If you are a baseball fan you must have loved the American League Championship Series between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees.
The World Series is set between the Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers. Many in baseball felt that these two teams were the best in baseball in 2017. The Dodgers have better starting pitching, but the Astros may have the best offensive starting lineup in baseball.
It should be a very competitive and interesting series. I am sure all the media people throughout the country were hoping for a Dodgers-Yankees World Series because L.A. and New York are the top two media markets in the country. I guess they will have to be satisfied with the two best teams in baseball.
This entire NFL season has been filled with controversy. We have had non-stop political discussion about the national anthem situation, marquee players who are injured and out for the season, and other players in court and unsure of a suspension for the year. We could go on and on about drama in the NFL but, yet it is still the most popular and most watched sport in America.
The entire NFL has been a huge billion-dollar show put on for football fans willing to pay to support their team of choice. I plead guilty to being one of those fans. Football teams, unlike baseball and basketball teams, play only 16 regular season games. Football fans are willing to schedule a whole week or weekend around game time for your team. My wife and I have scheduled a fall getaway in Dallas to watch the Chiefs play the Cowboys.
For a long time, Sunday was the day to watch football. Then Monday Night Football came along, and it was all the rage. People loved the opportunity to extend NFL football one more day in the week. It was a great success. It was so successful that Sunday night football jumped on the bandwagon. Sunday Night football was even more popular than Monday Night football.
As the big money rolled in the NFL went even further by add yet another night of football, Thursday. I took a totally unscientific survey of 10 guys in the clubhouse the other day. All are loyal NFL fans and all voted that they do not like Thursday football games. These guys are hard-core football fans who feel that the NFL is over-exposing their sport. The ratings for the Thursday night games are down and dropping.
The NFL has also shown hypocrisy when it comes to the injuries. Current football players should never play a game on Sunday and play again on Thursday. Thursday is all about more money for NFL owners. If you have ever stood on an NFL sideline and watched the punishment the athletes inflict on one another, you would be positive that it takes more than three days for them to recover.
Most Thursday Night football games are pure “dogs.” The league puts players at risk and most fans are not fans of games scattered all over the week. NFL games were once a must see on TV. Now the games are just another night.
Friday nights should be for high school teams. Saturday should be for college football. Sunday and Monday night should be set aside for NFL games.
The NFL should also reassess interest in football – it is starting to fall off. Concussion and other injury-centered topics have created lessened interest in football by youth players. Twenty years ago, a football game was a happening; now it is just another place to go if you have nothing better to do. The attendance at high school football games has dropped in half just in the last 10 years.
Time will tell how all this shakes out, but the NFL needs to wake up. Empty seats in huge stadiums will eventually become a problem for money-hungry owners.
• Congratulations to the Blue Springs South softball team for its state championship runner-up finish for the second year in a row. It is a great achievement to reach any high school state championship game. To reach it in back to back years is an even greater achievement.
• I have been much too hard on high school officials this year. Young officials need to be recruited and be given an opportunity to gain experience. An MSHSAA administrator pointed out to me the average age of high school officials is 42. They need young people to become interested in officiating.
• My quote of the week comes from Chinese author Lin Yutang: “Sometimes it is more important to discover what one cannot do, than what one can do.”
– Tim Crone, a William Chrisman High School graduate, is a former activities director and coach for Blue Springs High School and is a host of a weekly radio show, “Off the Wall with Tim Crone,” on KCWJ (1030 AM) 6 p.m. every Monday. He writes a weekly column for The Examiner. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.