Power Rankings: The 99% of Sports Stories This Week

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So the NBA finally cancelled regular season games, leaving not much hope for an NBA season this year.

In a lot of ways the NBA lockout reminds me of Occupy Wall Street. They’re pretty much one-sided complaints with the other side having no incentive to give-in to anything. At least the NBA players have clearly defined goals other than to sleep outside and start drum circles. But there’s a good chance players will be doing exactly that. They aren’t making any money and own a lot of expensive stuff. Sooner or later they’re going to give in and accept a deal from the owners just to play, just as the protesters will probably end up doing something stupid and violent and getting public opinion to turn on them and they’ll be forced to go back to getting a job and nothing will change. Or something.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m on the players and protesters’ side. But I also took a history class or two in my life and know this either isn’t going to end in their favor or we are probably going to end up with a dictator.

Here are the 99% of the sports stories from this week.

1. NBA cancels first two weeks of the season…

The handfuls of early-season NBA fans are heartbroken.

2. Al Davis dies…

Hundreds of fast, untalented football players’ dreams of ever being a first round pick simultaneously die.

3. Lions move to 5-0…

At some point this stops becoming a feel-good story and you realize the Lions are better than your team.

4. Tim Tebow named starting quarterback…

You can expect a lot of Hail Marys.

5. Robin Ventura named White Sox manager…

Apparently Jose Valentin wasn’t available. It’ a stretch, but you can’t help but thinking of a situation where the Rangers would be playing the White Sox and Ventura might end up challenging Nolan Ryan to a fight, right?

6. Obama invites ’85 Chicago Bears to White House…

Honestly I’m starting to think Obama became president solely to collect “Obama 1″ jerseys.

7. NHL season starts…

Reportedly.

8. Ryan Howard grounds out to end season…

It could be worse, he could be declining in every season since he somehow hit 58 homers in 2006 and have to deal with a debilitating injury now too. Oh, that’s exactly what he is? He’ll always have Subway I guess.

9. Fan throws a hot dog at Tiger Wood…

Tiger retaliated by making millions of dollars for being bad.

10. Lynx win WNBA championship…

The Lynx are officially the best team in the world. Even if I’m not sure what city they play in.

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