From the Fans: The 8 Dumbest Things in Sports

Clint BryantCorrespondent IIJune 3, 2011

From the Fans: The 8 Dumbest Things in Sports

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    VANCOUVER, BC - JUNE 01:  Fans of the  Vancouver Canucks cheer during game one against the Boston Bruins in the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Rogers Arena on June 1, 2011 in Vancouver, Canada.  (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
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    Sports. It is a place where people escape their everyday lives to cheer on their team of choice.

    There are some things in sports that all fans just laugh about. There are some they downright hate. Whether it be some rule, the name of a team or poor choices of athletes, let's take a look at eight of these that just make fans scratch their heads.

8. College Football: Conference Names

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    Credit: Big Ten and Big XII
    Credit: Big Ten and Big XII

    This used to be just fine.  You would see the conference name and pretty much know what you needed to know about the conference.

    That is until 2011.

    In 2011, the Big Ten will have 12 teams, and the Big 12 will have 10 teams.

    Come on guys, really?

7. NASCAR: The Chase for the Sprint Cup

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 13:  NASCAR drivers pose with the NASCAR Nextel Cup trophy at the ESPN Zone on Chase Media Day September 13, 2007 in New York City.  (Photo by Jonathan Fickies/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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    Some may disagree with this, but many more will agree.

    In 2004, NASCAR decided to add a championship points reset with 10 races to go in the season.  The goal was to tighten the field and produce more excitement.

    The result is that the sport has been watered down and dominated by one driver.

    Not that Jimmie Johnson would not have won multiple championships using the old format.  He is a Hall of Fame caliber driver.  But the sport was grown on consistency and since the introduction of the "Chase for the Cup," NASCAR's attendance and ratings have been anything but.

6. MLB: The Designated Hitter

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    BOSTON, MA - JUNE 01:  David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox is congratulated by teammate Josh Reddick #16 after Ortiz scored in the second inning against the Chicago White Sox on June 1, 2011 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty
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    A pitcher who doesn't have to hit.

    A batter who doesn't have to field.

    That is not baseball.

    Sure I get it that some team owners think fans do not buy tickets to watch a pitcher swing three times and take a seat.

    How about teaching the pitchers to hit?

5. All Sports: Players/Owners Negotiations

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    WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 03: National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell, Rob Manfred, executive vice president of labor and human resources in the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball, Major League Baseball, NFL Players Association Executive Direc
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    We the fans spend 40 hours every week to make just enough money to get by.

    We get home to see the news of grown men arguing over the millions they get to play a game.

    The contracts are important, but when hard working Americans see these type things drag out, it is a lot harder to get excited about the next season.

4. College Football: The BCS

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    SCOTTSDALE, AZ - JANUARY 11:  Head coach Gene Chizik of the Auburn Tigers poses with the Coaches trophys during a press conference for the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn on January 11, 2011 in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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    Every other possible sport that can be compared to college football, including lower divisions of college football, has a playoff.

    The highest level of college Ffootball has the BCS.

    Computers are used to calculate who should play for the championship.

    Computers are great, but not for football.

    Give us a playoff.

    Here is an idea: NCAA Football: Playoff Idea

3. NBA: Stars Who Don't Play Defense

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20:  Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls and the Eastern Conference goes up for a layup in the first half in the 2011 NBA All-Star Game at Staples Center on February 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expre
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    Defense is part of the game.

    There are many great in the NBA who play great defense.

    Then there are those who score and do nothing else.

    When we see you run down the floor to score, then get passed by a slower player without a defensive effort—not cool.

2. Golf: Too Much Coverage of One Player

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    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 12:  Tiger Woods looks on from the fifth hole during the first round of THE PLAYERS Championship held at THE PLAYERS Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 12, 2011 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty
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    Tiger Woods is a great player.

    One of the best ever.

    That is all we need to know about him.

    His personal life means nothing to us.

    Yet it was poured on us every day.

1. All Sports: Steroids

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA -APRIL 8:  Former major league baseball player Barry Bonds leaves the Phillip Burton Federal Building and United States Court House April 8, 2011 in San Francisco, California. The jury is deliberating the case in which Barry Bonds is acc
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    We don't want to believe it.

    We grew up wearing their jerseys.

    We dreamed about playing with them side by side.

    We imagined ourselves being the next Mark McGuire, Barry Bonds or Jose Canseco.

    Then the dream was crushed.

    Sports figures are role models to kids everywhere whether they want to be or not.

    Cheating destroys the soul of the sport, and hopefully steroid use will be eliminated so we can restore the glory to our heroes.