This very weekend two years ago, we were #blessed with what was supposed to be one of the greatest days in sports history. We had the Fight of the Century, the Kentucky Derby, NBA Conference Semi-Finals, the NHL Playoffs, rounds 4 through 7 of the NBA Draft, and some MLB games. Greatness indeed. In all reality, it was just a Saturday with a lot going on, but I would take Jaguars-Browns Week 17 matchup over anything that occurred on that day. Fast forward two years later, and we now have a similar lineup of sports action, minus the NFL Draft. The worst part of all this is that tonight’s fight, Alvarez vs Sanchez is being deemed the Super Bowl of Boxing. Millions will be duped into buying expensive Pay-Per-View packages or buying a booth at a bar to watch two enemigos duke it out for 10 minutes. Along with this, many other people are all the sudden horse racing fans just because the Kentucky Derby is running. This got me thinking about all of the overrated events in sports. This list is just my opinion, but it’s my opinion from personal experience, so it’s really more fact than anything. Anyway, here are the most overrated events in all of sports.
As a proud Hoosier who has grown up with the belief that Memorial Day weekend is second only to Christmas in terms of American holidays, it pains me to include the 500 on this list. May in Indy is something special as we have a whole month of events at IMS that gives people the excuse to go to the track and drink heavily at noon on a Wednesday because the cars are practicing. Then you have Carb Day, which is pretty much a drunken shit show preview of things to come on the race day. The actual experience of being at the race is great. You can bring in your own alcohol, tobacco, and food and watch fast cars go round and round, but the race itself is just another race on the IndyCar circuit. The 500 became what it is because it used to be a prestigious event where the best drivers of different leagues participated, making it something that people actually wanted to see. But due to politics and other bullshit, it’s a watered down version of what it once was. Still though, the experience of going to the race is awesome, much like the next event on the list.
The Kentucky Derby is more or less the classy Kentuckian version of the 500. People come from all over wearing their best sear sucker suits and giant hats to drink as many mint juleps as they can tolerate before they realize that they don’t like bourbon mixed with sugar and mint leaves. I’ve never been to the Derby, but I can imagine that it’s a good time. However, everyone all the sudden becomes big horse racing fans come the first weekend in May. From now until about mid-June, people pretend to care about horses running around a track. My biggest problem with all of this is that the actual race itself lasts about two fucking minutes. All of this buildup for two fucking minutes. And can we really tell if a horse is good or not? I could go to my local racino and watch horses run around there, and it would look the same as those running at Churchill Downs. As with the 500, the Kentucky Derby is more about tradition than anything, but people take it too far when they actually pretend to be horse racing fans.
NBA Regular Season
I was tempted to make this the entire NBA in general, but the playoffs offer some excitement, even though there’s really only two or three teams that have a legit chance to win it all. The NBA regular season is so fucking long at 82 games that we see superstars sit out to rest, players clearly not giving a shit after the first month, and a watered down version of basketball where teams are ready to start the postseason. The NBA regular season is garbage and something you only watch when it’s between that or gymnastics at a bar. The only time I remember it being somewhat interesting was back in 2011 where the lockout took up about two months of the regular season, forcing the league to fast track 62 games before the playoffs. If only they would cut the season to 62 or less games, then we might have something worth watching. But until then, which will never happen, the NBA will continue to produce 82 shitty regular season games.
As with the last entry, this could really be just NASCAR. NASCAR is the dumbest fucking racing league in the world, and I feel confident saying that not even knowing some of the stupid shit that’s out there. Somehow, NASCAR has become the most popular racing league in the US, although that’s not saying much. These “stock cars,” despite not resembling actual stock cars in any way, are barely able to crack 200 miles per hour, much slower than cars in other racing leagues, and the sport (If you can call it that) is watered down with stupid fucking rules. The only people that like NASCAR are alcoholic white trash southerners who pound Busch while watching cars turn left over and over again. With all of that being said, the Daytona 500 is the overrated “Super Bowl” of NASCAR. The race is the beginning of the NASCAR season, which makes it nothing more than another race on the schedule.
The Summer Olympics
The Winter Olympics are somewhat entertaining, but the Summer games are so damn boring. Millions of people throughout the world tune in to watch gymnastics, swimming, archery, track and field, basketball, and many other events that are not the least bit entertaining. Then all of the sudden we have guys like Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt become superstars until the closing ceremonies, after which everyone forgets they exist for four years. I can’t stand all the hype that the Olympics gets, and 95% of the events aren’t worth watching.
It’s no secret that boxing is a dead sport. Between the subjective nature of scoring and the lack of a strong governing body, boxing is barely even a professional sport anymore. That being said, for some reason there’s a big fight once a year that gets people really excited about boxing. In all reality, it’s nothing more than great marketing by Pay Per View providers to get people hyped up, making them think that they need to watch this fight. This was no more evident than in 2015 when Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. took to the ring in the Fight of the Century. I was suckered in to paying for the fight, and let me tell you, I would’ve felt less victimized had been pistol whipped by a 9mm on a street corner and robbed of all my belongings. I wasted a hundred fucking dollars on a fight that amounted to less than 20 minutes of Mayweather protecting himself while Pacquiao got tired and gave up and lost. I’m still pissed that I put money in that scumbag Mayweather’s pocket, and I have vowed to never pay to watch a boxing match ever again. Many other people felt the same way, and that fight may have been the final nail in boxing’s coffin as people realized that these kind of fights are just brilliant marketing schemes with no real product value.