More things that annoy us in sports
Last week in this space, I gave you a list of annoying things that should be banned in sports, like all those yahoo golf fans who scream "Get in the hole'' after every shot, or basketball players who give high-fives to a teammate after a missed free throw. That drew a reaction from many of you, including those who are totally disgusted with Rays pitcher Matt Garza's spitting. So I add a few more to the ever-growing list, including many sent in by you.
One of the comments on the Two Cents blog: "Throw the idiots out who show up to a game decked out from head to toe with gear of a team that is not even playing in the game they are watching. You can also add in the idiots who wear gear for a sport they are not even watching (see Philadelphia fan wearing an Eagles jersey to a Phillies game).'' We might add that going shirtless and painting your face isn't necessarily a reason for ejection, but it is a reason to call you a loser.
Wayne Koehler wrote in with, "Let's make it illegal to sit behind home plate and wave at your friend who you are talking to on your cell phone.'' Amen! Along with that, let's also kick out those hockey fans who sit along the glass then turn around and wave to the camera while on their cell phones whenever the puck is in front of them.
Act like a grown-up
Speaking of attire, there should be a rule that no adult is allowed to wear a team jersey with the name and number of a player who is younger than him. So, if you're 40 years old and a St. Louis Cardinals fan, you cannot wear an Albert Pujols jersey, but you can wear a Lou Brock or Stan Musial jersey. Along those lines, anyone over the age of 15 should not be permitted into a professional baseball game with a glove unless you're playing in the game.
An old colleague of mine, David Alfonso, offered up this: "Anyone who brings up a 'concern for academics' in a discussion over a college football playoff would immediately be slapped silly upside the head with a 20-pound textbook.''
Here's another reader response: "Eliminate any and all reporting of athletes' contracts/negotiations/terms as if it were 'sports news,' which it clearly is not. I never need to know that any player wants $96 million over four years, but management is offering only $80 million over three years.''
Add these ads to the list
I wrote last week how much we can't stand that cell phone commercial where the guy dumps sprinkles on the counter. You said the commercials you want to see yanked off the air include those Progressive insurance commercials with the saleswoman named Flo, the Geico ads with the stack of money and Rockwell's Somebody's Watching Me and all those "dysfunction''’ commercials with people taking baths outside.
Another reader said what he wanted banned has already been banned: "My prayers were answered when (Tony) Kornheiser was asked if he wanted to resign or get fired (from Monday Night Football).'' Hey, I liked Kornheiser on MNF, but I'm guessing I'm in the minority on that one.
Enough of these sayings
Readers wrote in to ban the following from the sports lexicon: "can of corn,'' "performance-enhancing drugs'' and "it is what it is.''
Enough of these people
Readers wrote in to ban the following people from sports: Chris Berman, Joe Morgan and anyone who thinks it would be a good idea for the Lightning to trade Vinny Lecavalier.
Well, that's it for now. But if you have more, leave a comment below or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.