6 Sports Things That Need To Stay In 2016
2017 will finally liberate us from the supposed year of drudgery that 2016 has been. So as 2016 dies, here are six trends that should go down with it....
"__________ Blew A 3-1 Lead" Jokes
Congrats, Cleveland. You won your elusive ring. Enjoy it, go crazy, just don't get too arrogant. You can start by ending this 3-1 craze you've brought upon this world. Look, that comeback was epic. No one's going to deny that for a second (OK, maybe Warriors fans). But not a photo can be posted with the "3-1 lead" jokes flowing. To be honest, they were pretty funny the first few times. But continuing the trend...especially when the same city blew the very same margin...shows you really need to get over it. There is such a thing as acting like you've been there before, and at the rate things are going, they could be "there" for awhile, and going on and on about your first title ever is not the way to do that.
It's bad enough that a measurable number of Americans woke up on Election Day, drove to a voting station, and wrote in a deceased gorilla they didn't even know existed this time last year. But to spend a sum ranging in the triple digits to customize a jersey with said gorilla's name on the back of it? Go home and rethink your life, man. The same goes if you're wearing one with your name on the back. Jerseys are expensive as is, and no amount of money will put you in the field. You didn't throw any touchdown passes last season, nor is your batting average going up or down anytime soon. This isn't the XFL. You can't just put your name on the back of hallowed space.
Space Jam 2 Rumors
It feels like every so often we hear reports that "the Space Jam sequel is definitely happening!!!". That needs to stop. Nothing against LeBron James, who, frankly, was the best part of Trainwreck, but even with the recent flux of successful revisitations of popular franchises (Star Wars, Mad Max), returning to Space Jam seems moot at this point. There are certain things that happened in the 90's that worked because they were made in the 90's. They were cheesy, yes, but they were coated in that delicious cheese that made everything a lot better. When certain 90's phenomenons come back, they end up paling in comparison to the originals, and almost make us look at them differently (looking at you, Dumb and Dumber To!). Let's leave LeBron's basketball heroics in the live-action world, at least for the time being.
NFL Color Rush
This obviously won't go anywhere because there are certain designs that haven't been worn yet, but Color Rush needs to be blacked out. Thursday Night Football is unwatchable as is, but when the Miami Dolphins come out looking pilots of the Rebel Alliance and the Seattle Seahawks look like Green Lantern knock-offs, it become straight up eye-gouging. Color Rush is more less just a not-so-subtle attempt to sell more jerseys, but how many people actually walk around in these rainbow duds? The best Color Rush unis aren't even Color Rush unis, but more throwbacks, and teams like the Giants, Cowboys, Broncos and Rams have pulled it off well. This would lead to helmet rule changes, but that's a whole other story.
5-7 Teams Going To Bowls
There are wayyyyyyyyyy too many bowl games. This is how you end up with 5-7 teams not only competing...but winning bowl games. Once you get your seventh loss, that should very well be the end of your season. The excessive bowl games probably won't away because there's big money to be made (for everyone except the participants of course) from all the corporate sponsorships, but there has been a bit of a small step taken to avoid things like this, as the NCAA has placed a brief moratorium on adding new bowl games, in place until 2019. College football has been changed for the better with the playoff system. But if this keeps up, soon we'll be talking these 5-7 teams in the playoff. OK, that's a stretch but still...no one wants to see them after Thanksgiving.
[caption id="attachment_348117" align="alignnone" width="594"] PORTLAND, ME - APRIL 15: The new Eastern League pitch clock counts down the time for a picher to deliver the ball during a game at Hadlock Field in Portland on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. (Photo by Carl D. Walsh/Staff Photographer)[/caption]
Pace of Play Changes In Baseball
The MLB already took care of one controversial change this offseason, revealing that the All-Star Game will no longer determine homefield advantage in the World Series. Now, let's take care of another...enough with pitch clocks, enough with whining that games go on too long, enough with trying to cater to the fan who can't go 30 seconds without looking at their phone. A football game goes four hours, and no one bats an eye. But God forbid a baseball game go a second over 150 minutes, and people start losing their minds. The beauty of baseball is that it doesn't have a clock. Let's keep it that way.
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