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If I Ruled the Sports World... 20

  • Posted by: Jeremy Smith
  • September 24, 2009, 3:28 PM

Forget Roger Goodell, David Stern, and Bud Selig. If I were the commissioner of all sports, here are the five things I would immediately implement...

1. Change College Football’s BCS to a Playoff System
Yes, yes, I know I’m not the first to mention this. But seriously, what’s better than March Madness? Filling out brackets, cheering for your favorite team for a month straight (hopefully), and watching the best teams in the nation compete against each other. Nothing against the Meineke-Car-Care Bowl featuring two teams that had 6-6 records. But college basketball has it right. It’s simple: an eight-team, single-elimination playoff system. That would prevent undefeated Utah from claiming they deserve the championship while Florida is crowned the “national champion.”

2. Make Golf an Olympic Sport
Golf may be the most diverse sport there is, and still it’s not in the Olympics. The closest thing we have is the Ryder Cup, which is the United States vs. the world. Fantastic. (Actually, that’s usually what happens in the Olympics anyway.) Imagine, though, if each country had a golf team that competed for gold medals on the biggest stage in the world. Further still, there’s already parity in golf: The top of each Sunday leaderboard is checkered with non-U.S. players. So let’s take it to the next logical step already.

3. Superstars Must Sign Autographs
The top five highest paid players on every team for the four major sports (basketball, football, baseball, and hockey) would have to spend at least 20 minutes at each game signing autographs for fans. I’m sick of seeing players like A-Rod, LeBron, and T.O. snub fans who constantly wear their jerseys scream their names, only to watch them act like they’re deaf. If you’re making millions, driving Ferraris, and dating models, you have time to sign a 10-year-old’s hat.

4. Asterisks in the Baseball Hall of Fame
With all due respect to Barry Bonds’s many accomplishments, he cheated. He juiced. How else do you explain his forehead having a six-pack? Same goes for Roger Clemens, Jason Giambi, etc. When the game of baseball, also known as the “game of stats,” lists the records of guys who were caught juicing, or were named in official reports as having done so, there needs to be an asterisk next to their name for future generations to see. A tiny * that says at the bottom of the page in parenthesis: * - this player was caught taking steroids.

5. Punish Golfers for Slamming their Clubs
Any time Tiger, or any other golfer, slams his club, thousands of kids learning the game are learning an unintended lesson as well. So, instead of fining a player a few grand (I think the $110 million Tiger made last year will help cover that), there is a much easier way to make sure they learn their lesson. After a golfer curses, throws their clubs, or slams a club, a rules official will walk up to said golfer, turn their hat backwards and pop their collar. For the rest of the round, the golfer will have to play like this. Kind of a “Scarlett Letter” for the links. If said golfer commits another offense, their shoes will be untied. And so on. Come on boys, this is a gentleman’s game. (Come to think of it, this wouldn’t be a bad idea for tennis or baseball either…)

All in all, these things are improbable, if not impossible, to implement. Tiger tripping over his shoelaces? Not likely. But if I were the king of all sports, there’d be some changes made.

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Agreed, accept adding * to baseball hot

I disagree with numbers 3 and 5. I say this because Sports players already have their work cut out for them with games working out and just being able to concentrate. Signing autographs is nice but no player is going to sign 100's of autographs if he needs to concentrate for the upcoming game.For 5 I agree with some of it like that there should be a punishment for slamming clubs and cursing. However, if you mess up their clothes everytime they do that then they won't be able to concentrate because his collar hitting his chin. Otherwise besides those to I think it was a good article.


Does anyone here like lacrosse?*If you do please comment.*

go cuse

lax bros all the way go nd and caldwell chiefs

lacroose is a great sport it should be nationally telivised and a profesianal sport

I like lacrosse. Come on, does any body else?

yea go unc

I agree with everything exept number 2 and 3 to some degree. Golf is barely a sport. It is more of a pastime like ping-pong. Ping-pong shouldn't be in the olympics; therefore golf shouldn't. If ping-pong is in the olypics, lacrosse should be in it. Lacrosse is the fastest game on two feet-it's awesome! And number 3-athletes don't need to sign autographs. It is nice for them to sign some kids t-shirts, but it shouldn't be a "law." Number 1 is the best, though. Why don't they do that now?

yeah go lacrosse

Look, quoting him, If you're driving ferrari's and dating supermodels, I would think you'd have enough time. These stars are making nike commercials, saying I'm amazing, and putting down "Inspirational" messages. I do think that they don't have to go up to the 400 and 500 sections, but honestly, at a baseball game, I once got good seats just so I could snag a foul ball, or get an autograph. I was really bummed when Josh Beckett pretended I didn't exsist.

I agree with #1 but if baseball isnt in the olmpics golf shouldnt be in it either.

I completely agree with you about number 1. It's some teams could be just as good as the National Champions, but they never have a chance to show it if they never play Florida or Alabama. There are multiple undefeated teams, yet only 2 have a chance of winning the National Championships.


Nice article Jeremy, except I might rethink what you have down for number 3. I know, it would be nice to see a few of the worlds best athaletes signing a few autographs, but I can understand why they don't want to. Just say you are pitching in a game that your team needs to win to get back in the division. Right when you come out of the dugout to warm up, you hear your name being screamed out. The last thing you want to do, is go sign 50 autographs before a big game. Even if it is not a big game, you still don't want to sign a lot of autographs. All I'm saying here, is that you can't make people sign autographs. I would rather have an autograph from a player that wants to give me one, not one that has to give me one.


Agreed! it would be good if they autographed something but they have to practice and get ready for the game

Baseball has 162 games!!! 162 times 20=3,240 minutes!!!

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