As the Boston Red Sox celebrate by going worst to first and winning
their 3rd World Series Title in the last 10 years there are some
rumblings by baseball bloggers that the grand old game needs a facelift.
That it is too slow, too long, too boring for today's society of
attention span deprived zombies. I call bulls#*t. The game is fine.
at-bat in playoff games is meaningful and when a team like the Red Sox
grinds out at-bats, taking pitch after pitch to wear down the opposing
pitcher, the tension is palpable. And if you are not entertained by that
then that's on you. These games, while not mistake free, ceratinly were
entertaining and not just to fans of the two teams. The tv ratings have
never been higher and grew from each series to the next. And that's
with many of the games on Fox, who believe that shots of the fans are
more important than what's on the field. We missed seeing the pickoff of
Kolton Wong to end a game because the camera's were focused on the
stands. The games are the thing...the players are the thing...everything
else is (or should be) secondary.
in Sports Illustrated this week is suggesting a major change to the
game to make it more"exciting". He suggests that once a game managers
would be able to designate a 'bonus at-bat" so that they could send
their best hitter to the plate even if it wasnt his time to bat. The
thinking being that guys like David Ortiz would bat in the most critical
situations. At first blush the idea might hold some excitement but to
my way of thinking it would take a major plus away...the idea that at
anytime some unlikley hero could emerge. If this radical idea was
implemented there would have been no Al Weis...no Buddy Biancalana...no
David Freese...none of the unlikely heroes of playoffs past.
game is fine...it's the fans that need to adjust...and the networks.
Commercial breaks during the World Series were longer than normal...if
you want to shorten games why not start there?
Bucks may have to make a roster move. They have lost their top two
point guards just as the regualr season has started and cannot seriously
expect to go an extended period with Nate Wolters and Gary Neal running
the show. You gotta like how they battled back in the 2nd half against
the Knicks on opening night...and that's with getting nothing from the
foul plagued Larry Sanders. They take on the Celtics tonight.
the fall high school season winds down the Wausau East girls are
salvaging something for the school. The volleyball team is one win away
from State as they face Chippewa Falls Saturday night at Marshfield. And
the swim team won their 11th straight Wisconsin Valley Conference meet
on Thursday and head into tournament action this week.
Wisconsin football teams still in action tonight include Nekoosa at
Columbus, Amherst at Westbay, Stratford hosting Arcadia, Edgar at home
with Webster, Athens at Hurley, Iola-Scandanavia at Algoma,
Greenwood-Granton at pepin-Alma, Owen-Withee at Glenwood City,
Pittsville at Independence, Loyal at New Lisbon, Almond-Bancroft at Lake
Happy Birthday to Lyle Lovett who turns 56 today. Here are a couple of his good ones
Right, You're Not From Texas-Lyle Lovett (1996) from his Road To
Ensenada album comes this ode to his home state and some smokin Texas
swing from his Large Band.
My Baby Don't Tolerate-Lyle Lovett (2003) title track from the album and here he is live with a couple of his buddies who he tours with (John Hiatt & Joe Ely). They played the Grand Theater along with Guy Clark a few years ago and it was a great night of music.