Boy, I’m telling you, this time of year it gets really frustrating trying to read the sports section in the morning newspaper. I went to a game this week-end and couldn’t wait to get up in the morning and read all about it in the paper from a local sportswriter’s perspective. This was a game of monumental importance! This was a game between two teams vying for first place in their division and where do you think I finally found it? Bottom of Page Three! The front page of the sports section was dominated by, you guessed it, “f o o t b a l l “, and the 2nd page was all about “g o l f”, and not even professional golf, but high school golf! And the top of Page Three wasn’t about other baseball teams either. It was about Lance Armstrong and cycling. Is baseball not America’s favorite pasttime? I understand some might find the season a little long. Okay, maybe really long, but when ESPN starts showing daily doubles and NFL rookie interviews before they show highlights of today’s actual division games that have a significant meaning in the league standings, something has to give. And this happens every year.
So today I finally broke down and bought an annual subscription to MLB Magazine and set up the Online Edition of the Mercury News so I can get my morning “fix”. I really hate giving up my newspaper. There’s something very enlightening and peaceful about settling down each morning with my coffee and newspaper in hand, chuckling at the play-by-plays reported by another sports fan/writer with a really great sense of humor. But so be it. This entire scenario reminded me of a George Carlin routine I’d heard about the differences between football and baseball. I finally found it and posted it here for you to see. Unfortunately, you can’t watch it in bed with your morning cup of coffee, but hope you enjoy it anyhow.