What your view of sports and life would be if you had too many concussions
EDITOR’S NOTE: Boyd Bergquist was the sports director at KETS-TV in East Tree Stump, Nebraska for almost 40 years. Known across the Husker state as the voice of the Boy’s High School Basketball Tournament, Bergquist was a four-time winner of the Marv J. Butz “Golden Cob” Award For Excellence In Nebraska Broadcast Journalism. That background, along with his quick if not cliché-riddled wit and love of single-malt scotch makes Bergquist a perfect fit to be our “Question” guy.
Did Serena Williams just have a bad day at the U.S. Open or is she really a bad person?
~Tennis the Menace
I haven’t watched tennis since Bjorn Borg and Martina Navratilova…and judging by the ratings you haven’t either. Look, I don’t know Serena Williams, so I can’t speak to whether she’s a good person or not.
Here’s what I do know. She’s obviously a sore loser. Do you think for a minute she chews on the referee like that if she’s ahead 6-2 instead of the other way around? She either had a bad day, or got caught taking that girl lightly, or just got flat-out beat. Could be all of the above too. The bottom line is it won’t matter, because there we are two weeks past that incident which means the whole thing has blown over and will be completely forgotten by the time we get to the Australian Open in January.
Speaking of Australians and tennis, whatever happened to Yvonne Goolagong?
What’s the dumbest rule in the NFL that isn’t that “catch/not a catch” nonsense?
~ Seriously, Football Sucks
Judging by the time-stamp on your question I’m pretty sure I have a different answer now than from when you sent it. Like you mentioned, I used to think it was that “catch/not a catch” crap. Then I thought it was the whole “fumble out the end zone being a touch-back.” That’s a pretty stupid rule, but after this week, now I’m solidly on the bandwagon about the new “roughing the quarterback” rules. Essentially, tackling the quarterback in the pocket is now illegal.
You hit a quarterback in the head, it’s a 15-yard flag. I get that. You hit a quarterback low, it’s also a 15-yard flag. Taking out a guy’s knee’s on purpose is pretty cheap. But now a textbook tackle draws a penalty. That’s a wagon full of crap, sports fans.
40 years ago, when Hall-of-Fame Pittsburgh Steeler linebacker and legendary psychopath Jack Lambert said “we might as well put dresses on quarterbacks” when they made it illegal to hit them with railroad ties, he probably had no idea how on point he was going to be. I thought that whole “in the grasp” thing back in the 80’s was ridiculous, but this takes the cake. Next thing you know, this is going to be the National Two-Hand Touch League.
Will sports leagues and colleges cut ties with Nike after the Kaepernick thing?
In a word no. Nobody on the Titanic got on the life boats at first either. I’m going to be blunt. This is the last time I’m going to talk about this whole thing, because this topic is as dead as dead can be.
First of all, this “protest” is down to less than ten players doing it, and none who anybody cares about. Two, like I’ve already said , the “protesting” players didn’t accomplish anything because they didn’t get anybody to come over to their way of seeing things. All they did was preen for those who agree with them and piss off those who don’t. That’s like fist-pumping after you hit a free throw. Big deal.
Not to mention, that whole ad campaign already lived its life and served its purpose. It got everybody talking about this for a hot minute, and now it’s become fodder for so many internet jokes. What it all comes down to is this is all over and done with, no big organizations are going to go through the hoops needed to get out of contractual arrangement over this, and Nike’s real problem is it’s losing market share to Under Armour and Reebok because Nike makes over-priced, low-quality crap.
Having said all that, I’m not playing along with this “get free publicity by pissing people off” game. If you want me to talk about Nike, Colin Kaepernick or any of this crap again, send me a check.
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