Best of the Best: Part VII – Feel Good Stories

Lebron James

I was just reading a few sports articles, as I continued to procrastinate from school work, when I came across a story on Cleveland Cavaliers’ star LeBron James

Apparently, James and the Lebron James Family Foundation treated 800 locals, most of whom are homeless, to a thanksgiving dinner at Quicken Loans Arena, and then to a movie this past Monday. He also gave families free gift cards for groceries and free transportation passes over the holidays.  

“It’s great to see the smiles on kids’ faces,” James said. “That’s the most important thing to me. It really means a lot to them and it’s special for me.” 

Now that’s using power and money for the right reasons. 

“I’m in a position where I’m able to do things like this. It’s not like I have to, it’s because I want to. I know I can’t fulfill every kid’s dream. But I’m thankful I can do something like this, especially during the holidays.” 

This is a very heartwarming story and a much needed one especially for the NBA and sports in general. James, who is one of the league’s bona fide superstars, understands that he has the ability to give back, and – take notes pro athletes – that’s exactly what he does.

It’s nice to see that not all sport figures are bitter and selfish … 

Another great sports moment, which happened over a year and a half ago, is about an autistic high school basketball player named Jason McElwain.

Watch this inspirational story, which is worth retelling over and over again.

Continuing on with this theme, Rick Reilly, one of my favourite sports writers, has compiled so many amazing articles, which makes you want to go out and be a better person after reading it. 

Here are just a few examples of his feel-good articles on Sports Illustrated:

But one of my all-time favourite has to be this story:

The World’s Greatest Father 

From Sports Illustrated, By Rick Reilly

I try to be a good father. Give my kids mulligans. Work nights to pay for their text messaging. Take them to swimsuit shoots.

But compared with Dick Hoyt, I suck.

Eighty-five times he’s pushed his disabled son, Rick, 26.2 miles in Marathons. Eight times he’s not only pushed him 26.2 miles in a wheelchair but also towed him 2.4 miles in a dinghy while swimming and pedaled him 112 miles in a seat on the handlebars–all in the same day.

Dick’s also pulled him cross-country skiing, taken him on his back mountain climbing and once hauled him across the U.S. on a bike. Makes taking your son bowling look a little lame, right?

And what has Rick done for his father? Not much–except save his life.

This love story began in Winchester , Mass. , 43 years ago, when Rick Was strangled by the umbilical cord during birth, leaving him brain-damaged and unable to control his limbs.

“He’ll be a vegetable the rest of his life;” Dick says doctors told him And his wife, Judy, when Rick was nine months old. “Put him in an Institution.”

But the Hoyts weren’t buying it. They noticed the way Rick’s eyes followed them around the room. When Rick was 11 they took him to the Engineering department at Tufts University and asked if there was anything to help the boy communicate. “No way,” Dick says he was told. “There’s nothing going on in his brain.”

“Tell him a joke,” Dick countered. They did. Rick laughed. Turns out a lot was going on in his brain. Rigged up with a computer that allowed him to control the cursor by touching a switch with the side of his head, Rick was finally able to communicate. First words? “Go Bruins!”

And after a high school classmate was paralyzed in an accident and the school organized a charity run for him, Rick pecked out, “Dad, I want To do that.”

Yeah, right. How was Dick, a self-described “porker” who never ran more than a mile at a time, going to push his son five miles? Still, he tried. “Then it was me who was handicapped,” Dick says. “I was sore for two weeks.”

That day changed Rick’s life. “Dad,” he typed, “when we were running, it felt like I wasn’t disabled anymore!”

And that sentence changed Dick’s life. He became obsessed with giving Rick that feeling as often as he could. He got into such hard-belly shape that he and Rick were ready to try the 1979 Boston Marathon.

“No way,” Dick was told by a race official. The Hoyts weren’t quite a single runner, and they weren’t quite a wheelchair competitor. For a few years Dick and Rick just joined the massive field and ran anyway, then they found a way to get into the race officially: In 1983 they ran another marathon so fast they made the qualifying time for Boston the following year.

Then somebody said, “Hey, Dick, why not a triathlon?”

How’s a guy who never learned to swim and hadn’t ridden a bike since he was six going to haul his 110-pound kid through a triathlon? Still, Dick tried.

Now they’ve done 212 triathlons, including four grueling 15-hour Ironmans in Hawaii . It must be a buzzkill to be a 25-year-old stud getting passed by an old guy towing a grown man in a dinghy, don’t you think?

Hey, Dick, why not see how you’d do on your own? “No way,” he says. Dick does it purely for “the awesome feeling” he gets seeing Rick with a cantaloupe smile as they run, swim and ride together.

This year, at ages 65 and 43, Dick and Rick finished their 24th Boston Marathon, in 5,083rd place out of more than 20,000 starters. Their best time? Two hours, 40 minutes in 1992–only 35 minutes off the world record, which, in case you don’t keep track of these things, happens to be held by a guy who was not pushing another man in a wheelchair at the time.

“No question about it,” Rick types. “My dad is the Father of the Century.”

And Dick got something else out of all this too. Two years ago he had a mild heart attack during a race. Doctors found that one of his arteries was 95% clogged. “If you hadn’t been in such great shape,” One doctor told him, “you probably would’ve died 15 years ago.” So, in a way, Dick and Rick saved each other’s life.

Rick, who has his own apartment (he gets home care) and works in Boston, and Dick, retired from the military and living in Holland, Mass. , always find ways to be together. They give speeches around the country and compete in some backbreaking race every weekend, including this Father’s Day.

That night, Rick will buy his dad dinner, but the thing he really wants to give him is a gift he can never buy.

“The thing I’d most like,” Rick types, “is that my dad sit in the chair and I push him once.”

Watch their video. It’s truly unbelievable.

  

Best of the Best: Part VI – Top Young Quarterbacks

Manning Brady

Those of you who watched ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcast last week (Colts-Jags) are certainly sick of hearing about Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. Even Tony Kornheiser fans like myself were disgusted with how much he talked about the topic Monday night. Was that all he prepared? Without a doubt it was his low point in the broadcast booth to date.

Blah blah blah “this is Peyton Manning saying ‘here I am, I’m still here, I’m still great’ this is his chance to get people to start talking about him again” blah blah blah. I’m sorry Tony, but I haven’t forgotten about Manning, nor did I forget that he won the Super Bowl last season, nor did I forget that he’s still the most talented quarterback in the NFL.

This display was so sickening I decided it’s time to stop talking about the two mega-stars. The upcoming onslaught of Colts-Pats analysis is just going to be too much to bare.

Maybe there actually are other quarterbacks in this league … What a novel thought. Indeed there are other quarterbacks. In fact there is quite the youth movement happening at the quarterback position as we speak.

Without further ado, here are my rankings of the top young quarterbacks in football today. I set the age restriction at those born in 1981 or later making the players 26 or younger:

  1. Eli Manning(’81) – He gets far too much criticism for what he’s accomplished. Now in his third year as the starter he is making plays and showing he isn’t just Peyton’s brother. In 2005 he threw for 3700 yards and 24 td’s the next year he threw the same amount of td’s but the yardage dipped to 3200. This year he’s on pace for 26 td’s and over 3000 yards. Still a young man, he has a lot to improve on but he’s going to be a great player.
  2. Ben Roethlisberger(’82) – Winning the Super Bowl may have been too much too soon for him as the criticism piled up last season despite having to throw nearly 500 passes. Remember, it was just his third season in the league. This year he has cut down on interceptions and has the Steelers back in contention in the AFC. Once Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are done demolishing the record book he will be battling for MVP trophies.
  3. Phillip Rivers(’81) – Rivers was born into wealth. A quarterback’s best friend is a running game and he happens to have a man behind him who is the best at just that. Tomlinson made Rivers’ transition to starter much easier. He’s in his second year as the man now and his stats may not reflect an improvement across the board but thusfar he is completing 65 percent of his passes as opposed to 61 last season. He is efficient if anything and that side armed release didn’t keep him from throwing for 3300 yards last season.
  4. Jason Campbell(’81) – he’s really in his first year as the starter though he started seven games last year. With a talented receiving core and a hall of fame coach there’s plenty of upside to this former high school all-american.
  5. Jay Cutler(’83) – he evokes the toughness you love in a QB after being battered around while leading the downtrodden Vanderbilt program to several upset wins in his career there. He took over for the Broncos midway through last year. Like Campbell, he started a few games last year but really took the reigns this year. His mobility is perfect for Mike Shanahan’s offense and he already has the bootleg aspect of it down. Once he becomes a more polished pocket passer he’ll start looking a lot more like Elway.
  6. Matt Schaub(’81) – For a few seasons he was the Falcons little toy, trade bait in the purest sense. Now he’s the man in Houston and teams with Andre Johnson to form a potentially lethal combination in the years to come. Thanks to Atlanta holding their cards until the worst possible moment we don’t really know much about Schaub other than that he’s the prototypical NFL quarterback at 6’5 240. He’s completing a high percentage of his passes right now but so did David Carr.
  7. Vince Young (’83) – He’s a winner and he’ll win again. Vince won’t put up gaudy numbers early in his career but he can will his team to victories like few other NFL quarterbacks before him. He will bring Jeff Fisher a Super Bowl before too long.
  8. Alex Smith(’84) – Small hands was showing signs of improvement before he got injured this season. Darrell Jackson and Vernon Davis are essential in his development. He must continue to improve but there isn’t much reason to believe he can be a top flight quarterback in the league.
  9. Matt Leinart(’83) – The left-hander was given an unlimited amount of talented teammates in college and his adjustment to the NFL hasn’t been smooth. He’s shown he is a leader and with all the talent around him he’s bound to be a great pickup in fantasy football leagues for the next five years.
  10. JP Losman(’81) – The Tulane product put together a nice season last year, completing 62 percent of his passes for 3000 yards and 19 touchdowns. Many predicted a breakout season for Losman in 2007 but so far it hasn’t happened. Injuries and promising young backup Trent Edwards have kept Losman on the sidelines for much of five consecutive games now. He has retained his starting position for now after leading the team to a victory against the Jets. This week vs. Cincinnati will be important for his future as the starter in Buffalo.

Too old:

Tony Romo (’80), Byron Leftwich (’80), Carson Palmer (’79), Drew Brees (’79)

Too young:

JaMarcus Russell (’85), Brady Quinn (’84), Drew Stanton (’84), Aaron Rodgers (’83), Tavarris Jackson (’83)

The next wave – draft eligible college QB’s:

  1. Brian Brohm – Louisville : Brohm is catching a lot of flak for Louisville’s down season. He’s only having his best statistical season of his career. In just nine games he’s already thrown for 3200 yards (career high), 26 touchdowns (career high) and has completed 68 percent of his passes (matches career high). He’s already thrown 368 passes, a career high and 50 more than last season. Brohm has the size at 6’4 230 and his old college coach (Bobby Petrino – now Atlanta Falcons HC) will have a high enough pick to select him in the upcoming draft.
  2. Andre Woodson – Kentucky : Woodson has been at the epicentre of Kentucky’s recent rise from mediocrity in the SEC. In last year’s landmark season he threw for 3500 yards, 31 td’s, completed 63 percent of his passes and threw just 7 interceptions in the rugged southeastern conference.
  3. Chase Daniel (Jr.) – Missouri : Standing at just 6’0 tall he doesn’t have size scouts will drool over but his mobility makes up for some of that. Daniel is still a junior and will probably remain at Missouri for his senior year. When he comes out I can’t see him being any worse than an early second round pick and for someone with his efficiency (69.9 % completions this year), that’s a steal.
  4. Matt Ryan – Boston College : Ryan is a popular pick among some analysts. He reminds some of Tom Brady but I don’t see it. My feeling with Ryan is he will be drafted in the first round and an NFL team will pin all its hopes on him only to be disgusted with the outcome. He looks like a bust but it’s hard to ignore the attention he’s getting.
  5. Colt Brennan – Hawaii : Another popular pick because of the numbers he puts up in Hawaii’s fun’n’gun offense. He possesses great mobility and may have been a first round pick last year. The stats are relatively useless but for just to show you the incredulous numbers on his resume, why not. 4300 yards as a sophomore, 5500 yards as a junior. 35 td’s as as soph, 58 as a jr. This year the numbers haven’t been quite as ridiculous (just two 500 yard games? please, my grandmother could do that), but still insane nevertheless. His Heisman consideration has lost some support with a few multi-interception games but he will still sneak in the back end of the first round of the NFL draft.
  6. Dennis Dixon – Oregon
  7. Chase Holbrook (Jr.) – New Mexico State
  8. Erik Ainge – Tennessee
  9. John David Booty – USC
  10. Chad Henne – Michigan
  11. Curtis Painter (Jr.) – Purdue
  12. Nate Longshore (Jr.) – California
  13. Anthony Morrelli – Penn State
  14. Sam Keller – Nebraska
  15. John Parker Wilson (Jr.) – Alabama

Diaper Dandies (god bless Dickie V):

  1. Matt Stafford(So.) – Georgia : No truth to the rumour doctors actually surgically replaced his arm with a shotgun. He’s improving (1500 yards and 13 td’s through 8 games) but hasn’t really progressed as a passer yet.
  2. Tim Tebow (So.) – Florida : The superman comparisons are legitimate, people questioned his ability to throw the football but forgot how many yards he threw for in high school. By the time he’s up for the NFL how many hits will he have taken? How will Alex Smith’s development affect the way scouts look at him?
  3. Ryan Perrilloux (So.) – LSU
  4. Josh Freeman (So.) – Kansas State
  5. Dan Lefevour (So.) – Central Michigan
  6. Mark Sanchez (So.) – USC
  7. Matt Grothe (So.) – South Florida
  8. Jake Locker (rFr.) – Washington
  9. Ryan Mallett (Fr.) – Michigan
  10. Tyrod Taylor (Fr.) – Virginia Tech

Best of the Best: Part V – Sports, Where Would We Be Without You?

I signed on to this website today to begin my usual rant on what’s wrong in the world of sports when I watched the video Hosea posted yesterday.

Then it occurred to me. Could you imagine a world without sports?

It seems trivial and silly, but honestly, could you imagine a world without sports? God forbid the day should actually come when sports no longer exists.

When I watched this video, I began to think about how sports defines who we are as people. Sure, most of us were not gifted with the same skill set that pro athletes are, but I thought of how sports affects our lives.

Remembering 9/11

After the attacks of 9/11, it was baseball that took America on its shoulders and provided an uplifting emotion, passion and simplicity back into life. We all saw the images on television of players, coaches and spectators that were seen crying in those first few days when baseball came back following the attacks and we could understand that in the face of a life-altering event, this game of baseball was there to offer a release.

Every fan of the game could connect with every player in the game because of the tragedy of 9/11, but we could all connect with the emotion and the raw passion of a home-run, a great play in the outfield or a bottom-of-the-ninth strikeout to save a victory when the game was close and so much was at stake. With every fist pump, with every controversial call and with every hot-dog consumed in the crowd, the game of baseball lifted people from this tragedy and brought North America back.

If sports, and in this case, baseball didn’t exist, could the people of North America have found anymore common ground other than grief to rally from? Probably not.

Take the Boston Red Sox’s two World Series victories in the last four years. People have been quoted as saying that they wish their family members could have lived to see the Red Sox win a championship, something that seemed impossible until 2004 when ‘The Curse of the Bambino’ was officially lifted.

Canada celebrate hockey

For most Canadians, we take hockey as our national sport. After all, this country has produced majority of the NHL players in the game, both past and present, and we pride ourselves on being the best. Our pride as a hockey nation is always at stake when we play in international competitions.

When Team Canada won at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, city streets were aligned with the Canadian colours and young and old and people of all different ethnic backgrounds and cultures were seen celebrating together because they were all brought together by Canada being the best at what it is the best at.

Chants of “Go Canada Go” echoed everywhere and it was an inspiring sight to see just how this game and all the emotion that comes from it just sweeps people up. When Canada wins, or the Canucks or even the Leafs, people that have that team or country in common come together to celebrate. If hockey didn’t exist, what would Canada be? What would Canada be without the rivalry of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens? A cold, snow-covered land with barely any common ground.

Then we have the athletes themselves. Doesn’t matter what level of sport, be it a pro athlete, a junior hockey player, a peewee football player, it doesn’t matter.

Sports is a way of life that has so much passion, no matter what the sport. We feed off the emotions, the talent, the desire to win and the attitude.

Tiger Woods Fans

Tiger Woods is a great example of this. The man is the best athlete in the world and every tournament he goes to, thousands and thousands of fans will follow and will get just as excited as he does when he makes a big shot on his way to victory at a major championship. We will sigh and curse and get frustrated just like he does when he fails.

As humans, we are emotional, but when we see people we idolize, we feel their emotions and sports is great for that. When someone gives a fist pump or hangs their head in defeat, thousands more of us do so as well.

We cherish these athletes and we marvel at the trophies, medals and awards because they represent being the masters of courage, passion, talent, years of failure and dedication to one day shed that failure.

After all the years of failure, defeat, tragedy, blood, sweat, tears and every other form of adversity, we could hold that belt, that trophy or that medal high above our heads and have that moment of extreme jubilation, that moment in time that we cannot honestly describe how good it feels to be the best because we cannot comprehend that feeling yet. The true feeling of a champion.

Whether we compete in the sport or we watch it or analyze it, we all want that one moment where we can say we overcame every obstacle to be the best. That is what sports does.

It has that power, like love, to envoke all these emotions from the good to the bad because we all live for that moment of greatness.

It doesn’t matter what sport or what athlete it is. From Babe Ruth to Muhammad Ali to Mario Andretti to Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard to Tiger Woods to Hayley Wickenheiser, the list can go on and on, it is these people and the world of sport that bring us together from all walks of life for those moments of greatness.

And that is what sports is all about.

I would hate to live in a world without sports.

Best of the Best: Part IV – Never Better

Michael JordanNever in the realm of the NBA will there ever be a player like Michael Jordan. Never.

There will, however, be players that can come close to his talents, but to have all of the tools that MJ had is impossible to duplicate.

Lately, Kobe Bryant’s offensive skill set has been compared to that of the Air Man’s, and rightfully so. Not too many people can put up 81 points in one game and go on runs such as Kobe’s nine straight 40+ point games. But, and that is a serious but, that is only comparing Kobe’s ability to score like MJ, and last time I checked, there’s more to offense than putting the ball in the hoop.

To be a complete offensive player you also need to be able to move the ball, and Jordan has to be considered one of the best passers ever.

You also need to be a leader. And one of the most used analogies of Jordan as to why he is the greatest ever, is that he made everyone on his team a better player.

He knew at all times where his teammates would be on the court, and could always find them. It helps when you have a 45″ vertical so when he’s in the air, he even has time to check out the best way to go about a play.

So that’s his offensive skill set, the best ever, impeccable. That’s what all the kids practice at the playground and that’s what gets teenagers in high school noticed by colleges. But when Michael broke out onto the NBA scene, he knew that to be the best, he had to complete his game, he had to play defence.

He worked at defence harder than anything else, and this created an absolute force, one that only video can actually show.

So many times, in all of professional sports, there will be a young player with full of potential, and an injury comes along and they can just never bounce back from it.

Not MJ, on a few occasions he has suffered serious injuries that he rebounded from, and in some cases won championships after.

And that is what created the best, most well-rounded player in basketball, and maybe even sports history.

Best of the Best: Part III – Always Remember Those That Got You There

These days, with pro sports being the way they are – wrapped in controversy and more money than anyone can dream of – we tend to forget about the people that got us to the places we want to get to.

Ask any athlete, or ask anyone in general, and they will tell you that without the support of their family members, they probably would not have gotten to where they are in the world. Sometimes, we take it for granted the help, support and aid that our close family members give us as we mature into the world.

In the end, no matter how much money, glory or championships you earn over the course of a professional athletic career can replace the invaluable help that your family gives you. This blog is being written while a family member of mine is in hospital, in the most important of all battles. Our world in sports sometimes seems so trivial when we are faced with the realities of life. For days, months and sometimes years, we can get wrapped up in the controversy and thrill of sports, but when faced with matters of family realities, sports just seems low on our priority list.

But since the world of sports has been used as a way to counter the pain of reality – take baseball following the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001 – we should also use all that is good in sports, to help us through the hard times we face in life.

Just always remember one thing: No matter how much money, success or fame you experience in your life – regardless if you are an athlete or not – always remember the people that sacrificed for you and supported you on your way.

That kind of relationship will always be worth more than any amount of money. They are truly, the best of the best.

Best of the Best: Part II – What Could Have Been

Michael VickMichael Vick

Wherever you stand on the dog fighting issue there is no doubting his athletic ability. Put aside your hatred for him for a brief moment (as I am trying to do) to recognize how he revolutionized the quarterback position.

No coach has ever been able to harness his talent at the professional level. Being forced into systems such as the west coast offense has shown off Vick’s deficiencies and brought out his fair share of doubters. Had he been allowed to use more of the down-field passing game, his career wouldn’t be marred by poor passer ratings and low completion percentages (let’s not get into the more recent developments).

Vick has one of the strongest arms in the league and he never got to use it. The west coast offense, devised by the mighty Bill Walsh (may he rest in peace), didn’t allow for improvisation. Excuse the poor metaphor but the system put Michael Vick’s talents on a leash.

His time at Virginia Tech was really the pinnacle of his athleticism. He led the Hokies to a national championship game while displaying an uncanny ability to break off big runs in seemingly impossible situations.

To write off Vick’s career after the dog fighting fiasco would be a mistake. Organizations will always take a chance when this much talent is available. Michael Vick, as a running back or even wide receiver, is a valuable commodity never mind that his arm strength alone would be tempting for many teams.

If he never attempts a comeback, few will remember him for his gravity-defying moves or mind-blowing runs but instead , they will remember this scandal that has rocked the football world.

In six NFL seasons (including just two starts in his rookie season and one injury-shortened year), Vick accounted for over 11 thousand yards passing and nearly 4 thousand yards rushing.

Now that’s talent.

Best of the Best: Part I – Top of Their Field

The world of sports has seen a lot of changes over the last hundred years or so. Sports like football, hockey, baseball and golf have evolved in just about every aspect of their sports as you can possibly think of, and most of that evolution has become more apparent in the last seven years.

Not only has sports technology become more sophisticated, but the athletes themselves have taken their respective sports to a whole other level and have raised the bar for the dynamics of sports world-wide.

So let us examine two of the best athletes in the world:

Tiger Woods

Tiger WoodsPurely the best athlete on the face of the earth. The stereotype of pro golfers has changed since Woods came onto the scene towards the late 90’s. In 2000, Tiger took the game to the next level and became the most dominant professional athlete in the world.

This year is no different. He won the PGA Championship in August and dominated the FedEx Cup Playoffs, shooting 22-under par in the final tournament, as well as six other victories.

But what is more impressive than his 81 career victories at the prime age of 31, is how he wins. No matter what style of golf course, no matter who he is competing against, and no matter what tournament, Tiger is the favourite and with good reason.

Never has an athlete been such a physical specimen – Tiger these days looks more like an NFL Cornerback than a golfer – as well as a mentally strong athlete. Tiger has shown it numerous times. When he gets in a zone, and that is usually often through out the golf season, there is no one in the world that can beat him. What makes him such a great athlete is not only his physical capabilities, it is his ability to focus so intently on each shot that he faces.

Combined with a mental psyche, Woods is the best athlete on the face of the earth. Bar none!

Sidney CrosbySidney Crosby

Sidney Crosby is the next budding young superstar in, not only hockey, but the world of sports. He is a fierce competitor and has the best combination of hockey skills and vision on the ice. In the next few years, Crosby will become the best athlete in the world. He is just beginning his hockey career and has already racked up 222 points (75-147) in two NHL seasons.

In junior hockey with the Rimouski Oceanic of the QMJHL, Sid the Kid tallied a remarkable 303 points (120-183) in just 121 games over two years.

This past season, the new poster boy for the NHL took home the Art Ross trophy (league’s leading scorer), the Lester B. Pearson Award (player of the year as selected by his peers in the NHLPA) and the Hart Trophy (Most Valuable Player).

The stats speak for themselves on this one. The Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia native has taken hockey and transformed into the best player in the game. As the years go on, he will emerge as the top player to have ever played this game. No disrespect to Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr or Mario Lemieux, but Crosby will become the best.

Like Tiger, Crosby possesses a skill set that is a step above majority of his peers in the NHL, as well as top physical and mental form. Those two capacities of sports have evolved ten-fold in the last 15 years and have helped pave the way for an athlete like Crosby.

There are many other terrific athletes through out the world. Plain and simple, we don’t have that much time to talk about them.

One thing is for sure. As the evolution of sport grows through out the years to come, athletes will become even better – without steroids – and sports figures like Sidney Crosby and Tiger Woods will one day be surpassed. But their contribution to taking sports to the next level will ensure their legacies and immortality in the world of sports.