By Anthony Rhoads
I guess everyone has their favorite sport to watch on television but I won't go into that subject in this particular column.
No, in this week's column I will examine some of the worst sports that have ever been put on the television screen.
Darts: Yes, the ?sport' of darts actually is televised. I found this out on July 4, 2003. I was flipping through the channels when I came across Fox Sports World, a cable channel that generally broadcasts international soccer, rugby, Australian rules football, etc.
But on that particular day Fox Sports World was broadcasting ?The Desert Classic,' a major darts tournament held in Las Vegas.
Darts? Golly gee willikers, what are these folks thinking?
Nothing against darts; I had a dartboard in my teens and it was a fun activity but it doesn't need to be televised.
It has to rank as the most boring program I have ever witnessed; it was even more boring that watching the Atlanta Falcons play the San Diego Chargers.
In that particular game, the Georgia Dome was as quiet as a church as the Falcons were getting beat by Ryan Leaf and the Chargers. That pre-season game was so boring, a reporter from The Associated Press exclaimed sarcastically ?Atlanta Falcons football you gotta love it!'
Battle of the Network Stars: When you work crazy hours and get home in the wee hours of the morning, you can see some really bad television if you surf the channels. One night, I came across a ?classic' rerun of ?Battle of the Network Stars' from 1977.
Oh man, I had forgotten how bad these programs were from the late 70s-early 80s.
And for those who are too young to remember, back in the ?olden days' of the 70s and 80s, ?Battle of the Network Stars' was an annual sports competition between actors and actresses from ABC, CBS and NBC. Yes, it was as bad or maybe even worse than it sounds.
The program from 1977 featured Howard Cosell as the announcer. When you do a retrospective of Cosell's career you have to think of the great Muhammad Ali championship fights, Monday Night Football and ?? Battle of the Network Stars! I am sure he would have wanted to be remembered for that.
Pro wrestling: Yes, when I was growing up I was a huge pro wrestling fan and each week I followed the exploits of Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair, the Rock ?n Roll Express, the Road Warriors, Ricky Steamboat, Jim Cornette and many others.
It was violent and bloody at times but it certainly was not what it is today.
Today it is disgusting and near pornographic.
Wrestling has always been more carnival and showmanship than competitive sport but at least back in the old days, it featured some guys who could really wrestle and guys who could be entertaining without being vulgar.
Now, the product that the World Wrestling Entertainment puts on the air today is just plain filth.
Anthony Rhoads is a sports writer for The Daily. His column appears on Wednesdays and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.