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Serena WilliamsWe wrote about Whitlock taking on Jim Brown chastizing Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan for not attacking social issues a few weeks ago.  Pretty much when he writes anything, it’s bound to inspire some talking points.  That’s why we love Whitlock.  He’s great material.

This time, he’s taking shots at Serena Williams for being the greatest in her sport:

With a reduction in glut, a little less butt and a smidgen more guts, Serena Williams would easily be as big as Michael Jackson, dwarf Tiger Woods and take a run at Rosa Parks.

Classic Whitlock.

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LeBron WinlessMoving on from crappy ad campaigns to Albert-Einstein-Issac-effin’-Newton genius campaigns.  The picture to your right is a t-shirt that is being printed to illustrate what we’ve thought of LeBron since about season two.  We understand the hype, he is a great player and we’ve never refuted that.  However, if you’re going to get all of the hype, then in order to justify it…

WIN SOMETHING.

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Roger Federer Tiger WoodsTiger won again yesterday along with Federer.  We both think that eventually, Tiger will go down at the GOAT for his sport and Roger is already there.  However, we’d like to have a debate that actually has some ambiguity.  Which of the two will be looked at as the more dominant player?  Who struck more fear into the hearts of the competition when they stepped on the course or court?

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2009 MLB All Star GameWe’ve always disliked the fact that the fans get to vote in the starters for the All-Star game.  And by always, we mean since 2003 when it started counting for something because Bud Selig is an asshat.  This year, there’s much more of the same.  Too many Red Sox.  Too many Yankees (and we like the Yankees).  And, the guys that got in that have no business being there.  Usually you lead with the good, but we’re going to crap on the fans who voted these losers in first:

Josh Hamilton – Great story.  Good guy.  But he got his due last year when he was crushing the ball out of the park at an amazing rate.  He’s coming off an injury and we think the Rangers would love for him to have an extra 3 days off when coming back.  He’s on our fantasy team and we’ve tried to trade him twice already this year.  .240/6/24.  If that was his April stat line, we’d be disappointed.

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michael jordan picsWhen we went out to dinner last night, it seemed like everyone was talking about the passing of Michael Jackson in the restaurant we went to.  It got us thinking about the magnitude of an icon the Michael Jackson was not only for entertainment, but as an international figure.  Then we started to think about who else in our lifetime would inspire such widespread reaction after they passed.

Michael Jordan?  John Elway?  Brett Favre?  Wayne Gretzky?  Magic Johnson?  Tiger Woods?

We’re not sure if it’s just us because we’re localized in Chicago, but only Michael Jordan really seems to carry that kind of gravity as a star.  Perhaps Magic Johnson because of his likely cause of death.  Tiger Woods is definitely on the brink.  Do entertainment stars have a greater reach than sports stars?

Thoughts?

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Shaq Cavs KingBefore we even get the POI or anything else, is Shaq ready to be the prince for King James?  In the middle of the night, Steve Kerr and Danny Ferry agreed on a deal to send the to big man to play in the King’s Shaq-tle.  Ben Wallace, Sasha Pavlovic and a 2nd round draft choice is the bounty.  The trade is pending owner approval but looks like it’s a complete go.

This brings up so many questions.  We don’t even know where to start.

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Rickey HendersonOver the next three days we’re going to take a look at the Hall of Fame class for the MLB 2009 class.  This includes the players, writers and broadcasters that will be receiving awards.  Today, we’ll be taking a look at the self-proclaimed “greatest of all time,” Rickey Henderson.

This was Rickey’s first year on the ballot and there was no doubt that the greatest lead-off hitter of all time was going to get into the Hall.  Here’s a look at the records that Rickey holds going in:

Career Records:

  • Stolen Bases – 1,406
  • Caught Stealing – 335
  • Runs Scored 2,295
  • Games led off with a HR 81

Single Season Records:

  • Stolen Bases 130 in 1982
  • Caught Stealing – 42 in 1982
  • Stolen bases in a single postseason series – 8

[Tables and Stats courtesy of Wiki]

Amazing.  He also had the walks record until Barry Bonds broke it in 2003.  Henderson was also quite the eccentric clubhouse personality in his MLB tenure.

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