I listen to ESPN radio and they all but vilify the guy. I watch various opinions on ESPN and they are more interested in talking about his alleged steroid use and how it might taint the game than they are in the enormity of THE record he's set to break. And then they go and let the guy have his own show, where he can get the entire public to watch his train wreck of a show, specifically for the purpose of making everyone feel sorry for him.
Bonds on Bonds
A reality show meant for……………..well…………..Bonds
My question is: What in the hell did we do to deserve this?
Wasn't watching Tonya Harding box enough? Wasn't being subjected to Mark McGwire's eloquent testimony sufficient in dulling our mind, where we got to see a one-time baseball hero sit up defiantly and say "Ummm, steroids bad, don't do them,"? The Brady Bunch remake, Jar Jar Binks and any movie starring both Ben Afleck and J-lo.
I can't figure out which came first: The people that are arrogant enough to think the American public is so stupid that they will eat all of this crap up or it's the American people, who are just so stupid.
|Bonds now has own
show, devoted to|
But why Bonds?
I'm thinking down the road, maybe in 10 or 20 years, it will come out, whether by his own admission or legit evidence linking him to it, that he did indeed do steroids as everyone and their dog profess and certain books claim.
If he says "Gosh, golly gee whiz Beav, I'm sorry. I knew they were bad, but it was an addiction. I couldn't help myself and oh yeah, God told me to do it", will we crumble at the contriteness of it all, awash in our own humility, because the great and mighty Bonds has finally shown that he is indeed human and not just an insufferable-arrogant-steroid-using-jackass?
Pete Rose is all of that minus the steroids and this guy can't get into the Hall of Fame, with arguably more impressive numbers. Where's his reality show?
I can tell you one thing that he wouldn't do on his reality show and that's go to the graveyard of one of his close relatives, cry about a world trying to take him down and how they wouldn't, all while obviously admitting that they did, giving us this duality, hence sponsoring some sort of empathy for a spoiled and allegedly juiced multi-millionaire.
Nope, Rose would get on his show and because it's SUPPOSED to be reality, he'd say "Yeah, I bet on baseball, but they were GOOD bets."
Maybe Rose, next time he's even on a baseball diamond in public, can get some of his friends to throw bookie sheets on the field, the whole world will cry out about how sorry they feel for Pete.
For the entire time Bonds has been accused of doing steroids, I can honestly tell you that I haven't cared even a little. Not that I don't care about the integrity of the game. I would if there was any integrity left. Sure, I have ranted on about it now and again, but I know it's all a bunch of nothing, this guy getting from me what he's getting from everyone, ESPN especially.
I didn't get this gomer a reality show, though. I didn't vilify him on the radio and then give him his own forum to make the world feel like HE's the victim, HE's the good guy in all this, HE's the one that has been horribly wronged.
ESPN once again proves they are the all mighty of the sports networking world. They prove that they can do anything and everything they want and people will tune in, transfixed and in awe. They tell you one thing, show you another and tell you that isn't pining for ratings, because they obviously don't need it. It's called damn good TV.
I remember when MTV actually showed music videos
I seem to remember when ESPN actually reported the news as it applied to sports. Now it seems they have gone the way of most big time media conglomerates in believing that they just don't report it, they make it, because that's what they do.
Bonds gets a TV show, where he, historically angry and arrogant, gets to go on diatribes about being the victim and ESPN, historically contentious and arrogant, can make money off of it, spouting off about how this "show" actually does some good for someone other than them.
I guess they are perfect for each other
You want to talk about the purity of the game, there's one sport that reigns supreme. It's without a doubt the most pristine, untouchable display of sports etiquette we have seen in our lives, regardless of how long those lives have lasted. And it's the reason why we know that no matter how bad sports get, they too will have a chance to achieve the level of sanctity this sport enjoys now more than ever.
You bet, boxing
Don King? Sorry. Bob Arum? Uh-uh Korean judges? Nope, doesn't matter.
What you don't understand is that the villains of boxing and even the ignorant Helen Keller-like judges don't take away from a sport that never once tried to be something it wasn't. They have only added to its luster.
Back to the days of Jack Johnson and beyond, boxers have been arrogant and defiant, both inside of the ring and out. As far back as most any can remember, the word "fix" has been used so much in regard to the sport, it's more descriptive than it is insulting. The scoring relies more on where the fight takes place than it ever has who was actually winning or who was judging the match.
It's crooked, has been crooked and damn it, if I have anything to say about it, it's going to stay crooked for the rest of its existence.
|Ali was the original smack talker|
You want to blame someone, blame Cassius Clay, later known better as Muhammad Ali. The pioneer of pizzazz, the author of arrogance and the ultimate sultan of smack – Ali created an aura of defiance, because he was one of the first real trash talkers, but man, this guy could back it up.
Blame John L Sullivan, the first recorded heavyweight champion and a noted carouser, bar room brawler and all-around typical Irishman of the age. He could back it up too, his last fight going 75 rounds and oh yeah, it was bare fisted in those days.
Heck, let's go even farther back to the days of the Gladiator, where those fights were fixed all the time, because Gladiators, though, considered to be the lowest of all citizens when it came to their societal standing, were superstars and even in fights, where someone was supposed to leave in a box, many didn't, because they were worth more alive.
In today's day and age, when the word integrity is thrown around as if it's the end-all-be-all of what sports should be, it's the one that has been crooked as hell since it began, which I find to have more integrity than all of them combined.
Mike Tyson bites off someone's ear
That's good entertainment.
How about we pay him $30 million for his next fight, because we know we will make it all back and then some?
Evander Holyfield wins the world title, praises God and gets sued for expenses concerning the multitude of women who all seem to have children with his DNA, even though he has been married longer than any of those kids are old.
That's good stuff
Someone should put a vote in for him for Man of the Year
Don King uses, fleeces and discards boxer, after boxer after boxer, taking advantage of their lack of education, common sense or both and then after the dust has settled, he's counting his millions, uttering 20-syllable words he doesn't even know the meaning to, talking about how his time in prison for manslaughter and all the accusation of racketeering and mob ties, hasn't even slowed down his reign as the literal and figurative King of boxing promoters.
Only in America
Don't you see?
Boxing is the one last great bastion of sports in America and honestly, the world. It has never once pretended to be something it's not. Sure, the politically correct people of the world have tried to change it over the years, imposing rules, sanctions and even firing a few here and there.
|Only in America|
There's nothing like watching someone get their butt pounded on for 12 rounds and still win, because they grew up 10 blocks away from where they are fighting. There's nothing like watching a Don King event, knowing that most of the guys he's heralding as "The Next" will be a household name one day and the next, penniless, jailed and still unable to count to six. And who couldn't love a sport where a guy named "Butterbean" can make a bundle from having no neck, while fighting the best boxing grocery clerks in the country?
You want to come back for the ninth time, people will pay $39.95 each to see it. You want to tell an opponent that you are going to eat his kids, hell, that's damn good theatre if you ask me. You want to dance around in a Mohawk, where sequined shorts and do back flips – all right before you get knocked out in the second round, I'll pay $200 bucks for a back row seat to see that.
Boxing is the one sport that not only doesn't deny what it is, but it embraces it. It's the one event you can watch and if the best boxer doesn't win, you have the great satisfaction in knowing that it could be, because someone paid someone else off. In a day and age, where people pay 60 bucks a pop to watch on TV a bunch of steroid infested "wrestlers" fulfill their dreams of starring in the southern version of "General Hospital", Boxing is the last great sport in the land.
It's the one event where fans can truly be fans. They can yell "fix" and they might actually be right. They can scream out that the judges must be blind and that could actually be true. There's nothing out of bounds when you talk about boxing, but that's how it has been since the darn sport was even around.
At least one sport can say it's been consistent and hasn't changed to suit the knee jerk idealists of the day.
Boxing: The last bastion of integrity
You want to talk about what it takes to transcend sports?
Usually it's time.
As long as a player or team is still in the midst of a run of any sort, you have the diehard hypocritical sports fan, who won't give that team or individual any credit even if they deserve it. Even as Joe Montana was on his way to yet another Super Bowl MVP award, winning yet another Super Bowl, fans somewhere in Ohio were saying that Boomer was the unsung champion of all quarterbacks to have ever played the game.
Not even Bengal fans are that stupid
Well, not all of them
So, when you can transcend that built-in bias while you are still playing, you have done something that not many can say.
I'll grudgingly give ESPN some credit here, because they have the ultimate litmus test for seeing that bias quantified and it's from the various polls they run, where you get to see where every fan was from, who voted on this poll, from Hawaii to Maine and even all the way into Japan.
|Huskers greatest ever? Duh!|
Vote for greatest college football team ever:
Florida State 93
Ohio State 68
You scroll over the states in the Midwestern region, most of the votes are for Nebraska. You scroll over the states in the Southeast, the votes are halved between the Canes and the Noles. In the upper Midwest, it's the Buckeyes that reign supreme.
Totally expected and while it's not necessarily logical, it's without a doubt the typical response of any sports fan.
In addition, as with most any poll, each team or player is given a color, so you the fan can differentiate just by looking, who is getting the majority of the votes.
What I like is when every state, even every country, votes for the same team or individual.
Take one of their most recent polls, probably still on their site right now: Which player has the best shot of hitting in 56 consecutive games?
This, of course, about baseball and the 56 games is, of course, the record held by the legendary Joe DiMaggio, who hit safely in 56 straight games – a record that has for some time now been considered unbreakable.
For the sake of a good question, though, and a way to get fans voicing their opinion, which is, by the way, what sports fans love to do more than even watching the actual sport – throw the poll out there and see what people say.
Your selections are as follows:
I don't follow a lot of baseball, but I have enough to know all about the Seattle nightmare, Ichiro Suzuki. As a Husker baseball fan, I watched happily as former Husker Darin Erstad in the early part of his career, almost broke the single season record for the most hits in a season, for all of major league history. Alas, he didn't reach it.
Two years ago Suzuki reached it and kept going
When it comes to hits, this guy is the king of all of baseball. He's setting records seemingly every time he steps to the plate.
But for all of his obvious greatness, there should still be some bias across the land, many sports fans still defiant even in complete ignorance, not giving the man his due.
Believe it or not, they aren't
In Washington Suzuki got 93% of the vote out of over 4,500. In New York, where the Yankees stand atop, Ichiro grabbed 74% of over 8,000 votes, the local star Derek Jeter getting only 12. In Arizona he got 82. In Nebraska he got 75 and in Alaska Suzuki received 86% of the 253 votes.
What is also interesting about this is if you go to the baseball page on ESPN, they have a compliment to this poll, asking everyone if they thought that the record would be broke during their lifetime.
And like the Suzuki poll, it was unanimous in that while it would seem people think Suzuki is the most capable of breaking it, there was no state that thought anyone playing right now would be the one to pull it off.
In Washington it was 63% of almost a thousand that said it wouldn't be broke while they were amongst the living. In New York, it was 73% of approximately 2,500 who said it couldn't be done. In Arizona it was 69% and in Nebraska it was 66 and in Alaska, 71% of 41 people said it wouldn't be done anytime while they were still drawing breath.
So, while one poll isn't an endorsement of Suzuki and fan's ultimate thought of just how capable he is of busting the record, they are just as unanimous in saying that if anyone can, he's the one that will.
Maybe it's corny or even stupid, but I actually like it when all fans agree, because in sports, that pretty much never happens. Not even with Jordan, Gretzky and Woods, who still battle names like Chamberlin, Lemieux and Nicklaus, but each are all legends of the game.
Suzuki isn't that, but he's done something not even those guys could ever think of doing:
He actually got most of the sports fans to agree
That's transcending sports right there
Oh, on a side note, I believe for both of those polls, there were some write-in votes from California, where when it came to who could hit 56 in a row and if the hit streak would ever be busted, 96% of those fans voted for Reggie Bush.