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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

The National Football Classic?

Imagine how cool it would be to have a third, or even HALF, of the best players in college football play for the pride of their state in fierce off-season battles!

Hold on...did I write that this would be "cool"? I meant to write that it would be indescribably lame.

Of course, the best college football players already compete against one another every season in meaningful games between teams which have authentic, storied histories and passionate, genuine fans, just as the best baseball players do. A game between the U.S. and, say, Puerto Rico is like a game between (the states of) Michigan and Ohio. It's a way to kill a few hours if you're a huge fan, but does it provide 1% of the excitement of watching the Yankees play the Red Sox or Michigan play tOSU?

Yet such a sports travesty (and an inordinate amount of time and attention) is currently being perpetrated by ESPN and Major League Baseball with the fraud that is the World Baseball Classic. Such an ill-conceived debacle-in-the-making could only be hatched by The Worldwide Weasels in partnership with the geniuses who managed to scratch an entire post-season amidst unprecedented peace and prosperity, before closing their eyes, ears, and mouths during a steroids-fueled "comeback" for the once great institution of professional baseball.


BaggyPantsDevil said...

I'm amazed that anyone even cares about baseball anymore. Sure, it's a long way until the 2006 college football season starts--an excruciatingly long way--but one has to have some standards. Hell, the Hottest College Coed Contest has more integrity. And, it's got attractive young women in it.

Major League Baseball is a cautionary tale for every other sport out there in demonstrating how NOT to run a sports league. Once, it was the beloved national pastime, now, it's an irrelevant, steroid-tainted, labor dispute-prone, ultimately boring, out of control mess driven by pure greed. George Carlin’s descriptions of baseball no longer apply.

The fact that a couple of reporters with no coercive authority whatsoever were able to find mountains of evidence on Barry Bonds's steroid use, while Major League Baseball and even the US Congress apparently turn up nothing is pathetic.

Just look at the current list of career home run leaders. Two were definitely on steroids (Barry Bonds and Rafael Palmeiro) and two are suspect (Mark McGuire and Sammy Sosa). It's just wrong to lump them in with ballplayers like Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, and Willie Mays. It's like it's not even the same sport anymore.

College football does the meaningless exhibition game right. They’re after the season is over and at least have the purpose of giving pro scouts and the really diehard fans one last chance to see graduating athletes--some with little nation-wide exposure--on the field one last time.

Yost said...

Great post, Baggy. Couldn't agree more. What a joke.

And yeah, two reporters found out more than Bug Selig, MLB and Congress. Sad indeed.

IC said...

As usual, you're right on target, Baggy.

Adding to one of your main points...the reason MLB turned up nothing on steroids/performance enhancing drugs is because they didn't want to. The reason the grandstanding clowns in Congress didn't is because they were only interested in the subject for the exact amount of time the television cameras were broadcasting their hearings.

DanDierdorf said...

The USA just lost to Canada. Did we not invent baseball?