Re: Wilbon on the NBA fans
posted at 6/1/2011 11:41 PM EDT
In Response to Wilbon on the NBA fans
[QUOTE]Great back and forth tonight on Around the Horn and PTI regarding Kareem's blog....everyone agreed that the fans only remember what they have seen recently.....Wilbon put it best....."why are fans talking about the NBA like it started in 1985...? .....lets all go back and remember what a great league it was some 25-30 years earlier" (I am paraphrasing....but that was the general consensus from 8 sportswriters....) .......I guess they are all just grumpy old men huh...?
Posted by Duke4[/QUOTE]
Duke, I only have "basic" cable, which doesn't include ESPN here, but I can relate to Wilbon. Although he and Tony Kornheiser are younger than me, they apparently know much of the history of most of our pro leagues. And they're absolutely correct. Most of today's generation only know sports from what they've seen on ESPN. They haven't a clue of the great players that they've missed.
Dr. J (he was the original high flyer)
Dominique Wilkins (the human highlight reel)
Dick Butkus (there's a reason there's a trophy named after him)
Jim Brown (not even Emmitt Smith compares to him...and this generation only knows him from "Dancing with the Stars")
Reggie Jackson (he killed my Dodgers with his 3 homers in the World Series)
Jack Lambert (the most feared defender on those 70's Steelers teams!)
Roger Staubach (I hated him, but a great Cowboys QB)
OJ Simpson (one of the greatest in college and the pros, BEFORE his legal problems)
Earvin "Magic" Johnson (watch some of his matches with Larry Bird on ESPN Classic...truly amazing battles)
I can go on-and-on, but you get my point.
Before ESPN, there was only the major networks (CBS, ABC and NBC...sorry, there was no such thing as Fox Network!) for our highlights. Nowadays, everything good or bad is broadcast in a moments notice and seen over and over and over again. That's why so many of the "scandals" that we see (Tiger Woods, Jim Tressel, Reggie Bush, etc., etc.) are always fresh in our memories. Today's generation get to see highlights of "good" players (not GREAT players) over and over and they think these are the "elite" talents in their respective sports.
Well Duke, you know as well as I do that names like Gale Sayers and Lynn Swann are well deserving of their place in the Hall of Fame. It's a shame that today's generation haven't seen these atheletes in action.