People are always roped into doing things they don’t like just to fulfill tradition. Your family has Taco Tuesday every week, even though you cringe when you see your wife unpack the ground beef and the packet of taco mix. But, you keep eating those disgusting tacos just because your family did it every Tuesday as a kid. It’s tradition, and your’e beholden to it. Ditch it. Try something new. The same principle applies to sports.
So many of the problems in sports today exist only because they are beholden to outdated traditions that can’t be changed because it will anger the fist shaking traditionalists. The MLB baseball season is brutally long. Hockey has two halftimes, which makes it less attractive for TV. The NFL Preseason is unwatchable.
Today in The Herd, Colin used Rob Manfred as an example of a progressive minded commissioner who has been hamstrung by nagging baseball purists in his effort to make the game more appealing to the younger generation.
“Rob Manfred would cut off 35 to forty games tomorrow. Do you think he wants his playoffs to start in the middle of a football season? Of course you don’t want a season that’s so long, we’re four months in and just had the All-Star break.
Every baseball player in the sport today would lop off 35-40 games they’re all looking for exits off the interstate to go on the IR, the DL, or something. But they are totally handcuffed to tradition.”
Colin asked the the Herd audience to use the hashtag #IfSportsStartedToday to give examples of changes they would make if their favorite sport started today, and they didn’t have to worry about upsetting tradition. Some of Colin’s no-brainer, tradition be damned, quick fixes include:
- Major League Baseball – Shorten the season to 120 games, move up the playoffs do they aren’t competing against football.
- NFL – Eliminate the preseason. The football is terrible, and why do pros need a preseason when college kids don’t?
- College Basketball – Turn all college basketball into mostly tournament format using in season tournaments leading in to the conference tournaments and NCAA Tournament.
- NBA – Ditch corner three pointers.
- NHL – 3 on 3 for the entire game. One halftime. Nobody likes watching two.
#IfSportsStartedToday tweets came flying in, here are some of the best.
#IfSportsStartedToday Any player shooting under 50% on free throws, has to shoot underhand. Or as I call it, grandma-style.
— Kristine Leahy (@KristineLeahy) July 18, 2016
— Ben Lloyd (@TypicalLloyd) July 18, 2016
#IfSportsStartedToday MLB use metal bats, pitchers pitch from 50 with bear attack suit on. PEDs legal and fights
— Randy M Jones (@23theRealRandy) July 18, 2016
#IfSportsStartedToday 16 team college football playoff
— Steve Salle (@stevesalle23) July 18, 2016
— Mikey Campbell, Jr. (@MikeDucket) July 18, 2016
— Dan Canova (@DanCanova) July 18, 2016
#IfSportsStartedToday I wouldn’t let the NFL and NBA overlap.
— Braden Henderson (@_CoachH) July 18, 2016
#IfSportsStartedToday The Browns would still suck
— Garrett (@Hoopdini_) July 18, 2016
— Jed Mosby (@Underrated_9) July 18, 2016
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) July 18, 2016