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The Worst Weekend in American Sports?

February 17th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Baseball, English Premier League, Football, France, Motor racing, NBA, soccer, Sports Journalism, World Cup

Talking about the weekend that just passed. The one after the Super Bowl but before pitchers and catchers report.

It is a weekend, in American sports, anyway, that has pretty much nothing that matters.

Or it seems that way to me.

A former colleague and I had a bit of a discussion on this — whether the weekend past eclipsed the baseball all-star weekend (mid-July) and that during the holiday period at the end of the year.

The decision? Yes, this was the worst.

What was on tap, in the States?

–The NBA all-star weekend, which includes silly skills contests, including the thoroughly subjective dunk contest which, increasingly, seemed to be won by dunk specialists who are not significant players; and the five-on-none fastbreak that is the all-star game (West 196, East 173). If we are going to clown around, why not have the Globetrotters play?

–The final rounds of the PGA event at Pebble Beach. Nice scenery but weak field. No Spieth or McIlroy or What’s Left of Tiger Woods.

–Hockey. Lots of hockey.

–College basketball. Oodles.

–Qualifying for the Daytona 500 pole. Not the race; just who starts 1-2 next weekend.

–The Los Angeles Marathon.

Some grim stuff. Literally nothing I would make a point of watching.

I hold that this is worse than the baseball all-star week because baseball’s midseason is on a Tuesday and doesn’t kill the weekend before or after. It also has NFL camps in progress. Also, ball’s stars play to win. Also (2), once every four years the World Cup final is the Sunday before the baseball all-star game.

The end-of-year holiday period, once a time of desperate, bowl-preview copy, is now so jammed with the NFL and college football, not to mention tasty Christmas Day NBA matchups … that it cannot be considered in contention at all for “worst” weekend or week.  It’s not even in the top-10 bad weekends.

The only sports competition from the weekend past I would like to have seen, but is difficult to do in France, is the English Premier League, which was crowned by the two big matches on Sunday — Arsenal v Leicester City and Manchester City v Tottenham.

Meanwhile, I felt bad for American sports fans. Unless they love to watch guys running 26.2 miles through L.A.




1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Chuck Hickey // Feb 20, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    Spieth played at Pebble. Not well, but he was there. Still … this is a dreadful month of sports over here in a non-Olympic year. August is right there, though teams are in camp and the NFL season is close. The time between the Super Bowl and conference tournaments is no doubt the true dog days of sports.

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