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Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o

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Updated: March 12, 2013 3:00AM



Having reached double figures with “for better/for worse” proposals, it’s obviously time to take that phrase in another direction.

With that thought in mind, here are some “for better/for worse” points that were pondered while waiting at the airport and then during the flight to Florida on Monday that hopefully was going to end with a seat in the stands for the championship football game between Notre Dame and Alabama.

For better: The airport in Milwaukee (Mitchell). For worse: The big airport in Chicago (O’Hare).

For better: Heinz ketchup. For worse: Any other brand of ketchup. Or catsup, if you prefer.

For better: High school cheer competitions. For worse: High school poms/dance competitions. Comment: The difference is that cheerers where uniforms that are connected to their school, so you can immediately pick out your favorite team from across the gym. Poms/dance teams wear uniforms that are dance-appropriate and very creative, but have nothing to do with the school. That makes it impossible to tell which team is which in the stands without asking.

For better: Road football uniforms that have white shirts and colored pants. (Think Chicago Bears ... white shirts and blue pants.) For worse: Road uniforms that are white (shirts) on white (pants) like the Indy Colts and Minnesota Vikings.

For better: The NFL’s Red Zone Channel. For worse: NFL telecasts with too many commercials. Comment: There is nothing worse than watching a game on TV and having a team score a TD, followed by a boring extra-point kick that’s never missed, followed by two minutes of commercials, followed by a kickoff into the end zone, followed by another two minutes of commercials before another meaningful play is run. The Red Zone Channel has no commercials and shows all the scoring plays from all the NFL games going on at that time.

For better: Blue jerseys. For worse: Red jerseys. Comment: It is just too tough to get a high-quality shade of red, and you don’t have to look further than area high schools that have some sort of “red” as a color for proof.

For better: Notre Dame football. For worse: Notre Dame basketball. Comment: It’s just not the same.

For better: Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery. For worse: Bears receiver Earl Bennett.

For better: NBA teams from Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Oklahoma City, Denver, and New York. For worse: NBA teams from everyplace else.

For better: NHL’s Stanley Cup playoffs. For worse: NHL regular season.

For better: Warren High School’s boys basketball program under the direction of quality new coach Ryan Webber. For worse: The way Warren officials forced the “retirement” of longtime coaching legend Chuck Ramsey.

For better: TV commercials for an insurance company that features Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers in a grade-school classroom. For worse: TV commercials in general.

For better: Football teams that run the no-huddle offense and pass on every play. For worse: Football teams that “get off the bus running the football.”

For better: High school wrestling matches that have state-caliber grapplers in the same weight class. For worse: Wrestling forfeits.

For better: Prices and selection options at Walmart. For worse: Walmart, when there are 157 people trying to check out at the same time and three registers are open.

For better: Sports-talk radio on The SCORE (670-AM). For worse: Sports-talk radio on ESPN-1000.

For better: High school softball. For worse: High school baseball.

For better: Pro golf when Tiger Woods is in the hunt. For worse: The LPGA Tour.

For better: Walking on trails. For worse: Walking on a treadmill.

For better: Thin-crust pizza. For worse: Chicago-style pizza.

For better: Tennis players who charge the net and end rallies in five hits or less. For worse: Tennis players who stay behind the baseline and are backboards that lead to 30-hit rallies.

For better: Hot dogs at a baseball game. For worse: Trying to eat a hot dog while driving without making a mess.

For better: 2013 ... We hope. For worse: For reasons that would bore you to death, nothing could be as bad as 2012.



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