Obscure athletes …

Was in the Citi Field press box a few weeks ago; ran into Keith Olbermann, who I know a little bit from our crossover worlds. The Giants were playing the Mets, and San Francisco was starting Ryan Vogelsong. I jokingly said to Keith, “Excited to watch some Mets baseball?”

“Well,” he said, “I get to see Vogelsong.”

I laughed.

“Seriously,” he said. “I’d rather hear about his story than Tim Lincecom.”

I nodded, because I actually know exactly whereof he speaks. Ever since I can remember, I’ve always been a fan of the smaller stories and more obscure athletes. Watching Mavs-Heat last night, I actually upped my level of interest when Juwon Howard entered the game for Miami. I love scanning benches and seeing the backups; embrace assistant coaches—the ones who played long ago.

In other words, you take Derek Rose, I’ll go with Brian Scalabrine.

You take Derek Jeter, I’ll pull for Scott Pose.

You take Mark Sanchez, I’ll pull for Joe McKnight.

Just how I’m wired.

3 thoughts on “Obscure athletes …”

  1. Fair enough. You can have Scalabrine and I guess I’ll be stuck with the MVP. But yeah, right on man. On this same note, check out Kevin Arnovitz’s Spoelstra profile today – really great stuff about how he came up in the NBA.

  2. I love it when an average or obscure player wins something like the NLCS MVP (I would say like Cody Ross last year, but that was against the Phillies, which results in cognitive dissonance). It’s a great story otherwise.

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