At first glance it sounds crazy. I mean a sportswriter taking over a professional team. We’re just supposed to be guys full of hot air, right. I mean, we’re just talking heads that don’t have to worry about out our opinions because no one ever really calls us on them.
But Bill Simmons of ESPN.com wants to change that. I’ve been reading The Sports Guy since I was in college. He’s written about days when he only had eight readers in a day back at Digital City Boston back on AOL. I’m pretty sure I was one of those eight, and probably refreshed the page a couple of times.
So Simmons wants to take over the Milwaukee Bucks, and he’s written a column about it over at the worldwide leader’s web site. We should probably just look at it as a gag, but what the heck, let’s take it seriously.
The Bucks are one of those franchises that kind of serve as a space filler on the shelf at the grocery store. The Celtics, the Lakers, the Cavs, the Spurs, those are the items every one picks up immediately off the shelf, like Doritos. The Bucks, they’re sorta like Utz Chips. Sure they’re there, and we know some people like them, but they don’t really matter.
Bucks fans have it tough. The team hasn’t mattered in two decades. The Brewers, well they’re awful too. They don’t have an NHL team in Milwaukee. The city’s most beloved team is the Packers, and they reside in Green Bay.
The Bucks management should actually consider this. First of all, it’d be a huge story. ESPN would be all over it, if for no other reason than it is great cross-promotion. The Bucks would be a big story. Reporters all over the nation would question the Bucks’ sanity, but you know what, they’d be talking about the Bucks. When was the last time the Bucks were a leadoff item on PTI? Have they ever?
This needs to happen. Personally I’ll miss spending so much time reading his columns, and mailbags, but it’s a sacrifice that I’d be willing to make for the man to live out his dream, and for the Bucks’ fans to get what they’re starting to clamor for.
Hey, crazier things have worked out.
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