Like I said in my intro, I am very opinionated when it comes to sports. There are things about sports that I love and things that really piss me off. In this column I am pretty much just going to vent and catch everyone up on my feelings about things in sports.
Okay first of all here are things that I don't consider to even be sports: curling, table tennis (aka ping-pong), synchronized swimming, horse racing, car racing (of any kind, nascar, winston cup, etc.), motorcycle racing, and rhythmic gymnastics (lots of people can throw a ball around or play with a ribbon). I am sure that there are more but I can't think of them at this particular time. Sure a lot of these things take talent and/or skill, but that doesn't make it a sport. It takes skill to be good at board games, but that doesn't make them sports.
This one could probably fall under Big D's biggest frauds in sports. Okay here is the situation, David Robinson gets injured and is out for the season. The Spurs meanwhile have a terrible season. Popovich, as the GM, decides to fire the head coach, whose name escapes me at the time, and names himself head coach. Well in the draft, with the number one pick, the Spurs pick Tim Duncan, also for the next season David Robinson is healthy. Low and behold the Spurs have a really good season and in Duncan's second year(also Popovich's second) the Spurs win the NBA title in a strike-shortened season. Well la-dee-freekin'-da. I could have been the coach and had just as big of a turn around with all the incoming and returning talent that Popovich had.
Emmitt Smith vs. Barry Sanders
Walter Payton was just better than Emmitt period. But Barry, if he hadn't retired and was still playing not only would he be the all time leading rusher, but he would still be putting up more than solid numbers, unlike how Emmitt is embarrassing himself. When Barry retired he only needed about 1500 yards for the record. He would have gotten it that next year in two less years than it took Emmitt or Payton and in about 800 less carries than either one of them. He averaged 5 yards a carry. Hmmm 5 yards a carry multiply by 800 carries would get him another 4000 yards, which would absolutely destroy the old record. For years Barry put up amazing numbers behind shitty offensive lines. He even had a 2000 yard season. Emmitt had some of the best offensive lines ever in front of him and he had Darryl "Moose" Johnston blocking in front of him and could only muster a season high of 1773 yds. Put Barry behind those lines that Emmitt had and Barry probably would have had at least three or four 2000 yard seasons and would hold the single season record, I guarantee it. Look at the stats and you will see that Barry rushed for .8 more yards per carry than Emmitt and 206 more yards per season than Emmitt(Emmitt: 1320/season, Barry: 1526/season)
I want to start off by saying that I do think that Emmitt Smith is talented, but....
But he is nothing compared to Jim Brown, Walter Payton, or Barry Sanders. For crying out loud Jim Brown retired at the age of 29, if he had played as long as some running backs he probably would hold the rushing record right now, the guy averaged 5.2 yards a carry.
Pete Rose as well as Shoeless Joe Jackson should be in the hall of fame. I plan on writing a full column on this another time.
I am not going to talk about hockey too much because I am not really that big of a fan. The hockey duties will go to my good friend Big D, who is also our wrestling analyst here on Throw Down. So be sure to look for his stuff. But I will comment on a couple things.
In my opinion you shouldn't get the same amount of points for losing in OT as if you remain tied at the end of OT. I personally don't think that you should get any points for losing, but whatever. Apparently the NHL feels that they want to be the nice guys and try to give people points for effort. Fuck that, if you lose, you lose there isn't any good reason for giving a team a point for a loss whether it is in OT or not. But if they are going to stick with this and it looks like they are then they need to make a win and a tie worth more to level it out with the point for the stupid OT loss. Which brings me to my next topic....
I believe that ties are terrible. That is the reason that I don't follow hockey that much. Some people say, "Well there are ties in the NFL." Okay, yes there are, but first of all it happens once every four or five years not four or five times at least on any given night. Second, they are looking to change how their OT works right now. Someone once pointed out that the baseball All Star game ended in a tie this year. Give me a break. First off it is an exhibition game not a regular season game and second, that was a result of a terrible decision by the so-called commissioner of baseball. (That topic and what has come of it since then is another column that I will write later.) Ties are just terrible in anything whether it is sports or otherwise.
That is all for now, but I have plenty more things to bitch about in future Random Thoughts columns.
I'm outta here, Go Ducks