I like to call today, "Sports Dead Sunday." There is nothing earth shattering going on today in the world of sports. The closest we come is the Michigan-Michigan State basketball on in about an hour.
It's Pro-Bowl Sunday
That's when the "best" professional football players perform together in a game. That's if you ignore the fact that the two "best" teams are not represented because they play next week. Because football is such an orchestrated sport, they have to adjust the rules, otherwise it would be mayhem out there. Fewer and fewer people are interested in watching this game. In fact, I think the players wives don't even attend. It's in Florida now, at least when it was in Hawaii, the wives could spend time on the beaches. 20% of the players chosen beg their agents to get them out of it. This game came about to replace the 2nd place bowl where the two teams that lost in the conference championships played. Vince Lombardi once called that the "Hinky-Dink Bowl." The Pro-Bowl is no step up.
The Australian Open concluded last night at 3:00 AM. If you wanted to see that, you basically had to give up on Sunday altogether.
NBA All Star Game
That's not for three weeks, so at least those people who like basketball with very liberal rule restrictions do have something to watch, such as, players who dunk and then posture & preen, where walking is something the players do to go back to the locker room, because in the game 3, 4 or even 5 steps without dribbling is permitted. I wonder if it occurred to anyone that with the size and ability of today's players, they should widen the lane about five feet, increase the size of the court about 10 feet (width & length) and raise the basket to 12 feet? Might be a more interesting sport.
NHL All-Star Game
They have really bastardized this game. It's now three-on-three. Not being a hockey aficionado, I have no idea why. Why don't they just schedule a series of fights on the ice. I understand that most fans prefer that anyway.
Major League Baseball
Just 16 days until pitchers and catchers report and 24 days until the games start. There might still be one or two more blockbuster deals in the works, but probably not. Please hurry.
I believe the Superbowl pregame show started about an hour ago. This is a 24-hour, 7-day event which will allow us to learn the intimate details of every player, coaching staff and front office personnel of both teams. "Everything you ever wanted to know..."
The Syracuse Orange is probably the most exciting college team in the country. You never know which team is going to show up: The team that shoots the lights out and plays defense like they really have seven men on the court, or the team that will miss dunks, and plays defense like they're lugging around 30lb backpacks with their hands tied together. Good Orange vs. Bad Orange, your guess is as good as anyone else's.
This is distressing news. ESPN is cancelling "The Sports Reporters" as of the end of May. One of my favorite shows. I can't believe that a show that offers such insight on sports without resorting to making controversial remarks just for the purpose of sensationalism (see Stephen A,. Smith), would be deemed unworthy. Well, ESPN was never know for intelligent decisions.
As long as we're on distressing news, rest in peace, Mary Tyler Moore. Perhaps the funniest scene in television is the funeral scene for Chuckles the Clown.
***THEY SAID IT***
"Next Sunday, Animal Planet is airing another . My, how the mighty have fallen. Rex Ryan is coaching the North team." -- Brad Dickson
"Disgraced QB Johnny Manziel tweeted some advice on using Twitter to President Trump.The Book of Revelation clearly states the first sign of the Apocalypse is that Johnny Manziel is the voice of reason." -- Argus Hamilton
"Seahawks assistant coach Rocky Seto is leaving the NFL to enter the ministry: “If he really wants to be around a lot of people praying every Sunday, he should join the 49ers." -- Janice Hough
"Johnny Manziel has an autograph booth during Super Bowl week. He is charging $99 to sign items people bring. So far no NFL teams plan to bring a contract and the CFL has announced that none of their teams has $99 to spare." -- TC Chong
"An all-Russian tussle at the Aussie Open went to a tie-breaker. After three sets, Anastasia Sergeyevna Pavlyuchenkova was deadlocked with Natalia Konstantinovna Vikhlyantseva at 14 syllables." -- RJ Currie [and 32 letters each - CP]
"LeBron James is complaining about the Cavalier front. We always thought that LeBron WAS the Cavalier front office." -- Mike Lupica
"The Florida Panthers used a team ticket agent as backup goalie. He didn’t make any saves. However, he did make sure everybody had good seats." -- Brad Dickson