The Addition of Sports-Related Holidays

We have an unemployment rate that is through the roof. People are losing their jobs all over the country. We have a health care system that causes many people to not have the “luxury” to carry affordable health care. We have seen more natural disasters take place in a recent span than we can handle. And while many politicians are making a larger mess of these subjects, there are some who are more concerned with performance enhancing drugs (P.E.D.’s) in sports and trying to solve the NCAA Football mess known simply as the B.C.S. First off, I love that they have nothing better to do with their time. I can often empathize. I also love that sports are a big enough interest that these politicians feel the need to get involved. Bottom line – sports rule, so lets realize some more important things. We need more paid holidays that center around sports!

If the pols want to argue, let them argue about something decent

C’mon, already! Some people get 10-12 paid holidays off per work year, not counting the main ones, such as Christmas, Thanksgiving & Easter. We also have Presidents Day, Columbus Day and Martin Luther King Day, just to name a few. And while those are all well and good, what about “The Day After Super Bowl Day?” I don’t care if your team is playing on Super Bowl Sunday or not. Who is in the best condition to go into work that Monday? I know I’m not! And I’m a Dolphins fan!

Or what if every boss in America was made aware of the two least productive work days of the entire year. Would that be enough to allow people to stay home? Any guess what those two days are? I’ll give you a clue – they do occur in March. And no, all of you fellow drunken Irishmen, it is not St. Pat’s Day and the day after, although how great would that be? It is the opening Thursday and Friday of the NCAA College Basketball Tournament. The days where the games begin at noon and basically run through midnight! As my friend, Dick Vitale would say, it’s March Madness, baby!

It has gotten to the point where you can watch the games on any computer for free. Hell, CBS even has something called the “Boss” button. If a superior enters your office, simply click the button and the game will disapper. Taking its place is a dummied-up spreadsheet. What a concept!

Those would be where I would start (are you listening, Barack?). But we could go further. We need to get MLB involved. First, Mr. Selig, playoff games are way too late anyway! First pitch should never take place after 8:00 p.m. no matter which coast you are residing. We need to go old-school and have a game or two during the afternoon. I know we cannot because FOX network needs their ratings, but if we all had the day off, then we would get the pleasure of listening to Joe Buck and Tim McCarver before we all get too sleepy to understand just what the hell they are talking about (Wait, whats that – they never make sense? My bad)!

Anyway, those are just some suggestions for starters. Any thoughts?

About the author

Rob Kelley

Rob Kelley is a sports reporter for various newspapers in Florida, and is trying to break back into the sports writing game after a brief hiatus following the publishing of his first book, I'm Not a Quitter. He recently resigned as Editor-in-Chief and lead writer for The South Shore Magazine to pursue better opportunities. You can follow him on Twitter @RobKelley24.