Posted by TopOfTheThread on June 1, 2008
I Love ESPN SportsCenter and ESPNradio — but what is a sport?
I watch SportsCenter at least once a day. First thing in the morning. Religiously.
Their format is great. The stories are interesting. I am a perfect fit for their demographic.
I enjoy the major and less-than-major sports. American sports. European. Austrailian. You name it, I watch it.
Hey – The World Series Of Poker is not a sport. I enjoy the coverage and watch it. (Why is watching poker on TV interesting? The reason this is so popular is because of the voyeuristic aspect of seeing everyone’s cards. One of the other TV stations showed a few hands in which you could only one hand — not interesting — you can do that on your own with your buddies.)
Yes – I even watch some of the Spelling Bee. Entertaining. Yes. A sport? No.
Watch this video. How entertaining is it?
My questions are (1) What is a sport? and (2) What next will ESPN start broadcasting that is not a sport?
Click: Let’s Ask Mike And Mike on espnradio … Let’s not forget the hot dog eating contests too!
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Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 28, 2008
This is an open an open letter to star players Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics, NBA), Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers, NBA), and Sydney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL).
Dear Paul, Kobe, and Sydney,
You need to be more selfish, be leaders, and take responsibility for your team’s success.
You cannot be passive and polite. This is not the time to share the ball – Make the extra pass – And worry about being a team player. By being selfish, you are being a better teammate.
When you drive to the hoop (or net), you are opening up the court (ice) for your teammates. When you take the extra shot, even if it is a little forced, you are helping your team. I am not telling you to take ridiculous shots, just shots that may be borderline.
These types of plays make it easier on your teammates. The players covering your teammates are forced to “cheat” and “help out” on you. Their defenders cannot focus on them 100%. This gives your teammates that edge they need to make significant contributions.
Paul: In game 7 of the Boston-Cleveland series, you took control (23 shots), took it to the hole, and made the Celtics a better team. You didn’t stand around being polite waiting for Garnett or Allen to shoot. You took control, and let your teammates benefit from your effort. And you won the game and series. Good work. Do it more often.
Kobe: Don’t do what you did earlier this week in game 4. What’s the deal with strolling around the court in the first half not taking shots? 4 points in the first half and then 26 in the second half. The passiveness did nothing to help the cause. You ended up wining the game… barely. You would have been a better teammate if you were proactive , a leader, and a little selfish the entire game.
Sydney: Will you just take the puck to the net? I am now watching game 3 against the Red Wings. You had the puck on the left side. You had a path to the net and you passed it back across the circle. It was intercepted. Please take it to the net and let your teammates deal with the rebounds! (You’re down 0-2. You better do it soon.)
Good luck guys. You’re being paid the big bucks to be selfish.
Please reread this letter before your next game. You will be glad you did.
A Passionate Fan
(photo i.a.cnn.net, images.businessweek.com, asapblogs.typepad.com)
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Posted by TopOfTheThread on April 27, 2008
NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins won a closely fought 2-0 win over the New York Rangers. Penguins scored their first goal on a power play goal with the second goal being an open-netter off the boards.
It was a great game and everyone’s punk Sean Avery caused his typical problems hanging around the goal tender Mr Fleury.
Rumour has it that Sean Avery, Martin Brodeur, and Marc-Andre Fleury, are getting together tonight for dinner and a game of charades.
Click here — Sean Avery shadowing Broder
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