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Joe Ovies

Dominance of boring

Posted June 16, 2014

Thanks to an incredibly busy summer weekend of sports, fans witnessed the San Antonio Spurs knock the Miami Heat out of the NBA Finals in a "gentleman's sweep," the Los Angeles Kings thrive in overtime again to win the Stanley Cup and Martin Kaymer dominate the U.S. Open at Pinehurst.

And it appears we were unmoved by these accomplishments. Bored even. The only sizzle to be found of Father's Day likely came from those steaks you slapped on a Weber grill.

The lack of NHL buzz is easy enough to explain away. While the Stanley Cup Playoffs arguably create some of the most exciting levels of sports drama, it doesn't move the needle for mainstream fans. 

As for the NBA? San Antonio occupies a weird space in a star-driven league. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginóbili each opted out of high profile free agency summers which tend to fascinate fans and pundits of the league. It also has less to do with the way the Spurs play, featuring absurd efficiency with ball movement, and more to do with the market they represent. I'm convinced if San Antonio transported their squad to New York or Los Angeles, trading in their black and silver for Lakers yellow or Knicks blue, the Spurs would be embraced as a team for the ages. Unfortunately for San Antonio, the focus will return to the free agency of LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony within 24 hours of claiming their fifth championship since 1999.

The same applies to Kaymer's run at the U.S. Open. Had Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson put up back-to-back rounds of 65 at Pinehurst, it would completely change the current perception. Even Rickie Fowler would have provided a bump because he's a young American who moves product with key demographics. The tepid response to Kaymer's performance would turn into breathless hyperbole and ratings would reflect the interest.

All of this is completely understandable. We have our favorites and story lines that do a better job piquing our collective interest. As much as sports is about winning, it's also about personalities and entertainment.

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  • kenshi Jun 19, 2014

    The NHL playoffs were great to watch. The final was good but the refereeing was awful at times. The Spurs are a great team and their players are a role model for the NBA as well as other sports. Individuals and 'personalities' don't typically win championships in team sports, especially not multiple championships. It takes a team that is well coached and that plays as a team, not a bunch of individuals wearing the same uniform. anyone that finds the Spurs boring to watch needs to find something else to do.

  • dave437 Jun 19, 2014

    there was nothing boring about watching Bron-Bron get slapped around again in the Finals

  • wkmeekins Jun 18, 2014

    the most boring thing I have seen is this article.

  • dmccall Jun 17, 2014

    The only way the last week was boring is if race is an overwhelming factor.

  • Jeanne Gunn Jun 17, 2014

    I'll take the Spurs' style of play any day over the chest-thumping, show-boating "stars" of the NBA. I appreciate Duncan's work ethic, humble demeanor, and find it refreshing. I'm so glad the Spurs won the Championship!

  • bobbobson23 Jun 17, 2014

    Your 50 Cent first-pitch "impression" at the DBAP was certainly not boring.

  • Not as dumb as I look Jun 16, 2014

    Well the NHL doesn't get any buzz because ESPN ignores the league because they don't get any money from covering them. Doesn't Joe work at an ESPN station? Hmm.

    The basketball was great. It's only boring because all the ESPN guys are in man love with Lebron. He's agree he is a great player but he ain't the GREATEST OF ALL TIME like ESPN keeps selling us.

  • itsyoureternalsoul Jun 16, 2014

    BORING!! People are so over entertained that they crave connecting with others more than entertainment or truth.

  • Rerun Jun 16, 2014

    You are not a fan of basketball if you did not enjoy this year's second season in the NBA. It was one of the best ever. I have never seen a team play at such a high level over the period of several series as the Spurs did. The best pro sports league in the world.

  • dukegrad1988 Jun 16, 2014

    View quoted thread



    Calling the Spurs boring is a failed attempt to devalue their accomplishment. Snark fails, the Spurs and teamwork are beautiful basketball done the "right way."

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