Five Things in Sports I Will Never Understand
Sports are fun, competetive, challenging, and always entertaining. Most athletes are good people with good hearts, but of course there are a number of athletes who are not.
The sports world is full of good and bad apples combined with bad and good stories. There are many aspects of sports that I truly admire and think optimistically about but there are also several things that truly bother me as a sport's fanatic.
This slideshow is comprised of the five things in sports that I will never understand because, quite frankly, they are ridiculous and ruin what sports are supposed to be about.
5. NBA Referees
Tim Donaghy, pictured here, was an NBA referee before he was caught gambling on games.
NBA Commissioner David Stern shrugged this story off as, oh well we got the one bad apple in our business. Please Mr. Stern, how do you not realize that this was much bigger than one official? Just like steroids were only a Mark McGwire , Barry Bonds, and Jose Canseco thing, right?
I think Commissioner Stern is aware that the problem is much worse than he spoke out about. This year was by far the best year in a long time when it comes to "fishy" officiating which means Stern did his job by straightening it up. Yet, the referees are still awful and players get away with far too much.
1). Travelling occurs on nearly every possession, call it sometimes at least. The more you do not call it the more players will take advantage of it.
2). Palming violations anyone? I counted over 20 palming violations in one playoff game last year between the Mavs and Spurs and only one was called. Why make it a rule then?
3). Offensive fouls: Ok, I understand if a player pump fakes and a defender actually jumps on top of the shooter that it is a foul, BUT how is it a foul if the player jumps two or three feet away and the shooter jumps into them to draw the contact?
4). Charging fouls: Okay we all know what it is so why do refs call it a charge when a defender slides over a split second before the offensive player is in the air? What do you want the offensive player to do, pause in mid air and get rid of the ball?
5). Star treatment: Okay, I get it... LeBron and Kobe and Garnett are all stars we pay to see play because they are the very best in the world. However, when I am watching the Cavs play the Magic in the postseason and LeBron attempts more free throws than the entire Magic team, that is a huge problem.
None of these help the NBA's reputation and I hope this offseason the NBA's leaders get control of this situation. Nobody goes to a game to see the refs decide it.
I will never understand the NBA referees...
NFL's Divas and Greediness
If someone came up to you and said they would offer you a two or three year deal worth over let's say $20 million and all you had to do was follow laws, be a good teammate at work, and at the end of your contract they will review your work ethic and talk about extending it; how many people say yes in a heartbeat? Yeah, me too.
Unfortunately, once you earn a lot of money you also take it for granted and come off as a diva or spoiled brat, ask former NBA star Latrell Sprewell, "I gotta feed my family... three years and $21 million, that's not going to cut it..."
Now we have Brandon Marshall, Terrell Owens, Jay Cutler, and Michael Crabtree. Four of the most annoying, egotistical, and selfish players out there. What do they have in common? They like to dial 9-1-1 and call for a "wahmbulance." Boo freakin hoo guys... I don't feel bad for you and your eight cars and mansions, most the fans who go and PAY to see you don't make a quarter of your salary so please spare us all. I know they all want to win but whining your way out of town or showing up to practice to be a punk isn't exactly following the rules.
Michael Crabtree is a whole different story who needs to fire his family members representing him to realize that he is now going to have to settle for a deal worth less. Plus, if he re-enters the draft in 2010, he will not be selected nearly as high and will lose even more money. See what egos do?
So please kids, don't watch these guys and say, "I want to be just like T.O." If you want to have a game like his, fine, but don't downgrade your character because you saw him on TV acting like a diva to get his way.
Money doesn't buy happiness and I am a firm believer in this, but when it comes to a job...do your job to the best of your ability to HELP your company/team grow.
I will never understand these guys...
College Football's BCS
I love college football. I love how the players compete and I love how the coaches coach. I am much more of a fan of NCAA football than I am of the NFL. However, one thing that I will never understand is why they have the system they do and why they won't at least consider changing it?
I know bowls bring in money and they want to give more schools a shot to make money in them, but if you are going to call a team the "National Champions," shouldn't they play a more diverse group of teams to get there? Or the least they could do is add a plus one system.
When the NCAA uses the excuse of "education and classes" in mid December being an issue they are lying. A playoff system would do nothing different if they began it say on Dec. 19 or 20 like they do the bowl games. I do not have the perfect solution or combination but it drives me crazy when at the end of the year there are at least three other teams that have a legitimate argument for being champions. Playoff games would bring a ton of fans out and give schools just as much of a shot to make serious bucks.
Lastly, they either need to remove the coaches poll or make each coaches poll public so that we can all see how the votes went. There are certainly people who manipulate the system and vote their opponent higher so it makes their win look that much more impressive. Take a look at last year's final coaches poll that they released on USA Today and you will see exactly what I mean...some coaches are just straight up shmucks.
Give me a playoff or a plus one system...something that allows incredible matchups. Until then, I will never understand this system.
Cruel and Angy Fans
Passionate fans and true fans are the best. Some however, can be the worst! I will never understand the anger and hatred some fans show towards an opposing team, player, or fan.
BR writers and followers are very aware of what I am talking about because they see it on this site all of the time. Fans who get out of control and cuss up a storm because they believe that legitimizes their arguments. Sorry guys, saying "Fu** your U$C Trojans" doesn't help make you look any more intelligent.
Why do people get so angry? I love my favorite teams and if they lose surely I am disappointed but to resort to angry words directed at people you know nothing about is an example of being clinically insane. I love USC which means I am not a Notre Dame fan but never will I go onto a Notre Dame writer's page and blast them and their team calling them names and other immature slogans.
Sports are supposed to be fun and entertaining and when you lose it is okay to be upset and to dislike the team that beat you but respect them, always.
Life is too short to get upset over things you have no control over. Getting angry and mean doesn't make your team any better and the opposing team any worse. It is okay to disagree and be passionate, but there is a fine line fans need to learn not to cross.
I will never understand the cruel and angry fans...
Bud Selig: Pete Rose Not in the Hall of Fame
Whether you like Pete Rose or not it is completely irrelevant; he belongs in the MLB Hall of Fame, period. The guy has over 4,000 hits and is arguably one of the three best hitters the game has ever seen.
Sure he bet on games but there are a lot of players that have done awful things in the game and outside of the game. Gambling is an addiction that can cause serious problems for people who do not know when to stop and Rose is a great example but to keep him out of the HOF is absurd.
How about Ty Cobb then? He used to intentionally jump up and cleat people and there are even rumors they tipped pitches back then. How is this proper MLB etiquette? Worst of all, the man keeping Rose out of the Hall of Fame is the biggest hypocrite of them all.
Bud Selig trash talks Rose and discusses how awful gambling on the game is. I have no argument with the gambling lifestyle but if Bud is such an expert on being true to the game then why don't we ask him about the "Steroid Era." Hey Bud did you have any clue that a jacked Mark McGwire and a ripped Sammy Sosa could go from never hitting more than 50 homers to hitting over 60 in consecutive seasons?
How about this Bud, how is it that Jose Canseco came out and said he was "black-balled" from the game and everyone turned their head and laughed at him. Suddenly, a couple of years later it came out why he was "black-balled", because everyone knew he was going to air MLB'S dirty laundry for the public to see.
You stood up, clapped ,and kissed McGwire's steroid injected butt when he broke the single season home run record but when Bonds does it you sit stuck in your seat as if NOW you had an issue with it. Why Bud, because it wasn't a time when the MLB needed attention? The strike, also under you, damaged the game and fans and you knew the only way to get ballparks full and ratings sky high again was to turn a blind eye to the use of steroids.
Again, some believe Rose deserves in while others think he doesn't. That is fine but I hardly think it is appropriate for a guy like Bud Selig who contributed to the huge problem in baseball, to keep a guy out of the HOF for breaking the code of the game.
Selig is hypocritical and the wrong guy to judge what integrity is or is not. I love the game of baseball but I will love it even more when Selig leaves the game.
I will never understand Bud Selig and why Pete Rose is not in the Hall of Fame...