With two potential professional sports lockouts looming over the head of sports fans everywhere, I thought I'd throw around some comparisons of NBA and NFL stars in pessimistic expectancy of the sports action we may be missing out on next year.
1. Kobe Bryant, SG LA Lakers ---- Tom Brady, QB NE Patriots
These are both high-profile, future Hall of Famers that we have watched age before our very eyes. Both are the face of their respective leagues and have led each of their teams to dynastic status. Natural leaders, Kobe Bryant and Tom Brady are the driving force behind their teams' success. Both are now in the home stretch of their incredible careers and are striving for one last ring before they hang up the sneakers.
2. Zach Randolph, PF Memphis Grizzlies----Peyton Hillis, RB Cleveland Browns
Both players could hold the title of "prettiest-ugly game" in their leagues. Their rumbling-bumbling yet effective style is uncanny. Both had coming out years and are looking to be coveted by many teams in years to come. Each possess raw power and aren't only afraid to do the dirty work, but revel in it.
3. Derrick Rose, PG Chicago Bulls ---- Chris Johnson, RB Tennessee Titans
These guys exemplify the expression, "you can't stop them, you can only hope to contain them." These guys are going to get their numbers day in and day out, with an explosive and unique style which bring excitement and personality to the NBA and NFL. They are both the future and the new generation of their sports. I would love to see these guys go head to head in a 40 yard dash. In the words of my main man Gus Johnson, "they got gettin' away from the cops speed!"
4. Ron Artest, SF LA Lakers---- Chad Ochocinco, WR Cincinnati Bengals
Both wild cards that are always seemingly paying the league for habitual bad behavior. Some would argue they are the perfect amount of crazy. Some say good entertainment, some would say detrimental to their leagues. Either way, it is undeniable that each are incredible athletes that have a drive to win. Though Artest has harvested more success, I think the comparison fits.
5. Dirk Nowitzki, PF Dallas Mavericks---- Donovan McNabb, QB Washington Redskins
Each of these aging stars has had a chance to earn a championship ring, but have both fallen short. Consequently, both guys have been criticized for having the pieces around them to win but never being able to push them over the hump. Dirk is getting one of his last chances at getting a ring this year as next year he will be a 13 year veteran. Donovan McNabb will be entering his 14th year as an NFL quarterback and if he lands into the circumstances of a quality squad, could get his shot as well.
6. Carlos Boozer, PF Chicago Bulls---- Braylon Edwards, WR New York Jets
These dynamic players have come from non-contending and middle-of-the-road squads to legitimate title contenders. Both have the pressure to be x-factors in order to propel their respective teams to the top. Both are powerful athletes that have a silky smooth aspect to their games. Both have put themselves in optimal situations to make some noise in the NBA and NFL.
7. Andrei Kirilenko, SF Utah Jazz---- Stevie Johnson, WR Buffalo Bills
No direct comparison here. Had to do it because of this play, and this play.
Hopefully we will be seeing these guys in action next year, or watching professional yachting, cross your fingers.