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Yogi Berra: A Dead Ball Icon

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Yogi Berra is one of the rarest combinations of things – a Major League Baseball All-Time Great and a Zen Poet/Wordsmith. Not only did Berra win 10 World Series’ with the New York Yankees, he also ‘dropped’ some of the finest lines in all of Sports (or any) discourse. These are the cream of the crop:

A nickel isn’t worth a dime today.

Nobody goes there anymore; it’s too crowded.

It gets late early out there.

If you come to a fork in the road, take it.

If the world was perfect, it wouldn’t be.

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Rod Latham: A Dead Ball Icon

A very bad photo of a photo of Rodney Terry Latham.

A very bad photo of a photo of Rodney Terry Latham.

You know a player looms larger in your mind than the nation’s collective consciousness when you’re not able to find a single image of them online. When googling him In fact, you swiftly come into contact with the author of a book called High Voltage Vacuum Insulation: A New Perspective, which is currently ranked 675,201st in Amazon’s bestseller list. So he’s not the most famous cricketer we’ve produced. And looking over the international career of Rodney Terry Latham statistically it seems difficult to imagine what generated the warmth you feel for him.

The batting all-rounder played 33 one dayers, with a poor average of 20, a worse strike rate of 57 and a dismal high score of 60. As a bowler he sent down a mere 450 balls in ODIs, at an unspectacular 35.09 and going for more than five an over, not brilliant for the era. He was scarcely more impressive in his four tests, his sole century coming in New Zealand’s first-ever test against Zimbabwe, a match Wisden describes cheerily as “a listless draw”, and the almanack could find no more ringing praise for his efforts than this: “the stocky Latham nevertheless proceeded to his maiden Test hundred.” Continue reading

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Anfernee ‘Penny’ Hardaway: A Dead Ball Icon

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This post is not related to any current sporting event, but sometimes it’s nice to celebrate the past.

“One is Fredo, who was never ready for me to hand it over to him. One is Sonny, who will do whatever it takes to be the man. And one is Michael, who, if you watch the trilogy, the Godfather hands it over to Michael. So I have no problem handing it over to Dwyane.”

Back in 2005, in one of the most compelling quotes in the history of the NBA, Shaquille O ‘Neal wrote the final stanza in the tragic arc of Anfernee Hardaway’s career. At one point the most popular player in the NBA, bestowed with a grace hard to fathom, now relegated to the role of bumbling and incompetant brother. Shot in a boat, forgotten. Shaq’s analogy works for Kobe’s furious quest for power and Wade’s cool-headed efficiency, but was Anfernee really not ready to claim the glory that his talents so desperatly warrented?

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Anfernee 'Penny' Hardaway: A Dead Ball Icon

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This post is not related to any current sporting event, but sometimes it’s nice to celebrate the past.

“One is Fredo, who was never ready for me to hand it over to him. One is Sonny, who will do whatever it takes to be the man. And one is Michael, who, if you watch the trilogy, the Godfather hands it over to Michael. So I have no problem handing it over to Dwyane.”

Back in 2005, in one of the most compelling quotes in the history of the NBA, Shaquille O ‘Neal wrote the final stanza in the tragic arc of Anfernee Hardaway’s career. At one point the most popular player in the NBA, bestowed with a grace hard to fathom, now relegated to the role of bumbling and incompetant brother. Shot in a boat, forgotten. Shaq’s analogy works for Kobe’s furious quest for power and Wade’s cool-headed efficiency, but was Anfernee really not ready to claim the glory that his talents so desperatly warrented?

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Kody: A Dead Ball Icon

Why do we watch sports? It’s not a question you can answer simply, there are a thousand cultural and innate responses to it, but I believe the thing that has made professional sport society’s most loved diversion from life is the outcome. Or, more specifically, the fact that the outcome is not scripted, is written live before our eyes, the way frailties and strengths are revealed and magnified in front of a thousand cameras.

And the way, very occasionally, you see something so unexpected, so utterly fantastic that it makes up for any number of dull processions. This is where Kody comes in. He had, quite frankly, embarrassed himself. To step up to the big stage and perform so shoddily defies belief. To all who were watching, it was a classical debacle, this scion from a family of brilliant athletes conniving new ways to shame them with every approach. All that remained was to close it out, then try to forget, slip away from the sport and find some new reason to exist. Kody, though, had other plans, as you can see… Continue reading

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