Is it me, or are
almost all the teams in baseball terrible? Same with the NBA. Every football team has some assortment of "off-field issues" that are all beyond embarrassing ...
The NBA and MLB each only have 4-6 really good/great teams, the rest are not even competitive! Most teams nowadays are horrible and have no chance of winning now, or in the near future.
You want my support? Sell me a team that can win, OR sell me a team who has a plan in place to start winning. But how many teams can do either?
I miss the days of Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan. Old school, competitive players like Rodman and Jabbar...even Barkley and Oakly. Most of the greats played for one team, maybe two. Now? LeBron is on his third team! Can you believe that? It just doesn't make sense.
Even the Yankees and the Red Sox aren't what they used to be. I miss the rivalries, the passion that came along with teams really hating each other.
Now, players move from one team to another so frequently there's no time for real loyalty (to a city or a team).
I remember when college sports was a 3 year run, at least, and things were about the game, and growing up....
...When a players team was some what consistent year to year, and playing and bleeding your team colors meant something...
...When players didn't have to get tested each week for cheating,
and when a home run was a big deal...
Now, it's either a strike out or a home run. Neither are special or significant anymore. Isn't there something wrong? Why can't it be fixed?
Pitchers almost never dominate like Gibson, Seaver, Kofax, Ford, or Rivera.
The seasons are too long (or maybe there's just too many games in each season?) With so many bad, boring games played by horrible teams, most are are hard to watch. It's just not entertaining anymore.
And it's not just the games, it's the players too. I can't ever remember more players getting arrested, suspended, or just doing bad stuff. It's gotta be hard for a kid to commit to many players as role models when behaviors are so out of control. That, combined with the constant moving from team to team, who are kids supposed to look up to?
I miss looking forward to a big Monday night game with Gifford, Cosell and Meredith, or Saturday afternoon games being the highlight of the weekend.
Now you turn on ESPN and get the highlights from every game in 10 minutes.
(However, imagine if I could see the Big O, or Willie Mays, or Ted Williams, or Wayne Gretzky every night!)
How do we get things right with our sports leagues? How do we get the players to want to stay on one team? How do we get the rivalries and the competition back in each league, so regular seasons matter?
We need fewer games in each season. Not every team should make the playoffs each year. We need to slow free agency down so we can have the same team of players for a few years.
Hey, at least cover up all this mess by letting us bet on every game, and every play. That way, even the losing teams can provide a winning bet!