I had been driving for about five hours and was just south of Birmingham, feeling just fine, hadn’t yawned since at least north of Huntsville, when I saw a sign reminding me to be aware of drowsy driving, and immediately, my mouth was agape, pulling in that good ole extra oxygen…thanks state of Alabama.
If that anecdote sounds random, it is. And welcome to my train of tangential thought, by the way. But in a round about way, that ironically suggestive sign led me to consider things in sports that are really unnecessary, at least here in the good ole’ USA.
The Tour De France–Patriotism rules! We got behind Lance Armstrong like he was our big brother in a schoolyard fight. We even celebrated the very American-sounding Floyd Landis. In the end, what did we get for it? A sack full of empty syringes and whole lotta nothin’ else. Actually, throw a little embarrassment about getting duped by the master fakir himself, homespun and lovable Lance. Yuck! What we now know about Armstrong and the cycling community in general would curl the toes of even a hardened cheat. NBC sports keeps showing the cycling challenge, so I guess someone…somewhere is watching. As for me, I’ll stick with the fries and toast and let the kind and gracious French keep their beautiful race.
The Americas’ Cup–Patriotism is so strong that we even cared about Dennis Conner and a yacht race…….in the 80s that is. Does anyone outside of the fancy pants folks in the Hamptons care these days? Do we still hold the Cup? Does Australia? You don’t know? I sure don’t know. I would call that a point proven.
Two Weeks Worth of SuperBowl Coverage–I wrote a piece before this year’s big game (link here:https://www.columbiamagazine.com/index.php?sid=72889 ) denouncing the mindless millions of hours of pregame coverage leading up to the SuperBowl. First off, it’s generally pretty useless–predictions few experts actually get right, fluff pieces few of us care about, and coach-speak gobbledygook few fans can even follow. In the end, the BIG game is almost anticlimax to the BIG hype of the pregame. Do us all a favor sports shows and talk a little more basketball, hockey, or heck, even Hot Stove. Let the game speak for itself.
The NBA Draft Round Two–Too radical for you? Every now and again a second-round pick becomes a star, but by and large, they are D-Leaguers or limited role players. There is definitely a need for both, but why not eliminate the second round and let teams rush to sign these guys as free agents? It creates more excitement for we who love the transaction, and it forces teams to do their homework on all of the non-lottery prospects.
Cal Rumors–I love Cal; we love Cal; Cal loves Cal. I never want him to leave. But if he ever does, can’t he go in the fashion of the Baltimore Colts…midnight Mayflower trucks rolling out of an ice-glazed Lexington? All these rumors just keep giving BBN big blue ulcers and big grey hairs. Let’s just realize something and come to terms with it: Cal is a candidate for almost every NBA opening. Plenty of teams now have a Cal-coached player or ten on their roster. Every year, well, there will be Cal-to-the-pros talk. And if it ever happens, thanks, Cal, a million times over.
Do you agree with any, all, none? What sports event would you do away with? Hit us up in the comments section below and let us know. Gracias.