Okay, I’ll admit it. I was watching Thursday night as Odell Beckham Jr. crouched under a fluttering leather missile dropped from 150 in the air. And yeah, I was mildly amused. He ended up the first ever “winner” of the NFL Skills Competition’s newly minted “Drone Drop” event.
It’s practical application to actual football skills? None. No punter alive can crank a ball to 150 feet in the air – not even straight up. And none of those punts come knuckling straight down, without a hint of spin or tumble.
But to hear Jon Gruden gush insincerely about “balls dropped from a HELICOPTER” (wrong) with amazement… well… it was the perfect little slice of sports “stupid.”
At least nobody got hurt, killed, or mortally embarassed by it. Unlike a few of the following. I present to you, the unofficial Top 10 of extinct/oddball/stupid/dangerous sports “contests/stunts” of all time.
10. The Superstars Obstacle Course
9. Home Run Derby
8. Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf
7. NBA One-on-One Championship
6. Night Golf: Battle at Bighorn
4. Beach Football at Pro Bowl
3. Ali vs. Inoki
2. Evil Knievel vs. Ceasar’s Palace
1. Bill Jean King vs. Bobby Riggs
Don’t get me wrong, all of these things had a certain charm and appeal. In fact I sorta with the Home Run Derby and Wonderful World of Golf one-on-one events were still a thing.
I think the NFL is onto something here with the “Drone Drop.” Let’s see what they can do next year, to take it “next level!”