Posted on: February 13, 2010 5:41 am

Top 5 NBA All-Star Weekend Paticipants, All Time

1)  Michael Jordan -- Is there any list this guy doesn't top?  Not only did Mike turn the dunk contest into a Poster Party, he also competed in the 3-point Shoot-out and no one will ever forget that free throw line dunk -- Nike made sure of that....but honestly, does ranking MJ 1st ever need much explanation? 

2)  Larry Bird -- The Legend won the first three 3-point Shoot-outs, that fact alone easily gets him into the top 5.....but my favorite story is when he walked in that locker room and asked the other participants, "Which one of you guys is finishing second?"  Classic.

3)  Spud Webb -- At a mere 5'7", Anthony "Spud" Webb truly brought the Dunk Contest into it's best run, popularity-wise.  His array of lobs to himself which ended in dunks highlighted by his amazing air time were magnificent.....and, because of his height, it seemed he was in the air fffffooorrrreeevvvvveeeerrrrr

4)  Craig Hodges -- Like Bird, Hodges also won 3 Shoot-outs in a row.....no small feat.  Truthfully, after that first win, it seemed the contest was going to be his to lose for as many years as he chose to enter it.

5)  Dominique Wilkins -- The Human Highlight Reel -- most appropriate nickname ever -- 'Nique had more varieties of wind-mills than thought possible....and there was just something about his flair -- from jumping off two feet, to legs flailing, to those power finishes....plus the guy was 6'9"!!!!!   Freakishly awesome.

Wow, after looking at this list, one thing is painfully obvious -- the NBA's All Star festivities have lacked some, well, greatness lately -- let's hope the league also senses this trend and tries to get the 'stars' more involved -- it IS supposed to be for the fans
Posted on: February 11, 2010 4:30 am
Edited on: February 13, 2010 5:44 am

Top 5 Sports Rivalries of All Time

While watching Duke/UNC last nite, a poll was conducted asking which is the greatest rivalry in sports.  I found the question very intriguing, but the choices I was offered were, well, not good.  So, I'll make my own list with my own choices!  And, to maintain consistency, I'll let my Top 5 include each one of my favorite five sports  greatest rivlary (nfl, ncaaf, ncaab, nba, mlb, sorry NHL fans)

Here we go!

1)  Yankees/Red Sox, MLB -- this blog isn't that long so I really can't list all the reasons why this is sports Greatest Rivalry.  Contrary to popular opinion however, it's only been #1 for a short time.  Not until the Sox actually won anything did this become a true 'rivalry'.  Even when two teams hate each other, they're not true rivals until they're both good (see Nebraska/CU, football).  And when Boston came back from down 0-3 in the ALCS, well, this rivalry was TRULY born.  Why does this outrank Cardinals/Cubs?  See above.

2)  Ohio State/Michigan, NCAA football -- some really fun games got left off the list for this one, but well deserving.  Big Blue could go 1-11, beat Ohio State and throw a parade......same thing in Columbus.  There's a real hatred up there and when your respective stadiums hold 100k+, it can get kinda wild (apologies to Texas/OU, Army/Navy, Oregon/Oregon State)

3)  Duke/UNC, NCAA basketball -- although not as much in recent years, this game can most always be counted on for a thriller -- less than 20 miles apart, these kids chewed the same dirt growing up and oftentimes got to meet 3 times each season (if not a 4th on the tourney!)  Legendary coaches, amazing finishes, championship quality play, all-american after all-american -- what other college hoops rivalry even comes close?

4)  Packers/Bears, NFL -- the oldest rivalry in the NFL, this one has been downright ugly over the years.  Don't agree??  Just ask ANY Packers or Bears fan who lived and watched in the 50s, 60s and 70s.  Pats/Colts, Broncos/Raiders, Bengals/Steelers ain't got nothing on this one, pal.

5)  Celtics/Lakers, NBA -- if this list was made 25 years ago, this one almost certainly tops the charts....but it's not, so it doesn't.  Reigning far supreme over any other 5-10 year 'rivalry' the NBA has offered over the years.  Sure, Lakers/Kings in the 90s was fun....as was Bulls/Pistons and Lakers/Spurs.  But all time??  I'll take C's vs Showtime anyday.

That's it for today -- holla tomorrow

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