8 thoughts on “The Danger of Napping At A Sporting Event”

  1. Dvaid:

    Every sport has diehards (baseball does seem to have more pointy headed ones though, i.e. Geo. Will), but that’s not how you measure a sport’s popularity. (See soccer and hockey, for sports that have fanatical attendees but no national following, save an occasional Olympic or World Cup event.) Sports become pastimes when they attract the marginal fan. By that measure, baseball comes in third behind the NHL and the NBA in terms of overall TV ratings. Baseball is a Northeast and Midwest sport, with little enthusiasm in the South or Far West. Ballpark attendance at Tampa Bay, Miami, Atlanta, and most every western ballpark should amply prove this contention. Like hockey it’s a regional sport long on tradition and arcane stats, but not very TV-viewer friendly, way too long (as our video subject demonstrates), and boring. The elite athlete in our country no longer plays it, choosing basketball and football, instead. Think CC Sabathia could hit a jumper over Kobe, or juke James Farrior? Nobody else does either.

  2. I went to the College World Series last night with my wife and loved it. I didn’t dare fall asleep though, even though it was 110 in the shade, since with those aluminum bats dozing off could be deadly when you’re not behind the screen.

    Mespo, you ask if our national pastime is past its prime and I say not even close. I was amazed in law school how many professors are die hard fans and I know a lot of lawyers who follow it religiously. While I’m a big college football fan, I tend to agree with George Will (only about this, BTW) that “football combines the two worst elements of American life: violence punctuated by committee meetings.”

  3. Well mespo,

    You must have never seen the Oilers play then.

  4. Funny, you never see this at a football game. Does anyone wonder, as I sometimes do, if our national pastime is really past its time?

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