Vikings’ Christian Ponder will never take a team to a division championship

Not a Fun Night for a Sports Fan

By James Turnage:

I am an NFL fanatic. I wanted to watch the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Minnesota Vikings tonight. The Vikings were at home and at a 5 and 2 record could take control of the NFC north. Their defense is rated in the top five of the NFC, and they have the best running back in football in Adrian Peterson. Percy Harvin may be the best offensive utility player in the game. What they don’t have is a professional quarterback. Christian Ponder will never take a team to a division championship. And their vaunted defense began to show that they were less than average.

So I switched to the second game of the World Series. Until the bottom of the 7th inning the game was pretty boring. That’s baseball. The Giants had the bases loaded with no outs. A double play allowed a run to score, putting the home team ahead 1-0. A strikeout ended the inning.

I switched back to the football game. Tampa Bay was now leading 30-10 with under eight minutes left in the third quarter, game probably over.

Back to baseball. I started to fall asleep, so, back to football.

The game was now 30-17, better. Adrian Peterson had scored a touchdown.

Checking out baseball again, it was still a yawner. Detroit had obviously never left Michigan. And who really cares? If baseball doesn’t do something to make the game more interesting, it will continue to deteriorate as a fan’s game of interest.

Fourth quarter in the football game. Minnesota’s defense still stinks. Back to baseball.

It’s the top of the 9th inning. The score is 2-0 San Francisco. The Tigers have to score at least two runs or the game is over. How exciting. Mercifully it was over quickly.

The football game was now in the last half of the 4th quarter. Tampa Bay was ahead by 19 points. I don’t know why I didn’t watch reruns of “How I Met Your Mother”.

A football junkie like me was in hell. When professional sports are the most boring things on television, something is wrong. I could have watched a political debate and found more excitement. Oh well, I’m going to bed.

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