I’m not particularly a fan of the WBC, but the thing Mac linked is just…silly.
“The WBC is a made-up event. It’s not real. There’s no history to it.” Yadda yadda yadda.
Just for a minute, imagine it’s 1966, mid-December. (I was 12 years old; most of you weren’t!). Radio sports commentator on some clear-channel AM station (WBZ Boston? WFIL Philadelphia?) makes the same kind of comment Francesca made about the WBC:
“The Super Bowl is a made-up event. It’s not real. There’s no history to it.” Well, his statement wouldn’t have been “wrong,” in the moment. And I assure you, there were lots of people in 1966 who considered the Super Bowl to be “a joke.” I mean, what is the NFL thinking, playing a “super” game against that pathetic AFL nonsense, and pretending it’s anything other than a made-up stunt to get some TV money?
Fast-forward 57 years. I don’t have any idea how the WBC will be seen in 50 years, if it survives. I’m not going to be around to find out, either. Some of you may - and you may find that the WBC just went away, or… it may not have. I do know that sometimes, things that seem silly and contrived take on a life of their own, and become “traditions” of their own.
[Aside about “traditions.” I’m old enough to remember when the corporation that makes/made French’s fried onions, Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup, and one of the “ladies” magazines, decided to introduce the “green bean casserole” as a Thanksgiving side dish. This thing became a tradition, too, and lots and lots of people seem to think the Pilgrims somehow had deep-fried onions in a can. But there you go; inanity becomes “tradition,” becomes almost a necessity.]