Is Saturday, May 21 Doomsday? Wild World of Sports Offers Plenty of Clues

WesAnalyst IMay 18, 2011

Goodbye world.
Goodbye world.Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Harold Camping, an 89-year-old preacher from Oakland has it all figured out but for all the wrong reasons.

He claims the world is going to end precisely at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 based on calculations he has arrived at after studying The Bible for nearly all of his life.

It's a shame he simply never turned on SportsCenter early in the morning, flipped on TNT during a Thursday night or tuned into a sports talk show. Instead, Camping has been busy broadcasting his religious thoughts over the airwaves.

If Camping tuned into the world of sports he would see the end is near for all the right reasons.

Look at the NBA where Dirk Nowitzki has turned into an incredibly dominant postseason performer.

This is the same guy who bottomed out in the finals against the Miami Heat after going up 2-0 in the series and then followed it up a couple seasons later with a total flop against the Golden State Warriors in the same season he won the regular season MVP.

Or check out the Chicago Bulls making a run at the title without Michael Jordan, Oklahoma City not only having a basketball team but a legitimate contender and LeBron James going from "The King" to the "The Villain."

Maybe Camping can check out the NFL where Michael Vick is considered one of the best players in the game and Peyton Hillis is on the cover of the next Madden game.

If that wasn't enough, he might be surprised to learn the Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl only three years after cutting ties with the legendary Brett Favre.

Camping can ask fans in Buffalo, Denver, Miami and Dallas how difficult that is.

He can also look to the current labor meltdown which has fans seriously doubting if there will be football next season.

Well since the world is ending Saturday, maybe the labor situation doesn't matter.

Thank goodness we're all going belly up because, in the NHL, Tampa Bay is hot on the heels of winning its second Stanley Cup since its inception in 1992. It's an astonishing feat when you consider no team from Canada has won the Cup since 1993.

Over in MLB, the game once polluted with rampant PED users is now littered with lights-out pitchers and lineups that are dying to get shutout on a nightly basis.

And check out what's going on in New York.

The must hated players are not playing for the Red Sox.

Nope, they are wearing the pinstripes.

Jorge Posada and Derek Jeter are constantly butting heads with the front office and on the verge of running themselves out of town.

And then there's the whole fiasco with Bobby Bonilla. The Mets owe the broken down 47-year-old approximately $1.2 million over the next 25 years because they deferred payment on  the final year of his contract.

Even the country club sports are giving clues the Apocalypse is on the horizon.

Venus and Serena Williams are nowhere to be found and Roger Federer is on the decline.

Meanwhile, Tiger Woods couldn't find the fairway if he fell out of golf cart, and the golfers vying for the title of the world's best player hail from England and Germany.

College sports are in disarray as well.

The Ohio State University football program is in the midst of a scandal involving head coach Jim Tressel, Gary Williams walked away from Maryland's basketball program and Butler appeared in back-toback Final Fours.

Cue it up Coach Lombardi: "What the hell's goin' on out here?"

Well it seems like the world is indeed coming to end, and we should all be grateful it's happening this Saturday.