NEW YORK, NYâ€”For some reason, it seems to be all the rage these days for scribes at places like ESPN and SI.com to come up with their own personal sports Bucket Lists. For those of you not in the know, this whole â€œbucket listâ€ thing is based on a schmaltzy Jack Nicholson/Morgan Freeman movie where these terminally ill codgers come up with a list of things to do before kicking the bucket. In any event, sportswriters everywhere are coming out of the woodwork with their personal lists peppered with the sports events they would most want to see. So, of course, I am going to take the opposite approach and instead will offer up my F**K-IT LIST. What follows is a list of things I absolutely DONâ€™T want to see before I croak.
â€¢Florida Marlins Home Game: Iâ€™m not sure if itâ€™s Joe Robbie or Dolphins or LandShark Stadium, but whatever they are calling it now, itâ€™s one of the worst places to see a baseball game. Apathetic/absent fans, sweltering heat, and baseball being played at a football venue. Once was one time too many.
â€¢Preseason Football: One of the biggest scams going. Every single NFL team charges regular season prices for these meaningless games played by guys who will never make the team. This is seriously one of the biggest ripoffs in all of sports. Itâ€™s tantamount to buying tickets to see AC/DC and instead getting a performance by some schmuck from American Idol.
â€¢Tonya Harding Naked: Whoever leaked that footage of her and Gilooly on their wedding night should have gotten the electric chair. Eh, just give the chair to the whole bunch.
â€¢Carl Lewis Singing the National Anthem: Holy Crap! Beyond your wildest nightmares awful. Donâ€™t take my word for it. Check it out for yourself.
â€¢Ultimate Fighting: The guys that enjoy watching this garbage are (how do I put this diplomatically?) morons. This is also an indictment of the chicks that date the guys who watch this.
â€¢Steve Trachsel Pitching: Without fail, the guy would be on the hill when I attended the Metsâ€™ Tuesday and Friday night games. â€œThe Human Rain Delayâ€ was not nearly a strong enough nickname for a guy who took so long between pitches he made â€œGone with the Windâ€ look like a short subject.
â€¢Idiot Knicks Fans: Whoa, take it easy, Iâ€™m not talking about everyone here. Iâ€™m just saying that many moons ago when the Knicks were a good team and making the playoffs, New Yorkâ€™s drinking establishments would be jammed with dopes clad in Knicks jerseys who would literally cheer and high five after every bucket. And this was only in the first quarter.
â€¢Carl Lewis Throwing Out a First Pitch: What color is the sky in this guyâ€™s world? What kind of insane view of yourself must you have to choose to humiliate yourself like this? Again, take a look.
â€¢Synchronized Swimming: Olympic gold medal races? Count me in. Belly Flop contests? Iâ€™m there. But Iâ€™ll take a pass on this incredibly strange aquatic what-have-you. To their credit, Martin Short, Harry Shearer and Christopher Guest did a great job lampooning this event on SNL in the 80s.
â€¢ Any NFL Pre-Game Show: Shannon Sharpe is unintelligible, Terry Bradshaw is a jackass, Dan Marinoâ€™s a stiff, and Chris Bermanâ€™s shtick is around two and a half decades stale. We talk about how the internet has made newspapers obsolete, couldnâ€™t the same be said about these shows? Who needs a bunch of ex-jocks in suits telling you stuff they can barely read off a teleprompter anyway? Iâ€™m talking to you Emmitt Smith.
Thatâ€™s all for this week. Feel free to add any sports-related scenarios youâ€™d rather avoid. I have no clue whoâ€™s on deck tomorrow. Maybe Matt?