It can be a real downer watching your favorite football team lose in an opponent’s stadium. This past Saturday I was at Ryan Field when Wisconsin lost to the Northwestern University Wildcats. I think the worst part of the whole experience was hearing all of the Wildcat fans cheering and having a good time when I was so disappointed. It’s one thing to watch your team lose in its home stadium, but when most of the crowd is cheering because your team is making mistakes (and losing the game) it can be very disheartening.
How soon until basketball season starts?
Wow, what a basketball game! Last night the Wisconsin Badgers defeated Illinois and became champions of the Big Ten this year. With 0.4 seconds remaining, Devon Harris sank the second of two free throws (he missed the first) to give the Badgers a 1 point lead and the victory. After the game I had so much adrenaline in my system that getting to sleep last night was not an easy task.
For my money, there is nothing like college basketball. The intensity of the players, the passion and loyalty of the fans and just overall excitement is unmatched in any other sport. I was fortunate enough to see the Big Ten Champion Badgers play three games in Madison this year and each time was a blast. Just thinking about what it must have been like to be in the Kohl Center last night gives me goose bumps.
Over the past few days, I’ve been trying to make up my mind about what to think about Major League Baseball shutting down the all-star game at an 11th inning tie. After reading all the editorials, I’ve come to the conclusion that baseball fans are on the lowest point of MLB’s priority list. The multi-millionaire players could have cared less about finishing the game. I can’t help but imagine if this situation would have happened fifty years ago, the players would have said, “sure we’re tired, but we want to finish. Major league baseball games do not end in a tie.”
The managers of the two teams wanted to make sure all their multi-millionaire players got their chance in the spotlight, so in the first nine innings, they used 17 of the total 19 pitchers they had. To his credit, I did read that the last pitcher for the American League said he could have pitched a few more innings. The other players and officials of baseball should have let him.
In a way I almost feel sorry for Bud Selig. I believe he has been unfairly criticized on a lot of issues during his tenure as commissioner. But in this case, he made the wrong decision.
Now the baseball players and owners are arguing over how to split all the money they rake in, and the possibility of a strike or a lock out looms on the horizon. The only question on my mind is, how soon until football season starts?
Last night I saw a baseball game at Miller Park for the first time. I must admit I was impressed. The retractable roof was very welcome on a cold, damp evening in Milwaukee. The Brewers even played a good game, beating the San Diego Padres 2-0. Too bad they lost today though. One of these days Major League Baseball has got to adopt some type of revenue sharing, like professional football and basketball do. It’s the only way small market teams (like the Brewers) will be able to compete. I admit I’m not the worlds biggest baseball fan, but I might be if there would be some hope of different teams playing in the World Series, instead of the same ones that keep buying championships year after year.