but it’s not enough because until the SEC is FORCED to give up their cupcakes, CFB is theirs to do with what they please.
In the meantime, I can watch my son coach at the FCS level and hope things go well and that’ll be fun – and it gives me a chance to catch a roadie in Portland later this year. But let me say for the record, I enjoy watching the lower levels, not just because of my son, but because the games are actually competitive.
NBA. This league has become the utter and complete joke. A league built on dominant super teams and little to no incentive for teams to win during the regular season. Holding players out of games and taking the excitement out for fans. Then there’s the officiating designed to favor superstars.
And don’t get me started on the draft lottery where bad trades and tanking benefit teams. Where else does the #1 team in the Eastern Conference come up with the #1 draft pick, followed by the L. A. Lakers and Philly, while Phoenix – the 2nd worst team in the league got leapfrogged by the aforementioned big market franchises?
Lastly the buffoonery of many of the ownership groups takes away from what could be a much better product. How in the hell can billionaire owners of businesses be so bad at running an NBA franchise? I’m looking directly at the New York Knicks, Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns, and most egregious of all – the Brooklyn Nets.
College Basketball. You know where I get my info? From BlackBandit. I admit that March keeps me watching (mostly on the first weekend of the madness), but I could care less from November to mid-March. I’m tired of the same few teams being crammed down my throat (Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina). I can usually find something better to do with my time than watching Vitale gush over Dookies.
But for all that there is some good:
MLB. I don’t know what happened, but Baseball figured it out. There’s mystery to the games, the games are moving a bit faster, and it’s a bit more equal. Mix in the fact that that loser owner down in Miami wants to sell and I see nothing but good things going forward for Baseball.
On occasion I’ll watch a game.
NHL. I admit that I (and seemingly everybody else) pay ZERO attention to hockey until the playoffs start, but damn when they do, this sport delivers. Fast, efficient, and exciting – and as three of the remaining four teams show (Anaheim, Nashville, Ottawa), you just don’t know how it’s gonna go. What I like about Hockey? Yeah, it’s no non-sense.
Others. I’ve tried to find other fringe sports to occupy my time (Arena Football, Golf, and others), but when the sports channels begin to spend more time covering the WWE and MMA, then that tells you all you need to know about the direction of sports going forward.
In the end…Maybe my life is changing. Maybe the wasteful regular seasons are far too long, maybe I just talked about the same (bleep) for far too long and I just couldn’t write fresh thoughts, or maybe pro sports just isn’t fun anymore. Maybe I’m tired of the stupid (bleep) that comes out of so many cake-holes. Maybe I just don’t want to contribute to giving these a-holes any more attention. Whatever it is, it doesn’t make sense to talk about things I dislike anymore – especially since I know that pro sports couldn’t care less what I or you or any other consumer think.
Seems to me that I prefer AAA Baseball, minor league hockey, and FCS Football because it’s cheaper and more fun. Hell, maybe I’ll catch an MLS game when Sacramento gets awarded a franchise and the stadium is built.
But then again, June is coming which means the CFL is right around the corner, as is two of the Golf Majors. But don’t worry NBA, while others will be watching a Finals everybody else knew was coming and you’ll ALLEGEDLY break viewing records, I won’t. I think I’ll catch some of the Stanley Cup Final.
Maybe it was about time I found something else to occupy my time, but for now, I’ll settle for flying to New York this week to watch my niece get married. I’ll settle for going to Cooperstown and checking out the past and the things that made Baseball fun for me as a kid. I’ll settle for a day trip to NYC and doing a boat ride and grabbing a slice.
I’ll be back later this week to write about Memorial Day.