Posted on: February 10, 2010 2:52 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2010 1:05 pm
Has it ever occurred to you when watching a football game that the refs call roughing the passer for no reason? or they miss a call on the QB? Has it ever occurred to you when watching a hockey game, why there was no penalty on that hook/trip? or why there was a penalty? Has it ever occurred to you why there was no call on that strike 3 or why that runner was safe during a baseball game? Has it ever occurred to you while watching a basketball game why there was no travel call or why there was a foul? These days there are certain athletes which are considered the best by reputation and refs/umps tend to give them a edge in the calls. I call these players "The Pretty Boys".
MLB: I know many guys would disagree including every Cardinals fan out there but its got to be Albert Pujols. I could have easily gone with 2 Yankees in Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez or even Joe Mauer but he is MY choice. This guy has the potential to be the greatest first basemen by the time he retires and deservingly so. He excels both offensively and defensively. Umpires during games almost become fans of him whe it comes to those borderline pitchers are those close plays at first. For the majority of the time, the call goes his way. He doesn't strike out often as he has a "fear factor" but when he does it is hardly because he struck out looking.
NBA: This title will also go to the King of the NBA in Lebron James. Again almost everyone will disagree including every Cavaliers fan out there but he does get his way. He has gotten away with more travels than I can recall. He drives to the hope with such strength and beauty than any contact made in there is almost called a foul which results in a 3-point play. He did one technical this year but that can from ranting about not getting a call. He normally gets his way and since I am a Knicks fan (sadly right now), I hope he comes to the Big Apple.
NHL: I don't know if he is the king of the NHL but its Sidney Crosby. I will have the entire Penguins team on my trail now since I am a Rangers fan and I am picking on their best player. He will get away with penalties and he will force non-penalties. Its almost as if the refs try to protect him too much. I could have gone with Alex Ovechkin but Ovi fights his battles and he is a much more physical player than Crosby. I rarely see Crosby checking a player hard into the boards or dropping the gloves.
NFL: Again I will attract plenty of haters since I am a Jets fan and I am attacking the Patriots but I'm saying Tom Brady. Ever since that knee injury, he is being treated like a king back there. Any contact late by a split second is being called as a roughing the passer. Any hit which can be considered slightly low is being called. When he complains about a pass interference call, he gets it. Now there might be people saying its Peyton Manning but it can't be him since he hardly gets hit!
So there you have it. The 4 big "Pretty Boys" in Albert Pujols, Lebron James, Sidney Crosby and Tom Brady. This isn't anything against how they play on the field since these are 4 great players in their sports. This has nothing to do with how they perform off the field, this is just my personal opinion.
Posted on: February 8, 2010 10:38 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2010 10:38 pm
Peyton Manning didn't shake hands with New Orleans Saints players after his Indianapolis Colts lost 31-17 in Super Bowl XLIV. Apparently some think this is a sign of poor sportsmanship from the NFL's greatest player. It's not.
Walking off the field without congratulating Drew Brees may go against our misguided notion of what sportsmanship should be, but it wasn't at all disrespectful or bitter. It shows how much Peyton Manning wanted to win the game. And who can argue about that?
"It's just a job for these guys," is a familiar refrain. The natural response to that is the great ones make their job their passion. Hall of Fames don't tend to include guys who can't care. The desire to win is what sustains greatness. You think Michael Jordan was hugging Isiah Thomas after losses in the 1980s? Or that Larry Bird stayed on the court to congratulate Kareem? Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio weren't going out for drinks after the Yankees beat the Red Sox. The great ones are competitors and competitors can't flip a switch immediately after a devastating loss and act like it didn't matter.
Being a good sportsman is playing fair, respecting the game and giving credit after to an opponent. Manning did all those things Sunday. In his postgame press conference he said of his quick exit:
"I certainly know how it was three years ago when we won. There's not much consolation for the guys who didn't win. There's the stage being set up and the celebration. It's time for the Saints to celebrate. It's their field."
That's probably a tad disingenuous, but no more than it would have been if Peyton had walked over to congratulate Drew Brees.
For the record, Peyton did call Brees later in the night. Said the Saints quarterback: "Peyton's a class guy." If the man who was supposedly snubbed thinks so, that's enough for me.