Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Yaaaaay! You've done nothing!

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't there a day in American sports when teams waited until they had really accomplished something before they popped the champagne? Over the weekend, I couldn't believe that players on teams that had just won their first-round playoff series were cavorting on the field and spraying each other with bubbly in the locker rooms. Um, guys, you haven't won anything yet. I don't recall football teams that won a wild-card playoff game carrying on like they'd just hit the Powerball. Do you remember hockey teams partying like crazy after a first-round win in the Stanley Cup playoffs? Note to the baseball players: There's this thing called a "championship." Try winning that before you whoop it up.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Whoop it up, for tomorrow you may lose." Our deprived professional athletes have to take solace in any victory, no matter how small.

October 8, 2008 at 7:04 AM  
Blogger PRIguy said...

I think that the excessive premature celebrating would take away the elation the team should feel if they actually did win a championship...it'd be sort of like eating chocolate cake three meals a day for week.

But our society is so narcissistic, particularly professional athletes, that I guess they feel they've actually accomplished something with a preliminary win. Brant said it very well: "Do you remember hockey teams partying like crazy after a first-round win in the Stanley Cup playoffs?" I think the coaches should put an end to this and keep the focus on the next game in the series.

October 8, 2008 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger Roger said...

I never did understand the champagne thing. To me, they look like idiots spraying the stuff all over, dumping it on the heads of others. Help me understand what they are doing.

These premature celebrations are not unlike fireworks in Pittsburgh. These four teams hope they can have three champagne celebrations. But, by the last one, the luster of something unique will be lost. In Pittsburgh, by the time July 4 comes, the city/baseball team have had so many fireworks celebrations, the fireworks on July 4 is anticlimactic. The uniqueness of fireworks on a special holiday is long lost.

The champagne spraying and pouring is not unique to baseball. Some post-race celebrations in motorsports are sprinkled (pun intended) with similar stupid displays.

October 8, 2008 at 1:26 PM  
Blogger PRIguy said...

I think the champagne spraying would be much more fun for all concerned if there were some nubile femininas on whom to spray it. At least it would seem like something to celebrate.

Good point the fireworks, Roger. In a similar way, the holiday decorations in stores (and increasingly on people's houses) have gone up earlier and earlier. By the time July 4th passes, back-to-school stuff is out. As soon as that's passed, it's Halloween, then out comes the Christmas stuff. By the time Christmas gets here, we've been subjected to all of the trappings for close to three months. Enough already!

Sorry...I got sidetracked on another rant...

October 8, 2008 at 4:28 PM  
Blogger Ellipses said...

This reminds me of a comedy routine... I can't remember the comic... it goes something like this:

If you want to celebrate in the end zone, knock yourself out... sit down and have a tea party for all I care... but don't get mad at me when I laugh my ass off when your laying paralyzed at the 50 yard line... hey, maybe V8 will sponsor a vegetable! How does it feel to know God doesn't love you?

That's horrible... but it is kinda funny... I mean... they get paid a lot of money to play a game that you can play in the street with a tennis ball and a stick... They are, for lack of a better word, clowns... people engaged in an activity solely for my amusement... Whoop it up fellas... I know you all just chinged some serious bonus money by going to the second round.


October 8, 2008 at 8:39 PM  
Blogger PRIguy said...

V8 sponsoring a vegetable...absolute brilliance, ellipses!

October 9, 2008 at 5:59 AM  
Blogger Ellipses said...

Priguy... I wish I could remember the comic's name... it was a comedy central presents...

I'm usually better with names...


October 9, 2008 at 9:43 AM  
Anonymous zach said...

its daniel tosh! he's sweet

im gonna feel really dumb but what does the whole 'maybe V8 will sponsor a vegetable' thing actually mean?

December 10, 2008 at 10:07 PM  

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