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Things that bug me

Posted by Eric Fisher On July 10

Fisher column logo2I’m annoyed.

I don’t know why.

Maybe I woke up on the wrong side of bed today (although that phrase annoys me because I always wake up on the same side of the bed).

Maybe I’m annoyed that I can’t proceed on several matters today until people return my emails and phone calls.

Regardless of the reason, I’m annoyed. Consequently, my column today consists of things in sports that annoy me.

There isn’t a particular order to this list. These aren’t rankings. This is strictly stream of consciousness complaining.

The following is my list (and, believe me, it’s not a complete list) of things in sports that annoy me:

MLS franchises that use FC (football club) in their name. It’s the United States. The sport is called soccer here. Not football.

Soccer aficionados who say the only reason people don’t like soccer is because they don’t understand the game.

Sam Hinkie supporters who act like the only reason anyone would criticize Hinkie’s plan for the Sixers is they don’t understand basketball.

Trust the process.

Media members who forget that they’re supposed to report the stories, not be the story.

That “pharaoh” is misspelled by the owners of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.

That SportsCenter was transformed from a sports highlight show to a Night at the Improv.

The afternoon shows on both of Philadelphia’s all-sports talk radio stations.

Repeated baserunning mistakes by the team (Phillies) with the second-fewest home runs in Major League Baseball.

Using penalty kicks to decide tie games in the World Cup or MLS playoffs.

The new 3-on-3 format for overtime in the NHL. A better solution would be to keep the 4-on-4 overtime, but to award three points for a victory in regulation or overtime, but just two points for a shootout victory.

LeBron James. I respect his play, but his disrespect for his coach and his drama queen antics reinforce the dislike I’ve had for him since he took his “talents to South Beach.”

Broadcasters who scream and shout.

High ticket prices.

Ridiculously high concessions prices.

Fans who spend games yapping about their personal lives, spoiling the experience for fans around them who want to concentrate on the game they’ve paid to watch.

Chris Myers.

Soccer players who writhe on the ground as if they’ve been shot. (An aspect of soccer that was noticeably absent during the Women’s World Cup matches I watched.)

Basketball players who flop instead of standing their ground and taking the charge.

Outfielders who take four steps before unleashing a throw to the plate.

All-Star games.

The overuse of the term “special player.”

The worship of sabermetrics and analytics.

Broadcasters who tell viewers what the person on the screen is thinking when they have no idea what the person is thinking.

Joe Buck broadcasting practically every sport.

Sidney Crosby’s pouty face.

Jerry Jones’ reconstructed face.

Players who act as if they never commit a foul or penalty.

People who think you’re interested in hearing about their fantasy sports teams.

Ear-splitting music piped into arenas during every stoppage of play – and sometimes during play.



The NFL’s catch/not a catch possession rule.

Paying full price for preseason games.

The amount of time it takes to play the final two minutes of a basketball game.

The commercial break directly after a kickoff.

That Jonathan Papelbon, Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz and Domonic Brown are all still with the Phillies.

That Vincent Lecavalier is still with the Flyers.

That a team which traded for a center (Andrew Bynum) who never played a game for them drafted a center (Joel Embiid) who may go two years without playing a game for them.

I’m going to stop now because this column is starting to annoy me.

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