Before you non-sports fans, sports non-fans, non-sports-fans, whatever…before you turn away, you need to ask yourself if you are a fan of the movie “Animal House?” If so, stick around. I’ll try to make this a sports-light-as-possible post.
This is a curious time in the sports year. There are so many things competing for our attention. The new NFL football year is starting today. That’s only important because it allows the greedy-as-all-get-out NFL to claim some part of ESPN’s news cycle. Otherwise, NCAA Basketball is about to go as crazy as it can during a pandemic, NHL Hockey and NBA Basketball are still being played, and MLB, Major League Baseball is in the late stage of spring training. This is where my team, the Pittsburgh Pirates usually begin their perennial lock on the lower end of the statistics.
This year, the Pirates have looked pretty good in spring training. Pretty good is a relative phrase. Im sure Yankee fans equate ‘pretty good’ with ‘nearly perfect’ but Pittsburgh fans accept anything on the plus side of 500 ball as being pretty good. Recently, they’ve been sinking and, as I write this, they are teetering at 7-7 for the spring season. Still, there’s room for hope.
My spirits were lifted by an article that combined breaking news of the NFL’s salary cap, and the fact that ESPN has once again decided that NHL Hockey matters enough to add it to their broadcast lineup. The author was musing about a potential salary cap in major league baseball. The key point of the article is that the LA Dodgers will pay their players a combined $240 Million while Pittsburgh’s greedy
bas*&$@# owner will pay the Pirates almost $45 Million. Still, the odds makers give the Pirates a 0.04 percent change of making the playoffs – like I said, reason to hope.
OK, enough sports. For all the Animal House lovers out there, here’s my one-liner and my new favorite word (sorry Paul):
“This might be why one betting service I looked at gave the Dodgers a 90 percent chance to make the postseason and the Pirates a 0.04 percent chance (which was better than the Orioles, who Blutarskied at 0.0).”
This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s fun weekly series One-Liner Wednesday. If you would like to join in on the fun, you can follow this link to participate and to see the one-liners from the other participants.