There are few things in the world I love but here's one of them: Venting my annoyance to other people. Unfortunately, most people I'm with don't appreciate my hobby. Luckily, I can do it here and you can't tell me to shut up like my friends and family. Without further ado, here are random sports related things that are annoying me.
Bandwagon fans and other people who don't root for the team that plays in their city. That's it. The fact that they exist. There is absolutely no reason for that. If you live in a city with a sports team you should root for that team, unless you have a very good reason. If someone does root for a team that doesn't make geographic sense, I think they need to experience, 1) a horrible season where your team completely bottoms out. I'm talking 3-13 in the NFL, or 62-100 in the MLB. 2) A heartbreaking loss in a late round playoff game or series. Think of the Vikings in the 2009 NFC championship game, or the Vikings in the 1998 NFC championship game or..... well, pretty much any of the Vikings playoff losses in the last fifty years. If you are one of these people who hasn't suffered correctly, get off my blog and never come back. You are not welcome here.
While I'm at it, can we please stop talking about Marashiro Tanaka as "not Yu Darvish"? Apparently people have forgotten that there is absolutely no way to tell how good a Japanese player is going to be. Remember Tsuyoshi Nishioka? The guy they traded J.J. Hardy for 25 cents and a bucket of baseballs to make room for even though they didn't play the same position? (Number one on the worst Bill Smith moves, and believe me, there were a lot of them) Just please shut up, and don't act like you or anybody else has any idea of how good he'll be.
What's up with nicknames? Remember when there were a lot of awesome ones? The Yankee Clipper, The Say Hey Kid, The Splendid Splinter, The Sultan of Swat. Those are some sweet names. Now, almost everyone follow the same pattern, They're either A-Rod type names, (hey there's one more reason to hate A-Rod) or, the even more annoying route, they're knockoffs of old nicknames. The Millville Meteor, really? Be original, The Commerce Comet is one of the best of all time, don't ruin it by copying it. Another example of this phenomenon: Shane Victorino being called "The Flyin' Hawaiian" (a blatant rip off of Jack Thompson's nickname) The deadball era was the golden age for nicknames. Of course the dead ball era was awesome for a lot of other reasons but that's for a different time.
One last thing before I wrap up, during a sporting event, it's becoming commonplace to watch an interview with a coach or manager. That's fine by itself, they usually say something interesting and they're fun to listen to. Emphasis on the last two words. Why is it becoming a trend to show a split screen while they're going on? This isn't a case where we need to see the person. There is a live sporting event going on while it's being shown which is much more interesting than seeing something we only need to hear.
That's it for today, sorry if it was a bit of a negative column, but don't worry things will be much more optimistic next week when I preview the Twins upcoming season and.... wait never mind.