Festivus for the rest of us: Airing of the sports grievances
Festivus greetings to you all. In your honor, I've made a generous donation to the Human Fund -- no thanks needed. Now, for the airing of sports grievances, grievances of the general, national variety. (DC grievances are covered by Mike Prada at SB Nation DC.) Allow me to kick off:
The chuckling on the NFL Sunday pregame shows. It. Just. Never. Ends.
That Lee jeans guy. His butt doesn't look nearly as good as he thinks it does and I want him to know that.
"The National Football League." Not the NFL, although I've got some gripes with those people, too. I'm speaking of the NFL announcers, and they all do it, who insist on saying the entire name of the league 87 times per broadcast. It would be fun to do a drinking game based on it except you'd be unconscious by the second quarter. "That's football in the National Football League." I actually heard someone say this.
An 18-game NFL season would destroy the majestic mathematical purity of 32 teams, 16 games, eight division champs, four wild cards and two maids a milking. I'd adjust because I'm nothing if not adaptable, but I'd really rather not have to.
I'm not one of those emerald chessboard romantics, but the recent MLB broadcast of the 1960 World Series Game 7, thanks to the cellar of Bing Crosby, taught me how much fun a game could be without 1) graphics, 2) names on unis, 3) instant replay, 4) blowhard analysis. I actually had to bring something to the game and it was refreshing. Of course, I thought it'd never end, but still...
You know the PGA Tour minus a Tiger Woods on top of his game is in trouble when even that golf yutz can muster enough enthusiasm to yell "get in the hole" only a couple of times a tournament.
Brett Favre. Just Brett Favre.
The World Cup is great, wonderful fun, but I feel that only occasionally dipping my toes into the soccer waters is fine.
Speaking of toes, whatever Rex Ryan and the Mrs. do is cool by me, but ... um ... putting it on the internet?
I need more hockey in my life.
| December 23, 2010; 2:18 PM ET
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