Alright, this won't be much of a post when it comes to the hobby, but with it being All-Star Weekend I feel it's time for me to confess something.
For the most part, I actually enjoy the event. The evolution of the weekend and the root feeling and attitude that comes with it.
It's all about fun.
From the pretty successful draft on the Friday, to the exciting (although a little long) skills competition, to the actual game itself (and yes I know I'm in the minority on this one). I like it. I like it because it's fun.
It's fun to see these professional athletes acting like kids on the pond. It's fun to see some of these guys try tricks that they'd never attempt in a real game. It's fun to see the crowd cheer their hometown faves. It's fun to see the smile on the faces of the players after witnessing something - good or bad - and then razzing his teammate for it.
The only unfortunate thing is that most of the time, fun can be had by all. Why not in this instance? The corporate mumbo jumbo and the disgruntled haters of the event. The skeptics and those who don't even give it a chance. All of these things put a fog in front of the fun. Why? Why can't the game just be about the game? Why can't the event be about highlighting the talent and skill the stars possess?
I urge those of you who were either going to ridicule the game or pass on it all together to watch the match this afternoon with a different set of eyes. Watch the players in between the whistles. Watch the guys on the bench. Watch the kids whose eyes light up when the highlight reel goal is scored. Watch the event for the fun it is.
I'd like to hear your thoughts on the All-Star event. What works? What doesn't?