Sold the 2006 a couple years ago. Missed it just about every day since.
So last Saturday, I went and picked up this:
The Ten Most Overhyped Events/People in Sports10. The Super Bowl: Naw…just kidding. This one’s PerfectlyHyped©. On the standard Hype-O-Meter 6,000™, with settings of 1-10, The Super Bowl registers an eleven. You know, because it’s one louder, isn’t it? Just as God intended.9. Televised Major League Baseball Draft: Bud Selig was particularly crazy when he decided it would be a good idea to televise the annual Major League Baseball paint drying…er, amateur draft. Except the draft makes the games look exciting. Crazy like a fox. Well…really more like a ferret but you get my point.
8. Televised Women’s Sports: As the father of both daughters and sons, I fully support equal athletic opportunities for both genders. I also support makeup and feminine hygiene products but I don’t want to watch them on television. EXCEPTIONS: Any sport that allows mature, athletic women to compete on the highest level. This is known as "the Dana Torres clause."
7. SEC Football: Formula for success: A fundamentally flawed ranking system + 2-3 decent college football teams / 9-10 good high school teams ^ no playoff system = 4 BCS Champions in a row and 5 of the past 7. However, let Northwestern play Vandy, Mississippi State, and Ol’ Miss every year and they’d be in contention, too. Oh, and newsflash: the SEC has sent a team to the BCS championship game six times. Just like the ACC. Ouch.6. Franco Harris: DISCLAIMER: I’m a Raiders fan. ‘Nuff said.
5. The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament: I know…blasphemy, right? Most overblown collection of college misfits since Radiohead.4. Bob Costas: Somewhere, a ring is demanding to be carried off to Mordor…
3. Professional All-Star Games: Whether MLB’s annual midsummer “classic,” the NBA’s annual “Def Traffic Jam,” or the NFL’s Pro Bowl, all star games are boring, irrelevant, and superfluous. Note I did not include the NHL because, well, I specified “professional” in the title.2. Soccer: Seriously…did you watch any of the World Cup? That’s eight minutes of my life I’m never getting back. (NOTE: had the US won the World Cup, soccer would have tied with the Super Bowl for the Most Perfectly Hyped Sport in the World.)1. Regis Philbin: While granted he is not a sports event or person, any hype he receives is, by definition, overhype. I mean, for gawd sake, what kind of name is Regis?!?
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