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rantnrave:// Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin will fight Saturday night. Unlike with McGregor-Mayweather, I want to watch, not rubberneck. Boxing isn’t a prime anymore. It depends on star power and salesmanship. August’s fight was like a monster truck rally. The outcome was predictable. Lots of people still wanted to see it happen. When a truly interesting fight comes along, though, it can hook you in. GGG and Alvarez are in their prime. It’s serious, not a circus. This might be a real megafight, not just hype. Watching the LA Times’ docuseries got me hooked. … A great boxing fight can be a pure adrenaline rush. It’s bare-bones. It’s balletic. It’s brutal. That last point is worth remembering. Boxing isn’t under the same scrutiny as football, but it’s a health risk. SI’s Jack Dickey reminds us that we’ve known for a while how dangerous it is for boxers. We watch anyway. The sport’s decline in popularity hasn’t been because of some newfound outrage or worry, like the NFL is in danger of experiencing. It does make you question yourself, though. Whether it’s Saturday night, or a replay of an old classic, you might ask yourself: What am I watching? … The Indians have a lot of support even if their crowds aren’t huge. There are a lot of reasons why fans don’t buy tickets. Attending a game is expensive. Watching from home counts, too. Blaming fans for not coming to the ballpark is counting other people’s money. … How will football be played in 20 years? Will esports be mainstream? How will we watch the NHL? Will unicorns roam the NBA? The future is coming sooner than you think. SportsSET: “The Future of Sports” … NFL TD dances are back. “La La Land” and “Come From Away” choreographers designed their own celebrations. … The 2006 college football title game remains the best I’ve ever seen. Not as excited about USC-Texas this weekend, but the walk down memory lane is nice. … NFL ratings fell 13 percent opening weekend. Hurricane Irma siphoned off viewers to storm coverage. Excuse or rationale? … The most famous hair in sports got a haircut.
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