1.) Football – Performance-drug-laden genetic freaks line up a few inches from each other, knock each other down, get up, go talk about it, then do it again.
2.) Basketball – Not a team sport. Period. And quit letting the high school kids in. Basketball is just a stepping stone you have to endure playing so you can get endorsement deals.
3.) Baseball – Only 3 people are playing the majority of the time (pitcher, catcher, batter). Everyone else is standing around scratching their sack. And, people can go on the DL because they strained their back putting their cowboy boots on (or picking up their kid). Baseball was purposely designed to operate at a snail’s pace to sell hot dogs and beer.
Most of what’s great about hockey has been listed, but let’s not forget that, in interviews and public appearances, hockey players are, by a wide margin, the most polite and humble of all athletes.
What’s the first thing you hear out of a hockey player’s mouth when some witless commentator says, “Talk us through your goal”?
Here’s a template for response (it doesn’t vary by much): ” So-and-so made a great pass, and I just threw it at the net, and was lucky it found its way in.”
Try getting someone from the other “major” sports to talk like that. They’re not going to pass up the opportunity for shameless self-promotion…..]]>