Here we go again, the suspense building as we continue counting it down with this, the penultimate instalment:
|Willie gets creamed: Decline of civilization.|
20 Adult autograph collectors.
19 Economic-impact studies. These new stadiums are all very, very good for us.
18 “Honky the Christmas Goose”. The line runs between this, the Super Bowl Shuffle and athletes-turned-rappers.
17 Pregame military displays. Air force fly-bys, the Grey Cup borne in aboard HMCS Vancouver - but what does this have to do with sports? (UPDATE/AMENDMENT: Thanks to Chris Clayton, who notes in the comments that a Navy team from Montreal won the 1944 Grey Cup, so indeed there is something to do with sports here.)
16 Third uniforms. A refined version of the biennial change-the-uni cash grab.
15 Cyndi Lauper. I blame her for the whole pro wrestling boom.
14 Super Bowl commercials. Useful as a barometer on the decline of western civilization.
13 Stadium naming rights. The U of
Arizona Phoenix paid $154.5 million US to put its name on a stadium. Let me guess - the economic-impact study was just too glowing to resist (thanks to rpaterso47 for the fix).
12 All-sports talk radio. One of the guys who tore apart our kitchen listened to nothing but this. “I like it because I don’t have to think about anything,” he explained as he pulled apart the gas main.
11 Isiah Thomas. GMs wreaking havoc on a franchise are a dime a dozen. Zeke presided over the demise of a whole league. Good luck, Mr. Grunwald.