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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  • Objective Scientist Jun 16, 2014

    "As much as sports is about winning, it's also about personalities and entertainment." - No doubt.... sports has always had captivating "personalities" and has always been "entertaining" and I have enjoyed both. Nevertheless, for me the critical element in sports is the skilled performance of the athletes on the field/court... not what they do off the field/court or the "posturing" and the ego-driven behavior on the court! I watched about 2 games worth all total of the NBA finals and that is all the NBA I have watched all season. IMO - the NBA of today is not about basketball, it is more about all the other extraneous "stuff" and the basketball suffers greatly because of all the extraneous stuff!

  • 903 Born 2 B Hated, Dying 2 B Lo Jun 16, 2014

    I didn't watch a minute of basketball, hockey, golf or baseball this weekend. The best thing on TV all weekend was the Adriana Lima "Futbol" commercials with the soccer matches in-between...

  • 4tarheels Jun 16, 2014

    The history books will show the Spurs with 5 championships and that will get remembered long after the Carmelo's of the world fade into retirement. Duncan is a player for the ages.

  • Toddler10-21 Jun 16, 2014

    If you dont like the way the Spurs play basketball then you just dont like the game. I enjoyed watching the Heat not chest bump, beat their chests, pose downs, stare at MJ while dunking, etc. You can play this game without the extras!! Stephen A. said Lebron couldnt be beat 4 times in two weeks. Then the AC excuse, and the Wade being hurt excuse. He sure looked good the first 3 rounds!! Glad they lost!

  • Hammerhead Jun 16, 2014

    View quoted thread


    I mentioned in an earlier thread that for some reason the media is fixated on calling the Spurs boring. Then, boom, there it was, an entire column about it. I find it hard to believe that fans find them so, most appreciate the teamwork, passing, etc.

  • Toddler10-21 Jun 16, 2014

    Amen Hammer!

  • 4tarheels 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."

  • 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.

  • itsyoureternalsoul Jun 16, 2014

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

  • 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.

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