by Mike Booble

About The Author

If brains were gasoline Mike would have enough to power an ants motorcycle around the outside of a penny. Would be funny if it wasn't true. Sports, sports, sports. Often times he said if he didnt do SOMETHING in the industry in would be a complete waste of his childhood. Crisis averted. 
The Ineptitude of the Obvious

UFC on Fox 30.
Dustin Poirier def Eddie Alvarez TKO2
Jose Aldo def Jeremy Stevens TKO1
Joanna Jedrzejczyk def Tecia Torres UD
Alexander Hernandez def Olivier Aubin-Mercier UD

Despite UFC referee Marc Goddard being compete trash at his job, the main card from Calgary was a fun watch on Saturday night.
Correctly stopping the action during the main event when Alvarez landed a 12-6 elbow, allowing Poirier to recover and get the stoppage roughly a minute later, it was his actions earlier in the night that left those of us who follow scratching our heads with an all too common problem.

During the Henderson - Aubin-Mercier fight Goddard stood the fighters up for “lack of action". Even a BJJ novice like me knows that while punches aren't being thrown that doesn't mean work isn't being done. There are subtle movements and tweaking of positions that may go unnoticed to the untrained eye, but it's in those situations where the refs need to be:
a) better trained, 
b) aware of not only what fighters are in the cage but what their strengths and weaknesses are,
c) have a working knowledge of all disciplines in the cage they might encounter.
That last point could be as simple as basic sparring in all the disciplines or as intense as a requirement that all officials be proficient, at least a blue belt, in all disciplines.

Unfortunately for the UFC and MMA as a whole, the problems in refereeing extended to the judges table.  They user the 10 point-must system normally reserved for boxing, but that scoring system doesn't take into account wrestling, jiu jitsu or Muay Thai. Judges, as well as fans, do not understand top position, pulling guard, sweeps and transitions, sprawling or full guard.

In addition to the scoring system that isn't in line with the current iteration of the sport they have a lot of antiquated rules that have not allowed for the natural evolution of the sport.
For instance, the 12-6 elbow I spoke about earlier. That move is illegal. But a spinning heel kick to the jaw is not only ok, it's encouraged and splattered all over the highlights. That is essentially like hitting someone as hard as you can in the face with a wooden bat. That's ridiculous.

Furthermore the weight cuts are incredibly unhealthy for the fighters, with a lot of fighters being pulled from cards week of or hours before or being allowed to fight after missing weight, sometimes by SEVEN pounds. The UFC isn't gonna change until a fighter dies on the scales which is par for the course for major sports.
Dale Earnhardt had to die on the track before NASCAR made the outside retaining walls safer. MLB finally added netting to the end of the dugouts after a four-year old girl was nearly killed by a foul ball.
What makes the MLB situation inexcusable would be the horrifying incident during an NHL game. A fan died after being struck by a puck that flew into the stands in 2002 before they raised the height of the boards surrounding the ice. That's 16 years before MLB implemented the netting.

The unwillingness of leagues to adapt and change leads to frustration from the fans and confusion from the commentary booth and on the part of the athletes. It just seems like death is the only viable option to open discussion about change to a sport. You'd think those in charge of BILLION dollar businesses would at least be disingenuous enough to pretend to care about player safety, at least when it comes to the bottom line. When in reality any changes made would be made to protect the respective leagues from lawsuits. But I guess when you make millions every year on the bodies and minds of athletes what do you risk as an owner or a commissioner?

As always I'm Mike Booble and that's my opinion.

by Mike Booble

About The Author

If brains were gasoline Mike would have enough to power an ants motorcycle around the outside of a penny. Would be funny if it wasn't true. Sports, sports, sports. Often times he said if he didnt do SOMETHING in the industry in would be a complete waste of his childhood. Crisis averted. 
LeBron James is better than Michael Jordan.

Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback.

Serena is the greatest tennis player ever, male or female.

Floyd Mayweather, in the ring, is better than Muhammad Ali.

Star Wars sucks.

Nirvana is worse.

John Cena is the greatest WWE superstar ever.

Do I have your attention now?

Somewhat controversial takes, I'll grant you that but all arguments I vehemently believe in. #hottake isn't a new phenomenon. The rise of the internet has given a place for the Devil's Advocate to dwell. Message boards, blogs, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram have become a haven for political arguments, disparaging remarks regarding today's athletes as compared to those of days gone by and clickbait articles that thrive in the echochamber of today's news cycle.

My goal, at least of of them, is to offer a somewhat contrarian point of view to the sports world. That may not always happen. Often times, as with the NFL's kneeling controversy, I tend to side with the rational, everyday average sports fan. But there are a lot of topics/issues/teams/players etc that I go against the grain on.

If you've made your way to this website, I'm assuming you're familiar with either the content of this site, know me personally or both. If not, welcome. Like a lot of others this is not my first foray into the sports blogosphere. It is however the first time on a platform that will offer  support as opposed to just a host for the domain.

If you are familiar with the content of this site you should know that I've been a fan since day one. Some might even say THE #1 fan. Getting to know those behind the mic has been a real pleasure and now having the opportunity to contribute to this passion project, even in a small way, s an awesome feeling.

Beyond just the contrarian takes I might have I aim to do No Sell Entertainment justice. By giving me a platform to voice my opinions while simultaneously creating entertaining, easily digestible content they've entrusted me to add to the legacy that has been created since that first episode of the Monday Night War Stories.

The topics at the beginning of this post are ideas I'd like to revisit as time allows but day-to-day this will be fairly topical. Thought provoking, debate sparking bar talk is the goal, becoming Skip Bayless is the unattainable nightmare. As I post articles I welcome feedback, differing views or evidence to further illustrate the point I was making. I look forward to our journey together.   

As always, I'm Mike Booble. And that's my opinion.

(And yes, this idea is shamelessly ripped off from James E. Cornette)