How do you truly define a great athlete? Is it the number of championships won? Exceptional career statistics? An engaging personality? It’s hard to break down who is and who isn’t great objectively. It mostly comes down to personal opinions and team allegiances, which is why Eli Manning, despite two Super Bowl rings, may not yet deserve to be in the elite conversations.
DIRK THE TV STAR If Dirk Hayhurst were a TV character, he’d be Abed Nadir from Community. Now before you go all Senor Chang on me, please allow an explanation. There are differences, yes. Dirk isn’t a film major at a community college, although perhaps an argument could be made that Community College are to Universities as the Minor Leagues are to the Majors. He isn’t half-Arab, half-Polish, but with a little imagination there are…
There’s been a lot of shuffling of the NCAA Football divisions recently, but the West Virginia Mountaineers are making bigger headlines about it because of their brash, lets-get-this-over-with attitude in wanting to move now. Is this the right decision? Andrew Bucholtz breaks it down.
The theory that an NHL team has to “get bad to get good” has been debunked by both the Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers, who have taken two distinctly different routes toward the successes they’ve had. They’ve proven that the idea of rebuilding through the draft is clearly not the only option.
When you look at what the Red Sox paid for Daisuke Matsuzaka and what that brought back, you can set a lot of expectations for the next Japanese phenom, Yu Darvish. The Rangers paid over $100 million all-told, and if that doesn’t push them over the hump, then regardless of how Darvish’s career pans out, he may always be considered a failure.
The Calgary Flames find themselves in the precarious position as the NHL trade deadline approaches. Being on the bubble of the last playoff spot, should they be buyers in hopes that they’ll get a few playoff dates, or be sellers and start building a team that can contend a little more convincingly?
When the Seattle SuperSonics lost their franchise a few years ago, many fans held on to the dream of a triumphant return of the NBA to King County, WA. With news of trouble in several other markets, this dream may come true sooner than later, but a lot of that is up to the city itself and resolving the issue of a desperately-needed new arena.
Is it better to have personally and emotionally invested in the prospective success of an unorthodoxly generational hero and lost than to have never done so at all? We take a good hard look at the cultural impact Yi Jianlian has had on the NBA this month. Wait, that doesn’t sound right.
Cuba has a history of developing strong baseball players – specifically pitchers – who do whatever they can to get to the major leagues. However, the list of power hitters from the island is notoriously sparse. However, the Athletics recently acquired Yoenis Céspedes. Will he be the next great signing out of Cuba?
The NHL’s youngest players are having an impact on the league like never before. With the way today’s game is evolving, it’s these rookie and sophomore players who will shape the future of hockey with strong, all-around play and dynamic highlight-reel scoring on a nightly basis.