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DON’T PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES EVER GET ENOUGH GLORY?

Excuse my logic but I think the whole Flat Earther movement is just the most desperate attempt I’ve seen yet of pro-athletes, specifically NBA Basketball Players trying for every publicity grab they can get.

Players such as Kyrie Irving and former great Shaquille O’Neal argue that NASA and other scientific agencies doctor photos of the Earth to male it appear a sphere. They further argue that when you drive cross country the landscape is flat, hence the Earth being the same.

In the interest of brevity I will just cite several points that should clearly put to rest any idea that we live on a flat Earth.  First, if you look at a ship, in the best case, a ship with a tall mast as it sails away from the beach toward the horizon you will see the bottom portion  of the vessel disappear, followed by the middle portion and finally the masts themselves will sink from view.  This is because the boat is descending over the gradual curvature of the Earth.  The boat doesn’t just disappear all at once as it would on a flat Earth.

Second point to consider.  If the Earth were indeed shaped like a flat dinner plate or frisbee when people, ships, or other vehicles came to “the end” doesn’t it follow they would just fall off and into the abyss of outer space?

Third and last point which I learned some years ago from someone smarter than I.   If you take a plane from the United States to say Europe or Asia and then take the plane back there is a noticeable difference in travel time between the two flights.  I used to attribute this to wind currents  but that’s only part of the story.  When the plane is flying in the same direction as the spherical Earth’s rotation it takes longer to reach its destination because that destination on the Earth is spinning away from the plane which is moving at a slower speed.  However when your plane is flying against the spin the destination is moving toward the plane courtesy of the Earth’s rotation and thus you arrive faster. On a flat Earth this phenomenon would probably not occur.

All I ask is that people consider all the evidence before being caught up in a celebrity worship that leaves them blinded to the truth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What a Difference a Simple . Makes

Excuse my logic but on this the weekend of this year’s Super Bowl I thought this was the best time to share an observation. Admittedly this thought has nothing to do with the two teams playing this year.

It concerns those Tag Heuer Advertisements that feature New England Patriots’ Quarterback Tom Brady.  I would love to post the photo of this ad but for copyright reasons thought it better not to. We have these billboards all over New Jersey.

The billboard shows a picture of a uniformed Tom Brady with the slogan #Don’t Crack Under Pressure. Wouldn’t it be interesting if a simple period (punctuation mark that is) was added between the words “Crack” and “Under” in this ad? It would become “Don’t Crack. Under Pressure.”  Under would become an adverb for the verb pressure as in under inflate.  I don’t think any further explanation is necessary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Major League Baseball – Things are Looking Up

Excuse my logic but as both a baseball purist and as a human being the way this Major League Baseball (MLB) season has played out has delighted me and restored my faith that the game still has an element of sports about it.

I think the ultimate story is the triumph of the Detroit Tigers.  Despite having one of the worst records of all the teams to make the playoffs they emerged victorious and are now in the World Series.  Miguel Cabrera won the first triple-crown since Carl Yastrzemski did it more than 40 years ago.  This achievement alone is a once in a lifetime event for many fans to see.  Yet what overshadows Miggy’s accomplishment is what this season can do to uplift the spirits of the people of Detroit.  Just two years ago or so, I recall reading how in that city alone, some 9,000 properties were in foreclosure.  The total acreage in foreclosure was equal to the size of Manhattan!  It was suggested by some in the media that many professional athletes might not even want to play for a Detroit team in any sport for fear that people there couldn’t afford to go to professional sporting events.  What professional athlete wants to play before a half full stadium or arena?

Yet here are the Tigers now, at the pinnacle of baseball success.  Detroit needed this shot in the arm badly and Jim Leyland and company delivered it to them.

There were other feel good stories in MLB this year.  The Saint Louis Cardinals lost their franchise player, one Albert Pujols and their veteran manager Tony La Russa who had guided them to two World Series championships in the past decade.  As well, they like the Tigers had the lowest winning percentage of any playoff bound teams.  Yet they made it to the National League Championship Series and almost knocked off the San Francisco Giants. 

Then consider some of the other teams that made it to the playoffs.  The Washington Nationals, Cincinnati Reds and Baltimore Orioles had all endured many lackluster seasons this past decade but found themselves’ in the hunt for the title.

Parity has at long last seemingly come back to the game. That juggernaut known as the New York Yankees has learned that the World Series trophy is not simply for sale to the highest bidder.  Similarly, the Los Angeles Dodgers or Los Angeles Angels with all their money can’t just buy the championship either.  Baseball has once again become a sport where the team with the most heart and soul can rise to the top.

For baseball, which was tarnished more than any other sport by admitted steroid use amongst even some of its most revered players the winds of change have been long overdue.  MLB has gotten tough with dopers as evidenced by the suspensions, sometimes as much as 50 games handed down to users.  Equally important though is the fact that it is truly a competition where anyone can win and true competition is the essence of any activity we call sports.

 

Copyright 2012; Greg S.  

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Sport Futilities

Excuse my Logic but presented here are some questions which poke fun at that hallowed of all institutions, professional sports.

 For example, maybe you’ve heard it asked before. Why do they call it a “World Series?” 

All the games excepting some in Toronto, are played in the United States.  All the teams except for Toronto are from cities in the United States.  Yes there are players from a multitude of countries, but it is essentially an American Series.  Do they call it a world series perhaps because we in America can at times be so self-centered that we think of ourselves as the entire world?

 Now to expand our search for logic to the other professional sports, I ask you to ponder some other questions.

How do we expect players who make millions and zillions of dollars to respect officials who make five figure salaries?  I remember one case in point where New York Yankee’s catcher Jorge Posada actually spit at an umpire.

The same question of economics also comes into play with respect to mangers or coaches.  Aside from managers and coaches on the megabucks level say of a Joe Tore or Phil Jackson, there are many lower tier coaches and managers who earn comfortable but not outlandish salaries.  Furthermore they don’t get nearly the press ink that some of their top players get?  So does it not follow that some of these players may actually think themselves mightier than their so called boss? I remember hearing one rumor several years ago when Tiki Barber was still on the Giants Football team where it was suggested that some players on that team didn’t try their hardest because they didn’t like playing for Coach Tom Coughlin. My recollection is that the Giants finished a mediocre 8-8 that year.

Also, sticking with managers and coaches for a minute, ask yourself this.  When a team does terrible in a season, whose job is always in jeopardy the most?  You know the answer.  So if a team is mired in a horrific slump, I maintain that some players figure “wait until next year” and kind of turn down their throttle, fully knowing that they are under long term contracts while their “boss” the manager is usually on a shorter contract and has a limited shelf life.  I will admit, I like when a team is doing bad and a player will have the fortitude to defend their manager by indicating that it is the players, not the coach who ultimately win or lose the game.

Another logic question I have about professional sports concerns the National Basketball Association.  Now I know NBA teams are trying to squeeze as many fans into their arena as possible to maximize profits.  It’s the American way.  But am I the only one who ever asks why there is such a narrow out of bounds section on the court? How many times have we seen a 250 pound or greater player, say like Shaq, jettison through the air and end up slamming into some unsuspecting 150 pound photographer?  NBA players are by and large, giant men. More space in the out of bounds should be allotted to make he sport safer for the players as well as the media, coaches and other personnel who are gathered on the playing floor.

Lastly, I will leave you with an observation that you can investigate the validity of yourself next time you watch a professional athletic event in any of the major sports on television or listen on the radio.  This comes under the heading of “salesmanship.”

Let’s say the New England Patriots are playing the New York Jets.  It is fourth quarter, 4 minutes to go and the Jets are down by three touchdowns.  You have these announcers who are still concocting “what if” schemes as to how the Jets can still win this game. They will do anything to keep you glued to that television because your viewership means more advertising dollars, bigger ratings and ultimately better salaries for Mr. Announcer guy.  The Jets are losing by 21 points to the Patriots with 4 minutes left.  I think it is a no brainer.  The announcers on the other hand think we have no brains.

Copyright 2009; Greg S.

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