The Tour De France and the 10 Most Overrated Sporting Events

The 10 Most Overrated Sporting Events

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Discussions, lists and rankings about who or what is overrated almost exclusively focus on individual athletes, teams or coaches, but this slideshow goes far beyond that. I'm looking at different events that we like to pretend are popular, but are actually not. Here now are my 10 most overrated sporting events.

10. Ryder Cup

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10. Ryder Cup

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Once every two years, golfers from team USA take on team Europe in what is pretty much a waste of time for everyone. The Americans hardly ever play as a team and only care about themselves while the Europeans actually treat the Ryder Cup with some meaning. Normally, Americans care about their country's dominance in events like the World Cup and the Olympics, but they clearly don't when it comes to the Ryder Cup.

9. The Kentucky Derby

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9. The Kentucky Derby

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The Kentucky Derby is filled with weeks of buildup and hours of pregame speculation for what amounts to a two-minute race. Ninety-nine percent of the country can't name a single horse, owner or jockey who is competing in the race, and its more like a social event where bigwigs everywhere dress in stupid hats that otherwise wouldn't ever be seen in public.

8. NHL Winter Classic

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8. NHL Winter Classic

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Every New Year's Day, the NHL sadly pretends that they have center stage by bringing their game outside in the elements, but outside of the cities competing in the game, no one else cares. Most of America is actually watching New Year's Day bowl games, or even NBA regular season games. Just last year, the game rating was a 2.9, its best ever, while on the same day, the Outback Bowl, featuring two average teams in LSU and Iowa, had a 3.2.

7. Indianapolis 500

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7. Indianapolis 500

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Back in the 1970s, the Indianapolis 500 was popular because of stars like Rick Mears, Al Unser and A.J. Foyt, but in the 21st century, it's become a shell of itself. The event lacks major star power, it's incredibly boring after about 25 laps and the only time that we actually cared about it was when Danica Patrick was attempting to become the first woman to win it in the mid-to-late 2000s.

6. MLB Home Run Derby

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6. MLB Home Run Derby

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The Home Run Derby is supposed to be the biggest spectacle of All-Star weekend with the most exciting moment in the sport being showcased to the world by its top athletes. Instead, it's just a wasted event that fills up All-Star weekend. Any MLB hitter can hit a home run off a pitching coach throwing a 65-mph softball.

5. MLB All-Star Game

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5. MLB All-Star Game

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Of the four major All-Star games, the MLB All-Star Game is the only game that has any stakes attached to it. Now, a glorified exhibition game determines which league gets home-field advantage in the World Series. This kind of logic shouldn't be surprising considering MLB is still stuck in the 1950s rather than adjusting to the 21st century. The game is dying just as rapidly as the entire sport is.

4. Thursday Night Football

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4. Thursday Night Football

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Everyone loves football, I get it, but given the recent quality of play on Thursday Night Football, the league should have eliminated it a long time ago. Week after week, the matchups have featured cellar-dwelling teams that had poor execution and aren't at their best due to the short work week. Instead of resembling a true NFL game, TNF actually looks like a replacement league game.

3. NBA Slam Dunk Contest

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3. NBA Slam Dunk Contest

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When legends like Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins and Julius Erving competed in the NBA Slam Dunk contest, it was must-see TV. Now, the contest is filled with a bunch of nobodies who take 25 attempts just to complete a single dunk. Even with the new format change in this past year's contest, the event sucked even more than it previously did. Outside of dunking over a shark tank, there's nothing more that can possibly be done.

2. NFL Pro Bowl

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2. NFL Pro Bowl

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Of all the All-Star games, the NFL Pro Bowl actually leads the way in terms of ratings, which is because of the overall popularity of the sport, rather than the play on the field at the Pro Bowl. Each year, the superstars drop out, paving the way for fourth and fifth alternates who give 50-percent effort with little to no defense, leading to Arena League-like scores and XFL-type embarrassment.

1. Tour De France

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1. Tour de France

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The only time that the Tour de France was actually pertinent to America was when Lance Armstrong won seven-consecutive titles from 1999-2005 and when Floyd Landis was snitching on Armstrong back in the mid-2000s. Now that Armstrong has been out of the Tour, and Landis has been a national disgrace, no one cares who actually wins, and no one outside of cycling enthusiasts even knows that it's on.


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