Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Athlete of the Week Candidates

Another week, another slate of candidates.

(1) Alex Rodriguez: Yes, I know the Yanks are in the midst of a four game losing streak, but there is no one in baseball swinging the sticks any better than this guy. A-Rod is on a collision course with history, and when he breaks Bonds's career HR record in a few years, there will be much more fanfare and celebration than that which will await Bonds's record breaker this fall.

(2) Baron Davis: With GS needing a win to clinch a playoff spot in its last regular season game, Baron posted a triple double with 12 pts, 10 boards and 14 assists. In GS's 1st playoff game, Baron was a man amongst boys - going 33-14-8 to lift GS to a shocking upset, in the eyes of many, over the Dallas Mavericks.

(3) Liviu Librescu: The 76 year-old Holocaust survivor was responsible for perhaps the most celebrated act of heroism out of the many emerging from the Virginia Tech shootings. Dr. Librescu used his body to barricade the door, allowing nearly all of his students to escape through the windows. While Dr. Librescu died with a reported five bullet wounds as the gunman attempted to shoot his way in, only one of Librescu's 23 registered students suffered the same fate.

Although A-Rod has been smoking and B-Diddy is playing lights out, this week's decision isn't exactly difficult.

1 comment:

Head Dude said...

It's interesting with A-Rod -- he's been on fire, and yet the Yankees are struggling. But he's definitely not hitting meaningless home runs, given that he has two walk-offs among the 14. The Dude is right, as soon as Bonds breaks the record, most of the baseball world will be anxious for A-Rod to quickly catch him. Even if A-Rod may be selfish, petulant, and too concerned about his own image, he's not a cheater.

The most aggravating moments of Sunday night's Mavs game were having to listen to the fans around me berate the team to play better defense when Baron was hitting ridiculous shot after ridiculous shot. The fact is, they were playing good defense, but the Baron was unstoppable. I would expect less of George guarding Davis in Game 2, and more of Buckner, but still, gotta give the guy credit. He's good!

That said, since the Dude eschewed his typical penchant for Holocaust jokes, and determined that what happened at Virginia Tech qualifies him as an athlete, I'll concur with the Dude.