September 25, 2013 2 Comments
One thing I haven’t been doing much of the past few weeks is watching the Rangers play baseball. To me, watching any type of losing non-basketball team falls somewhere between boring and a complete waste of time, and the Rangers have been doing a lot of losing this season. Sure, the Rangers are 15 games over .500, but against all teams not named the Astros, Texas is 70-69. Since the end of May, the Rangers have finished above .500 in just one month. They stink, really. Losing teams aren’t fun to watch, even if I root for them.
I’ve never understood the concept of a “bandwagon fan.” If you’ve always rooted for the Lakers, and one year I decide to root for them, how does that affect your relationship with the team? Why is that a bad thing? Should I be accused of being a bandwagon fan, as if I’m lesser just because I recently began liking the team? When the Mavericks won the title in 2011, even the Spurs-lovers I knew became Mavs fans, and I loved it. The more people who root for Dirk, the better. I don’t care that they didn’t root for Dallas when it was losing in the first round every season.
The same applies to baseball. My dad has taken me to baseball games ever since I was 4 or 5 years old, and I always had fun going to the games, but I never really liked the sport. My dad always told me it’d take a pennant race to really get me into baseball. Then, whaddya know, the Rangers became good in 2010, I became friends with a Giants fan, and we watched baseball every night that summer. I was hooked. Baseball is a great sport — probably the best-designed sport in existence. I still watched Texas play everyday the year after, and I watched them most days last season, but I haven’t watched much baseball this year. The team is worse. The players aren’t as exciting. The team’s best pitchers have all been hurt throughout the season (except for Yu Darvish, whose starts I always watch). Losing teams aren’t fun to watch.
So now that I’m not swept up in the baseball fever movement, I suppose that means I’m a fair-weather bandwagon fan. When the going gets tough, I stop watching, because I’d rather be doing other things at night, such as winning at trivia or playing ultimate — y’know, fun things. Accuse me all you want of hopping off some proverbial bandwagon. I don’t care, and neither does the team. The players do not know you, and if they did they probably wouldn’t like you. Bleed red or blue or whichever color is on your team’s uniform. I’ll watch the teams I want to watch when they’re playing well. If I could watch the Dodgers when Kershaw pitches, I would. If I could watch every Cabrera or Trout at-bat, I would. But I’m not going to watch a bad team play baseball. I love the sport, not this team. And I don’t blame people who feel the same way as me.
- My bandwagon opinion might make me look stupid to creepy, hopelessly die-hard fans, but at least the people of Houston agree with me. On Sunday the Astros drew a 0.0 rating. That’s awful. Can’t blame the people, though. Even though Houston is rebuilding the right way and all of that, I wouldn’t watch the Astros play. Hit me up in a few years, though, and I might. Until then, dudes.
- The NBA might allow players to wear nicknames on the back of their jerseys. The plan would work from the NBA’s perspective if it’s only used by the best teams. Miami has four All-Star-caliber players, and with the exception of Chris Bosh, each of them have well-known nicknames. Even Chris Andersen has a nickname. The same goes for the Brooklyn Nets, with guys like KG/The Big Ticket, The Truth, JET, D-Will, and whatever Brook Lopez goes by. But what if this became a ubiquitous thing? Do we really care about Bobcats players’ nicknames? I don’t think the idea will work, and not only because it’s a bad idea. Everyone knows LeBron as “King James.” No one cares, though, that Delonte West goes by Charlee Redz. Long-term this wouldn’t be fun, but it would make the NBA look ridiculous. Almost all of the most recognizable players have recognizable nicknames (except for guys like Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Dirk — would his nickname be “Dirk?”) but your Average Joe role player would have a nickname no one would care about. Leave last names on the jerseys and move on.
- Speaking of jerseys, vote for the Mavs’ new alternate jersey here. My favorite entry is the last one, and I’m still not sure why. I just like the blue/green combo, I guess. I don’t much like the leading vote-getter right now, because Golden State and Denver already do something like that with their uniforms. Dallas’ skyline isn’t even that recognizable anyway. And besides, I can’t visualize Dirk playing with a city on his chest, and that’s what matters.
- I got Netflix yesterday, finally. Which show should I watch first? I’m leaning toward “New Girl” because I hear it’s funny and it’s also only two seasons in. I’m also interested in HIMYM and “Breaking Bad,” of course, but those shows have been around longer and I don’t have the patience to watch 50 hours of TV just to catch up to everyone else. Until I decide, I’m taking suggestions.
- Here’s a quick Dallas/Memphis preview I cameo’d in, and here’s another Hickory-High roundtable. My Wizards season preview is coming up soon. Woohooooo!
- I’ve been hearing a lot of football talk about teams mulling the possibility of using two quarterbacks on the field at the same time. Let me be the first to say I’m a huge fan of that idea, and I’ve been one since Matt Schaub was in Atlanta. I wanted to see Schaub and Michael Vick on the field at the same time. I even drew up plays for Lucas, a friend of mine. Ideally you’d have a mobile quarterback and a pocket quarterback. In my system, the players would stand next to each other in the shotgun. Running backs are optional. I suppose you could use one like you would in the Pistol, but I’d imagined using two QBs and four receivers OR three receivers and a tight end. I think it could theoretically work in college. Not sure about the pros.
Week Three Results
This Week: 9-7 (we all have bad weeks)
Last Week: 11-5
Total: 30-18 (62.5%)
Week Four Predictions
49ers at Rams
Ravens at Bills
Bengals at Browns
Bears at Lions
Giants at Chiefs
Steelers at Vikings (in London)
Cardinals at Bucs
Colts at Jaguars
Seahawks at Texans
Jets at Titans
Eagles at Broncos
Washington at Raiders (unless Pryor is out)
Cowboys at Chargers
Patriots at Falcons
Dolphins at Saints