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Top 10 Multi-Sport Athletes

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10 Michael Jordan

MJ’s brief dalliance in the Chicago White Sox farm system is generally regarded as a failure. Compared to his stellar basketball career, it was. But how many 31-year-olds do you know that could drop into Double-A baseball after not having swung a bat since high school and still hold their own in the professional ranks Jordan’s failing wasn’t that he was bad at baseball; it’s that he didn’t give himself enough time to find out how good he could be.

9 Bob Hayes

Rarely has a nickname been so fitting as “Bullet Bob.” Hayes earned the title of world’s fastest man during the 1960s by virtue of his Olympic sprint medals and world record times in the 60-yard, 100-yard and 100-meter races. One year after his triumphs in Tokyo, Hayes was wearing a star on his helmet, lining up as wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys. He would posthumously be named to the Hall of Fame in 2009.

8 Tim Duncan

The two-time NBA MVP started his athletic career as a swimmer, setting Virgin Islands records in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle races. As a boy, Duncan hoped to follow in his older sister’s footsteps and represent the commonwealth in the Olympics. When Hurricane Hugo destroyed the pool he trained at, Duncan took to basketball. A recruiting trip from Wake Forest’s Dave Odom put the lanky teenager on the map. By the time he retires, he’ll go down as one of the greatest power forwards in the history of the league.

7 Marion Jones

Before the steroid talk tarnished her legacy, Jones was a multi-sport star at North Carolina. She started on the Tar Heels’ 1994 national championship basketball team before quitting to focus on track. The five Olympic medals she won in Sydney were eventually stripped, though she did return to basketball in 2010, playing 33 games with the WNBA’s Tulsa Shock.

6 Allen Iverson

As a high school junior, Iverson was named the top basketball and football player in Virginia. He lead Bethel High to state titles in both sports, accounting for 34 touchdowns on the field and 31.6 points per game on the court. You get the feeling that Iverson could have excelled in any sport he tried.

No. 5 Jackie Robinson

Before he became more famous for baseball (and even more famous for his role in the civil rights movement), Jackie Robinson was a multi-talented athlete at UCLA. He was the first athlete in school history to win letters in four sports: Baseball, basketball, football and track. Ironically, baseball was probably his worst at the time. He batted .097 in his one year with the Bruins.

No. 4 Deion Sanders

Neon Deion is still the only man to ever play in both the World Series and Super Bowl. With his characteristic panache, he once played in an NLCS game on Saturday night, an Atlanta Falcons game on Sunday afternoon and then jetted back to Pittsburgh for another NLCS game on the same day. (He didn’t see any action in the last game.)

No. 3 Jim Brown

His exploits on the football field are well-known, as Brown is widely considered one of the greatest players in the history of the NFL. But he was equally as dominant in another sport: At Syracuse, Brown was regarded as the top lacrosse player in the NCAA. He’s in each game’s Hall of Fame.

No. 2 Bo Jackson

Bo knew sports. He was the first two-way star to be named an All-Star in two major sports, making the MLB All-Star team in 1989 and the NFL’s Pro Bowl in 1990. Jackson was the No. 1 pick out of Auburn after winning the 1985 Heisman Trophy but famously spurned the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in favor of a baseball career with the Kansas City Royals. He later signed with the NFL’s Oakland Raiders. A 1990 hip injury derailed both careers, but those who saw him in his prime say he was one of the most explosive talents in generations.

No. 1 Jim Thorpe

“Sir, you are the greatest athlete in the world,” King Gustav V of Sweden said to Jim Thorpe at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm. Thorpe had just dazzled the crowd with golds in both the pentathlon and decathlon, setting a world record in the latter that would stand for another two decades. Thorpe also excelled in baseball and basketball, but stood out on the football field, where he was named a two-time All-American at Carlisle and made a lasting impression on future president Dwight Eisenhower, who faced Thorpe while captaining Army’s team. “He never practiced in his life, and he could do anything better than any other football player I ever saw,” Eisenhower would recount years later.

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The New Jersey Nets Recently Filed Paperwork to Change Team Name. My Vote: The Brooklyn Deckers

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The New Jersey Nets and owner Mikhail Prohkorov have begun the application process for changing the team’s name.

Nets spokesman Barry Baum said today the team filed paperwork with the National Basketball Association earlier this week. If accepted, the change would become official before the 2012-13 season, when the Nets plan to move to Brooklyn’s new Barclays Center.

“The documents are already submitted to the NBA office,” Prokhorov said in an interview with Forbes Russia magazine. “The name change will happen in 2012.”

Any NBA team with the intention of changing its name, logo or uniform must apply to the league 25 months before the start of the season in which it intends to unveil the change. The final decision rests with the NBA’s 30-member Board of Directors.

As of right now, no specific change has been detailed in the application, Baum said in a telephone interview.

Prohkorov purchased the team in September 2009. The Nets, who will play in Newark’s Prudential Center for the next two seasons, finished a league-worst 12-70 last year.

To contact the reporter on this story: Eben Novy-Williams in New York at enovywilliam@bloomberg.net


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Dwight Howard Imitates Lebron James’ Chalk Throw


Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard has become known for his fun-loving personality and his impersonations as much as he has his dominant play on the court. As such, he tried to play to the crowd on Tuesday night when the Magic visited the Cleveland Cavaliers by doing his best impression of Lebron James pregrame ritual chalk toss.

After James went on ESPN to publicly crap on the city of Cleveland by making The Decision, Cavs fans were furious, to say the least. They still havent gone fully through the grieving process (It might be awhile before they get past stage two, anger). When King James returned to Cleveland for the first time since leaving, the fans flipped out as James tossed his chalk.

Howard probably assumed the Cleveland fans would eat up his impersonation, but instead they stared blankly at him as though they had never seen a man toss chalk before. Tough crowd.

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Nets May Become “Brooklyn New Yorkers”?

Patent documents indicate Nets could be considering name change to “New Yorkers.” Posted by Matt Moore

Mikhail Prokhorov has never been huge on the name of the Nets. There’s been talk since he acquired the team last year that he would consider changing the name. Now, Nets Daily has uncovered some interesting developments that may indicate the Nets are already leaning in a new direction. From SBNation’s Nets Daily:

On September 30, two lawyers associated with a large Philadelphia law firm sought trademark protection for the name, “Brooklyn New Yorkers”, three logos featuring either a basketball or a basketball player and the Brooklyn Bridge and even a slogan, “We Come to Play”.

Theres no indication in the US Patent and Trademark Office files that the Nets are associated with the lawyers. A spokesperson for the team declined comment Monday when asked by NetsDaily about the trademark applications. A spokesperson for Mikhail Prohorovs Onexim Group told NetsDaily recently that the applications are “not ours”. The attorney of record on three of the five applications has not responded to a request for information.

Separately, the URL, brooklynnewyorkers.com, has also been registered in recent months. The URL was registered through a proxy domain register. The owner is not identified.

via Who Are “Brooklyn New Yorkers”? – NetsDaily.

So Onexim says they weren’t behind the move, which doesn’t mean they weren’t behind the move. Check the link for some of the logos patented. Here’s a spoiler: they’re pretty terrible.

So is the name New Yorkers, really. “New Yorkers” is too obvious, too lacking in style, so substantive it drowns in itself. Electing to make this the face of the franchise represents a colossal waste of an opportunity. Hopefully this either isn’t their option, or is only one of many.

I know the name isn’t brilliant or cool, and is kind of dorky, but it should be noted that the name has been a part of basketball since 1968. Disrupting that would be a slight insult to the history of the league. And it’s a might bit better than “the New Yorkers.”

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