Nicklaus is a big one (and gives hope to Tiger?)
Yes, it may be easier to name those that fell from grace. Many of them baseballers. Bonds, McGuire, Sosa (who didn't love Sammy before he forgot how to speak English?).
Broadway Joe Namath -- now just a boozy old creep -- is another one.
Important figures left off the top all-time polarizers -- Jim Brown and Jim Thorpe.
Oh, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is another polarizing figure who now is respected.
How about those sports figures who were polarizing but later became universally beloved (you know, the anti-Tigers).
George Foreman is one, and Ali is ready for sainthood. Robinson was polarizing for all the worst reasons, but he's moving toward national holiday status.
McEnroe is becoming another because of his broadcast work and of-late apologies.
Hey, Jay, did you see that Tebow Eli Manning totally pull a Tebow and Tebow the Cowboys last night? Tebow Tebow! Merry Tebow.
The Braves have been relatively quiet. So has Vladimir Lenin. Let's hope the former shows a little life soon or their NL East dreams will be dead as the latter.
Fedora going to Chapel Hill means more shuffling among the poor sisters.
USM leakers looking for Larry The Hat's replacement have SEC dreams. Ole Miss DC Tyrone Nix is on the list, but so is South Carolina assistant Ellis Johnson, Auburn OC Gus Malzahn (yeah, right)and LSU RB coach Frank Wilson (a former Fedora staffer).
Houston will be looking likewise, like Lilliputians jabbing with tiny spears at the ankles of the SEC giant. Sigh.
As an aside, word is that Fedora will accept the head coaching job at North Carolina, which I guess means Sumlin goes to A&M.
I'm not sure that Fedora couldn't do better than UNC. Perhaps if he stayed another year ... Hey, a guy can dream, right?
Sadly there are legions of young children named Jacob and Isabella after the lead characters in the teen angst-vampire series "Twilight." For the rest of their lives they will be forced to explain, "Well, Mom and Dad were pretty young when I was born ..."
How about Vic Hitler, the narcoleptic comic from Hill Street Blues. That's a tough one.
Understood, Patrickd. Baseball stats are funny. Those that make our point are the most important stats. The rest are garbage. :)
With you, 5@10 on All Star ballots being a poor indicator of HOF worthiness. And, with respect Patrickd, I assume you are not comparing Santo and Chipper.
Looking at just one stat (runs created), Chipper is 26th in MLB history, ahead of some no-names like Honus Wagner, George Brett, Paul Molitor and Al Kaline. Santo, a great player, is 115th. Runs created is not a deciding factor by any means, but we could do this all day.
I'd say Santo is a bubble pick, but that's what the vet committee is there for. But if he gets in, Murphy should be there.
And what about some other comparables, like Gary Gaetti, Chili Davis or Bobby Bonilla? Are they HOF worthy?