Sports headline writers are known for their love of bad puns. I don't know why, exactly, but if you ever look at the home page for MLB.com or ESPN.com, the top stories get all sorts of pun-tacular headlines. Do bad puns particularly appeal to male readers? Actually, judging from the widespread nature of Dad Humor, this wouldn't surprise me.â†µ
Even top-notch sports journalism isn't immune to Bad-Headline-itis. Just take a look at this week's Sports Illustrated cover:â†µ
First there was #Linsanity (which was painful enough), and now we have Marlin-sanity? That sound you just heard was all of the SB Nation Tampa Bay staff collectively groaning at once.â†µ
That said, Sports Illustrated is right to highlight the Marlins; they've a dynamic team filled with young stars (Giancarlo Stanton, Logan Morrison) and veteran superstars (Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes). Their manager is a certified nut, their owner makes no sense, and their new stadium looks like something out of a 1970s psychedelic movie. If there was ever a team that made for good copy...this is it.â†µ
For better or worse, I'm not going to be able to keep my eyes off the Marlins this season. I guess I've caught bit of the Marlinsanity myself.