Shawn Jansen: President Obama wants change -- and so do I

Shawn Jansen
Shawn Jansen

There are some moments in your life that become instant snapshots.

Memories forever etched in your mind.

I can remember exactly where I was when I saw the events of September 11th.

I remember sitting on the couch at my parents house when the first O.J. Simpson verdict was announced.

The Loma Prieta earthquake broke up our neighborhood baseball game.

Barack Obama's Presidential Inauguration was another one of those moments.

Now that our 44th president has been sworn into office, I feel it is a good time to discuss changes I'd like to see happen in the world of sports.

Obama has already gone on record that he'd like to see college football go to a true playoff system.

I back the Commander-in-Chief on this issue 100 percent.

The BCS system is a joke.

Why does Florida deserve to be the national champion even though Utah went through the season undefeated?

We need an eight or even better 16-team playoff.

Just the idea of having teams wait six or seven weeks in between their conference championship game and the national championship game is ridiculous.

Let the teams decide it on the field.

Take the computers out of the equation.

Next on the list is the Major League Baseball All-Star game.

Repeat after me: Exhibition games shouldn't count for anything.

Bud Selig's idea of giving home-field advantage in the World Series to the winner of the All-Star game has been horrible since its inception.

Players who don't appear in the World Series shouldn't decide which team gets home-field advantage.

The team with the best record should be rewarded.

Selig's idea was a desperate attempt to make the All-Star game interesting again.

It hasn't worked.

Making our way down the list, we come to a pet peeve of mine.

I find it almost impossible to watch an NBA game on TV now.


I can't stand all the sound effects that are constantly blasted through the speakers during the game.

Do we really need all the sirens, whistles and horns?

I'm not talking about the music played during timeouts or a stoppage in play.

I'm talking about all the noise pumped out when the ball is in play.

Teams actually hire sound engineers to rile up the crowd.

I remember when crowds were sophisticated enough to know when to cheer or chant "De-FENSE!"

While we're on the subject of the NBA, can we do away with the Dunk Contest during All-Star weekend.

The dunk contest was worth watching when the stars participated.

I remember watching Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins, Vince Carter and Kobe Bryant.

I would watch this year if we saw LeBron James squaring off against Dwyane Wade.

Instead we're asked to watch Nate Robinson, Rudy Fernandez and Rudy Gay this year.

No thanks. columnist Bill Simmons has been lobbying for a HORSE contest for years.

I wish the NBA would listen.

I'd much rather watch some creative shots from the stars than the same tired dunks we've seen year after year.

And finally, I've heard the idea of moving the Super Bowl from Sunday to Saturday.

I have to say, I'm all for it.

We already have to wait the two weeks after the conference championship games, so it's not like moving the game up a day would hurt either team.

The teams are ready to go.

The fans are ready to watch.

Wouldn't you much rather attend a Super Bowl party on a Saturday instead of a Sunday?

You don't have to worry about getting up for work the next morning.

Doesn't that make sense?

That's why I'm here.

Shawn Jansen is a Sun-Star sports reporter. He can be reached at 385-2462 or via e-mail at