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Ever go to a sports website or see a TV show about sports and wonder why they don't talk like real guys? They try but end up being just a bunch of washed up celebrities laughing at each others joke. I'm here to try and change that and give you a different perspective on the world of sports.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

HAS THE CLASSIC FALLEN?

The Fall Classic, better know as the World Series, has taken a bit of beating in the TV ratings lately. To be more specific, this year’s Series was the lowest rated ever. Now journalists, reporters and pundits will blame it on the fact that no one in America wanted to watch the White Sox (Second City's Second team my ass) take on the Astros. To hear them tell it, nobody outside of Houston or Chicago’s South Side even paid attention.

They say people aren’t interested in seeing “no-name” teams play, that fans only want to see the Big Boys play (read the Yankees, or Red Sox). In fact some like Tony Kornheiser from “Pardon the Interruption” (Tony, if you by chance read this, know that I love ya, but I have to pick on you) will have you believe that no one wants to watch anyone but the Yankees and that they are the only team that plays baseball. And with ESPN, short for Eastern Seaboard Programming Network or at least it seems, constantly showing their eastern, specifically north-eastern biased, you wouldn’t be blamed for believing it. But as was quickly pointed out by several who believe otherwise, the recent Yankees-Mets, and Yankees-Marlins World Series are the 2nd and 3rd lowest rated Series in history. Proving that it’s not the lack of pin-striped players that is causing folks to switch off. In truth, most people are glad it wasn’t the same old teams.

Some will point to the Yankees-Red Sox playoff series last year and say “look at the ratings, highest in history, blah, blah, blah”. Of course people watched the Yanks-BoSox play, but not because they're the best or the only teams that matter. They watch it for the same reason they watch Notre Dame-USC, the Red Wings-Avalanche, Shaq-Kobe, Liverpool-Manchester United, etc. BECAUSE IT”S RIVALRY GAME

The obvious answer (at least to me) is the timing of the games. What else happens every fall in America (beside another freaking over-hyped Reality Show to suffer through)? Yep, Football, America’s other pastime. Games 1 and 2 of the World Series were played on a Saturday and Sunday respectively, which coincides with NCAA and NFL football. In addition the games were on Prime Time which is typically when the best College and Pro Football Games are on (not to mention every USC game)

Does this mean Americans now favor football over baseball? Is our beloved pastime in danger? The answer is no, more people do not prefer football to baseball, but the amount that do is enough to shift the balance, at least in TV ratings anyway. I think were going to have to get used to the fact that Baseball has some competition now. But it will always be first in our hearts, because it's our game, the American game.

And remember what Terrence Mann said in “Field of Dreams”

“The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again.”

Couldn’t have said it better myself

That’s my Three Cents

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