As we begin a new year ( it’s 2009 for those of you who may still be hibernating), we find long lists of the best and worst everywhere we look. Television, newspapers, magazines, and the the Internet flood us with tons of lists such as 10 Best Movies of 2008, 10 Worst Movies of 2008, the best and worst books, clothes, top news stories, personalities, and TV shows. Do we really care? Probably not, but if you read these articles on the Internet, there are always plenty of people who will leave their comments. Love it, hate it, or just don’t care, it always makes for some pretty heated discussions, whether it’s in an online forum or around the old water cooler. Here are some that always seem to spark a little controversy.
BCS Poll- Here is one that will cause an argument with any college football fan. As far as the average fan is concerned, this method of picking the best teams in the country has long since outlived it’s usefulness. It seems most fans would like to see a playoff system rather than a bunch of teams that are picked by more polls and (even worse) a computer program that tells us who should play for a national title. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem this system will be replaced any time soon, although there are plenty of head coaches that would opt for a system of playoff berths to decide who really is Number One. Let’s face it- if your team didn’t make the cut, they were robbed, and the National Champs don’t deserve the title.
Best and Worst Movies, Books, Songs, Games, etc.- These lists seem to rouse as many heated debates as the BCS Poll. It is our duty as true fans to defend our favorites, regardless of how much anyone else thinks it sucks. The interesting part about these lists, however, is that it really doesn’t matter to a fan about box office receipts, weeks on the bestseller list, or album sales; we like what we like, and nothing will change our minds, even if everyone else thinks it’s crap.
Best and Worst Celebrities- This has to be the most useless of them all. Do we really care who was the best dressed, most popular, worst singer, or who was voted the sexiest man or woman alive? Probably not. Let’s face it- we are talking about famous people; they don’t need any more ego boost from us, do they?
I’m sure that this small list (not even a Top Ten) will end up with tons of comments about why you like it or hate it, but as a final gesture I will tell you what list I actually do like: David Letterman’s Top Ten. Always fresh, mostly funny, and just as likely to spur an argument.