In recent years the all star games for many pro sports leagues have become jokes, mostly due to the leagues' own doing. Allowing the fans to pick the players is NOT the best method to recognize the best of the best. Last year's debacle with the voting scam devised by a tech-savy Royals' fan topped the list of just plain dumb moves by MLB. Time for reform. It has been suggested that making the fans vote worth 33% of the tally, the player's vote 33% and sports writers the final 33% would recognize the deserving. I like it. Fans still have their say, but the true insiders have the majority of the weight. I have previously ranted about the ignorance displayed by MLB in last year's all star game, so I won't beat that dead horse.
But take a look at the recent all star games....
The 2016 version of the NFL pro bowl looked more like a touch football
game than an actual tackle game. I know, people don't want to get hurt,
but geez make it look like a real game.
An even bigger laugh was the NBA All-Star Game! I went against my own advice and actually tuned in during the ending minutes of the game. I saw players taking the ball out of bounds, throwing length of the court passes to teammates "cherry picking" at the other end of the court. All this in an effort to break 200 points. Two hundred points?? Did anyone even attempt some defense? But, what do you expect from a league that makes the poorest excuse for a defensive player the 2015 league MVP?
The NHL may have just about got it right. Their 3 on 3 tournament format was entertaining start to finish. But it wasn't without controversy. John Scott, a 9 year journeyman enforcer, was selected by an internet campaign that saw him garner the most votes. The numbers put the C on his chest for the Pacific Division. The problem? He wasn't even on an NHL roster. He had been sent down by his club, the Coyotes, to the AHL. He was recalled and then traded to the Montreal Canadiens, who promptly sent him down to their AHL affiliate. Uh oh, according to the rules you must be on an NHL roster to be eligible for the game. After a fan uprising, the NHL allowed Scott his spot in the all star line up. What did he do with this opportunity? His team won the tournament and he was selected as the MVP. Cinderfella? I would say so.
Additionally, Red Wing Dylan Larkin wasn't voted in by the fans to compete in the fastest skater competition, but his captain, Joromir Jagr, knew better and placed him in the event. How'd he do you ask? Won it all, setting the record for the fastest time ever recorded in the event.
Fans vote by affiliation, not by who is actually deserving.
As Sheryl Crow sings it, "A Change Will Do You Good!" Time for the pro's to get on board.
It has been interesting to read that my disdain for Cam Newton is all due to his race. Or so I am to believe. The politically correct police have told us that we dislike him and his actions because we have a certain mind set towards Black quarterbacks. Hmm, could it be we just don't like him due to his antics, history, and most importantly his beating the Ducks in the National Championship? I find it totally ridiculous to tell me what to think - or why I think as I do.
Psychoanalysis for the masses via the media, a feeble attempt at mind control.
Sorry, not drinking the Kool Aid you're mixing.
Let us take a look as to the foundations of my contempt for all things Scam:
1. The laptop theft at Florida.
Newton was in on the theft of a fellow student's laptop worth $1700, and then threw it out the window when officers arrived to investigate. He had used his login name on the computer to access the university's network which made it easy to trace it back to him. 2. Academic cheating
Newton turned in a paper after changing the real student's name to his. Caught, what was his solution? He bought a paper off the internet and turned it in. And, once again, he was caught. 3. Turning tail
Set to appear for a hearing in front of Florida's Student Conduct Committee, Newton ran off to Blinn College rather than face up to his academic fraud. 4. QB for sale
Well publicized, Daddy Cecil shopped Scam around to D1 schools to the tune of $180,000. Wait, isn't this amateur athletics? I guess we can now put a price tag on potential Heisman trophy winners. 5. Beats Oregon
He was a member the Auburn team that beat the Ducks in the Natty. I am well within my rights to despise him and his team. I still have full contempt for the San Francisco Giants who demolished my Tigers in the 2012 World Series. 6. His celebration antics
Ahead or behind after he scores, he dances and celebrates his accomplishment. Yes, I am old-school, believing that a spike in the end zone or a jump bump with teammates is sufficient celebration enough. However, some of his "dances" have lasted as long as 10 seconds, a little over the top.
As much as it hurts me to say, he is a phenomenally talented athlete whose skills I marvel at. But, his self-promotion, his road to stardom, and his need for individual attention make me less than a fan, NOT HIS COLOR!
So all you analysts who see racial hate as a motivator for all dislikes, you will not shame me into joining the Cam Newton fan club.