Friday Countdown - Winter Time Killers

Friday Countdown - Winter Time Killers

Ever notice they had to create a cavalcade of sports to fill the winter baseball void?  Ranked from awful, to passable, but still not baseball.      

 

10.  NFL Football - Like to help rich, old white guys profit by maiming young black men?  Here’s your show.   

 

9.5 Ice Fishing - At least you’re not helping old white guys profit by maiming young black men.

 

9. Hunting Season - The outdoors part is ok.  But it’s a little asymmetric, as sports go.

 

8. Bowling - Moves up four slots if The Big Lebowski.

 

7. NBA Basketball - It can be fun.  It can also be run, shoot, score, run, shoot, score tedious.

 

6. College Football - School spirit makes the game seem not quite as bad.  Still, it’s a game premised on knocking somebody down, and that only goes so far.   

 

5. College Basketball - Again, school spirit improves the game.

 

4. Curling - Have never understood the innings, or quarters, or whatever they call them, but it’s somewhere between soothing and mesmerizing to watch.

 

3. Hockey - It’s very difficult.  It’s very fast.  It can really, really, hurt.  Those are the makings of a  good sport.  High school, college, NHL, Olympic … they’re all terrific, for slightly different reasons.      

 

2.  Freestyle Skiing - Creativity and risk - the very soul of youth.

 

1.5 Pond Hockey - The winter sport of my teen years, so it’s gonna rank high.

 

1.  Downhill Skiing - Hurtling down a mountain as fast as you possibly can taunts mortality which is, by definition, cool.  Very, very fast.  Can really, really, really hurt.  Kinda crazy.  That’s a great sport.