The playoffs are the
most spectacular time of any sports season, and if you’re a general
sports fan, it doesn’t matter who’s playing: you are probably going to
watch. But, the one exception in my book is the NBA Playoffs.
The first round games are about as exciting as an old Matlock
rerun. How can you be interested in watching legit playoff teams
like the Heat go out and dominate a Nets team that scrambled just to
finish the season two games over .500?
To top it off, the league has expanded the first round to a
best-of-seven series. It seemed so much easier when the
eliminated in a best-of-five series, and we could move on with our
Here’s an idea. Get rid of the first round altogether.
Instead of letting half of the league in the playoffs, actually make it
mean something to get there. Shorten the NBA season, and the
regular season games will be a little more meaningful. Who knows?
Maybe teams will start playing defense. At the end of the year,
take the top four in both conferences, and play the games out.
The NBA Playoffs are obviously on the bottom of my list as far as
postseason excitement is concerned; here’s a look at a few other
sporting events that are worth watching.
NFL Playoffs- 16 regular-season games to grind it out, and then
comes down to four weekends in January. The NFL Playoffs have the
perfect number of teams. You actually have to be decent to make
the postseason, which makes the games more interesting. 60,000
fans tailgating and then showing up to the game with their shirts off
in sub-freezing temperatures, sums up the importance of a playoff game.
MLB Postseason- Our national pastime. What’s more American
than the World Series (except when the Blue Jays make it)? The
divisional playoffs rival the excitement of the NBA, but once you get
the league championship series, it’s on. Hidden behind 300
dollars worth of player salaries was one of the greatest postseasons in
MLB history, in 2004. Even if you don’t like baseball, you had to
appreciate the Red Sox-Yankees series.
College Football- oops. Wait a minute. This could
without a doubt be at the top of the list if the NCAA would just tell
the BCS to go to $%#@. Instead, the Laptop Computer Bowl warms us
up for an anti-climatic ending most years.
NCAA Tournament- Hands down, the cream of the crop. 64 or
65 teams (depending on if you count the play-in game) cut down to one
national champion in three weeks. Every game has drama, thanks to
the single-elimination format. Every night in March, college kids
are jumping through bonfires celebrating upset wins and buzzer beaters.