Thursday, October 13, 2005

Isn't It Still Nap Time?

Holy Jeebus. NBA basketball started up already. We just sat through eight weeks of NBA Finals coverage that ended at the end of July. So now in the first half of October, we're back at it again? Two months off?

I'm sure the die-hards love it, but c'mon. The season is extended enough, not to mention the playoffs - which seem like they start in February, and don't end till almost August.

But I'm surprised at the lack of fanfare that encompasses the start of the NBA season. David Stern has a very 'Tags' demeanor about him and his league, but the preseason games are an afterthought on Sportscenter. There's no training camp news reports. It's quite unlike the NFL, where John Clayton and Sean Salisburry argue about who sneezed louder at a mini-camp practice for the Chargers.

But oh well, basketball's back. Now there's just one more sport where Will can lay some imaginary wood every week.


At 10:19 AM, Blogger Will said...

"lay imaginary wood"???

Where do you come up with this stuff?

At 11:15 AM, Blogger Nick said...

The same thing happened with the NHL being back... and they were gone for an entire season!

Frankly I pretty much forgot about hockey... which hopefully is the lesson that players associations will learn next time they contemplate a strike. Ultimately it will kill the sport.

The NFL is the only smart league around. They keep their games to a reasonable number for the sport, and they put the games on a regular schedule. I've long argued this to a problem with basketball, baseball and hockey.

Everyone knows that football plays on Sunday (Saturday for college), with a single Monday night game. I think the whole Thursday night football on ESPN is stupid and should be stopped immediately.

Its much harder to know when your baseball team is playing, or your basketball team... unless you're a diehard fan with the schedule memorized. In other words, they make it too hard for a casual fan to get enthused abouta game.

Sorry for the long comment... I've been rambling a lot today.

At 2:32 PM, Blogger Will said...

I agree, it's certainly a problem. Stretching out the playoffs for so long is a terrible mistake. It certainly doesn't increase drama, and I would assert it does the opposite. It's hard to heighten drama in a basketball series that lasts two weeks. By game 7 you can't remember what happened in game 1. They could have less games, which would increase the importance of each game. Or they could eliminate a couple teams (I would do both).


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