Off the Record: Feeling crotchety over overlong sports seasons

Off the Record

One of the signs of old age is that you start repeating yourself.

I know my youthful appearance, brought about by superior genetics and clean living, belies my years, but I can’t help feeling like a crotchety old fogey about this time of year.

So I’m going to repeat one of my pet peeves about a situation that I can do nothing about. I’ve been complaining about it for years, and so far no one has listened or done anything about it.

Here we are again, a nearly third of the way through June, and NBA and NHL seasons are still dragging on.

I don’t understand why these winter sports are still being played in the middle of baseball season. Who sets up the schedule? Why should it take more than two weeks to play a best of seven series?

That’s what it would take if the NBA finals went to seven games. The series started June 1. The seventh game, if needed, is scheduled for June 18. Why do there have to be three days between each game?

The NBA finals may be over by Friday, the way the Golden State Warriors have been thumping Cleveland Cavaliers, or should I say Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Stanley Cup series is scheduled much the same way, with so much time between the games you almost forget who is playing.

It has long been my opinion that athletic seasons should be played during the natural season in which they makes sense. Baseball is a spring and summer game. It should be played when it is warm enough to play outside.

Basketball is a winter sport. It should be played inside when it is too cold to play outside.

Ice hockey is by definition a winter sport. You need ice to play it and it should end when there is no more ice. In fact, I would argue that hockey should only be played in climates where ice naturally occurs. That would do away with the Los Angeles Kings, the San Jose Sharks, the Anaheim Ducks, the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Carolina Hurricanes and the Nashville Predators. And it would have prevented Norm Green from moving the Minnesota North Stars to Dallas.

Football is a fall sport, best played on cool, crisp afternoons in September and October, and maybe on into November. December is pushing it. January and February should be left to basketball and hockey.

Disagree with me if you will. It will only prove that your a dern fool kid who never learned to respect your elders.

Now get off my lawn!


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