Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

Sports

July 21, 2013

Morgan: An exhibition should not carry any weight

- — Well, the AL finally won the All Star baseball game which means that the American League will have the home field advantage in the World Series. Too bad that it didn’t turn out that way two and three years ago. If it had, there might be a couple of World Champion banners flying at the Ball Park in Arlington.

Riots broke out in Oakland at the conclusion of the All Star game to protest the outcome.  When the rioters were told that the A’s were in the American League and could quite possibly benefit from the win, the protesters rioted in celebration.

There is nothing more worthless than an All Star game in any sport.  It is an exhibition, and an exhibition should not carry any weight in anything that matters.  Major league managers manage to win in an All Star game the same way I coached to win in T-ball. They make sure that everyone gets to play and so that no one gets hurt. (Now, I’m not sure if every major league player in the game gets a snow cone.)  In other words, winning is secondary. If major league baseball thinks it is or should be any different, they would rule that the starters had to play at least seven innings. They don’t so the win just happens when no one is looking.

Try to imagine a Pro Bowl where they had consequences with a win: say, the winner hosts the next Super Bowl. That means that defenders would actually tackle threatening Tom Brady’s multimillion dollar arm or Adrian Peterson’s $10 million knees. I can’t imagine a Pro Bowl where the stars “play” much less actually “PLAY.”

I was going to say, imagine a Raider’s star getting hurt in an exhibition game, but I can’t think of an Oakland star (at least not since the days of John Madden). But, if they had one and he got hurt, I’m sure riots would break out in Oakland.  Now they’ll probably break out because I said they don’t have a star. (I’m not worried. I’m not sure anyone in Oakland can read.)

Next winter, when it’s up against a rerun of “Love it or List it” turn over to the NBA All Star game.  The guys without the ball will more closely resemble matadors than they will defenders.  If you look closely, every time someone dunks, the defenders will pull out cards rating them from 1 to 10.  A player doing something stupid like drawing an offensive foul will cause looting and burning in Oakland.

?Do the MLS and/or the NHL have soccer games?  I don’t know. I’ve never tuned one in, but I’m not alone.  Nielson ratings don’t even exist for those events since the rating agency can’t even locate them to check for ratings (or a pulse for that matter).  Of course, now that I think of it, I may have seen an NHL All Star game and thought it was newsreel footage of an Oakland riot.  It’s hard to tell the difference.

?I thought once I was tuning in to the MLS All Star game, but it turned out to be houses for sale in Plano. However, one house did get a red card for out dated wall paper and shag carpet. (See there’s Major League Soccer and Multiple Listing Service. Never mind. It doesn’t work when you have to explain.)

?For baseball to put something as important as home field advantage for the World Series on the outcome of an exhibition game is out of line. Baseball is trying to make the game relevant, but they can’t. It’s a show and an honor for the participants.  It’s like a carnival without the dusty cotton candy.  It is what it is, and baseball can’t make it any more than that without legislating the format, and, changing the format could cause rioting in Oakland.  Of course, if I change my underwear it could cause a riot in Oakland.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • GC Track & Field: Area meet Roundup

    Corsicana's Gilfillan wins 4A area pole vault title; Frost girls win 1A area team title, Frost boys finish second

    April 17, 2014

  • GC Baseball: Mildred falls to Riesel, 9-0, on the road

    Mildred managed a hit and struck out 12 times in a 9-0 loss on the road that could have given the Eagles some cushion in the 23-2A standings. They are now 5-6 with a game at league-leading Teague Tuesday.

    April 17, 2014

  • 4-18-14Roman.jpg CHS Soccer: Tigers boys and girls top off season with strong showing on All-District teams

    That tough and gutsy style of play sent both the boys and girls teams into the playoffs and on Thursday the Tigers were rewarded again for their fine seasons as two boys won special honors,four boys were named to the All-District first team and two girls earned first-team honors.
    Michael Roman, who did a little of everything — and did it well — was named the District 28-4A Utility Player of the Year, and sophomore defender Jesus Barreto was named the district's Newcomer of the Year.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-16-14Amessigns.jpg GC Basketball; Kerens' Ames signs with Cloud (Kan.) Community College

    There's nothing quite like signing day, and Taylor Ames was all smiles and beaming about her future Wednesday when she signed a letter-of-intent, accepting a basketball scholarship to Cloud County Community College in Kansas in front of family, friends and coaches at Kerens, where Ames leaves a legacy like no other.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-16-14NVSBMoerbe slides.jpg Navarro Softball: Bulldogs get ranked, split with Paris

    Minutes after Navarro split a doubleheader with Paris on Wednesday, Navarro softball Coach Jessica Karenke was told her Bulldogs had just been nationally ranked and are now No. 16 in the NJCAA national softball poll.
    She had no idea.
    And she didn't care.
    Karenke is worried about what happens on the diamond, and she had some concerns after Navarro made four errors in the second game that opened the door for Paris to pull off a 7-2 win after the Bulldogs and Ciara Luna controlled the first game with a 4-1 win.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • CallieDevinFCA.jpg GC: Mildred's O'Sullivan and Bland chosen to play in FCA All-Star games

    Mildred’s Devin O’Sullivan and Callie Bland have been selected to play in the FCA’s All-Star games on June 1.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-115-14CHSBBMinniear.jpg CHS Baseball: Lindale haunts Tigers again with critical 4-0 win

    Lindale has been poison to Corsicana all year.
    The Eagles won a bizarre game in Lindale to keep the Tigers out of the football playoffs and ruined the boys basketball season with two gut-wrenching wins in the final week of the season.
    They did it again Tuesday, beating the Tigers 4-0 at Price Field to take over second place in the District 16-4A race.
    Lindale (6-2) had one big inning to hand Corsicana (5-3) its second loss in a row.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • I4-15-14Kellysigns.jpg GC Volleyball: Kerens' Kelly signs with Paris Junior College

    She prayed about it. She lost sleep about it. And she prayed about it some more.
    That's just a glimpse of what Marqueshia Kelly went through before deciding to turn down a half dozen basketball scholarships and accept a scholarship to play volleyball at Paris Junior College.
    The journey might have been a little sleepless, but in the end it wasn't that tough for Kelly, who is a multi-sport star at Kerens.
    “I followed my heart,'' she said on Tuesday just moments after signing a letter-of-intent to play volleyball at Paris in front of family, coaches and friends.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • CHS Tennis: Tigers play well in powerhouse region

    Corsicana's tennis team finished its season with a  strong showing in the Class 4A Regional Tournament at UT-Arlington before falling to some powerhouse players from Dallas.

    April 15, 2014

  • GC Baseball/Softball: Roundup -- Blooming Grove edges Mildred 1-0 (Adds Dawson-Hubbard baseball)

    Blooming Grove kept its baseball playoff hopes alive, winning a pitcher’s duel, 1-0, in Mildred Tuesday night. Dalton Blake struck out 11 and scattered five hits in a well-pitched game that took an hour and a half to complete.

    April 15, 2014