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.
Here’s the deal gang. This is a busy time of year I’ve got a lot of things on my mind, so I’m just going to throw some things out there that have been bugging me lately.
The XFL: Is anybody watching this? I tuned in for the first week, but it didn’t keep me. The least the AAF had personalities like Steve Spurrier they put mikes on so you could hear the stuff they said on the sidelines. The XFL has a bunch of guys nobody cares about, and all they are doing is calling plays off a laminated sheet that looks like a goddamn Denny’s menu. I know J-Dub is still watching this league, but that guy will watch just about anything.
“Sign-Stealing:” I saw a blurb the other day about how the Houston Astros have been hit by pitches more than only other team so far this spring. Yeah, whatever… Let me tell you something. Right now I’m putting together my baseball season preview, so I’m elbows-deep in everything related to spring training, and I’m going to tell you almost all of those plunks are guys wearing football numbers in the 8th inning who had nothing to do with any of this. Nobody throws intentional bean-balls in spring training.; the people who said that wouldn’t know a baseball if you shoved one up their butts.
Steroids, anyone? Speaking of sign stealing, have you ever noticed that whenever there is a scandal in baseball, the noise is far louder that when something happens in any other sport? Take steroids for example. When the steroid thing ran through baseball, the same people who are trying to equate “sign-stealing” with “Cold War”-era Soviet espionage spent a decade moaning about it. Of course these are the exact same people who largely ignore steroids in football. I mention this because I think there is another great ignore-job going on in sports. Have you ever wondered how the NBA is filled with guys who are built like super-hero action figures and yet there isn’t even a mention of the possibility of somebody being “on the juice?”
Speaking of Steroids: So, as I’m watching another spring in which the New York Yankees already look like an Intensive Care Unit, I have to wonder something. I see a team with these big, jacked-up guys whose bodies are breaking down on them constantly. Does anybody remember what happens to a lot of athletes when they are coming off using performance-enhancing drugs? They tend to have a higher occurrence of muscle and tendon/ligament injuries. Am I the only one who finds this curious?
Fear the Deer? For my money the Milwaukee Bucks are the best team in the NBA right now. But I’m not sure they can beat the Lakers in the Finals. Come to terms with it now, all you fans of the Clippers, Nuggets, and Rockets. Those teams are pretty damn good, but together you couldn’t fill a school bus with their fans. The hard reality is the NBA has been losing TV viewers for a couple years now, and it makes a big chunk of that money come play-off time. In other words, you know damn good and well the NBA will have it’s thumb on the scale pushing for a Finals match-up between it’s flag-ship franchise with it’s biggest star and the best player in the game in Giannis Antetokounmpo.
I’m just sayin’.
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