I'm Done With Sports!!!

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Try being a Washington Football Team ( 'WFT,? WTF!!')
Decades (now) on being on the endless hamster wheel of mediocre misery

And the new local radio team that does the game broadcasts ( I'm always listening, coming home from Sunday AM gigs) is just insufferable!

The 3 announcers do not breathe for even a second during every play. Literally smothering the listeners with babble.
It sucks, as you have to already deal with the terrible/crappy WFT, compounded by the WORST radio game coverage


I am here in the DC area also, and I typically only followed the Redskins on the radio...fall weather here is just way too nice for me to burn Sunday afternoons in front of the TV. Totally agree with you about the new radio crew. They are TERRIBLE. I don't even know who they are...I just stopped listening. The team has always been horrible to mediocre, but at least the previous announcers made it fun to listen to.
 

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lest we forget, Pederson was traded by the Dodgers, so homering against them is sweet revenge.

the tension in the modern baseball game is real. It has become a highly mental, step by step approach, so, when someone hits it out or hits a gapper, the celebration is a real expression of releasing that tension.

Some people like the nerve wracking, some don't (some like light comedy, some people like psychological thrillers)

The NFL is constant scheming and counter scheming and waiting for a single mistake or a single weakness to appear and be exploited.

If you played, maybe there is a better sense of how hard all of it is and so more appreciation. Football is very much the 'fog of war' where it looks so simple from the stands, but out there and on the sidelines, it is insane and chaotic. Baseball is so internal, so much about what each player is thinking and being able to do from a mental standpoint. If you've ever pitched, you know how hard it is to throw a strike much less hit a spot.

Oh well, if you don't appreciate it, you just don't... Like Jupiter says, no point in trying to explain or share.
 

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Really? Is it different than being a music fan? I mean, what kind of imbecile would stand up in the sun all day waiting to see their favorite band from 200 rows back at a festival? Or go to a stinky bar with awful service and dirty glasses to watch some local bunch of yahoos play cover songs?
Just saying, sports fans are no different than your fans. Are they?
I love The Stones but I’d rather watch my favorite NFL team in person because I don’t know the exact play list or the exact outcome before I get there. So how is one any weirder than the other? I know the Stones are playing Jumping Jack Flash and I know they’re doing the extended version of “Shelter” but I don’t know if the Falcons will beat Miami.
When I see music fans at those type of festivals, I don't get that aspect either and I haven't seen a cover band in about 30 years. Even though I do mods and repairs for players in several big, touring "tribute bands", I have never seen them perform. Most of my music fandom is realized through passive listening, which is different from sports I guess in that most sports fans don't listen to or re-watch the same games over and over again. It doesn't bother me that other people are into sports, but to me it just doesn't seem interesting.
 

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I am here in the DC area also, and I typically only followed the Redskins on the radio...fall weather here is just way too nice for me to burn Sunday afternoons in front of the TV. Totally agree with you about the new radio crew. They are TERRIBLE. I don't even know who they are...I just stopped listening. The team has always been horrible to mediocre, but at least the previous announcers made it fun to listen to.

-Braham Weinstein ( good local guy went to ESPN for a while, came back to DC) is the play-by-play guy.

He is a good guy, smart, but just a terrible voice for play-by-play. You ( IMO) need a real 'announcer voice' to do this job well

- Julie Donaldson- a local NBC Sports talking head- nice, but cliche, she sets up the next guy, who is...

- D'Angelo Hall - former Redskins secondary- good player when he wasn't hurt.
He is terrible as he criticizes and advises after every play ( and immediately) as if he were good enough to know better ( than current WFT) - he wasn't and doesn't.

It is a real amateur crew, even our lame-o team deserves better
Bring back ' Sonny, Sam, and Frank'
(Even if dead, they'd be better!).

Edit- and I'm by no means a hardcore sports guy- I learned Everything I know from my wife ( she grew up in sports) and our son.
We follow all local DC teams, and we enjoy soccer, Tour de France, tennis- but I'm a lightweight
 
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I grew up on sports, playing and being a fan. But i've weaned myself off them. I grew disgusted with the pro sports world over time, and ultimately the sports scene and culture in general. Things are getting pretty explicitly just about the gambling now anyway. Cutting the cord helped seal the deal.
 

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I know exactly when and where it all started going downhill in sports. It was the underground elevator “rabbit hole” at the Oakland colisium. This was the last professional baseball outing I ever attended.
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Incidentally, the last pro sports event I attended was also at Oakland Coliseum, an A's game right before the '94 strike. That strike pretty much finished me on baseball.
 

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Baseball is my favorite sport. But the excessive bat flipping homerun celebrations get to me. Do that to Pedro, Nolan, Gibson, or another of those old school pitchers and see what happens. I saw Maddox throw at a guy’s shoulder when he stepped out during his windup. Act like you’ve been there or let the players handle it themselves.
 

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I can’t stand watching football!

They are always talking about “rockets” and “weapons”, “cannons”

It’s a freakin game not a war

I hate the terms they come up with!

Don’t get me started on the silly antics they do for social media

It’s almost more about what dance they are gonna come up with than the game itself

That’s what growing up on computers does to people

Dang it all!
 

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I don’t mind the players celebrating as much. Although sometimes they are a bit arrogant. Some sports fans are a little over the top though. I know guys who watch sports shows and games 24 7. All day everyday from wake up to bedtime, all sports. That is a bit much. I enjoy watching my teams every once in a while but yeah sometimes the announcers just can’t shut up. On the other end of the spectrum, I hate boring local announcers for the competing teams or over analyzing commentators for the national channels. Just call the game.
 

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Try participation instead of spectating. Way more fun.

You gotta pick different activities at different stages of life but there's something for most stages of life.

A lot of people say they are "into sports" are not into sports. They're into watching TV and holding a couch/chair down.

Historically I probably workout/participate in sports about 10 hours a week on average, it always boggled me to see guys watching sports 20+ hours a week and not actually doing anything to participate or even keep themselves healthy/fit.
 

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sports, well TV, is a waste of your time when you could be doing something with music. get off your butt and start playing music!
 

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I'm an avid hockey fan. It has the advantages of constant action and very limited breaks which provides a minimum of down time for announcers to fill with inane analysis, product pandering or hyperbolic editorializing.

I used to be an avid baseball fan. Attended on average about 40 MLB games a year back in the 1970s, and watched a lot of games on TV. That was a time when the average game took slightly less than 2 hours and 30 minutes to play. I stopped being a fan when the average game time became 3 hours in 2012. Today the average game is 3 hours and 11 minutes long. I've found that those extra 30-41 minutes of non-play have made the sport intolerably boring to watch.
 

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¡Bueno!™

I had the TV on in the back ground much of the weekend. Finally sat and watched some baseball but turned it off.

I finally noticed the commentators job seems to make it too suspenseful...every pitch every play. Analyzed ad infinitum! They have to intensify the anxiety and it wears after a while. Just talk about hot dogs and peanuts for a minute and let us catch our breath!

Couple that with the excessive celebration for the simplest of plays.... I turned it off after watching Joc Pederson crank that amazing HR! Very cool shot BUT the idiotic girls softball team celebrations.... Forget it. Stupid Red Sox cart after a HR.....Hey I'm a Padre fan and found Tatis little skips rounding the bases and "bling" pretty stupid too. Had to endure Jr. Seau Joe HS celebrations.... Wasn't it some guy on the Jets years ago that kinda started all the jumping around after every tackle....

When did "It's not over till it's over" lose impact?

Can you imagine Willie Mays and Willie McCovey jumping around like a girls softball team? Dick Butkus dancing after every sack or tackle? Guys knew you don't celebrate till it's over! And then it's a beer and a smoke!

A celebration in and of itself is cool! Hit a game tying HR...yea! High 5 all around! But going bonkers mikd game is lame.

Don't even want to venture as to how and when and why major leaguers started hopping around like the girls softball team in their little scrums....

Hold on.... there's a cloud outside! I gotta go shake a fist at it!!!!!!!

I hear ya, Texicaster! I usually turn the sound off nationally televised games. Since Tony Kubek and similarly sober-sensed gents left the broadcast booth, it's way too much hysteria. The graphics and endless awful "music" are annoying, too. Local broadcasts tend to be lower-key and even have some old-school quirky charm (though the Blue Jays' Buck Martinez's voice peels paint that doesn't even exist yet).

It's a shame that ya gotta rescue baseball from so much of its packaging and thuggy posturing these days, just to watch it. Like having to peel screaming octopuses off your Tele just to pick up the thing.

So much so, here's my own Yells At Clouds! list I recently sent to a too-mod friend:
  • STAY in the batter's box. No more preening your gang tats and finagling your diamond-crusted crucifixes between pitches.
  • No more tats. We have enough road maps to meth-dom in this country as it is.
  • No more jewelry. "There's no glittering in baseball!"
  • Spangled man buns? Threads-o'-orange dreads? Roger Maris's head is ANGRY, people!
  • No more gaudy wristbands, dew rags, geegaws.
  • The caveman beards we can tolerate since they suggest ferocity. All else is vanity, saith yo.
  • No more giggling and stock-tip-sharing and bro-hugs with opponents. You're out there to compete and win, not cultify.
  • No more delayed calls sent to NYC for deciding. Holds up the game, breaks the rhythm, and fallibility is a beautifully inherent part of baseball. Not only 'cause it's so tough to play well, but because it has a time-enshrined Error sign awaiting human folly and frailty before the game starts, as sure as that good sinner wandering toward his Friday bar/chatty chippy knows that a Sunday confession shall follow.
  • No more man on 2nd to start extra innings. That cheats history, drama, and the fans. EARN being on second.
  • No more domed and artificial turf stadiums. I don't care how hot it is in Tampa or Texas, or how much it snows in Toronto, or how bad the rust smells in Milwaukee. Leave inside games to the politicians. 'Tis not a season if from the seasons we hide a game glorying in the physics of leather balls and gloves, wound cotton, a cork center, wooden bats.
  • No more orange or yellow or pink or purple shoes, caps, uniforms, anything. Or Mothers' Day this and Camo Day that. Leave visual vomit to the '70s.
  • No more bat flips. This isn't bullfighting, or shank showing in a Bolivian prison yard.
  • No more 40 pieces of body armor up there. Duck if you can, bleed if you don't. It's not paddycake time. The pitcher's ability to seriously hurt you is part of his legit arsenal, and part of baseball. Too much insulation blobs us into feebs.
  • No more chronic swinging for the 30-run homer. Put the ball in play, beat the defensive shifts, learn how to bunt and hit the other way. You know: baseball.
  • No more lollygagging down to first on a grounder or pop up. Run or the manager sits you down. Bryce Harper is King of the Uber-Entitled Fratboys, not a role model.
  • No more rock "music"--much less hip hop/rap--between innings, or at any time. Play cheesy organ music or nothing after the Star Spangled Banner. Why puke our culture's rot on one of good taste's last oases?
  • No more outer-deck stadiums. Putting 25,000 fans in orbit to spare 2,000 fans a partially column-blocked view is nuts. Instead, all stadiums should have the deep decking shadows of olde, and the gradients of homers: the 5-homer-per-year 2nd baseman nicks one just over the fence. The quick-wristed dude lines one off the upper deck's facade, which is flush with the lower deck and the roof's front edge. The slugger lofts one into the upper deck, just missing clipping the roof. And the monster, the masher, the legend, well, he launches one juuuuuuuuust onto the roof. Clock, clack, clock, it bounces down to the field, like a suicidal bunny-spore. And true once-in-a-lifetime talent, he nicks the peak going over the roof and out into the rubbled American night, like a hope escaping into oblivion's lil' cousin. Deprive fans of all that, and you may as well be indifferent to your neighborhood's best mutt.
  • Also, ever notice how most of the game's more insulting patterns coincided with the spread of wearing batting gloves? Callouses are badges of honor, people! If your knuckles don't look like boxers' battered chins up there, if your hands are hiding in technicolor masks, you don't know why George Brett should be your guide! (Cecil we can forgive, above, because he was just so Ruth-y.)
 
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