Adding To Yesterday’s List…

In addition to the comments on the website adding items to the list I produced yesterday of things I just do not care about, I got some e-mails suggesting other items:

    One gentleman took exception to my statement that sex was not a spectator sport and said that XXX Rated Movies were interesting but that watching real people having sex was not interesting. Sorry, I think that is a distinction without a difference; I find both uninteresting.

    Another gentleman – a physicist and a proud alumnus of Florida State University – suggested four things that can be on the list:

      1. “Mind numbing discussions by old, tired, past-their-prime guys at half time.” [No problem adding that one…]

      2. “Televised celebrity sports of any type.” [No problem adding that one…]

      3. “Cage fighting unless to the death.” [Agree that cage fighting is hugely uninteresting but I doubt that adding a “death dimension” would be sufficient to make it interesting.]

      4. “Discussions of the alleged bad acts by the Criminoles, unless they are winning.” [Clearly this is too self serving to be allowed on the list…]

    Of course, I should have known that Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times would come up with a clever retort:

    “Deer hunting would be a participatory sport, except the deer haven’t been told they’re participating.”

Sports fans around the world can sleep well tonight knowing that the International Olympic Committee continues its vigilance to make sporting events happen on a level playing field. Those ever watchful folks announced that they have determined that six Olympians from the Summer Games of 2008 used CERA – an “advanced version” of EPO, the blood doping hormone. They announced this in the context of a success for their testing program. Excuse me, but those competitions ended about 9 months ago; the winners have their adulation; the losers have come to grips with the fact that they did not win. Ergo, all that these tests prove is that the original testing program was not nearly as good as the IOC flacks would have had you to believe. The only way they should be permitted to trumpet this as a success is if they hang a giant sign reading “FAILURE” on everyone and everything that was involved in the original testing program 9 months ago.

In case you have been tempted to call the police and report all the members of the LPGA Tour as missing persons, they are still alive and well. They have been out of sight for a while since staging their last tournament in the US on the same weekend that the NCAA Final Four happened. They were off for 2 weeks and played in Mexico last week and are off again this week. The LPGA has had to cancel several tournaments this year due to sponsors withdrawing support in this economic climate.

Here is another very bad economic indicator related to sports. Hollywood Park – not a minor racetrack in any way – had to cancel its racing card for today because there were not enough horses entered to conduct racing. According to a report in the LA Times the track extended the deadline for entries into today’s potential racing card for 48 hours and still they could not card more than six races for the day. A track official said:

“There is a shortage of horses. It may be the economy. Investing in horses is an expensive proposition.”

This news comes on the heels of an announcement by Del Mar that it would cut back its race days from six days a week to five days a week this summer. Del Mar on the West Coast and Saratoga on the East Coast traditionally run well-attended race meets in the summer with plenty of stakes races and lots of two-year-old racing. If those tracks suffer shortages, the industry is in even more serious trouble than I think it is.

Jeremy Tyler is a 17-year old high school junior who plans to skip his senior season in high school and go play pro basketball in Europe. Obviously, this has caused lots of people to come down with the vapors. I don’t think this is a huge problem – – so long as the people advising Jeremy Tyler to do this are looking out for HIS best interests and not THEIR best interests. Bob Molinaro wrote an excellent column on why we need to “cut Tyler some slack” in this matter; I commend it to your reading:

Meanwhile, I read somewhere else – but have lost the link to the source – a comment from Jeremy Tyler about his decision to play in Europe next year and not continue on to college here in the US:

“…nowadays, people look to college for more off-the-court stuff versus being in the gym and getting better.”

Ah yes, that “off-the-court stuff” perhaps to include classes, books and exams – those annoying things that intrude on a student-athlete pursuing the improvement of his game… When will those NCAA busybodies get out of the way?

Franz Kafka’s literary works describe the futile struggles of people situated in a universe dominated by absurdity and hopelessness. The starting QB for Northwestern next year is named Kafka; how appropriate is that?

Finally, here is another item from Dwight Perry in the Seattle Times:

“Fat people contribute a disproportionate share of the CO2 gas emissions that lead to global warming, according to scientists at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

“NASCAR, sensing a windfall profit, is already pushing for a U.N. resolution on restrictor plates.”

    [Aside: If this study is correct, might it not be in The Planet’s best interest if the leading guru on global warming – – Al Gore – – mixed in a salad or took the stairs once in a while…???]

But don’t get me wrong, I love sports…

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  • JJC  On April 30, 2009 at 10:41 am

    If we were to compare “do not care” lists, we would have much in common. Actually, some of them fall into a sub catagory of “couldn’t be bothered to care” but that is for another day.

    Bob Molinaro was dead on about the double standard being put forward on basketball players that isn’t being placed on others. In theory, everyone should get an education, and having him complete high school via on-line or tutors shouldn’t really be a problem.

    If I had the ear of Jeremy Tyler I would tell him to go get paid. There is no reason you need to enrich an NCAA school just because they want you to. You can still be a student-athlete, and should be, without the permission of anyone else. Take an accounting class so you know where your money is going. Take art, history, science, and everything else you can find the time in the off season, just not all at once. I’m going to start an anti-NCAA public service announcement called “take the money, dummy” that tells those who can go make millions to go get them. The education will always be there and you’ll be able to afford it.

    As to Al Gore, there isn’t much to be said. That’s a lie. There is much to be said. But I’ll just ask that if he believed what he is selling would he be living the lifestyle of someone who doesn’t? We don’t take personal advice on love or diet from John Daly for a reason. Well, at least on doing it right.

  • Peter  On April 30, 2009 at 11:19 am

    Speaking of horse racing’s decline, a proposal I had mentioned a few weeks ago is now official: the Long Island Rail Road has pulled the plug on train service to Belmont racetrack, service which had continued without interruption ever since the track opened 90 years ago. The track’s operator, the New York Racing Assocation, will be running free shuttle buses from a nearby train station, though how long that’ll last is anyone’s guess.

  • Rob  On April 30, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    On Tyler: I agree, he should go for the money. There is always time to go back for a degree, look at Shaq.

    On Al Gore: Since this isn’t the forum for this, on the subject of global warming, I’ll just say I’m a believer and leave it at that. That said, I was in an interesting and somewhat heated discussion on Al Gore yesterday and I must agree: if he wishes to do more than “preach to the choir” then he needs to practice what he preaches. Politicians are not well liked partly because of how hypocritical they appear and he needs to step his game up if he wishes to be worthy of that Nobel prize he got.

  • The Sports Curmudgeon  On May 1, 2009 at 10:42 am


    I love the idea of the “anti-NCAA public service announcement”. Maybe you’re theme could be along the lines of this:

    If you have sufficient game, you can go and make sufficient bread such that if/when you want to get a college degree you will have more than sufficient choices of schools to go to.


    I have taken the train to Belmont Park in the past. The best thing about it was the convenience – – door to door service. For patrons used to that convenience, shuttle buses can only be “inconvenient” by comparison. Rarely does “inconvenience” increase patronage. I think this will not end well…


    This is definitely not a forum for global warming debates/diatribes. For the record my long-suffering wife spent about 5 years of her career working on an environmental education program that was started on VP Gore’s initiative. She was the 2nd in charge for that program and met with and briefed VP Gore on progress more than a few times.

    My comment at the end here was not a slam on the former Veep; it was just my typical snarky way of taking Dwight Perry’s commentary and looking at it from another angle.

  • Rich  On May 7, 2009 at 12:37 am

    Maybe Northwestern can experience a Metamorphosis and win a championship with Kafka. Sorry….I couldn’t resist.

  • The Sports Curmudgeon  On May 7, 2009 at 11:02 am


    You live in the Las Vegas area, right? Trot yourself down to one of the sports books on The Strip and check out the line on Northwestern winning the national championship next year. (Kafka is a senior so he’ll have to pull this off in 2009.)

    You might conclude that it will take more of a “miracle” than a “metamorphosis” for this to happen.

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