- 06/16/2013, 03:08PM ET
Mrlns Fn said 06/16, 03:08 PM
Thought of this because I saw online that Kanye West (ironic that my kindle fire's auto correct changes Kanye to mange) considers himself "a God" and "the Michael Jordan of music".
Lots of people call themselves the MJ of something or other. But I'm not interested in that. I'm interested I'm finding out who might be the John Lennon of sports, or the Boy George of sports. (And no, this isn't an appropriate time for a Jason Collins joke)
Pick one per argument and only use current athletes/sports personalities. Nobody cares who the Buddy Holly of sports was. (Jay Berwanger, for the record)
My first choice: John Calipari is the George Martin of music.
Martin is famous for being the Beatles producer. He lucked into them, being turned onto the band by a friend despite not initially liking their sound. Over time Martin and the Beatles grew into the world's biggest music icon and today Martin is revered as the "fifth Beatle".
Calipari, like Martin, is more of an overseer/architect than a true participant (Martin didn't play an instrument, Calipari doesn't actually play basketball) but has become just as much of a star finder at Kentucky.
OlderthanDirt said 06/18, 11:09 AM
I might be going at this the wrong way, but this is how I see your first argument.
Sir George Henry Martin was one of Great Britain's greatest producers ever, simply because of his association with ONE major group like you said; the Beatles.
However, IMO, John Calipari does NOT deserve to be labeled the George Martin of College Basketball simply for his selfish recruiting habits and for the fact that he left two previous schools in dire straits after he left their programs.
But keeping with your college basketball theme here,
I will state that Coach Mike Kryzewski of Duke is the Bruce Springsteen of College Basketball.
First, not that it matters that much on this TD, they are both Catholic and have strong religious beliefs.
He is "Born in the USA" and he has led the Blue Devils to many, many "Glory Days"
And just like "The Boss" Coach K has helped many others outside of his own school. He has been a big contributor and supporter of the Jimmy V foundation just like Springsteen does with all his charity work.
When both of their careers are done they will both be remembered as being among the best ever.
Mrlns Fn said 06/19, 12:35 AM
In my first argument I picked a positive comparison. The Beatles are considered by many to be the greatest band ever and obviously Coach Cal is Coach Cal.
This time I'm going with a less positive comparison, albeit another one from the world of collegiate football.
Johnny Manziel is the Psy of college football.
I know what you're thinking. How can you compare Johnny Football, reigning Heisman winner, to some one hit wonder pop "star"?
Well, there are similarities, if you think about. For one, there's the one hit wonder factor. Now I'm kinda taking a leap of faith here proclaiming both of these guys as one hit wonders but I truly believe that both of these guys have already peaked. Psy, with Gangnam Style, and Manziel with his Heisman winning freshman campaign.
Neither guy stands a chance of continuing the meteoric rise to stardom they embarked on. Manziel wont be a good NFL player. And his NCAA career could be over soon, judging by his comments about wanting to leave College Station or whatever. And chances are his 2013 season will be a step back.
Psy has the most watched YouTube bid ever in Gangnam Style. Ain't happening again.
OlderthanDirt said 06/19, 08:56 AM
While I do agree that Psy will go bye-bye, I'm not as sold on the same fate for Johnny Foosball.
The young man does have some skills where Psy got lucky.
Let's move to my second:
Kevin VanDam is the George Strait of the fishing world.
KVD has won more tournaments and more money than any angler is the history of bass angling. Just like George Strait, he is the ultimate leader in his field.
Both men are soft spoken and conduct themselves in a very positive and professional posture at all times. And, one of the key traits of both, they are both well liked and respected among their peers.
George with his all-time leading 56 #1 hits and KVD with his all-time leading 20 tourney victories stand at the top of their profession and they both did it the old fashion way, hard work and strong drive.
Heck they are so similar; I can see KVD wearing a cowboy hat and King George casting a line.
Yessir, when it comes to country music there is no one better than George Strait and when it comes to bass fishing, there is none better than Kevin VanDam.
Both are the ambassador of of their realm. KVD is the George Strait of bass fishing.
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