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Luke Harangody Versus Shelden Williams

I’m sick of the Celtics getting ugly players from terrible colleges. Here are two prime examples: Shelden Williams out of Duke and Luke Harangody out of the joke that is Notre Dame. Who’s more pretty?

It’s a tough call. Is your type five-headed or do you prefer the cross-eyed Shrek look?

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The Top 10 Baseball Pitchers of My Generation

Top Ten Pitchers of All Time Randy Johnson

Ok, so here it is folks. My Top 10 Baseball Pitchers of My Generation. As with my past lists, we’ll call my generation 1990-2010. And because this is my list, I get to exclude one player from the list again.

I’ll go with Roger Clemens. My reasons? Not important. But hold your horses Yankees fans before you going telling me this is biased against New York. I’m pretty sure Clemens had some of his best years on the Red Sox, so breathe easy. If it will make you sleep better at night, call the list the 10 best pitchers of my generation not including Roger Clemens.

Without further adieu.

1) Pedro Martinez — 162 game averages of 17-8 with a 2.93 ERA. Pedro averaged 10 strikeouts and 2.4 walks per 9 innings. Ultimately it is his .687 career winning percentage, by far the highest on this list, that gets him the #1 spot. He won 3 Cy Young awards and his best season was 1999 when he went 23-4 with a 2.07 ERA. That same season, he started the all-star game by striking out Barry Larkin, Larry Walker, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, and Jeff Bagwell. That was the season immediately following McGwire and Sosa’s home run race.

2) Randy Johnson — Randy ending up this high on the list surprised me. Johnson’s averages were 17-9 with a 3.29 ERA. He averaged 10.6 K’s per 9 innings to go with 3.3 walks. He won 5 Cy Young awards and had a .646 winning percentage. His best season: 24-5 with a 2.32 ERA. Oh yeah, and he led the league in strikeouts 9 times.

3) Mariano Rivera — Rivera has 548 saves and a 2.21 career ERA. He averages 8.3 K’s per 9 innings and 2.1 walks. His post season resume consists of 88 appearances, 39 saves, and a .74 ERA. He’s probably the best closer ever, but hurts his chances at one of the top 2 spots because he has only led the league in saves 3 times and he’s blown a world series.

4) Greg Maddux — Maddux was 355-227 on his career, putting him way up high on the career wins list. The guy was the definition of consistency — he won 15 or more games 17 consecutive season. That’s got to be the most underrated statistic in baseball history. His average season was 16-10 with a 3.16 ERA. He won 4 Cy Young’s, and leads this list with only 1.8 walks per 9 innings — a very underrated statistic in my opinion. His career winning percentage was .610 and his best season was 19-2 with a 1.63 ERA.

5) Curt Schilling — Schilling’s place on this list is hurt by his .597 winning percentage. His average season was 15-10 with a 3.46 ERA, and his best season was 22-6 with a 2.98 ERA. 8.6 strike outs per 9 innings with 2.0 walks. Schilling claims this spot for his postseason prowess —  he was the definition of a big game pitcher. Remember everything from Schilling starting 3 games of the World Series for Arizona to the bloody sock in Boston. Schilling is 11-2 with a 2.23 ERA in the postseason — making him arguably the most reliable postseason pitcher — ever.

6) Johan Santana — While Johan doesn’t have quite as many games under his belt as many of these players, his .667 winning percentage gets him this spot. He averages 15-8 with a 3.12 ERA. 2 Cy Young awards.

7) Trevor Hoffman — The second best reliever of our generation, after Mariano. Hoffman actually has more saves (596) and has led the league twice. His career ERA is 2.85 with 9.4 strike outs and 2.5 walks per 9 innings — dominant stuff over a long term.

8)Roy Halladay — Halladay also hasn’t played as many games (160-84), but his .656 winning percentage is superb. He averages 17-9 with a 3.34 ERA. He’s also great averaging 1.9 walks per 9 innings. 1 Cy Young award.

9) John Smoltz — Smoltz career numbers almost keep him off the list. His 3.33 ERA was good, and his best season was 17-3 with a 2.9 ERA. That being said it’s his 15-4 postseason record (a .789 winning percentage) and 2.67 ERA that get him this spot.

10) Andy Pettite — I’ll hate on this pick, but Pettite still makes the list I think. Petite is 240-137, a 17-10 average, but his career ERA is by far the highest at 3.87. One season he actually went something like 20-8 with an ERA over 4.00. That being said, there’s a New York run producing factor that got him a lot of wins he wouldn’t otherwise have. But he’s still done it over the long haul, he’s been consistent with age, and he’s done it in the playoffs.

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The Top 10 Baseball Hitters of My Generation

Ichiro Suzuki

Here it is: my highly anticipated list of the top 10 hitters of my generation. Once again, I’m defining my generation as 1990-2010 — players must have done the majority of their damage between these years to be eligible for the list.

Before we dive in, let’s make one thing clear — this is my list. That being said, I have chosen to not include any players that have been proven steroid users — they should all drop dead. Sorry Yankees fans, Jason Giambi can’t make this list. Neither can Mark McGwire. This is a country where you are innocent until proven guilty people. Deal with it. But because this is my list, we’re eliminating Barry Bonds as well. I mean, the circumference of his head grew an inch and a half and he was suddenly hitting 80 home runs a year. You get the point.

Here we go, in order.

1) Ichiro Suzuki — In his 9 seasons in the US, he’s won the batting title 6 times. He’s never hit under .300 and never had fewer than 200 hits in a season. He’s amassed 2200 hits in 9 years, averaging 229 hits per year and a .332 average. He flat out has better bat control than anyone, maybe ever.

2) Tony Gwynn — Tony won 8 batting titles, never hit under .300, and had a lifetime .338 average. He’s also in the 3000 hit club, with 3141 hits.

3) Albert Pujols — His 162 game averages are: .332, 42 home runs, and 128 RBI’s. Easily the best combination of average and power of my generation, Albert may ultimately go down as the best hitter ever. I pray to god that he never took steroids.

4) Manny Ramirez — Career 162 game averages of .313, 40 home runs, and 131 RBI’s. He’s had plenty of clutch post season hits, and might be the most difficult power hitter of my generation to get out.

5) Derek Jeter — One of baseball’s all-time clutch post season hitters, he has a career .315 average. 207 hits per 162 games played.

6) Ken Griffey Jr. — The sweetest swing I have ever seen, Griffey would have ended his career with about 875 home runs had he not been horribly plagued by injuries. He still ended up with 630 — not too shabby.

7) Albert Belle — This one may surprise you, but from 1991-2000 he might have been the best hitter in baseball. If you don’t believe me, go look at his numbers. Crazy.

8)David Ortiz — His power numbers from 2003-2010 are as good as anyone’s, but it’s David’s clutchness in the post season that gets him on this list. He almost personally delivered the Red Sox their first World Series title in 86 years in 2004, then did it again in 2007. A fun fact? In 2005 he hit 20 home runs that either tied or won games for the Sox.

9) Frank Thomas — A .301 average and 521 home runs have to be good for something, right?

10) Mark Grace — Another sleeper, there is no way you would have had Mark Grace on your list. But that is why howiGit’s blog is the better than any other. Grace led all players in the 90’s in hits, doubles, and sac flys — all hallmarks (no pun intended) of a great hitter.

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The Top 10 Athletes of My Generation

Let’s first begin this post by defining my generation. For the sake of this list, the athlete must have played the majority of their career between 1990 and 2010.

So what makes an athlete the best? Championships, pure talent, statistics, and longevity all certainly play a large role. But this list is more than that. These are the athletes who in my opinion, did their respective sports in a way that made us say “WOW!” A way that the game or event or match had never been done before. I must say that compiling a list like this is very tough, and I’m not even sure I’m 100% convinced on this list. So please, feel free to argue and suggest other athletes — but you’d better back it up. In no particular order…..

1) Michael Jordan
Why he’s on the list? 31 points per game, 6 NBA championships, a clutch competitor, and spectacular talent.

2) Shaun White
Why he’s on the list? The best snowboarder in history. Including the Olympics and the X-Games, he has 10 Gold medals, 3 Silvers and 2 Bronze.

3) Michael Phelps
Why he’s on the list? He’s not quite human. He went 8 for 8 in Gold Medals at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing — and won several events by absolutely silly margins.

4) Tiger Woods
Why he’s on the list? With 14 majors and counting, he’s still the 2nd best golfer ever to Jack Nicklaus. But, he’s got at least 10 years of his prime left. He’s hit more money shots than Ron Jeremy.

5) Roger Federer
Why he’s on the list? He blew past Pete Sampras with relative ease to become the greatest player in tennis history.

6) Tom Brady
Why he’s on the list? He’s young, he’s cool as hell under pressure, he’s won 3 Super Bowls and set all kinds of records. And he did it at first without a legitimate receiving crew.

7) Wayne Gretzky
Why he’s on the list? He’s far and away the greatest hockey player ever. Look at any all-time hockey statistic — there are way to many to mention just one.

8)Lance Armstrong
Why he’s on the list? He beat cancer and won the Tour de France 7 consecutive times. I couldn’t complete it once.

9) Manny Pacquiao
Why he’s on the list? He’s the first fighter to win 7 different titles in 7 different divisions — and Floyd Mayweather is afraid of him.

10) Ken Griffey Jr.
Why he’s on the list? 630 home runs, 10 Gold Gloves, and never a mention of steroids. Junior could do it on both sides of the field. In 6 seasons in his prime (2001-2006) he averaged 92 games per year (not including several other injured seasons). If he’d averaged 150 games per year instead, he would have ended up with 875 home runs. That’s right, I said it, 875.

I know you all disagree so have at me. Also look for the Top 10 Hitters and the Top 10 Pitchers of my generation coming up soon.

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Ortiz Wins Home Run Derby Crown — A Beast As Always

It has long been known to Boston fans that David Ortiz eats babies — and he proved last night that despite unwarranted criticism from New York fans trying to make themselves feel better about A-Rod, he’s got as much power as ever. Ortiz slugged 32 home runs to win the 2010 Home Run Derby crown, displaying  power that has led him 18 home runs, 57 RBI’s, and a .263 average this season. As for A-Rod, he’s at .269, 14 HR’s, and 70 RBI’s. A-Rod’s numbers have also come while playing 8 more games and earning $20 million more than Ortiz — this season.

Let’s now take a look at a comment from a New York fan (there are many), in response to my David Ortiz vs. A-Rod post in March.

“as an avid yankee fan, a reasonable one of course, i think Papi’s “off” year last year was due to the fact that he took steroids came out and he there fore was no longer on the juice. As everyone knows last year was also A-rods first year playing after being outed as a steroid user and he seemed fine. We will see this year if this plays a part in Papi’s drop in performance.”

Looks like we’ve seen, looks like you were wrong. Sorry.


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Michael Jordan. Versus Kobe Bryant

Let me start this post by directing your attention to the title of this post. Let’s make one thing clear — the names Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant don’t belong in the same sentence.

I initially thought that the problem with the Celtics losing the NBA Finals was that, well, the Celtics lost the NBA Finals. But in the few days since that loss, I have quickly come to realize that there is another horrible consequence of the loss — the Michael Jordan. Versus Kobe Bryant comparison is now happening even more than ever. With Michael having 6 NBA Championships and Kobe just capturing his 5th, of course I see why this comparison is happening. Those are the most important numbers, no doubt about. Let’s also take a look at some other stats. While Kobe still has some seasons left in him, both players have played roughly 14 seasons at present.

Points: Jordan 30.1ppg, Kobe 25.3ppg

FG%: Jordan .497, Kobe .455

MVP’s: Jordan 5, Kobe 1

Height: Jordan 6’6″, Kobe 6’6″

You’d have to say advantage to Jordan here as well, although these numbers aren’t super important to this argument. Many critics will then look to aspects of the players such as mental toughness, competitiveness, and drive. Let’s face it — both of these guys are proven closers and heartless competitors. They are both tough as nails. But I’d still give the edge to Jordan.

Perhaps the most overlooked argument in this comparison is the fact that Bryant won three of his NBA Championships with Shaq on his team — arguably the most dominant center of all time. Jordan never played with anybody even close to Shaq’s caliber, let alone a dominant center.

But to me, the argument really comes down to this. Imagine if you could step into the body of both players and feel what it would be like to be them. Sure, Kobe will have some awesome drives and make some impossibly tough shots. But the things that Jordan would do would feel that much more spectacular.

If you don’t believe me, I suggest you watch this video:

Jordan is the only guy I know who can make an earring look cool. Plus, his shoes are better and he’s boys with Tiger.


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You’re the Coach….

If you were Doc Rivers, who would you start tonight in Game 7 of the NBA Finals now that Kendrick Perkins is out — Glen “Big Baby” Davis or Rasheed Wallace?

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