Dumbest Discussion Ever

While flying on JetBlue this morning, I took advantage of their DirecTV service only to have to listen to four ESPN talking heads actually have a heated discussion over whether baseball should implement, get this…

Sudden death extra innings.

Seriously. Skip Bayless came out unapologetically for it, citing the travesty of last night’s 22 inning affair in San Diego.

20 comments… add one
  • I think the proper response would be something like..
    “No. Let’s move on.”

    Lar April 18, 2008, 11:38 am
  • Worked for hockey. I think a lot of managers wouldn’t mind it to save their bullpen but the purists would never go for it.

    no sleep til brooklyn sf April 18, 2008, 11:42 am
  • im sure ive heard worse ideas, i just cant remember when.

    sam-yf April 18, 2008, 11:44 am
  • I rather have ties (maybe after 12?) than sudden death. That’s stupid, considering THEY TAKE TURNS HITTING.
    Also, in hockey, they don’t have sudden death (well, they do in that short OT period) until the playoffs.
    I suggest that since shootouts doesn’t really demonstrate hockey skill (mostly), that the teams should send out two pitchers, and a couple of hitters and have a HR derby.

    This is stupid.

    Lar April 18, 2008, 11:48 am
  • When was the last time Skip Bayless said something truly interesting or insightful? Pass.
    I just flew JB for the first time a few weeks back. Highly recommend! DirectTV is cool, but I liked the added legroom.

    A YF April 18, 2008, 11:49 am
  • I respectfully suggest that hockey is not a good sample. A sport in which one side is advantaged by being the only one that can score at at time (football, baseball) is totally different from one in which the ball/puck/etc. is up for grabs and anyone can score (basketball, soccer, hockey). This is even more the case with baseball than football – since defenses can actually score in football.
    As with soccer, different hockey leagues acknowledge this by moving, after OT periods fail to yield a winner, to penalty shots/kicks that are done as a set – so both teams have an equal number of shots/kicks and not as sudden death.
    I don’t know why I am going into so much detail here…I think it is really clear why this is a bad idea for baseball.

    IronHorse (yf) April 18, 2008, 12:06 pm
  • this is one of those discussions that the segment producer should get canned over. Who the hell cleared this?
    Makes me wonder why they never ran the “why doesn’t mlb change the shape of home plate to an ellipse?” segment.

    SF April 18, 2008, 12:10 pm
  • It must have been tough not to just start whipping blue potato chips at the TV set.

    walein April 18, 2008, 12:18 pm
  • Technically in football anyone can score..

    Lar April 18, 2008, 12:29 pm
  • A word I discovered on FJM.com yesterday sums up this proposal nicely: retar-diculous.

    JoeT April 18, 2008, 1:11 pm
  • The maddening and devastating plague that is extra innings, sure to be the demise of America’s favorite pastime, has one and only one solution: MULTIBALL! .. to be followed by .. SUPER MULTIBALL!!!
    I love free baseball. It’s one of my many favorite things about the game.

    attackgerbil April 18, 2008, 1:11 pm
  • Did someone, in all seriousness, actually call the 22 inning game a “travesty”? Even if no one did, the intent being there wouldn’t surprise me.
    I was at the 14 inning Mets game last night and never once considered it an example of something that anyone would want to “fix” about Baseball. I understand the name of the TV game now is to create a state of endless controversy, but c’mon, this has to be a non-starter.

    FenSheaParkway April 18, 2008, 2:31 pm
  • Wow, multiball would be insane. I actually now want to see that.

    Lar April 18, 2008, 3:10 pm
  • Idiot talking heads like this one are the reason I canceled my cable subscription. Springsteen said it best, “57 channels and there’s nothing on.”

    nettles April 18, 2008, 3:19 pm
  • last nites 22 inning affair was pretty sweet. i was watching at my neighborhood bar, and eventually it had gained everyones interest (and this isn’t a sports bar). at last call i yelled to the bartender “it would be un-american to close the bar while a game is still being decided”. no more than two minutes later the rockies came up with the game winner. last call came and went, nitecaps were served, and everyones patriotism was preserved. as baseball diehards, who could be opposed to extra baseball?

    sf rod April 18, 2008, 3:59 pm
  • If we get rid of free baseball, the terrorists have won.

    yankeemonkey April 18, 2008, 4:31 pm
  • “THUD!!”
    that ‘thud’ you just heard was espn sinking to a new low

    dc April 19, 2008, 8:42 am
  • ****
    that ‘thud’ you just heard was espn sinking to a new low
    ****
    Elaine: “Sometimes when I think you’re the shallowest man I’ve ever met, you somehow manage to drain a little more out of the pool.”

    redsock April 19, 2008, 9:28 am
  • Bayless spoke of the 22 inning game like such affairs are epidemic (as opposed to anomalous and semi-historic) and that baseball has some sort of problem with extra innings, as if teams aren’t incentivized to finish their opponents off in regulation. It was maybe the single dumbest discussion I have ever heard, and that’s saying quite a bit. One of the hosts, Ryan Stewart, was the lone voice of reason as far as I could tell.

    SF April 19, 2008, 1:13 pm
  • consider the source Skip Bayless… Has he ever made any valid points.

    Dan April 19, 2008, 10:22 pm

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