Could Be the Best _______ Ever

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Re: Could Be the Best _______ Ever

Post by Nonlinear FC » Thu Jun 04, 2020 10:58 am

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A guy who was really, really good but who wouldn't be in the conversation for "best ever" but whose career was cut short was Billy Sims.
Good one!

As a former Orioles fan, I remember being REALLY excited about Ben McDonald. He didn't have a bad career, per se, but the hype on him was pretty intense. And if I recall, he came in really hot... First game was lock down and he went on a 3 or 4 game tear.
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Re: Could Be the Best _______ Ever

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Re: Could Be the Best _______ Ever

Post by mister d » Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:04 am

Nonlinear FC wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 10:58 am
Pruitt wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 10:30 am
A guy who was really, really good but who wouldn't be in the conversation for "best ever" but whose career was cut short was Billy Sims.
Good one!

As a former Orioles fan, I remember being REALLY excited about Ben McDonald. He didn't have a bad career, per se, but the hype on him was pretty intense. And if I recall, he came in really hot... First game was lock down and he went on a 3 or 4 game tear.
Oh shit, this reminded me of Todd Van Poppel.
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Re: Could Be the Best _______ Ever

Post by mister d » Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:05 am

Joe K wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 10:38 am
The first time I saw a casual friend do coke in front of me he decided a bit later in the evening that it was a good idea to blast me with a ...lo...a...d...
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Re: Could Be the Best _______ Ever

Post by EdRomero » Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:24 am

mister d wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:04 am
Nonlinear FC wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 10:58 am
Pruitt wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 10:30 am
A guy who was really, really good but who wouldn't be in the conversation for "best ever" but whose career was cut short was Billy Sims.
Good one!

As a former Orioles fan, I remember being REALLY excited about Ben McDonald. He didn't have a bad career, per se, but the hype on him was pretty intense. And if I recall, he came in really hot... First game was lock down and he went on a 3 or 4 game tear.
Oh shit, this reminded me of Todd Van Poppel.
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Re: Could Be the Best _______ Ever

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Re: Could Be the Best _______ Ever

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Re: Could Be the Best _______ Ever

Post by The Sybian » Thu Jun 04, 2020 12:21 pm

mister d wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:04 am
Nonlinear FC wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 10:58 am
Pruitt wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 10:30 am
A guy who was really, really good but who wouldn't be in the conversation for "best ever" but whose career was cut short was Billy Sims.
Good one!

As a former Orioles fan, I remember being REALLY excited about Ben McDonald. He didn't have a bad career, per se, but the hype on him was pretty intense. And if I recall, he came in really hot... First game was lock down and he went on a 3 or 4 game tear.
Oh shit, this reminded me of Todd Van Poppel.
And it reminded me of Gregg Jeffries.
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Re: Could Be the Best _______ Ever

Post by Gunpowder » Thu Jun 04, 2020 2:11 pm

Joe K wrote:
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Giff wrote:
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I've only been around it a small handful of times and it's made me very uncomfortable.
The first time I saw a casual friend do coke in front of me he decided a bit later in the evening that it was a good idea to blast me with a fire extinguisher from close range. Not exactly a ringing endorsement for the drug.
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Re: Could Be the Best _______ Ever

Post by bfj » Thu Jun 04, 2020 2:25 pm

If I had more money in my 20's, my coke habit would have been 10x worse. I became friends with a girl who was on my bowling team who had money and loved to do bumps. We hung out A LOT. Lots of free blow. I wouldn't touch it now because I'm sure my heart would explode, but it was a lot of fun back in the day. I don't miss grinding my teeth.
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Re: Could Be the Best _______ Ever

Post by L-Jam3 » Thu Jun 04, 2020 2:29 pm

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Re: Could Be the Best _______ Ever

Post by Pruitt » Thu Jun 04, 2020 2:52 pm

bfj wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 2:25 pm
If I had more money in my 20's, my coke habit would have been 10x worse. I became friends with a girl who was on my bowling team who had money and loved to do bumps. We hung out A LOT. Lots of free blow. I wouldn't touch it now because I'm sure my heart would explode, but it was a lot of fun back in the day. I don't miss grinding my teeth.
We did a bit of it back in the day.

It was okay, but really is the stupidest thing. The minute you finish one line, you think about the next one.

Haven't even seen it in 20 years.
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Re: Could Be the Best _______ Ever

Post by sancarlos » Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:44 pm

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I remember the Gretzky hype from the time he was in junior hockey.

Similarly, Lemieux, Lafontaine and Lindros were hyped to the skies before the ever hit the NHL. (I am old...)
Mario Lemieux was called "the next Gretzky". Sidney Crosby was called "the next Mario and the next Gretzky".
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Re: Could Be the Best _______ Ever

Post by Steve of phpBB » Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:56 pm

sancarlos wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:44 pm
Pruitt wrote:
Wed Jun 03, 2020 1:22 pm
I remember the Gretzky hype from the time he was in junior hockey.

Similarly, Lemieux, Lafontaine and Lindros were hyped to the skies before the ever hit the NHL. (I am old...)
Mario Lemieux was called "the next Gretzky". Sidney Crosby was called "the next Mario and the next Gretzky".
Was Jaromir Jagr in there as well? Or was he just the next Mario before Crosby?
And his one problem is he didn’t go to Russia that night because he had extracurricular activities, and they froze to death.

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Re: Could Be the Best _______ Ever

Post by HaulCitgo » Thu Jun 04, 2020 5:01 pm

If you can bring up Brien Taylor I can bring up Sam Horn. Electric for a half summer. Pedro a whole lot closer. Not many I'd rather have on the hill in his prime to win a game. Brady. Bird. Deion. Bo? Barry... Sanders so I guess the answer is no.

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Re: Could Be the Best _______ Ever

Post by sancarlos » Thu Jun 04, 2020 5:22 pm

Steve of phpBB wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:56 pm
sancarlos wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:44 pm
Pruitt wrote:
Wed Jun 03, 2020 1:22 pm
I remember the Gretzky hype from the time he was in junior hockey.

Similarly, Lemieux, Lafontaine and Lindros were hyped to the skies before the ever hit the NHL. (I am old...)
Mario Lemieux was called "the next Gretzky". Sidney Crosby was called "the next Mario and the next Gretzky".
Was Jaromir Jagr in there as well? Or was he just the next Mario before Crosby?
I was hearing about Mario and Crosby (and McDavid and Mathews) while they were kids tearing up the junior leagues. I didn't hear anything about Jagr before he got to the NHL, probably because we didn't have social media telling us about young Euro players back in those days.
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Re: Could Be the Best _______ Ever

Post by sancarlos » Thu Jun 04, 2020 5:26 pm

By the way, has anybody mentioned Freddie Adu? He was tipped to become the best American player ever.
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Re: Could Be the Best _______ Ever

Post by Diamond » Fri Jun 05, 2020 11:46 am

mister d wrote:
Wed Jun 03, 2020 1:53 pm
Diamond wrote:
Wed Jun 03, 2020 1:49 pm
The hype when Barry Bonds first came up was really intense.
Was it? Those would have been my earliest baseball years but I thought he was a legit top prospect and all, but he didn't go #1 and that was as a college player.
I'm working a gas station summer of '86 and there were frequent radio stories on the Arizona St prospect crushing for the Pirates. For sure the hazy mists of time are making it more than it was, but he deserves a mention on the topic.

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