QUOTE (Jack 1000 @ Mar 5 2011, 02:36 AM)
How many of you were surprised that in the text messaging poll for Showtime's last boxing telecast, the fans preferred the Round Robin tournament over the single-elimination format? I myself like the single-elimination format better. The scheduling is quicker and the matches are easier to follow. Too much crap can happen in-between the Super Six fights. Most people today don't have the attention span to wait for two years, when so many things can go wrong.
It's not Showtime's fault though. Kudos for them trying to get the best fighting the best, which is supposed to be what these tournaments are all about. It's just the time frame in a Round Robin type format for the Super Six that is too long.
. . . I keep trying to get out, but it just . . . keeps . . . pulling me . . . back . . . in.
Text messaging polls are organically corrupt. It was designed to get a self serving result, and as a tertiary income stream.
It is not "just the time frame" that is wrong with using a FIFA World Cup format in boxing. There is a very good possibility that the best will never end up fighting each other with this utterly retarded format, as it pertains to boxing. Futbol enthusiasts may be interested in watching Brazil play for a tie in order to position itself most opportunely in the knockout round, but professional boxers are not kicking a ball around the ring. They are attempting to inflict maximum damage on each other.
The fact that Andre Ward (3-0) must
contractually fight Arthur Abraham (1-2) in the knockout round of a boxing tournament is nothing more or less than mentally challenged. Meanwhile, Froch is facing a replacement in the knockout round who qualified by defeating another replacement.
This shit is two scoops short of asinine. Stop with "the best fighting the best" fecal matter. The jury is still out on whether this tournament was indeed better than nothing.
And BTW, stop trying to absolve Showtime in this quagmire. From the beginning this was designed to maximize profit. And from the beginning they fucked it up, from the format itself to the scheduling. Greed, not good business sense or altruism, guided Showtime's decisions. Showtime is only guilty of the corrupt and inferior business model that has guided the American economy and culture into the rocks.