Back in January 2015, out of total frustration with the profound idiocy of the Deflategate controversy, my editors here at Sports on Earth and I began discussing where it ranked among the dumbest sports stories of all time. Then I realized: When you take a step back, all sports stories are pretty dumb. We think these things are so important at the time, and people on television yell at each other at increasingly loud volumes about them, and then a week later we move on to something else.
Thus, a regular feature: a look at the 10 dumbest sports stories of each month. It is shockingly easy to come up with them -- stories that rattle around the sports biosphere, get us all riled up and then go away.
10. Washington football team PR shoves German reporter for asking a question. Can we not send people who work for Dan Snyder to represent America during the London games anymore?
They're the worst of us, honest. Do not hold the Washington football team against the rest of us, please.
9. Syracuse and Notre Dame played a game with crooked goalposts. Seriously, they did. Not to be a stickler, but, you know, that really shouldn't be that hard, no?
8. Joe Buck says he was "addicted" to hair plugs. Count me among those people who like Joe Buck. But I could have gone my entire life not knowing about his personal struggle with an overreliance on hair plugs, I honestly really could.
7. Cubs bullpen catcher celebrates trip to World Series in particularly avid fashion.
Cubs Bullpen Catcher living the life last night ������ pic.twitter.com/fF98QUGad0- Baseball Lifestyle™ (@BsbLifestyle__) October 23, 2016
Before you argue that he is somehow being disrespectful, know that he might have been doing a tribute to Harry Caray. There is no way Harry didn't end up like that that at the end of a long night at least once.
6. Bad Indians fan is bad. Commissioner Rob Manfred is going to talk to Cleveland officials about Chief Wahoo in the offseason. It's tough to come up with a better example as to why than this:
Life choices pic.twitter.com/YpqrrH1utS- Patrick Daugherty (@RotoPat) October 27, 2016
5. Youth league coach sneaks grown adult man into youth league football game. Yeah, this was never going to work out well. The good news? One less kid playing youth football!
4. Person throws marital aid on the field at Bills game.
Up, up and away!!!!
I personally love that this sent some Wrigley Field fans on a massive manhunt .
3. Trump supporters angry at Lester Holt's work as a moderator in the first presidential debate yelled at Jon Lester on Twitter. I mean, Jon Lester is really famous! I might argue he's in fact more famous than Lester Holt! It's impressive and a little sad that Lester spent a ton of time trying to fix the confusion on Twitter. Trust me, Jon: It's a fool's errand. (And, yes, the actual mix-up happened in September, but people didn't get wind of it until a few weeks later.)
2. The Oakland A's and the band Smash Mouth had a Twitter feud. Someday, everyone involved in this is going to be elderly, and they're going to look back at their lives, what they accomplished, what they value, how they spend their precious time on this earth. They are going to remember October 2016. They will bargain for more time. I was young! they will say. We were just playing social media games! We were just having a silly feud! For the clicks! They will reflect on opportunities missed, on all the good they could have provided the world, how little they did to make the planet a better place … on how much was wasted! They will burst into tears. This will provide them no solace.
1. Everything Curt Schilling did this month. All of it.
The election is almost over, kids. Promise. But: Never forget ...
Tens of people at Curt Schilling's Trump Rally! Must be the weather! pic.twitter.com/1BywnepYyo- Ted Cooper (@tedcooper) October 22, 2016