Imagine, after both completing successful seasons, the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts make it to the Super Bowl. Or imagine the Yankees and Phillies get to the World Series or the Lakers and Magic both reach the NBA Finals. Then… they simply decide not to play one another. Sounds ludicrous, doesn’t it? I mean… the two best teams are supposed to play each other in order to determine a true champion. That’s the way it works in sports. Well, every sport except boxing (and of course, college football).
The lack of structure in the professional boxing is one key reason the sport is on the decline. There’s too many belts, too many divisions and way too many corrupt promoters. In short, there are too many cooks spoiling the broth.
There’s one fight, however, that can singlehandedly revive the sport, yet nobody involved is making it become a reality. Not the trainers, not the fighters, not anyone. It’s over a hundred million dollar pie and nobody wants to take a bite. The only person doing anything to make it happen is Jerry Jones who offered top dollar to host the event in the new Dallas Stadium.
Still, the fight’s a no go and the two greatest, pound-for-pound boxers on the planet continue to fight in bouts that have no relevance. It’d be like Florida repeatedly playing Vanderbilt, Kentucky and South Carolina without having to play Alabama. No wonder nobody watches boxing anymore.
Cubs Winning the World Series
We might not all be Cubs fans, but everybody loves an underdog. And there’s no more underdog team in professional sports than the Chicago Cubs.
The Cubs, who haven’t won a World Series in over a century, continue to give their fans glimpses of hope year after year, only to repeatedly break their hearts. Sound familiar, Cavaliers fans?
Even the Boston Red Sox eventually removed the Bambino-sized monkey from their backs in 2004, but no matter how hard they try, the Cubs can’t seem to get it done. They won their Central Division in both 2007 & 2008 but were promptly swept out of the playoffs.
This year, at least they’re not giving the Wrigley faithful anything to cheer about. They’re well under .500 and it’s only a matter of time before we see an unhealthy sequence of Lou Pinella meltdowns.
After back-to-back, promising seasons only a few years ago, it looks like it might be back to the drawing board for America’s lovable losers, meaning a World Series is that much farther away.
The Raiders, Pirates & Knicks relevant again
It wasn’t long ago that the Raiders, Pirates and Knicks dominated the sports landscape in their respective leagues. The Raiders won three Super Bowls between 1977-1984. The Pirates won two World Series in the 1970s. The Knicks won two titles in the 1970s and made two Finals appearances in the 1990s, losing to Houston and San Antonio.
On second thought, that was a long time ago, at least in the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world of professional sports.
Pittsburgh, Oakland and New York are among the proudest franchises in sports but lately, have been god-awful. Oakland hasn’t been relevant since 2002. The Pirates haven’t had a .500 season since Barry Bonds left town. And the only time the Knicks are worth discussing is when LeBron James is rumored to join their roster.
Fortunately, their fan bases are still intact. But for how much longer? The Knicks have become a punch line, the Pirates have become a farm team and most think the NFL has passed Al Davis by.
Until some serious changes are made in these three franchises from top to bottom, expect them to continue to be the butt of most jokes.
Brett Favre making a decision
We’ve seen it time after time. Brett Favre sits in his Mississippi home, riding his mower and sipping on sweet tea, while the NFL team he’s under contract with sits and awaits his decision to return. No forty year old has ever had as much leverage over the NFL.
Ultimately, the Packers moved on, placing their future in the capable hands of Aaron Rodgers. Last year, the Jets drafted Mark Sanchez and couldn’t be happier. Now it’s Minnesota’s turn to wait on Brett, their immediate future held hostage while he decides whether to return for another season. Unfortunately for the Vikes, Brett holds all the cards.
After all, he did lead them to the NFC Championship game and a near Super Bowl appearance in what was a dream season for the franchise. Without the gunslinger under center this year, the Vikings know duplicating that success will be nearly impossible. But yet, we still sit and wait. Minnesota has no hand.
To make matters worse, it’s only May. So sit back, grab an iced tea and relax. Expecting Favre to make a quick decision is as futile as wishing for anything else on this list to happen any time soon.
Tiger Woods winning a major
There’s a saying in sports that winning cures all ills. If that’s the case, Tiger Woods can’t wait to get that first win under his belt. After Tiger’s now famous Thanksgiving family gathering, his life has been in shambles and the public has learned way more about his personal life than we ever cared to know.
After a four month hiatus, he returned to golf, played well at the Masters but has since missed a cut, withdrawn from another tournament and lost his swing coach. Eldrick just can’t seem to get out of his funk.
Most of us, at one point in time, were Tiger Woods fans. He revolutionized the sport, dominating golf for nearly a decade. There was Tiger Woods and then everyone else. He was the most recognizable, most marketable and most admired athlete on the planet. Not so much any more.
I honestly think, despite his recent struggles with fidelity, most would welcome another Tiger victory. Even though his absence has allowed other golfers to become victorious, we don’t want to see Tim Clark and Rory McIlroy hoisting trophies on Sunday evening. Deep down inside, part of us still wants to see Tiger doing what he does best: dominating the links. But from what we’ve seen lately, he’s nowhere close.
Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe there’s a huge contingent of people who want Tiger to fail, payback for his actions. Then there’s a handful of others that are indifferent. But most just want to see Tiger win once again. It’s just going to take some time.