It’s Time To Stop

You already know I don’t watch award shows of any kind, not even the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame festivities.  I think they’re just a bunch of elitists patting each other on the back.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that; it’s a huge honor to be recognized by your peers.  I watch “Forrest Gump” and “Shawshank Redemption” almost every time I stumble across them in the guide, not because “the Academy” said they’re great movies or have great actors, but because I like them and I think they’re great movies.  I’ll even admit I was a huge Prince fan ever since the Purple Rain album.  Not because it was cool or because he won awards or even the cheesy movie that went along with the album (I still think Appolonia Kotero is a babe) but because I thought he was incredibly talented.  In my mind, my opinion was validated when Robert Plant called him a “musical genius” in the early 90’s.

For at least the 28th year in a row, I didn’t watch the NBA All Star Game.  In fact, except for maybe 2 or 3 MLB All Star Games, I’ve watched none of them.  No Pro Bowls, no NHL, NBA, or MLB all star games.  What’s the point?  Today I saw a few highlights of the NBA game.  Why would I spend 2-3 hours of my life watching defenders in the lane part like the Red Sea & watch their opponent dunk.  Or maybe I should think it’s cute that the captain of one team is eating popcorn on the bench.  Nope, don’t care.  I don’t need to spend 3-4 hours watching offensive and defensive lineman stand up and make dinner plans while Phillip Rivers throws the ball 60 yards downfield to a receiver who’s one on one with a corner who will both have to come out after the play to rest.  I really have no interest in watching a Cy Young caliber starting pitcher come out and throw 2 innings of a game that has been saddled with World Series consequences.

It’s not that I think the best players shouldn’t be recognized, they should be if they’ve earned it.  I just don’t understand the point of playing the game especially when the game isn’t even recognizable as a normal game.  We all know who the best players are, in fact, if we got some buddies together with a 30 pack, we could pretty much name every all-star team the week before it’s announced.  We’ve also seen all of them play, whether it’s in person, a game on tv, or just highlights the next day, we’ve seen them.  Do you know how many television channels there are in The United States which are devoted exclusively to sports?  Ninety four!  Ninety four!  I’ve seen them in action, I don’t need a fake game featuring all of them.

I’m a Vikings fan.  Have been since 3rd grade.  Just me and Steve Erikson, everyone else liked the Raiders.  Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater suffered a non-contact injury in training camp 2 years ago.  Just to be perfectly gruesome, his lower right leg, basically, telescoped into his upper leg; an injury that usually results in amputation.  Someday, one of our all stars is going to get seriously injured in one of these fake games.  NBA player comes down on someone’s foot and snaps his ankle, NFL receiver blows out a knee making a cut, MLB pitcher takes a line drive to the head.  For what?

How about we have real games pitting the all stars’ backups against each other while the all stars themselves are available to fans for autographs and pictures?  Instead of a game let’s just turn it into a big fanfest.  The skills competitions are fun, and maybe a game of dodge ball but it’s time for the all star games to go away.  We can have all stars with out a game.


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