"The answer is: Professional football, professional basketball and professional cycling."
[Sound of buzzer]
"What are sports that are basically a joke in 2007?"
Now, let's go to the videotape:
- NBA Basketball: In a sport that elevates thugs, miscreants and misanthropes to celebrity status, we now find out that a referee may be on the take?
You mean that among all those fine, upstanding players that there may be a bad-apple referee???
David Stern - you are reaping what you have sown. Good luck with all that.
- NFL Football: Michael Vick, if found guilty of dog fighting and torturing and killing animals, should get a taste of what he was delivering to those dogs.
As far as the rest of the NFL, well, if Michael Vick is a shining example of a superstar, then it appears that pro football is drawing from the same talent pool as the NBA. Except the NFL adds in a heavy dose of steroids.
- Pro cycling: Speaking of steroids... Where do I begin? At the start of last year's Tour de France, I posted how disgusted I was with the sport and its drug-doping players. Since that time:
- Floyd Landis (last year's Tour winner) has been caught doping (though he is appealing),
- several big stars got kicked out or retired this season for doping,
-1996 Tour winner and, until recently director of the CSC Cycling Team Bjarne Riis, admitted that he doped during his 1996 Tour win,
- Michael Rasmussen, the current leader of this year's Tour (now in its final week) is under a cloud and,
- yesterday, pre-tour favorite Alexander Vinokourov failed a blood test (he is accused of transfusing someone else's blood into his body) and he and his entire Astana team have dropped out of the Tour. (Reminder - Vinokourov was kicked out of last year's Tour before it started because the team director was found with - wait for it - frozen blood and drugs.)
When will it stop in pro cycling? When all the big name sponsors pull out? When riders are making $15,000/year riding for "Team Bill's Bait and Tackle?"
I guess as long as we idiot fans keep shelling out the money to support these sports and their sponsors, these guys will keep getting away with, in the case of Michael Vick, murder.
To quote that great philosopher, Pogo: "We have met the enemy and he is us."