Sports Opinion & Analysis

Signs of the Sports Apocalypse

In Keep Updated on May 30, 2013 at 6:56 pm

By Chris Hallenbrook 

As you may have noticed, I’ve been on a bit of a break from blogging lately; my dissertation on Thomas Hobbes has been using up all my writing energies lately, and while the last thing this world needs is another book on Hobbes, I’m determined to give it one! Anyway, turning our attention back to the sports world, now that 2012 has come and gone, we have been saved from yet another round of “the world is ending this year” nonsense. But just as we thought we were safe, in 2013 the sports world is giving us plenty of reason to believe that the sports apocalypse may be nearing. Let’s review.

–          Joe Flacco is the highest paid quarterback in the NFL

–          Bill Belichick drafted for needs clamored for by the media and fans for the second year in a row

–          A punter being cut was newsworthy (Chris Kluwe)

–          California had more teams make the second round of the NHL playoffs than Canada did

–          The Arizona Diamondbacks are in first place (and have a legitimate MVP candidate)

–          Did I mention that Joe Flacco is making more money than Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, and both Manning brothers

–          For once the NBA didn’t simply accept the highest bidder regardless of the consequences

–          Major League Soccer is bordering on relevance

–          The New York Yankees are letting the luxury tax factor into their decision-making process

–          Canada’s Stanley Cup drought has reached 20 years

–          Three players feature in the classic video game NHL 94 are still active

–          Both the Los Angeles Clippers and the Golden State Warriors won playoff series, and outlasted the Los Angeles Lakers

–          Stephen A Smith said something intelligent (just kidding!)

–          The Mississippi State softball team scored two runs on a dropped third strike when the other team jogged off the field and the batter circled the bases

–          The University of California, Davis intramural softball leagues force all batters to start with a 1-1 count

–          After recent lockouts in the NFL, NBA and NHL, MLB has become the model of labor peace

–          I rooted for Nicky Satan Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide in the BCS Title Game (as a Boston College fan, it is my sacred duty to root against Notre Dame)

–          Nick Saban’s reaction to all these Satan jokes indicated he might actually have human emotions after all

–          I was given the opportunity to write for a sports blog

–          The Phoenix Coyotes still exist

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