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On the other end of the spectrum, there always tends to be a few players that don’t play for your favorite team yet you find yourself rooting for. Fantasy sports help that along and all but I like to think that there is more to it. Like when Aaron Rodgers was finally given the starting job, you wanted him to succeed because FUCK BRETT FAVRE. Drew Brees seems like the nicest guy ever so I like to see him do well. Steve Nash is cool as shit which makes me pull for the Suns. You get the idea. So today’s post is pretty much just me going through my mental rolodex as a sports fan and listing 11 players that I loved despite them not wearing my team’s uniform. Here we go:
*Frank Thomas – I think it helped that I had like 50 of his rookie cards but the dude always seemed like he was twice the size as the next biggest player and could rake.
*Shaq – I loved Orlando Magic Shaq (from Lakers on, eh, whatever). I probably cried when he got swept by Hakeem’s Rockets in the Finals. Stupid Nick Anderson, MAKE YOUR FREE THROWS!
*Barry Bonds – G$ don’t give a fuck. The dude was sick as shit to watch. I remember feeling proud when he hit #70 and broke Hank Aaron’s record. I have no idea why. I just support guys that want to knock out Jeff Kent, I suppose.
*Warren Moon – Who cares if he is a deranged radio interview these days? He was the master of the greatest offense ever: The Run-and-Shoot! I loved playing with the Oilers in Tecmo Super Bowl. They were the freaking best. Goddamn Frank Reich for leading the greatest comeback in football history against my boy, Warren.
*Tim Tebow – Duh…I’ve been one of his biggest honks for years.
*Charles Barkley – Out of all the guys in the Bird/Magic and Jordan eras, Sir Charles was always my favorite. He always felt like the underdog which I like to root for. He was not a role model except in the field of trolling for anonymous road head.
*Barry Sanders – I never saw Jim Brown play (only saw him beat up women) but I did see Emmitt Smith play a lot. Barry was far, FAR superior. Sure, Barry could be bottled up for awhile. But when he got free, god damn was he sweet. A part of me wishes that he would have played longer, but at the same time, I’m glad he left when he did to avoid having to watch him play for Arizona like Smiff did.
*Charlie Ward – I was really into those early-to-mid 90’s Florida State teams. Ward was such The Truth.
*Dominique Wilkins – About a year ago, my mom gave me a few boxes of stuff that I had to take or she was throwing it away. I found a bunch of old Starting Lineup figures in there and ‘Nique was one of them. I was pumped. That dude could dunk the shit out of the ball.
Feel free to add your own. I bet the Grumpy talks about Red Grange. This isn’t the most inspired post ever but I think it will pass. Have at it.