Posted on: July 29, 2009 6:31 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2009 6:36 pm

New Tourney: Most OVERRATED ATHLETES of All Time!

They've been praised. Fans were crazed. Perhaps trophies were raised... but were they really that good?


Being a participant in - and having such fun with - the tournament brackets run by folks like Section and Ifweonlyknew, I thought we might take a page from both of their books and combine the "absurd" side of things with the "hardcore sports" side. 

Post your nominations here for which athletes you believe are the most overrated of all time. I know that it will be tempting for Giants fans to nominate Tony Romo & Emmitt Smith, or for Celtics fans to throw Patrick Ewing on the list. 

A good example might be why we always seem to find Cal Ripken Jr's name (no offense intended to anyone) in the top five of most "Top 10 Greatest MLB Shortstops in History" lists -  who is obviously put on a pedestal as the "Ironman" while sporting a career batting average of .276, and an average of about .260 the final 10 years of his career - that at the same time leaves off players like Pee Wee Reese & Nomar Garciaparra.

I'll let this stew for a while before setting the brackets.

You don't necessarily have to provide reasons for your choices, but I would suggest you do.

You already know one name that'll be on my list - I'll post my nominations in the near future.

Posted on: December 25, 2008 1:29 am



Every member in sports-ville Liked posting a lot…
But the troll, who surfed mainly to annoy folks, Did NOT!
The troll hated posting! He Thought blogging was treason!
Now, please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason.
It could be that his team hadn't won it's own title.
It could be, perhaps, to him sports weren't vital.
But I think that the most likely reason of all,
was that - as a child - someone stole his football.

Whatever the reason, a title or ball,
He sat at his keyboard, and hating us all,
Staring down at our website from his broken down chair,
At this friendly community, that we all do share.
For he knew every member, with a mug of egg nog,
Was busy now, posting a holiday blog.
“And they’re making predictions!” he snarled with a sneer,
“For the Broncos and Jets - because playoffs are near!”

Then he sipped from a beer as his fingers were shaking,
“I MUST find a thread to post garbage, their spirit I'm taking!”
For Tomorrow, he knew, it was not about toys,
But about the sixth seed for the Dallas Cowboys!
And then... Oh, the noise! Oh, the Noise!
Blah! Blah! Blah!
That’s one thing he hated! The NOISE!

Then the members, young and old, would sit down to type.
And they’d type And they’d type! And they’d TYPE!

They would post of sports trivia, and the NFC East.
And which Yankees signing they all liked the least!
And THEN They’d do something He liked least of all!
Every member of sports-ville - from the east to the west,
Would discuss Ben and Eli, and who was the best!
They’d post all their stats and they'd post everything!
Big Ben's career rating and Eli's Jostens ring!

And the more the Troll thought of this community,
The more the Troll saw an opportunity,
“Why, I must end this sports board, and end it right now!”
“I MUST stop this blogging and bragging... But HOW?”
Then he got an idea! An awful idea!
“I know what to do, though it may seem bizarre!”
And he made up a quick, sexy new avatar.

And he chuckled, and clucked, “What a great Troll-like trick!”
“With this avatar, I look just like Hoosier Mick!”
“All I need is a screen name…” The Troll gave it thought.
Because names must be clever, if you're not to be caught!
Did that stop the Troll? No! The Troll simply said,
“If I can’t find a screen name, I’ll just steal one instead!”
So he found a new picture, with a girl in a thong,
And created a name that seemed like he belonged.

Then he entered some groups with a friendly 'hello',
And fit in like a fan, just a regular fellow .
Then the Troll said, “IT'S TIME!” And the expletives flew,
Like an F6 tornado from out of the blue.
All the homers were chastized, spelling errors revealed.
The Troll even picked on the blue 'writers' shield!
When he came to the caption contest he declared,
“This thread is now MINE!”, in hopes Joe would run scared!

He belittled Pete Prisco... so what's wrong with that?
“You're facts are all wrong, and your arguments flat!” 
Then he started a thread which made many folks frown,
When he asked for opinions about punching his cl**n!
He stole all the punch lines, he started each fray,
He ruined the top 50 threads of the day!
He warned every all-star! He warned "Top 1K" too!
He gave but one 'star' for Jimmy_The_Greek's beef stew!

As the Troll grabbed his mouse, and he started to click,
He read a short posting, so simple and quick.
He noticed the symbol - t'was an amature,
A cute little critter, all brand-spanking new.
The Troll had been caught by this nosey newbie.
He asked but one question - that shined like a ruby.
“Why do you go so far out of your way...
to pi$$ people off, with the things that you say?"

He thought up a lie, and a good one it was!
“Who do you think you are? Are you the fuzz?”
“There’s a phony 'round here, an imposter or sort.”
“So I’m here as a spy, his efforts I'll thwart"
And his fib fooled the rookie, but just in case
he signed off his comment with a smiley face.
On the boards he left nothing, but a white, empty box.
Liek the ones you might find, about the Boston Red Sox.

All the members were snoozing, as he logged out for good,
Proud of his mark on the CBS sports neighborhood!
The teasing! And the taunting! The comments so foul!
Why... it was worse than what Lendale White did to the 'Terrible Towel'!

“Oh... They’re just waking up! I know just what they’ll do!”
“Their mouths will hang open a minute or two,
Then the members of sports-ville will all cry BooHoo!”
“That’s a sight,” grinned the Troll, “That I simply MUST see!”
So he paused. And then quickly logged back in with glee.
And he did see a post, a thread about Tony Romo.
It started in low. Then it started to grow.
But the comments weren't sad! Why, the comments were merry!
It couldn’t be so! But it WAS merry! VERY!

He stared at these postings! The Troll popped his eyes!
Then he shook! What he saw was a shocking surprise!
Every member in sports-ville, from the east to the west,
Ignoring his trolling, he felt flush and stressed!
He HADN’T stopped the blogging, or posting - they CAME!
Somehow or other, they came just the same!
And the Troll, with his Troll-fingers pressed on the keys,
Sat puzzling and puzzling: “What about my debris?”

“I made fun of their teams and I called them all names!”
“I made up all those things about upcoming games!”
And he puzzled for hours, till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Troll thought of something he hadn’t before!
“Maybe this community,” he thought, “doesn’t mind all that chat.”
“Maybe this community…perhaps…is deeper than that!”
And what happened then? Well…in sports-ville they say,
That the Troll's brain grew three sizes that day!

And the minute his brain didn’t feel quite so dumb,
He typed and he typed - till his Troll hands grew numb,
And he brought up good points! And he felt he was healed!
And he, HE HIMSELF! The Troll - earned his own 'writers shield'!


Based on the poem "The Grinch WHo Stole Christmas" by Dr. Seuss.

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