CBSSports.com is a good website; I use it along with a couple of other sites as a source of “news items” that make their way into these rants. Normally, I have no beef with the website – except today. Let me explain…
The NBA regular season started last night with 3 games on the schedule; the NBA regular season consists of 1230 games; even in the world of political polling, that would have to be considered a “small sample”. Nevertheless, on CBSSports.com this morning you can find a full “Power Ranking” for the 30 NBA teams with commentary on each one. I am including the link here not to suggest that you waste any time going to read the Power Ranking; rather, it is here for any skeptic who – like me – cannot believe that anything so meaningless would be on that website.
Here is when a “Power Rankings” column might make sense. About a week before the NBA Playoffs are to begin, there will probably be 10 teams in each conference who will be vying for the 8 seeded positions in each conference. At that point, a “Power Ranking” that might analyze how each team might fare in a playoff situation could be both informative and entertaining. That is the exacta such a column ought to seek and with only 3 of the 1230 games in the books, there is no way for it to be “informative” this morning. If “Truth in Labeling” standards applied here, this would not be “Power Rankings”; it would be “Trolling for Clicks”.
Given the unusual events so far in this World Series, one has to wonder if the final play will also be “way out of the ordinary”. How about:
Triple play to end Game 7
Balk in the winning run in the ninth inning of Game 7
Inside the park home run by David Ortiz or Yadier Molina
Danny Boy Snyder met with Roger Goodell yesterday with regard to the name of Danny Boy’s NFL franchise and the cresting protests regarding the name’s propriety. As one had to expect, no change came from that meeting and the process will continue; Danny Boy said that the name will stay. Late last week, there was a small dust-devil on the Internet regarding a rumor that one of Danny Boy’s neighbors had trademarked the name “Washington Bravehearts” leading some to conclude that would be the new name of the team and that it would be announced at a time such that when the NFL meets with representatives of the Oneida Nation there could be a happy ending. So much for that…
Greg Cote took note of that small Internet dust devil in the Miami Herald and used it to make an interesting social commentary:
“A neighbor of Redskins owner Dan Snyder registered the name “Washington Bravehearts,” fueling speculation of a possible name change. I’m not sure which is more embarrassing. Your team’s nickname demeaning American Indians, or your team being named after a Mel Gibson movie.”
In the same column, Professor Cote made another social observation using a situation in sports to make a point. Perhaps Prof. Cote is angling for a seat on one of the Sunday morning pundit gabfests…
“U.S. soccer star Abby Wambach just married partner and teammate Sarah Huffman with little fanfare. Does this speak of our increasingly enlightened view of gay marriage, or of a double standard? I’m sure two Yankees or Lakers teammates could marry and it’d be no big deal, right!?”
The Akron Aeros are the AA affiliate of the Cleveland Indians in the Eastern League. The Aeros have a new owner and he wanted to change the name of the team, which is one of the things that an owner can do with his new toy. The idea was that the new team name would:
a. Reflect the working-class tenacity of the people of Akron – and –
b. Demonstrate a commitment to wholesome family entertainment.
That is good news; with those two objectives, it is highly unlikely that the new team name might turn out to be a racial slur or a slang name for an “unnatural act.” Here is the name they came up with:
The Akron Rubber Ducks
As I said, the new owner can name his new toy whatever he pleases; so, all I can do now is wonder what thought processes might have gotten him to this set of coordinates in the universe. But since I am a problem-solver, let me offer team owner, Ken Babby, a promotion for Opening Day next Spring:
Arrange for Ernie – from Sesame Street – to throw the ceremonial first pitch.
I might also suggest to the new team owner that if he used a management consulting firm to go through a creative process to suggest that name for the team, he might think twice before using those quacks in the future…
Tomorrow is Halloween. Interestingly, John Candy was born on Halloween… Spooky, no?
Finally, here is another interesting piece of social commentary – this time from Brad Dickson of the Omaha World-Herald:
“A woman in Maine is traveling the country to meet all of her 626 Facebook friends. It’s going well so far: Only 300 have slammed the door on her face and another 100 took out a restraining order.”
But don’t get me wrong, I love sports………