The Five: Best sports to watch on TV
1. Baseball: This sport was really made for television. It's slower than other team sports, perfect for those warm summer nights, a cold drink in your hand, maybe a breeze coming in the window as you watch. And unlike other team sports, the pace gives the viewer time to figure out their own strategies for the game (hockey and basketball are too fast, and football has too many players doing too many things at once for the average Joe).
2. Tennis: I think I'd rather watch tennis on TV than in person, because you have the best seat in the house (sure, that's true for most sports, probably, but the camera angles and replays really make tennis enjoyable to watch on TV). It helps that I love playing tennis myself. I hate summer, but the two weeks in late August/early September that USA shows the U.S. Open all day and all night is one of the happiest times of the year for me. I need a girlfriend.
3. Poker: Purists might not call poker a "sport," but there's no denying it's entertainment value. It has gambling, the neon of Vegas, big money, and that sense that anyone can win, even the guy sitting on his couch at home or playing on the web. Even if you aren't completely involved in the game itslelf, poker has a lot of characters and personalities to love or hate. Pick a player you like for some reason, and root for them (or pick a player you hate and get all giddy when they lose). And a big kudos to whoever invented the hole cam to see what the players have.
4. Football: I'm not even a big football fan (put it this way, if the Patriots weren't so good I wouldn't even watch, and I actually liked Dennis Miller on Monday Night Football, that's the type of football fan I am), but there's no question that television does football well.
5. Hockey: To be honest, I really didn't know what to put here, and hockey seems a safe bet, even if the Bruins haven't done anything in years.
Tomorrow: the worst sports to watch on television.