I've been a big supporter of the new Big 3 basketball league debuting this summer. It's the 3-on-3 basketball league in the summer that plays one game a week for eight weeks or so that's played with retired NBA players and other professionals. I really think it can take off by finding a niche in the summer months and gain some popularity. Except......
Their season actually debuted last night but the game aren't being shown on TV until tonight. What?
I went to watch the games yesterday afternoon on Fox Sports 1 and they weren't there. So I went to their Twitter page to see what the deal was since I knew yesterday was their season openers at the Barclays Center and they said the games will be shown tonight starting at like 7 PM. This seems like an absolutely terrible idea. I'll wait a couple weeks to reserve judgement to see how it plays out but that move seems like a gamechanger, for the bad.
In 2017, I don't know how you show sporting events on tape delay and expect people to buy-in. I really thought if you put a competitive, entertaining product on the court once a week that people would watch it. I think it becomes an after thought if you are televising the games a day later. I haven't seen any scores yet, so they have done a good job of keeping that under wraps, but showing live sports on tape delay feels like a dagger to the league's chances of gaining wide stream popularity.
Maybe it will work though. Maybe they end up producing it more like a television show instead of a live sport. Maybe that's their goal, I'm not sure. Lucha Underground has had some success in the wrestling world by making their professional wrestling into more of a movie/film than a live sport as well, so maybe that's the route The Big 3 is trying to go. I'm not sure how that works in basketball but I'll give the league the benefit of the doubt until I see it.
Maybe there are other reasons as well for the day delay (time, money, worry of the competitive level of play, production value) that I'm not considering as well. But I had a lot of hope for this league and this move really worries me.
Picked up the Sunday paper yesterday to see what was going on in the world and in the Des Moines metro area. Not sure what it is but there is still something satisfying about opening up that big Sunday newspaper and flipping through it. So of course, at one point I have to stop and dig through the Comics section. And I realize we haven't done a POWER RANKINGS in the Three Count in quite some time. So here are my Top 5 Comics to read in the Sunday Paper.
SUNDAY COMICS POWER RANKINGS
Dagwood Bumstead is a legend. Enjoyed his work since as long as I can remember
Who doesn't love Odie, Jon, Garfield and the gang. Bonus points for making the cartoon into great TV as well.
A relatively new comic strip that will celebrate it's 20-year anniversary in July.
4. Dennis the Menace
Always fun to see what type of trouble and chaos ol' Dennis is getting himself into. Brings you back to the childhood a little bit while reading.
5. The Family Circus
Tough for Baby Blues to just miss the cut but it's hard to have a COMICS POWER RANKINGS without The Family Circus on the list. It's timeless and a comic institution.
A "Get Off My Lawn" post coming here.
I don't really get into college recruiting for sports that much. I know some people really get into and it's almost more entertaining for them than the actual season but I just can't do it. When the season starts, I'll see who the new players are whether it's basketball or football and see who stands out. But I don't scour message boards on the internet to see where some kid from Michigan is deciding where to go to college at. Just never been my thing.
However, with Twitter now I am exposed to it a little more. With social media, you gotta follow specific people that cover your favorite teams to get additional information at your fingertips. So this has exposed indirectly the the recruiting wold the past couple of years. Those Twitter followers will tweet about a certain player looking at these schools or who is coming into the program. Here's a recent trend that's been bothering me though.
I hate all these "I've narrowed my choices of programs down to ________ number of schools" posts I see from recruits.
Oh man they make me sick. It's just so LOOK AT ME! that I can't take it. And I know that's probably hypocritical of me, that I'm going to watch them in the NCAA system that makes watching college kids play sports into a billion dollar enterprise but it does.
I always thought the "choosing the hat" of school I'm going to thing was over the top too but this tops it because it happens all the time now. You have players that make special posts on social media to inform the world that they've narrowed their list of schools down to 20.
Get out of here.
Talk about the ultimate Back Door Brag (BDB). "Oh I'm so good at sports that I had all these schools offer me a scholarship. It's been really hard but I've narrowed it down to the top 20 schools that I'm looking at."
And then we have to narrow it down to 10. And then to 5. And then to 3. And then we have to make a huge post about what school we've finally chosen. You've seen the posts if you're a person that reads a blog on the internet. It's the 3 or 4 picture tweet that announces where they are going to school and why in one picture. Another picture of that schools logo or facilities. Another picture with them in some type of school uniform or hat or on campus. And probably another picture with the head coach or somebody. Just a whole production.
It just screams LOOK AT ME AND HOW IMPORTANT I AM!!!!!!
I know it's hypocritical of me since we almost glorify these kids once they get to college and help our favorite college teams win games and with social media now it's just the actual athlete in charge of the coverage instead of the media, but I don't like it. I don't like it at all.