SDS Mailbag: Fans in stadiums, playground games on TV and how many Americans can dunk a basketball?
It seems that some schools are going to start allowing players to return to campus in the next couple of weeks, with voluntary workouts starting shortly thereafter. That means, as long as things keep trending positively, we’ll likely have college football this fall!
As we prepare for a return to somewhat normal sports lives, I just want to thank all of you who continued to read what we’ve been writing during the quarantine period.
There hasn’t always been much to write about, and we’ve had to get creative at times, but I (and my colleagues, as well) are thankful to you for your continued support. As we get back to live sports, we’ll have plenty more in-depth and fun coverage to provide!
Now, onto your questions for this week’s Mailbag:
Ultimate tag was on TV. What other childhood playground game should be the next sport to be put on TV?
Yeah, that ultimate tag thing (hosted by the Watt brothers) seems intense. But as someone who got many a splinter and more than a few scraped knees playing tag on the playground, I get the appeal.
As for what playground game should be next, I have 2 suggestions. Both could probably be done even in this COVID-19 pandemic world, too. The first is Wiffle Ball. There are some awesome backyard Wiffle Ball stadiums out there in this country. First, the show could document the unique parks and then host a game. You’d only need to test like 20 people for that to be a reality.
The second game is wall ball. I loved playing wall ball. Even during the football offseason in high school, my friends and I would gather in one of our friend’s driveways and play, throwing the ball off the brick wall above his garage door. His mom absolutely hated that game, but we loved it.
One time Andrew (I know none of you know who Andrew is) got mad and threw his shoe on the roof. It was quite funny. Point being — more wall ball, please.
When will fans be allowed at college football games again?
That is certainly a hot-button issue these days. Some think we’ll be able to have stadiums at half capacity. Some think we shouldn’t play at all if fans can’t attend.
However, the engine of college football isn’t going to stop if fans can’t attend. There’s too much money at stake. You’ve seen the stories of some non-Power 5 schools cutting sports like baseball, soccer, lacrosse and more. These schools need football, and they need those games where Power 5 schools pay them $1.5 million to come and get their butts kicked. So, no matter what, I think there will be a full season played.
If I were in charge of college football, I’d just say no fans throughout the regular season. Then, when it gets to conference championship weekend, we can re-evaluate. It’s going to be a weird year regardless of what happens, so we might as well err on the side of caution, in my opinion.
However, I’m no medical expert. If things continue to trend positively as they are seeming to now, I have no problem with allowing fans if the experts think it is safe. I personally don’t think I’ll be attending any games this fall, but that’s my choice.
What TV show do you think has the best theme song?
I mean, the SEC on CBS theme song always gets me pumped on Saturday afternoons, if we’re being honest. “The Office” also has a pretty iconic song, but that might just be because I love that show so much. “Friends” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” also deserve mentions here.
For me, though, I’m going with “The Simpsons.” It is easily recognizable and was composed by the legendary Danny Elfman. It also takes me back to my childhood, which gives it some bonus points in my book.
As for theme songs that get stuck in my head a lot, though, it’s gotta be either “Spongebob Squarepants” or “CatDog” that wins that category.
What percentage of Americans do you think can dunk a basketball (on a regulation 10-foot rim)?
I looked it up and 14.5% of Americans (male and female) are 6 feet tall or taller. That’s not necessarily a requirement for dunking (just ask Spud Webb), but it does help.
Even among those 14.5% of Americans, only a small fraction can dunk. I’m 5-11 and can touch the rim, but can’t get the ball over the rim. Lower that hoop to 9 feet, though, and I’m like Blake Griffin (at least in my own mind).
Approximately 328 million people live in the U.S. Many of them are elderly folks or young children. Then there are those who aren’t athletically gifted enough to jump that high.
Even 1% of the U.S. population would be 3.28 million people, and that seems like too many dunkers. I’ll say 1 million people in the U.S. can dunk on a 10-foot rim, but even that might be too high.
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