Quote: Originally Posted by shadowshiv
Sweet! The Yankees are one loss away from being punted from the playoffs.
What teams are people here going for...
As long as the Yankees and Atlanta lose, it doesn't much matter to me what happens in major league baseball, I'll watch the games and enjoy the usual demonstrations of athletic excellence. I watch the CFL and the NHL for the same reasons, though I do like to see Saskatchewan's Riders and the Montreal Canadiens win and everybody else lose to them, but different results don't much distress me. I watch them because they provide such clear and unequivocal demonstrations of excellence, at something, and I can't think of a better justification for professional athletics. We pay grown men exorbitant amounts to play children's games, so they'd better be spectacularly good at them. And they are. I played all those games in my youth, and I was a pretty good athlete, but those guys are so far beyond anything I could ever dream of doing... They amaze and delight me.
And then there are the women...Holy Cow! Did you watch the last Olympic women's hockey series? At my youthful and testosterone-driven best, I couldn't have kept up with those women, they're amazing, and it was excellent and brilliant hockey.
Probably I'm much better at understanding the engineering of networks and telecommunications systems than any of them will ever be, that's what I made a career of for 35 years and I'd like to think I was excellent at it, but it didn't really entertain anybody but me. Which is maybe why I never got multi-million dollar contracts... But those pro athletes who put their bodies on the line and every working day publicly display such excellence at their craft... well, they earn every penny of what they get.
Hmm... I seem to have digressed a bit from the questions posed in the OP. Well, that's just the nature of things, one idea leads to other ideas, and before you know it you've spread out like melted cheese into things that have nothing to do with the original question. So sue me...