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#1 I never watch pro sports either, but in my case it's because I find watching the hours and hours of commercial shilling in between short vignettes of actual sporting action to be totally unbearable. I'm not willing to pay the price of sitting through all that so that a bunch of overpaid, underworked, uneducated, drug-filled, genetic mutant lowlifes can haul in 8 figure salaries while showing total contempt for their "hometown" fans by taking the next offer from whatever city will pay a few extra million so the players can score a few more hookers, sports cars and trophy homes.
Support your local amateur teams. That's the real thing.
Posted by Glinesh Craling7938 2012-09-09 10:22||
#2 I'd say that the NCAA is the UN of sports organizations, but that role is already taken by the IOC. Howz about a RICO investigation instead...
Posted by Spot 2012-09-09 12:21||
#3 ...I'm still a Browns and Indians fan - I grew up within earshot of Cleveland's old Lakefront Stadium - but I lost a lot of my love for pro sports when it simply became a mercenary pursuit for owners and players alike. We have a wonderful minor league baseball team here called the Blowfish (which the city is desperately trying to get rid of so a WalMart can go up on the stadium site )and it's a joy to watch them play. What it would cost me for parking alone back home in Cleveland pays for three tickets, snacks, a souvenir, AND parking.
Posted by Mike Kozlowski 2012-09-09 12:24||
#4 Yep, another justification for a 20 percent tax on the gross of the 'entertainment' sector.
Posted by Procopius2k 2012-09-09 12:59||
#5 good article.
I will still watch any level of hockey. I also like lacrosse and even soccer (minus the flopping and other un-manyly displays of gamesmanship). I used to love Baseball as a kid but really cannot stand it now --boring (4 hr games) & too many primadonnas. NBA is the worst in my book (total garbage) and I think the NFL is a mixed bag (games take too long and too many corporate time outs). I don't care for NCAA FB anymore either - bowls are a money scam and the schedules of big time teams playing Central Poly-Tech schools is clowish. Yes, I'm highly opinionated when it comes to sports (and music).
Posted by Broadhead6 2012-09-09 13:54||
#6 Now that Al Davis is gone I'm not sure it'll ever be the same.
Posted by Abu Uluque 2012-09-09 18:23||