Readers: More sports needs fireworks

Originally Published: June 30, 2011
By Jerry Greene | Special to Page 2

FireworksAP Photo/Kevin FrayerWhat other sports should consider fireworks? Poker? Bowling? Check out what the readers say.

This may be an inappropriate time to raise the question, but do we use fireworks too often in the world of sports? Once upon a time, fireworks were saved for special occasions. Now it seems as if crossing the street rates as special.

This July Fourth weekend, of course, is an exception. Fireworks are as much a requirement for this holiday celebration as are champion hot dog eaters, long-winded speeches and the Declaration of Independence. (Probably not as big in Great Britain as it is the U.S. of A., but work with us on this.)

In sports, however, we now expect fireworks every time a wrestler steps onto the ramp or somebody hits a home run or an Arena Football League quarterback throws his 12th TD pass of the night. Can you say "excessive"?

But the other key word here is "predictable." If we expect fireworks, they don't mean as much. That's why we asked you to come up with a list of sporting moments that don't include fireworks now but should. And you, as usual, responded:

Top 10 Other Sporting Moments for Fireworks

10. "At the end of all cricket matches but make them tasteful and don't interrupt the tea break," said Jo K. of Rock Hill, S.C. (This could be just what cricket needs to go bananas in the U.S. of A.)

9. "Every time David Stern correctly pronounces a foreign player's name," said BJ H. of Lowell, Ind.

8. "For all Stanley Cup celebrations in Vancouver although police flares may be used," said Carey S. of Palo Alto, Calif.

7. "When the Dodgers are sold and Frank McCourt is shown the door," said Matthew G. of Los Angeles

6. "Anytime Cincinnati, Ohio State, FSU, Miami or USC graduates a football player," said Ben M. of Peoria, Ill.

5. "When Dwight Howard makes a free throw," said Mark M. of Apopka, Fla.

4. "Whenever LeBron James has a playoff quadruple double: 10 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 turnovers," said Mark C. of The Philippines

3. "Next time Tiger Woods gets a birdie," said Beverley M. of Little Rock, Ark.

2. "Celebrating a Miami Heat championship -- fireworks automatically go off at end of third quarter," said Janice H. of Palo Alto, Calif.

1. "Every time Brett Favre cranks up his lawnmower," said Doug E. of Altamonte Springs, Fla.

In closing, the first suggestion received was from Chris H. of Pickerington, Ohio, who wrote "When the NFL lockout is over." Then he added, "You'll probably get a lot of these."

Yes, Chris, yes we did. Perhaps it should have been No. 1, but we didn't have room for all the names that would have been attached to it. So here is our suggestion: When the lockout ends, the NFL should pick a stadium and hold the best fireworks show anybody has ever seen.

We all know you can afford it.

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