What does the NFL do well? I think there is one thing the NFL does really, really well.
Sure, they seem to get a free pass on their players caught doing steroids. I mean, the guy who won Rookie of the Year in the NFL last year was caught using PED’s during the season and the writers tried to do the right thing by re-voting on the ROY award and the kid still won. Shawne Merriman was caught using PED’s and he came back to the NFL and no one talks about it. What about the entire 1970’s Pittsburgh Steelers team? No one cares that they have admitting to using PEDs during their tenure as the Supreme Team in the NFL.
Bonds. Sosa. Palmeiro. Clemens. Rodriguez. Just a few of the names in baseball that will never be viewed the same and they will be tainted for life.
The NFL does do a good job of punishing its players based solely on the word of some civilian who might have something to gain by claiming Player X did wrong against them.
But what the NFL does really great is show off its key players and put its big games and names in the spotlight.
Sunday Night Football might be the best invention since Facebook started allowing me to block certain updates (no more Mafia Wars and Farm Village for me!).
Every Sunday during the NFL season you can count on a must-see NFL game. With the flex schedule NBC gets to select a game to air a few weeks in advance. The game might be two top playoff contenders or the game when Ben Roethlisberger makes his return to the Steelers.
The shorter NFL season makes games feel a lot more important, but baseball could do a better job marketing itself too. This week they let a marquee matchup slide by.
Going into the All-Star break all the talk was around who was going to start the game for the National League. Would the incredibly hot start from Ubaldo Jimenez earn him the nod despite his recent three game skid? What about Josh Johnson and his overall numbers during the first half? They were slightly better than Ubaldo’s in almost every way other than wins and losses.
I know I had a lot of fun with that debate.
Wouldn’t you know it? After the break the second series for Ubaldo’s Colorado Rockies is in south Florida against Johnson’s Florida Marlins.
Seems like a no-brainer, the Rox and Fish should pair up Ubaldo vs. Johnson for a Monday Night Game of the Week on ESPN. Right? At the very least these two should faceoff for one game in this series and all the better if it was the first game.
Baseball misses another grand opportunity. Ubaldo starts for the Rockies tonight but Johnson doesn’t make his appearance in this series until Thursday.
Instead of a matchup between two guys who had a brilliant first half, fans get Ubaldo v Anibal Sanchez tonight and Johnson v Jorge De La Rosa on Thursday.
While it is only July 19th how often do the two front runners for the Cy Young face off this late into a season? That sounds like a question for Elias and I don’t have access to Elias nor the money to pay for such a question, but I am guessing it doesn’t happen often.
Baseball is missing out on a great opportunity to market itself and the fans of the Rockies and the 3,000 or so that would show up in Miami tonight to watch tonight’s game or the 3,500 that would show up to watch Ubaldo/Johnson are being robbed.
Photos courtesy Mark J. Terrill and Greg Bull of the AP
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