March 16th, 2006


Best annual spectator sport events

To qualify, an event must refer to one sport or one organized collection of sports, with all games/matches (if more than one) taking place over one or several consecutive days.

1. NCAA postseason basketball tournament, 1st and 2nd rounds
2. Super Bowl
3. MLB Opening Day
4. The final weekend of The Masters (yes, I even like golf on TV; yes, I have a serious problem)
5. NFL Wild Card Weekend (not the next two weekends, because the home team always wins the divisional games, and 2 games isn't enough to make championship weekend interesting)
6. The championship College Football bowl game, always a couple days after New Years
7. Daytona 500

N/A: The NHL Playoffs. They would be around #2.5 for me, except that there's no particular game or weekend that necessarily qualifies in advance as being an annual must-see event. The MLB and NBA playoffs have the same problem.

What am I missing?
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open letter

Dear annoying guys on the March Madness commercial,

"Skewer" does not rhyme with "tour". Trying to rhyme them is not funny. Trying to rhyme them every single commercial break is even less funny. Doing so while playing guitar and submerged under several feet of water might have been funny the first time, but is no longer funny. Me avoiding Applebee's for the rest of my life because their marketing people saw it fit to make sure I have the Gilligan's Island theme song stuck in my head all weekend, in fact, is funnier than the commercial ever was. Now, for the sake of all that is holy, STOP!

No love,