Monday, February 8, 2016

My Guy Is Better Than Yours List


As I read the +USA TODAY article on Avisail Garcia, the young +Chicago White Sox sensation, I recalled the several million times I have had similar conversations. The conversation starts with asking, "Do you think this person is as good as this person was?". The article stated that Bo Jackson, the former two sport athlete, saying that he sees himself in Avisail Garcia. That statement by Bo Jackson usually starts an elongated debate, that is self evident by this article. However I am not debating the fact the this young baseball player, is; better, worse, or the same as Bo Jackson; what I wanted to point out is that the debate about who is better drives me crazy. So...Why should I be the only one who suffers? I am going to bring you in on all of the misery.
Here are the list of some of the root canal enduring, soul draining debates from comparing players in my past:
  1. Lebron James v. Michael Jordan
  2. Barry Sanders v. Jim Brown or Emmitt Smith or Walter Payton
  3. Bill Russell v. Wilt Chamberlain
  4. Wilt Chamberlain v. Kareem Abdul Jabbar
  5. Kobe Bryant v. Michael Jordan
  6. Tim Duncan v. Kareem Abdul Jabbar
  7. Jerry Rice v. Any NFL Receiver (Why is Jerry Rice so hard to defend?)
  8. Pete Rose v. Rod Carew v. Tony Gwynn v. Ted Williams (This one usually follows with a tribunal about Pete Rose and the reason he is not in the Baseball Hall Of Fame.)
  9. Nolan Ryan v. Roger Clemons
  10. Magic Johnson v. Michael Jordan
We are not physicians at +Sports Philosopher , but we usually take a few migraine headache relievers and/or mild sedatives before engaging in these conversations with some people. Feel free to indulge in a non-satisfying foray into the madness that is sports history debates.