So now we have missed all of April and all of May (although April 12th was Easter and May 10th was Mother's Day, two days on which we would not have had games). We suffered a minor setback last week. The venue was set to open when, quite suddenly, the State of Arizona moved the goalposts. Governor Ducey added a few more requirements before the venue can open and it will be a while after the venue opens before we can resume play. But we will resume play as soon as humanly possible.
I've been watching the developments concerning the return of the NBA. Put me down in the group that thinks that, as soon as possible, the NBA should just take the top eight in each Conference and start the playoffs. This idea of bringing back 22 teams and having some dumb-ass round-robin thing just so owners won't have to return money to the cable providers is embarrassing. Another theory is that the owners (and Adam Silver) want to showcase , even though his New Orleans team has almost no shot of making it into the eighth spot.
I honestly don't get it. People have been starving for sports since the middle of March. There is no need to throw in gimmicks. We would all watch the games if they were on at 3:00 a.m. and every commercial had that "I have a structured settlement, but I need cash now..." song. Back in the 1970s, there was a guy named Fred Silverman who was in charge of programming on ABC. He came along at the end of the Vietnam War, when Americans were searching for light entertainment. Let's just say that he didn't overestimate the viewing tastes of Americans at that time. He's responsible for such shows as "Three's Company," "Laverne and Shirley," and "Joanie Loves Chachi." Someone once said that if you gave Fred Silverman the script for "Hamlet," he'd put a dog in it. That's what Adam Silver is doing right now. The NBA playoffs are guaranteed to have the highest ratings EVER and Adam Silver is tinkering. I don't get it.
On the plus side, at least the NBA isn't Major League Baseball. I honestly thought that an 80-game baseball season would be interesting, with each game being moderately significant. (Imagine a 40-game season! Those games would be killer.) But it looks like baseball is about to commit the unforced error of all time. They're fighting over money like the petty little people that they are and their half-season is in serious jeopardy. Did you happen to catch the epic rant from Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell? (He was not Valedictorian.)
"Bro, y’all gotta understand too, cause y’all gonna be like, ‘Bro, Blake, play for the love of the game, man! What’s wrong with you, bro? Money should not be a thing.’