Posted on: April 20, 2008 6:13 pm

Brrrrr....a bit Drafty in here.

Sorry it's been a while since I last graced these pages with an entry, but frankly there really hasn't been a lot of sports news going on worthy of comment.  Sure the NBA & NHL Playoffs have begun and some folks ARE ACTUALLY WATCHING!  Not many for the latter, I'm afraid.  The former is to be seen.  Judging from the excitement of Game 1 of the Spurs / Suns series, this may be must-see TV.

It came down to waiting for the NFL Draft for me to have any really good material for thought.  It takes a lot for me.  You watch and listen so much to sports you get a bit jaded.  But I digress.  Let's talk Mel Kiper Jr.'s hair.  I still think it's a piece.  Anyway, regarding Mel, the only thing of interest I've seen from him is the verbal sparring matches he and Todd McShay, director of college football from Scouts Inc., are getting into.  At last, someone calling the self-professed talent guru out.  Their disagreements make for better TV than that fast-talking BaltiMORON could provide by himself spouting about what the 49ers need in the sixth round without challenge.

Even better have been the talk-radio geeks trying to tell you and I your local teams record for the 2008-09 season after the schedules were released.  This before the teams have drafted!  What are these idiots and their program directors thinking?  The trades and picks associated with the draft will make an enormous impact on the record of teams.  Let's ask what kind of difference Adrian Peterson made for the Vikings?  Here's another for-instance-thought: the Atlanta Falcons have 4 picks in the first 2 rounds (3, 34, 37, & 48).  Do you think the players chosen with these picks or those traded for them could have at least some small impact on the success or (more likely) failure of the Atlanta Falcons in 2008-09?

Finally, has anyone seen the man-love being poured over Chris Long like gravy on a Thanksgiving turkey.  Oh my God, I thought Kiper was going to make a stain on himself gushing about the immediate impact Howie Jr. would make with his leadership and work ethic and his "pedigree" (?).  Yeah, he's gonna be good.  Maybe REAL good.  Ask yourself a question though...when's the last time you saw a great Defensive End make an impact in the pros who was white?  David Pollack?  Guess we'll probably never know there.  I just was listening and asked myself the same question.

Category: NFL
Posted on: March 13, 2008 8:43 am

The WORST Sports Town in the US

Recently, a town that I love for familial connections and sports teams has received a whole lotta love as the Best Sports Town in the US; Boston, Mass.  With the success of the Patriots (even with a surprising loss in the Super Bowl), Celtics, and Red Sox.  Even the Bruins are above .500 at 36-26-8 and the 7th seed in the East.  The amazing success of Beantown brought to mind...who would be the Worst Sports Town in the US?

What would have to be the criteria to be a Sports Town?  It would have to have all four of the major men's sports in its general geography and it would have to have had some level of past success in one or all of these.  Without these, it wouldn't be a true contrast to Boston's performance.

In evaluating, there really aren't that many cities that have all 4 in their general geography:
Boston ,Dallas, Greater New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Phoenix, San Francisco / Oakland / San Jose, Minneapolis / St. Paul, Detroit, Chicago, Miami / Ft. Lauderdale, Atlanta, & Denver.  Pittsburgh doesn't count, because the Pisces weren't REAL!

From this list and looking at last year's or current season's (if in progress) numbers I came up with the two likeliest suspects for WORST SPORTS TOWN!!!

#2 (Done in reverse order for dramatic effect) ATLANTA - The Falcons had incredible internal turmoil finishing with a 4-12 record.  The Hawks are somehow still in the playoff picture with a 26-38 record (yes, the East sucks!).  The Thrashers are 30-33-8 after doing so very well last year and out of the playoffs (is that possible in hockey?).  And the savior from being the worst team is the Braves.  They finished with 84-78 record last year with potential for being pretty good this season.

#1MIAMI / Ft. LAUDERDALE  - The Dolphins were a league-worst 1-15.  Bring in another fish to save the FINS!  The Marlins were worst in the NL East and gave away the last of their good players with a 71-91 record (stadium?  no stadium?).  The Heat are 11-52 and the worst in the NBA and lost their heart with Wade shutting down.  Finally, the Panthers are 33-31-8 and irrelevant again in the NHL.

There were some thoughts around Washington DC and San Fran/Oakland/San Jose, but they each had a team that saved them with playoffs.  Greater New York City would have been a possibility, too, had the Giants not won the Super Bowl.

This measurement is by no means reflective of the passion of some of these cities' fans.  They each do have, collectively, some of the worst fans in the nation, though.  What came first, though, the poor performance or the apathy?

Who do you think has the Worst Sports Town in the US?

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