• Dan Rattiner

The Sports Hole

Updated: Mar 12, 2020

I love watching baseball and football.   For me, the NFL and the MLB are our twin national games.   I watch them ten months a year.   The other two months are February and March.   These months I call the 'black hole.'   Nothing happening.

Football and baseball teams show strategy, teamwork, cunning, strength, daring and luck which, often, results in an underdog beating a favorite, which if they do it again and again, they win everything and everybody goes wild.   I like that.

With winter sports, on television anyway, all it is is a lot of big muscled or extra tall people on two teams running up and down a rink or court back and forth and back and forth shooting at a hoop, and trying to injure, but not badly injure one another while keeping that from the officials to avoid getting penalized.  I don’t get it.   Instead I watch nothing, sulk, and wait for the return of baseball and football.

The situation this February and March is exacerbated by the fact that four out of the five hockey or basketball home teams, are simply awful.   In hockey, the New York Rangers would be in last place except that the New Jersey Devils are there.    In basketball, the New York Knicks would be in last place except the Brooklyn Nets are there.   Only the Islanders, the Long Island Hockey team is not in the cellar.   But it is little better than mediocre.

The NFL is discussing the possibility of having the teams play 17 games a year instead of 16.   I hope they do that and football spills over into late February. Then we’d just have to get baseball to begin starting their season by the second week of March.

The hole then would be just three weeks.   I think I could live with that.

This article first appeared in Dan's Papers.

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