Posted on: May 28, 2008 1:19 am

Big Brown? Does Anybody Care

Ok, I realize that this horse Big Brown is trying to do something that hasn't been done since 1978, but come on, does anybody really care? I mean for most sports fans, we didn't even know it was Kentucky Derby week until thursday or Friday. Then, theres really no consistency with the races. Theres the Derby, the Preakness is 2 weeks later, then the Belmont is 3 weeks after that. Then right in the middle of the whole thing, the trainer of the big time horse admits to giving his horse steroids. Granted in the states where the big races are, theses steroids are legal, but still, its almost like these people are trying to get people to not care about there sport. The fact is, that I would rather hear who won the STANLEY CUP game than hear about Big Brown's fractured hoof, and that's saying something. The worst part is, even if this horse does something that hasn't been done in 30 years, people will have forgotten about him by wednesday unless he gets some life threatening injury, and most people will have tuned out anyway. The fact is that horse racing has run its course in this country as a big time sport. Its purpose now is for either people to go bet on, or to get dressed up and go to and drink mint julips. Thats all it is and that is all it will be from now on. So ESPN, we can go ahead and cool down on the Big Brown references when we could be spending more time on more important stories.

Category: Horse Racing
Tags: Big Brown
Posted on: May 27, 2008 12:49 am
Edited on: May 27, 2008 12:53 am

Top 5 Players after Jordan Era

So, I heard Freddy Coleman on ESPN radio the other night talking about the best player in the NBA in the After Jordan Era. He thought that it was a toss up between Kobe and Tim Duncan, and he ultimately decided that it was Kobe, which I totally agreed with. To me Tim duncan being second was totally wrong. Shaq was a better player and more importantly a better presence, than Tim Duncan will ever be. Granted Timmy is towards the end of his peak, but Shaq never put up a 5 point playoff performance when he was winning championships with the Lakers. Also granted, that Tim Duncan will play at a higher level longer than Shaq will, but Shaq still leads active players with the most 20 point 20 rebound games in the playoffs. The most important thing is... He's SHAQ. There has never been a player as physically dominating as he has been. Especially in this "After Jordan Era", he completely changes defensive game plans like hardly any other player can. Players dont cringe at having to play Tim Duncan like they hated going up against a Shaquille Oneal squad. And, Tim Duncan has never led his team to back to back championships. While Shaq had three in a row.

Anyway, back to the list, mine would go a little something like this: 

5. Steve Nash- he was the best point guard in the league for at least 4 or 5 seasons in this era, and he won 2 MVP's 

4. Allen Iverson- the best little man in this era, and can score from ANYWHERE, including taking a beating going inside amongst the trees

3.Tim Duncan- for all the stuff I said about him, he is still the 3rd best player in this era, he definitely can play

2. Shaquille Oneal- for all the reasons I said and more, he's a beast and the most dominant player in the era 

1. Kobe Bryant- the obvious choice for the best player, all off the court issues aside, he's got the best skills and can win

Now people like LeBron James, Chris Paul, and others might be deserving of this list, but not yet. I can't give Lebron a spot just because of 5 or 6 games in the playoffs against the Pistons. And if you don't agree with me, go easy, it is my first blog.

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