POLL QUESTION – MARCH 14
By Leo Haggerty

POLL QUESTION

After suffering through trying to watch the NBA All Star exhibition (honestly, you can’t call it a game), this week’s poll question is begging to be asked.  Not just of the National Basketball Association but of the three other professional sports leagues.

Our poll question is as follows:

DO THE FOUR PROFESSIONAL LEAGUES NEED TO CANCEL THEIR ALL STAR GAMES BECAUSE THEY ARE NO LONGER SERIOUS COMPETITIONS?

Below are the responses from or staff and guest contributors.  Enjoy.

JIM THIES – NFC NORTH CORRESPONDENT
For the most part yes. The one I like is MLB’s. I think those players do compete pretty hard. I’ve watched a lot of the hockey All Star games and you know something’s wrong when the final score is 10-9!

THOMAS HEPLER – GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
I cannot recall when I last watched an all-star game.  I truly believe it was the 1949 Baseball one, the one that went twelve innings before Red Schoendienst hit a homer to end it.

JOHN LENTZ – NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL ANALYST
Yes they stink!!

AL CURTISS – NFC EAST CORRESPONDENT
You can’t cancel the NBA All Star Game for a lot of reasons and some of them aren’t good.

DAVID ALEXANDER – AFC WEST CORRESPONDENT
They never have been serious competitions, but make for good television.  I also think the fan selection process is popular. The NBA also uses the All-Star game as a way to give players a week long break in the middle of the season.

LEO HAGGERTY – ITS SPORTS MAGAZINE EDITOR IN CHIEF
Unless there is a viable reason to play, like with the MLB All Star Game deciding who will have home field advantage in the upcoming World Series, then I believe the professional sports leagues need to come up with some other format.  I base my opinion on two facts.

First, there is way too much money at stake right now.  Just envision Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes sustaining a career ending injury in the Pro Bowl.  I don’t even want to imagine that.

Second, it is truly hard to watch.  Football is afraid to tackle.  Basketball is scared to play any sort f defense.  Hockey wants no parts of any checking.  It not the games we see for the entirety of the regular season along with the post season.

In fact, baseball should jettison there Mid Summer Classic as well and I’ll give you two words for that.  Ray Fosse.  In case you don’t know who he is, that’s the Cleveland catcher that Pete Rose steamrollered in the 1970 All Start game that left the Marion, Illinois native with a fractured as well as separated shoulder that went undiagnosed until the following season.

The All Star games, like the Ottoman Empire in the early 1900s, have outlived their usefulness.  It’s time to let them, as General Douglas MacArthur so aptly stated, “to just fade away.”