I'm making a claim right this second that we are living in the greatest era of sports ever and nobody living or dead can say otherwise. The proof is in the pudding, so to speak, and just look at all the pudding we've gotten in the last year and half.
This great run of made for tv sporting hype began with all the attention surrounding LeBron James and the Miami Heat last NBA season. From the Decision to the 'not one, not two, not three, etc' party, everyone was investing in the Heat's progress last year. Then the NFL season rolled on after a lengthy lockout and saw the Packers flirt with perfection while the adoration that Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos received put that team back on the map and the NFL on everyone's lips.
Even in the NFL offseason, we have the unflinching showdown between Peyton Manning and Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay to keep our attention. This story has been so huge that it even overshadowed yet another SuperBowl failure of the Patriots and the justification of Eli Manning as an elite QB. Now, to top even that, we have the emergence of Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks to keep us even more glued to Sportscenter.
Seriously, can it get any better than this?
Oh, and let's also not forget the Detroit Red Wings over in the NHL who have broken a record that was set back in the 1929-30 season. They have won 21 straight home games, a feat that, considering the parity of hockey, may be unparallelled in all of sports. And not to be left out, how about the amazing run by the St. Louis Cardinals last fall who came from being out of the playoffs with a month left to winning the World Series.
Considering all of these events, what could possibly happen next that could top this?
Sports are popular because of the uncertainty and the unpredictability of it all. They are the greatest reality show imaginable and no amount of network fake shows can top the sheer awesomeness that a great sports moment can bring. With the ever increasing ability of the everyday person to see every aspect of this thanks to things like Twitter and the Internet, sports and it's fan base share a much more involved relationship than ever before, one that gives these big moments even more weight when they happen.
The question what next is basically the mentality of people as a whole. Let's face it, we are a 'what have you done for me lately' society, but even in the face of that type of cynicism, how can anyone not look at what has gone on recently and continues to go on, and not think that this is just “the bees knees” (a popular saying from the 20's for you kids out there).
So, I tell you what, why don't we all just sit back and enjoy the show. There is eventually going to be a 'what next', there always is, but for my money, it's going to be hard to top this run of moments we've had up to this point.
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