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Baseball Justice

Why do people bring baseball gloves to a game and not use them (or bring them at all)? I went to a college hockey game once and a guy tried to catch a puck from an errant slap shot of the stick a hulking Swedish defenseman. The puck ended up twenty rows past the guy and his thumb was still snapped back to his wrist. Accidents happen so hang up the f’n phone!

The headline pretty much says it all. The video — for now anyway —can be seen at Deadspin. Wait for the slow-mo, which renders the fan’s divinely-deigned fate all the clearer.  Sadly, it doesn’t appear as though he’s talking on an iPhone, but let us not make the perfect the enemy of the good.

Best part: the girl who brought her glove to the game and was standing right next to cell phone guy actually backed away from the ball rather than try to field it.  I’d like to think that this was intentional and that she knew full well her role in this fan’s cosmic comeuppance.


Sports We Ignore

All around the world people take part in sports that the average American doesn’t understand or couldn’t care less about. Sports like bullfighting, rugby, and cricket are barely a blip on America’s radar screen. Even professional soccer has seemed to elude many Americans. Our kids may play it but when the casual soccer fan would have trouble naming the best teams and players that shows a lack of interest. We are so set in our ways that if it isn’t one of the big four sports (baseball, basketball, football, hockey) we don’t seem to care. Even golf is a sport people play but don’t watch, outside of Tiger Woods. The sad thing is that there are major things occurring right now and we are oblivious.

ESPN is currently trying to introduce cricket to their audience. They can’t risk a ratings bomb in primetime so they are showing it (complete with small little picture advertisement) on ESPN360.com. Apparently ESPN News, ESPN 2, ESPN etc., all had other obligations to broadcast.

Last December on of the best rugby players in the world came out that he was gay. Until Sports Illustrated ran an article this month on Gareth Thomas you would have trouble naming anything rugby related. I know I have no knowledge about the sport other than just a basic understanding of how it works. I am ignorant to the sport myself, and was amazed at the story of Thomas. What was astounding is how well teammates and fans received his news. Would we be so accepting if Peyton Manning or LeBron James announced they were gay?

There is one sport that I just can’t support, and that is bullfighting. There is pageantry and beauty in the sport so they say, but to me it seems like mocking an animal as it slowly dies. Once in a while the bull gets revenge for his species, but what happened to Julio Aparicio is cruel by any standards. Aparicio is one of the best bullfighters in the world, but he is now in critical condition. He fought a bull and the bull won, goring him through the jaw. Nobody deserves this.

So next time you are bored, or your favorite team is getting blown out, try taking a look at a new sport. You may just find out that you have room in your life for another sport.

Peter Gammons Versus UFC

Peter Gammons is not only one of the best baseball journalists ever, he is one the the best sports writers covering any sport for the last quarter century. Nobody has more insight, more contacts, more intelligent thoughts than Gammons. He knew what a player or team was going to do before they did it, and he knew why they did it. Gammons has had an enlightened opinion about other sports as well, at least until recently.

After the recent UFC PPV earlier this month Gammons ripped into UFC and MMA in general “We cannot call ourselves civilized as long as louts pay to go back to the Dark Ages and see UFC.” Not exactly a statement that can be misinterpreted, nor has he spoken out against a more violent sport like boxing. People with the opinion that MMA is a “Dark Age” sport are in the dark themselves. When compared to the “civilized” sport of boxing, UFC is much safer for the competitors.

Any UFC event is sanctioned by the same state athletic commission that handles all sports. UFC has shorter rounds than boxing, with three or five rounds as compared to the usual twelve in boxing. Where the big difference lies is with the style of battle. Boxing is punching to the head and body, which can quickly lead to brain injury. MMA is a combination of kicks, grappling, punches, and wrestling. You are not going to see many MMA fighters that have a career by just punching. MMA is a safer sport my an almost immeasurable amount.

Every person is entitled to their own opinion on what sports they like or dislike. MMA isn’t for everyone, but violence shouldn’t be a reason if you are familiar with the sport. What astonishes me is how the best sports mind of his time can pass a judgment that isn’t supported by facts.