What Happened to the X Games?

The X Games are not something that I love to watch or wait all year to see, but they are an entertaining competition to watch during the night. You wouldn’t know it, but they are happening right now. X Games XIII began last Thursday, but has barely been advertised and hardly shown. There seems to be one main reason for this: Barry Bonds. Instead of the normal coverage of the event, ESPN has shifted its schedule to cover every San Francisco Giants’ game until Bonds breaks Aaron’s home run record. Watching Bonds’ at bats is fun, because you know that you could be watching history be made, but I really don’t care about the actual game. Maybe if they were in a pennant race, but the Giants are out of it and I have absolutely no reason to watch the actual game. For those that do, watch it on your local stations, but showing the full game is unnecessary. Show “Live Look Ins” to each at bat, but don’t broadcast every inning. There are many other events that sports fans want to watch, including the X Games, that can be shown instead of the Giants’ game.  Continue reading “What Happened to the X Games?”

Bonds Needs to Participate in the Home Run Derby

As Barry Bonds gets closer to 756, fans’ taunts and insults increase and become even more hate-filled. Most people will never like Bonds and never accept his record, but the few people who do support him are mostly San Francisco Giant fans. With very few days left before he breaks Henry Aaron’s record, Bonds has the opportunity to give back to the fans who have stuck by him through the BALCO Scandal, steroids, and possible tax evasion. The All Star Game is in San Francisco and he must play in that to gain any sympathy from his hometown fans. Beyond that though, Bonds needs to play in the Home Run Derby. He needs to put on a show for his fans and let them enjoy it. Every city across America hates him except for San Francisco, yet when he has a chance to thank them, he blows them off. “I have nothing to prove” Bonds said, but here he is wrong. He has to prove that the loyalty the Giants’ fans have showed him is a two way street, that it is reciprocated by Bonds. If I were a Giants fan, I am sure that I would have supported Bonds through thick and thin. When he has a duty to show his commitment to us, I want him to do it and if he doesn’t, I would feel insulted. All my support was meaningless to him. Why should I cheer for him when he breaks the record? Why should I care about him, because he certainly doesn’t care about me? Barry needs to give back to his fans, show them he cares, and try to keep the few supporters he has.