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Top things we don't miss in sports

O.J. Simpson announcing on Monday Night Football.

Cookie-cutter stadiums such as Three Rivers, Riverfront and the Vet.

Basketball's short shorts.

The Leeman Bennett years … and the Sam Wyche years … and the Richard Williamson year.

Having only one national baseball game on television per week.

The short pants worn by the Chicago White Sox.

The long pants worn by the Philadelphia Flyers.

Jump balls in college basketball.

Marge Schott.

The Senior Professional Baseball League.

Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Rafael Palmeiro and the rest of "those guys.''

The NCAA Tournament's third-place game.

Rock-hard Astroturf.


Bucco Bruce.

Montreal's Olympic Stadium.

World Team Tennis.

Turning a baseball game on television and having to wait until the end of the inning to see what the score is.

Alvin Harper.

Waiting until Sunday morning's paper to see if your alma mater won its football game the day before.


The Indy 500 on tape delay.

Those yellow uniforms of the San Diego Padres.

Watching sports on a 19-inch (at best) black-and-white television.

The days when the best food at the ballpark was a hot dog that had been sitting in warm water for two hours.

Wooden tennis rackets.

Wooden drivers.

Kevin Kennedy.

The Ickey Shuffle.

Having only six minutes of sports highlights on television each day.

The Bills winning the AFC championship every year then lousing up the Super Bowl.

Vince Naimoli.

The Bad News Bears TV show.

North Carolina's four-corner offense.

The XFL.

Double-knit, pullover baseball uniforms, especially that sun-burnt rainbow worn by the Astros.

The two-line offsides pass in hockey.

The Tampa Bay Windjammers, Tampa Bay Mutiny, Tampa Bay Thrillers, St. Pete Parrots and every other minor-league team that seemed to last two weeks and draw 427 people.

John Rocker.

"Three yards and a cloud of dust … "

The Ron Zook "era."

The Robert McCullum weekly TV show.

Cold Pizza.

Pat Burrell.

American Gladiators.

Olympic boycotts.

NFL champion vs. college all-stars football game.

Joe Morgan on Sunday Night Baseball.

Scooter, the cartoon character on Fox's baseball coverage.

Jesse "The Body'' Ventura as Bucs radio analyst.

Vince Naimoli. (Yeah, we already mentioned him, but we really don't miss him.)

A few weeks ago, we gave you all the things we miss from the old days of sports, things such as Evel Knievel, the St. Pete Cards and The White Shadow television show. Readers offered up what they missed, such as twi-night doubleheaders, the Tampa Bay Bandits and the "Bo Knows'' commercials. But the old days weren't all they were cracked up to be. There was plenty of bad stuff, too. So today we look back at all the things we do not miss in sports.

Top things we don't miss in sports 07/23/11 [Last modified: Saturday, July 23, 2011 8:54pm]
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