Each Day is a Lifetime, 8.21.08

- Everyone's still talking about Usain Bolt. Over at AZSportsHub.com, there's actually a poll based on my post asking who's the more impressive athlete--Usain or Amare? For the record, I voted for Usain Bolt. (BR)

- ESPN is going for the more conventional comparison of Phelps and Bolt. Relatively speaking, is this blue/red or is it black/white? Regardless, it's much more impressive to be the best sprinter in the world when there are at least ten times as many sprinters as swimmers gunning for it. (CB)

- Taking it back to the hardwood, Shoals makes the argument that Team USA's dominance in Beijing proves that all that talk about the NBA style not translating to the international game was bunk.

- While we're on the subject of the Olympics, economist Ian Ayres advocates more citizenship flexibility, which he assumes would lead to more Americans competing for other countries, and potentially some form of post-nationalist liberated fandom: "You could, of course, still root for the redeem team, but suddenly you might want to cheer for an Angolan team populated by N.B.A. players with dual citizenship." (BR)

- Settling the question once and for all of whether we should like Dorell Wright, Tom Ziller refers to him as "mystical swingman, Dorrell Wright". (Dr. LIC/BS)

- Shoals is geeked that Polvo is headed west in a couple weeks. Get familiar with this hilarious local television news piece on the famed Chapel Hill scene from the early 90s. Ultimate dude Dave Brylawski makes a number of brief appearances. (BR)

- If ProStars were done today, who'd be the third? LeBron/Tiger are gimmes, but who rounds it out: Jeter, Roddick, Peyton, or Earnhardt Jr? If you have any better suggestions, leave them in the comments. (CB)



At 8/21/2008 4:54 PM, Blogger Ty Keenan said...

Your answer to the ProStars question depends on your feelings about complementary and redundant superpowers.

Woods and LeBron are, as Carter says, no-brainers. Tiger's power has to be some kind of revised Gretzky puck thing, just with a big-ass driver and exploding golf balls. LeBron also has the Jordan rocket shoes, although he also might have some kind of Bo Lite muscular ball ability.

The baseball possibility is either A-Rod or Jeter, both of whom would have some kind of giant bat. That power makes a lot more sense for A-Rod, but I'm guessing the creators of ProStars Xtreme -- I have not watched a Saturday morning cartoon in at least 12 years, but I'm guessing that they still put "Xtreme" on the end of everything -- wouldn't want to associate with someone who's been in the news a lot lately for alleged adultery with Madonna. So Jeter remains a possibility, even if his natural power would be something like "distilled leadership."

The football option is definitely Peyton Manning, both because he is now a Super Bowl winner and because he will sign any licensing agreement within sniffing distance. The added bonus here is that they could bring in Eli as a guest star on some episodes as Peyton's goofy younger brother who needs to be taught valuable life lessons. Peyton's power would probably be throwing exploding footballs.

Roddick is not a possibility.

So, based on these ideas, we can go with the Jeter bat power, which would put him in a complementary role to Tiger and LeBron, or Peyton's football missiles, which creates a powerful redundancy with Tiger. My guess is they'd go with Peyton.

But, Dale Earnhardt Jr. would clearly make the show more interesting than anyone else could. Not only could he play the role of comic relief as a screw-loose Southerner who says all kinds of wacky things, but his superpower would involve something with a car, which means that he'd either be the getaway driver (always cool) or have some kind of weird Deathrace 2000 deal going on where he runs down villains, which would be especially gruesome for a Saturday morning cartoon and either fail horribly or create the most fascinating cartoon possible.

At 8/21/2008 5:14 PM, Blogger goathair said...

Peyton for sure.

At 8/21/2008 5:28 PM, Blogger Carter Blanchard said...

You think they could get Larry the Cable Guy to do the voice? (For either Peyton or Dale). I'd definitely watch if so.

At 8/21/2008 6:46 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

While we're on the subject of me and Polvo, since seeing them in Chicago I've realized that I really like a lot of "This Eclipse." I just had a really shitty late 1995. That's the way the high school brain works, I guess.

At 8/21/2008 7:04 PM, Blogger mdesus said...

hmm agreed rodick is not an option. Normally I'd say no foreigner, but I think Nadal could be legit, and exploding balls is a funny power.

At 8/21/2008 7:28 PM, Blogger Babydaddy said...

Exploding Balls is also an STD for the new millennium. Anyhoo, I would pick Brady over Peyton--we need a Gretzkyesque Ace Face for this thing.

What does it say about me that the first couple of times I read the post I saw the name "Kobe" where it says "LeBron"? To my credit, I thought it was strange that you considered Kobe a no-brainer.

At 8/21/2008 9:57 PM, Blogger Tom said...

I think you've got to add two names to your new Prostars, since Bo Jackson was football and baseball.

I'd then go with LT and Josh Beckett or David Wright, since there's no way in hell this is getting made without at least one white guy.

Judging by the Phelps love I witnessed all over Brooklyn the other night, this is definitely a race thing. (How could you say Phelps was more dominant? When was he literally taunting the rest of the field in any event?)

At 8/21/2008 10:17 PM, Blogger T. said...

Marshawn Lynch - the power of the BEAST MODE.

At 8/21/2008 11:49 PM, Blogger T. said...

I'd think Lynch's BEAST MODE could go something like this


At 8/22/2008 2:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm stoked about Polvo @ Neumo's too. Alone they'd be great, but I just saw Trans Am is opening too. I haven't kept up with them since the 'cold war' single, but they definitely brought it live when I saw them in Dallas roughly around the time Shoals was having a shitty late 95. Seb Thompson is a fun drummer to watch.

At 8/22/2008 10:50 AM, Blogger Delicious said...


At 8/22/2008 2:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michael Phelps? Can take care of all that underwater stuff. Plus after he drinks his magic swimming juice he gets in the Phelps-mobile and drives too, although a little more wobbly than Dale.

Williams sisters might be another wild card. Could serve up grenades and exploding nets and team up into the 10-foot tall Mecha-Williams when needed?


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