Festivus is back! And the tradition of the “Seinfeld” holiday begins with the “airing of grievances.”
There are a number of things in the sports world that have disappointed me over the past year. I have a lot of problems with teams, players, coaches, announcers, front office members, mascots, media outlets and now, you’re gonna hear about it.
The aluminum pole is up, with no tinsel in sight, here are a few ways the sports world has disappointed me over the past year.
Sports announcers talking about their playing career
No one cares about your playing career. Yes, I am talking about you George Frazier and Jeff Huson. Baseball fans across Colorado are happy Frazier retired, now we don’t have to listen to him talk about “back when he played with the Yankees.”
As for Huson, not many people care that you were a career .234 hitter. Just call the games, not everything needs to be a clinic.
Baseball players not knowing how to bunt
Why do so many baseball players not know how to bunt? With all the shifts being employed around the game, we should see more bunting. An example would be Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez.
When teams put a huge shift on, CarGo should just lay a bunt down and take his base. An easy single is better than rolling over a slider to second base.
Players in all sports arguing and whining about calls
This is something I still don’t understand, you are making millions of dollars, just play the game and stop embarrassing yourself and your family.
Some of the greatest athletes of all time played the game the right way and hardly ever yelled or argued with officials.
Fans yelling at officials
This is to all the fans that think they are entitled to yelling at officials at sporting events. You are in the second deck and don’t have that good of a look. You are also embarrassing yourself and your family.
Yeah, I know you saw that slow motion replay a few times at home on your HD television. The guy making that call saw it real time and had to make a decision. If you think it’s easy, go officiate a few games and tell me how easy it is.
What are the Rockies doing, why are they so bad?
This list could be long and distinguished so we aren’t even going to go there. All you need to know is the Rockies should be sold to billionaire and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.
Media outlets being homers during games
I know that we all want to see our local sports teams do well, but when we are working we still need to be professional. Over the past few years, a few members of the media have forgotten about journalistic integrity.
What is with all the bad uniforms this year?
I thought that all the ugly uniforms were behind us. I guess I was wrong. The NBA’s short sleeve jersey is not good. The best player in the league even hates them. LeBron James was seen ripping his sleeves earlier this season.
The NFL has made the list this year as well. Do we all remember the “Color Rush” game? Fans who are colorblind had a hard time watching the Jets and the Bills as it looked like everyone was on the same team.
You would have thought the NFL would have learned from their mistakes, nope. We also had the pleasure of watching the mustard vs. ketchup game against the Rams and Buccaneers.
In honor of bad uniforms, I will leave you with the classic jerseys the Colorado Caribous wore back in the day.
ESPN’s K-Zone Live upsets baseball purists
ESPN dropped the ball again in 2015 as they thought it would be a good idea to implement K-Zone live for all its Major League Baseball coverage. I guess we didn’t learn from what Fox did years ago with the glowing puck.
Dinger is no good
This has been talked about before here at The Post. So I will make this short and sweet. Dinger is one of the worst mascots in all of sports.
“Dinger is a Times Square sideshow, the Easter Bunny taking a smoke break, the guy who plays the mall Santa during the other 11 months,” Hochman said. Needless to say, it is time for Dinger to retire.
Division I baseball in Colorado is almost nonexistent
I just don’t understand how our two biggest public state colleges don’t have Division I baseball. Yes, I am talking about Colorado State University and the University of Colorado. Colorado is the only university in the Pac-12 conference to not sponsor baseball.
Our state’s only supported Division I baseball program is the University of Northern Colorado. However, UNC lacks the updated facilities and amenities to attract local prep talent.
Jeff Bailey: email@example.com or @beetbailey