Baseball fans have now spent a week liberated from the tyranny of the intentional walk–or so the game’s rulers would have you believe.
If the question is viewed strictly in the mechanical terms of what MLB wanted to accomplish–shaving a few minutes off each game’s running time–then you may believe there’s nothing wrong with simply putting up four fingers and waving a batter to first base. But if you look deeper at the issue, you start to realize just how bad an idea this rule change is.
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I recently found myself curious about the standings in the NBA’s Western Conference. No surprise there; the local squad is the Golden State Warriors, and I’ve been keeping a close eye on how they’re doing in their quest to hold onto the No. 1 seed in the conference for the playoffs. I even posted about San Antonio’s chance to overtake the Dubs when Kevin Durant got hurt. So I wanted to take a quick peek at the standings and see where the teams stood.
Unfortunately, at the moment that urge hit me, I did not have the laptop available to me–just my phone. So when I went to take a peek at the standings, I only got to see the mobile view of things. That view showed me very little about the separation between the Spurs and Warriors, but it did show me a great deal about how far the once mighty Yahoo!–and in particular, Yahoo! Sports–has fallen.
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Players Only, Broadcast Baloney
For last night’s Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder game, TNT favored us with a novel approach to a game broadcast, a twist in the game coverage they call “Players Only.” Meaning, it turns out, that the only people working the game for the network were former players, in this case meaning a broadcast team of Greg Anthony, Kevin McHale, and Rip Hamilton on the call, with Dennis Scott serving as sideline reporter.
Let’s break it down: Players Only = only former players…
which means, Players Only = no professional announcers…
and, no professional announcers = amateur hours
Imagine my surprise, then, when the broadcast turned out to be insightful, informative, and an all around excellent viewing experience.
Of course, you’ll have to imagine that, because that wasn’t the case at all. Naturally, it was the broadcast equivalent of a dumpster fire.
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For several seasons, baseball fans have been able to enjoy a nightly dose of Quick Pitch, a condensed, no-nonsense highlight reel that covers all the day’s action without the blather and waste that plagues today’s other sports wrap-up shows (**cough** SportsCenter **cough**).
On The Fly‘s Jamie Hersch: “Explain it me, Mr. Random Hockey Guy! Tee-hee-hee!” (photo from NHL.com)
Now, the NHL Network has gotten into the act with their own show built on the Quick Pitch model, On The Fly. So hockey fans get to enjoy the same fast-paced, (mostly) fluff-free highlights package the baseball fans have come to know and love, right?
Well…let’s just say, leave it to the NHL to screw up a good thing.
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Bitch Bitch Bitch
About a week has gone by now, and I tried to let this pass, but, like a loose tooth, I just can’t leave it alone: the NHL is continuing to screw up the outdoor games.
The Winter Classic in St. Louis: Too-wide open spaces
As previously noted, there are three major problems with the Winter Classic and its sibling (Heritage Classic and Stadium Series) games. And, despite my and others’ best efforts, the NHL is not getting the message about this. Let’s try again.
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