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The things I dont like
Charlie's Inside Corner: July 27
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I don’t like college football cutting in on high school football by scheduling games on Friday evenings.
More and more, for the television money, big-time college football is moving to Friday nights.
Though some would argue that it’s not “big-time,” Kansas will host Texas on Friday, Nov. 23.
It’s been going on in the Big Ten for several years.
Kudos to the Nebraska Cornhuskers who have refused to schedule games on Fridays, though they have had to play a road game on that day of the week.

I don’t like the Kansas City Royals’ relief pitchers.
They give me indigestion. Remember the old Alka Seltzer commercial? “Pop, Pop, Fizz, Fizz, Oh what a relief it is!” The late-inning pitching of the Royals certainly gives no relief! Fizz, Fizz as in Fizzle, Fizzle!

I don’t like women’s sports having almost exclusively female announcers while at the same time men’s sports are infiltrated by the gals. What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander! You can’t have it both way gals!

I don’t like all of these lawyers riding bulls and horses in their commercials while telling me they will get me big money from my car wreck. Huh? Shouldn’t they be riding in a car? I’ve never been in a bull wreck or a horse wreck!
I don’t like free agency in professional sports. It has destroyed fan loyalty and team identification. Sure it’s good for the players pocketbooks but golly, weren’t those pocketbooks pretty thick even before free agency?
I mean when you think of LeBron James do you think of the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Miami Heat or the Los Angeles Lakers? More relevantly, do you even care? There’s gotta be a better way to make sure those tightwad owners don’t pay what the talent wants/needs!

I don’t like basketball officials that make calls on plays under the basket while standing at half court. Defer to the partner official that is standing in front of the play guys! Then again, how many of them know that most crossover dribbles should really call for the whistle to toot because of either traveling, palming the ball or carrying the ball? Then again, we’ve got a shortage of officials so we can’t be too tough on them.
Speaking of officials, that leads me to umpires.

I don’t like umpires that don’t call a baseball game the way the rule book is written. Such as, a strike is supposed to be from the knees to the letters yet, it is not called that way.
When a double play is executed at second base, the relay man almost never touches his foot on the bag before throwing to first base. “In the neighborhood” has become the practiced norm, especially in the Major Leagues. Go ahead, toss me out of the game Mr. Ump!

I don’t like sports stars using their celebrity to tell me their political views. I don’t care what they think and I don’t want to pay for something to watch and have them tell me what they think. If they are sincere then write a book, give a speech, run for a political office or donate money but DON’T infringe on my time! Ditto for movie stars!

I don’t like the length of baseball games.
They take too long to play. It’s not as if they don’t know how to speed them up: Less time between innings, less time between pitches, award the base on intentional walks and make batters stay in the batter’s box. The revolutionary owner of the Athletics, Charles Finley proved every one of those ideas would work and yet, here we are 30 years later still struggling with games that last too long.
No, seven-inning games are not the answer but speeding things up is!

DISCONTENT — “The first step of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man — and I will show you a failure.” Thomas Alva Edison
Buddy Tabler is a guest columnist for the Great Bend Tribune and his views don’t necessarily reflect those of the paper. He can be reached at