It’s Week 2 of Commissioner BTI’s changes to sports and Week 1 was a dozy. I continue to stick by my thought that college athletes deserve to get paid, but I now realize I am in the minority. But, most genius’ are in the minority. I digress, here are this week’s needed changes.
1. NBA AND NHL HAVE TO SHORTEN THEIR PLAYOFFS
In last year’s NBA playoffs, the first game was played on April 18th, and the Lakers were crowned champions on June 14th. That’s a span of 58 days. And if you think that meant more drama, you would be incorrect. Only 4 of the 15 series went 7 games. Only 4 more went 6 games. So, in barely half of the total series played did we have ACTUAL drama in a series going 6 or 7 games. The NHL playoffs went 59 total days, and had 6 series go 7 games. They had 4 series that were 4-0 sweeps. Point being, there is a point where it gets old watching the Lakers pound on the Grizzlies for 4 straight games, when 3 would do. I feel that is both settings, the first AND second rounds should be best of 5, and the conference finals and league finals should be best of 7. That would cut the playoffs back by at least 2 weeks. And I know, its all about money, so this is very unlikely to happen, BUT as a casual fan who has no rooting interest other than liking basketball, I am exhausted by the conference finals of watching basketball, and then am not as excited to watch the games that really matter.
2. THE NFL NEEDS TO TAKE OFF THEIR PANTIES AND PUT ON SOME MAN UNDERWEAR
It has become beyond ridiculous how easy it is for a guy to get a penalty in the NFL these days for simply putting a hard hit on a guy. Since when did the NFL become a non-contact sport? I thought part of the appeal of the sport was the hard hitting. I agree that the horse collar needed to be eliminated, and that chop blocks are dirty. But, when a wide receiver comes across the middle and jumps, a defender should be allowed to knock him into the 1950’s. If there is helmet to helmet contact, then that should be a penalty. But this whole “defenseless receiver” rule has made it frustrating to watch. These guys are wearing pads for a reason. If you need the ultimate example, check out Ray Lewis hitting Chad Johnson(I will not call him by the other name). He hits him square in the shoulder pads. Lewis was penalized and then fined $25,000.
3. THE NCAA MUST MANDATE THAT BCS TEAMS HAVE TO PLAY 2 OTHER BCS SCHOOLS IN NON-CONFERENCE
As long as we don’t have a college football playoff in Divsion 1-A, then I think the regular season should be as much a playoff as we can make it. When teams like Florida, Ohio State, Texas, or Kentucky for that matter, can in theory, schedule 4 Sun Belt schools for it’s non-conference, thats not really a fair barometer of teams. But, if we mandate that BCS schools must schedule 2 other BCS schools, then we get a little closer to a fair judge of who is best. Even if a team like Alabama chooses to play Washington State and Indiana, that is still better than playing Florida Atlantic and Rice. Now, you might ask “what about the non-BCS schools?” Well, in the current system, they have no shot at getting to the title game anyway, so who cares? This is exactly the reason why I think USC should get in the title game over a Cincinnati or Iowa, lets say, because the Trojans played both Ohio St and Notre Dame (on the road). If we are not gonna have the playoff, the regular season needs to be as hard as possible.
4. THE WNBA NEEDS TO BE ABOLISHED
Do I really need to explain this?