Four stiffs and a trombone
Sunday, September 16, 2007
An occasional feature where we link to great profiles of four less-than-great athletes and the one star who ties them all together.
We've realized our niche at We Rite Goode--loyal reader, you clued us in. Mediocrity. Let Lion in Oil and Deuce of Davenport celebrate the celebrated. We'll stick to doing bad so goode, it's merely awful.
But we're not the only ones bringing the spotlight to the shadows. Here's a tour of the lousy around the eBays:
- No question, rookie RB Timmy Smith was great for the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XXII. The YouTubes offer visual proof at the 5:47 mark or so.
But his sophomore season? D.C.-based Mr. Irrelevant is gleeful--perhaps too gleeful--to report that it's one of the 10 worst rushing seasons of all-time. Hey, with the 'Skins these days, fans take what they can get.
- Hanging around the nation's capitol, the big, lanky story last week was the departure of big, lanky Wizards center, Calvin Booth. Sure, Booth may have been third-string, but the D.C. blogging elite covered this story like Monica Lewinsky broke into the Watergate men's room and found Garys Condit and Hart in flagrante. For our money, DC Sports Bog gets Booth the best, but Bullets Forever, Mr. I, and Wizards Insider also penned paeons to the ex-PSU star.
- From one awful NBA center to another, try to name a better-paid, less valuable big man than Adonal Foyle (ex-platoonmate Erick Dampier gives him a run). Sure, he may have been waived by Golden State last month, but Foyle's guaranteed $42M/five-year deal lets him laugh all the way to the bank. Fear the Beard epilogues a Warriors career that should have ended years ago; good luck in Orlando, Vincentian Vexer!
- Foyle had such promise coming out of high school, it was national news when the McDonald's All-American headed to Colgate, of all places in America. Another Mickey D's winner, point guard Ed Cota took a more conventional collegiate route to North Carolina. Today, Cota's got two more Final Fours to his name, but about $40M fewer ducats than Foyle. Think he'd like to swap careers? Yes, the ex-college legend-turned-pro basketball vagabond is kicking around Europe, still dreaming of an NBA career, according to the Ghosts of Wayne Fontes.
Meanwhile, who's our great this week? Let's see if you can parse the connections...
* Like Cota, this man played in two NCAA Final Fours (and against a pre-Cota UNC in one)
* Like Foyle, this NBA big man did a tour of duty in Golden State
* Like Booth, he was a versatile player who could step out and shoot the three (ht: BF.)
* And like Smith, this man was arrested...no, that's hardly fair, our star was acquitted...we'll say that he left D.C. sports fans with awesome highlight memories.
Yes, this week's star is the one, the only (highlight for answer) Chris Webber. As Bullets Forever continues its countdown of all-time greats, click over to read a fond, well-written summaryof Mayce II's Washington days.
posted by Crucifictorious @ 20:45,
- At September 17, 2007 at 2:23 PM, Doctor Dribbles said...
That "worst running back" list is great--and the podcast that spawned it (the 8/17 BS Report) is surprisingly good too.
- At September 18, 2007 at 11:36 AM, Jarrett Carter said...
A God Shammgod reference last week, an Ed Cota sighting this week.
Throw in Victor Page and make the cycle complete.