Here I am in a Florida hotel, my legs feeling like I walked almost eight miles today, which I did.
My thoughts are many and varied and garbled so I must share them.
Is anybody worth $250, $280, $300 MM for playing a kid’s game?
I get it that there is a ridiculous amount of money involved in sports and billionaires are making piles too. But still is there really positive value here? Do these numbers get so crazy it is like when Space Balls hits ludicrous speed – beyond imagination?
I have been around a long time and seen every kind of bubble burst, whether real estate or oil prices or tech stocks, that you can imagine. Sports feels like one such bubble.
What would it take for the Astro’s fans to boo their team?
My son was telling me about the Patriot fans booing their team after losing a couple in a row. I mean these are the defending Super Bowl champs (along with being in practically every SB this decade).
I think our fans are better than that – but I’ve been wrong before.
Even with this alleged scandal, I don’t think Houston fans are jaded enough to do that to a team they love and are so happy to support. I think it would almost take an off field scandal to result in such action.
What is worse – a team electronically stealing signals with management knowledge or the league juicing the baseball to pump up scores, ratings and income?
Some folks will say juicing baseball does not give one team competitive advantage over another. But what if some teams did not build themselves to be high scoring, HR centric teams? Wouldn’t this give certain teams that sign crankers an advantage (which might include the big city teams baseball would like to see succeed)?
In my mind, both things affect the integrity of the game.
Would the modern fan accept reasonable scoring in the games or do they need video game style action to keep their interest?
I think the beauty of a 2-1 pitching matchup may be lost on most modern fans. But I don’t think every game has to be 9-8 to keep them in it. A good solid 5-4 game should do the trick. Am I wrong here?
If most of us had been born today would we have learned to love the game like we have?
Most of us were part of a game that was very oral in its presentation. Our dad or mom would sit with us and talk us through the game. It was a bonding experience for us.
I had a friend who would spend summers on his grandpa’s farm. They would listen together on the radio to a few innings of the Cardinals together before hitting the hay early.
Would these types of interactions happen today when families sit in the same room glued to their phones oblivious to each other?
Anyways, as I said my thoughts today are all over the place. What about yours?