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Wannabe Tour Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area

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I end up spending a lot of time (and having a lot of fun) playing tourist guide when friends and family come to visit the San Francisco Bay Area…  I usually start by sending an email full of options based on the particular person’s interest.   Here’s a compilation from lists I’ve sent out:

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World Baseball Classic

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I like the World Baseball Classic a lot more than I thought I would.  It seems to be catching on abroad more than in the United States.  I think there are just way too many sports in the US and there’s no room for another tournament.  It is smart though to do it in between the Superbowl and March Madness in order to minimize competition from other Major U.S. sports.

I guess I’m interested because there are enough strong countries so as to make the tournament worth watching.  In addition, the poorer teams have enough talent to knock off the big boys (ie. Netherlands beating the Dominican Republic.)  I don’t have the same rooting interest as when I root for Brazil in the World Cup, but with a few more WBC’s creating rivalries, I might start caring a lot more in the results.

Two aspects of the tournament are totally stupid in my opinion.

  1. Why is it every three years.  That is just weird, and it will make everyone forget when it is.  Every other major tournament that is not annual is every four years ( World Cup, Summer Olympics, and Winter Olympics.)
  2. The pitch limit just makes the tournament seem inferior to MLB.  Players should be devoted enough to get in shape a month earlier on WBC years so that they can play with the same level of effort as the regular season.
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Why is golf fun to watch on TV?

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It doesn’t look like Tiger has what it takes to come from behind today and win the Masters. Right now he’s in second place six strokes behind headed to the eighteenth tea at Augusta.

Ordinarily, one would think that golf would be boring to watch on TV. You can’t see the ball off the club, the action is slow, you can’t really see the landscape in two dimensions. What makes it fun is observing the players deal with pressure. I think that’s why I love watching the majors, but would not think of watching a regular PGA tour event. There’s something about watching people trying to perform difficult physical feats in the most pressure packed moments of their lives.

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