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Monday Grab Bag: The return of the worst week in sports

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    Welcome, once again, to the worst week in sports. *The Major League Baseball All-Star game, annually, announces itself as deserving of an entire week of focus, and then proceeds to bore the nation to tears through a glorified round of batting practice and a main event no more important than a random spring training game. *Even for me, a devout follower of the religion of baseball, this week is impossibly difficult to get through.

    The question that I've been hearing more and more over the past few years is "how do we fix it?" *You can't, stop trying. *The reasons behind the existence of this non-event were: 1) to create a new source of revenue for the league during the Depression, which eventually evolved into 2) provide a showcase for out-of-town stars that fans rarely got to see. *80 years later, baseball no longer needs the revenue, and fans can see out-of-town stars whenever they want, thanks to nationalized television packages. *There's no longer a point. Just name a team, hand out some bonus checks, and keep the season moving.

    But, that's too logical and forward thinking for baseball, so expect them continue to wring the stone in search of water. *Meanwhile, more and more fans of the game will stop watching, and the sport's infrastructure will become more and more irrelevant. *sigh* *Baseball, as always, is timeless to a fault.

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    Today in the bag, I'm talking the conclusion of the World Cup, NBA free agency, and fundraising at CU.

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    Welcome, once again, to the worst week in sports. *The Major League Baseball All-Star game, annually, announces itself as deserving of an entire week of focus, and then proceeds to bore the nation to tears through a glorified round of batting practice and a main event no more important than a random spring training game. *Even for me, a devout follower of the religion of baseball, this week is impossibly difficult to get through.

    The question that I've been hearing more and more over the past few years is "how do we fix it?" *You can't, stop trying. *The reasons behind the existence of this non-event were: 1) to create a new source of revenue for the league during the Depression, which eventually evolved into 2) provide a showcase for out-of-town stars that fans rarely got to see. *80 years later, baseball no longer needs the revenue, and fans can see out-of-town stars whenever they want, thanks to nationalized television packages. *There's no longer a point. Just name a team, hand out some bonus checks, and keep the season moving.

    But, that's too logical and forward thinking for baseball, so expect them continue to wring the stone in search of water. *Meanwhile, more and more fans of the game will stop watching, and the sport's infrastructure will become more and more irrelevant. *sigh* *Baseball, as always, is timeless to a fault.

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    Today in the bag, I'm talking the conclusion of the World Cup, NBA free agency, and fundraising at CU.

    Click below for the bag...

    Read more »[​IMG]

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