Unvarnished from my recent tweets and Facebook discussions . . .
Mentioned this before but the NFL's 'color rush' Thursday night uniform promotion has got to go. It's ugly. As are regular meetings between the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns, and these are their real uniforms! You can barely tell who's who, which of course has been the case since Paul Brown left the Browns and formed the Bengals back in the late 1960s, deliberately using essentially his old Cleveland unis. It used to actually be worse, during the 1970s. See second photo, but it's still pretty bad.
On to the World Series, from a discussion on Facebook . . .
I find it interesting, going into Game 5 with Cleveland up 3-1 on the Chicago Cubs in the best-of-seven, that this year the absence of the designated hitter in the National League park is hurting . . . the NL team.
Cubs' outfielder Kyle Schwarber was great as DH in Cleveland, going 3-for-7 as the Cubs split the first two games. On to Chicago we go. And usually, it's the AL team lamenting/whining about the absence of the DH in NL park but this time ironically it's the NL team missing that bat because Schwarber is still too banged up to play defence.
I've never been a fan of the DH, am old enough to have been around when it came to the American League in 1973. I know Schwarber can play the field, just injured now, but to me the DH is half a player. I dislike the fact some home run totals from bygone days by players who had to play the field and hit, with subsequent wear and tear and risk of injury, have been surpassed by one-dimensional DHs like the much-hyped David Ortiz, for instance.
Call me old-fashioned and I plead guilty, but I don't like it. Are there designated putters in golf, for instance? Designated servers in tennis? Generally speaking, you have to have a complete game to win. Sure, the DH has been a position in AL and and all baseball but the NL forever, but I prefer the complete player.
The Facebook Files: From a discussion on FB, regarding the cold in Cleveland and Chicago, given it's nearly Novemeber
Verbatim from my end of the chat:
Whatever analyses can be trotted out bottom line is sports playoffs go on too long. Hockey and basketball finals are played in summer or near summer, NFL football now in February, baseball if it goes 6 or 7 in November. Was just looking at 1970 World Series for instance ended Oct. 15. There are too many banks of playoffs - baseball used to have it right above all other sports but now just another among the 'let mediocrities in' tumult - thus extending the season too far and, playing outdoors, that has an impact on quality of play in near or freezing conditions...
The issue in most sports these days, and there are exceptions (last year's NBA finals and NBA is somewhat immune, summer basketball is not a new thing, people play outside on playgrounds etc. always have). But the issue is the championships are decided when interest beyond the actual competing cities is at lowest ebb due to the changing of natural seasons people wanting to be indoors or outdoors, and most have moved on to truly in-season sports.
It just seems to me that interest drops now in major league sports as playoffs progress when it should be the other way around. I always follow to the end but still...
Meantime, no going back but it might be worth considering a return to afternoon or late afternoon games. It's done in the playoffs preceding the Series. Sure, ratings might drop, but what you lose at the beginning you might gain at the end. A 4 pm game goes until 7 or so, so might be worth considering for WS weekday games - I mean for TV viewer 8 pm is great but are they still around at 11:30 pm on a work night? Not to mention adverse conditions at night in late October-early November.