Not A Poet
OK, here's my 2 cents worth.
First you bring up the election and I seriously give it the benefit of the doubt in calling it that. My suggestion is to forget all this BS with the pregnant chads, politicians, lawyers, judges and people too stupid to punch the ballot. The best resolution is to send Bush and Gore out behind the barn and let them settle it like men. Whoever come back inside is the next president. But then if neither makes it back, we still need some way to get rid of The Slick One. With any luck we will come out of this with a president who can at least keep his pants on in the oval office.
Now, on to sports. Yes, I'm afraid that money rules in this country. What some of those guys knock down is just obscene. But what's even worse is when they go on strike for more. I mean, give me a break here, you can't make it on $10,000,000 per year? BS again.
If I'm not mistaken, and I don't think I am, basketball has become an international sport. Perhaps not as much so as soccer (football I mean) but, judging from the olympics, quite widespread. Although I really can't understand why it would be popular, just seems to be a bunch of overly tall guys running from one end of the room to the other sticking a little ball through a ring then someone in a striped shirt blowing a whistle and yelling foul. Pretty pointless if you ask me.
Now, I have to admit that American style football can seem pretty slow moving and it's pretty much confined to this continent (US and Canada) but I think there is a professional league in Europe also. And exhibition games in Mexico and Japan have drawn huge crowds. So, who knows. I played football in highschool and was a big fan for years. In recent years I have sort of lost interest, that is, unless the Sooners are good. Guess that's the definition of a fair weather fan. BTW, I recall seeing some Austrailian rules football. You talk about a completely incomprehensible game, looks more like what we used to call grabass.
Philip, you speak poorly of baseball. Again, it can be fairly slow moving but did you ever try to hit a little ball with a little stick when it is coming at you nearly 100 miles/hour? Add to that the fact that you have to get it by 9 guys who don't want that to happen and it becomes quite a challenge.
Finally Philip, civilized (with a Z, BTW) or not, I'm afraid you've stepped over the line of credibility when you suggest cricket as a worthy game.