Everyone who has watched a sports game in their life has heard a sports broadcaster use the word “momentum” in some capacity. As a result, the general sports fan base has to come to accept it and, usually, ignore it.

However, they fail to realize that in the world of sports, this notion of “momentum” is nonsensical and just plain stupid. It’s a word that poisons the airwaves of ESPN, FOX, CBS, NBC, and every other sports broadcasting station in the history of civilization.

It’s a ridiculous, nonexistent concept.

For one, what is momentum?

Is there an end date? Does it spoil or disintegrate? Can one put it in plastic and save it? Is it organic? Are there preservatives? Can you put in the freezer and then defrost it at a later date?

Most importantly, what does one need to do to keep this “momentum?” If momentum was as constant as people say, don’t you think people would have figured out multiple techniques on how to keep the “momentum?”

Momentum has nothing to do with a player’s emotions or the team’s morale. How can one connect the two if they can’t even explain what momentum is?

Momentum is not the 2007 Boston Red Sox coming back from 3-1 down in the American League Championship Series against the Cleveland Indians. It’s not even the 2004 Boston Red Sox winning four straight games to defeat the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series.

Momentum is not suddenly created by a dumb power outage in a Super Bowl. It had NOTHING to do with the San Francisco 49ers scoring 25 second-half points against the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII.

Momentum is not making a bunch of three-pointers on your home court during a run and “getting the crowd” into the game.

If you try to explain momentum’s existence using player emotions, crowd noise, big plays and results of games, you are only disproving momentum’s existence.

The concept of momentum is VERY EASY to ride along with and not question.

Now, a team can garner a sense of confidence AS A RESULT of making an in-game adjustment or figuring out the opponent’s game plan. BUT THAT’S NOT MOMENTUM! There’s not some driving force that cannot be stopped.

In the 2016 NBA Playoffs, the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder by 32 points in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. San Antonio has all off the “momentum,” right? WRONG. The Thunder came back two nights later and defeated the Spurs in Game 2.

How much of that “momentum” carried over? ZERO. Why? Because “momentum” does not exist.

Let’s go to the next series. The Thunder defeated the Golden State Warriors by six points on the road in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Oklahoma City has the “momentum,” right? WRONG. The Warriors came back two nights later and CRUSHED the Thunder by 27 points in Game 2.

How much of that “momentum” carried over? ZERO. Why? Because “momentum” does not exist.

Take the onside kick in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship. When Alabama recovered the onside kick, they seized control of this “momentum,” right? WRONG. You know what that play did? Alabama took a possession away from Clemson, which gives them less time with the football. In this case, “momentum” is simple adding and subtracting. MOMENTUM IS MATH!

If Alabama seized the “momentum” after the onside kick, why did Clemson score 16 points following that play? Shouldn’t they have scored ZERO points, since the Crimson Tide had control of the unstoppable driving force that is “momentum?” Why did Clemson keep walking down the sideline when they had possession of the football?

When a sports broadcaster uses the term “momentum,” they only use it when this said “momentum” is conveniently in front of everyone’s eyeballs. In other words, it’s only momentum WHEN YOU SEE the momentum. All sports broadcasters do is point to some event or play, and say, “That’s momentum.” See how easy it is to do?

If momentum is real, just answer this one question: How does “momentum” come about?

Sports should only be taken one game and one play at a time. In a best-of-whatever series, there is NOTHING that carries over to the next game or play, especially this ridiculous notion of “momentum.”

If you’re still adamant that momentum exists, please contact me somehow (preferably Twitter @danny_shin131) so we can discuss this person-to-person… because I would LOVE to hear your answer to this very simple question:

How does “momentum” come about?


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