Wednesday Jun 28
Written by Ben Pogany
Here’s a look at the 30 “can’t miss” #1 picks who turned out to be exactly that.

  1. LeBron James ('03)
  2. Magic Johnson ('79)
  3. Lou Alcindor ('69)
  4. Shaquille O'Neal ('92)
  5. Oscar Robinson ('60)
  6. Hakeem Olajuwon ('84)
  7. Tim Duncan ('97)
  8. Elgin Baylor ('68)
  9. David Robinson ('87)
  10. Patrick Ewing ('85)
  11. Allen Iverson ('96)
  12. James Worthy ('82)
  13. Bill Walton ('74)
  14. Kyrie Irving ('11)
  15. David Thompson ('75)
  16. Yao Ming ('02)
  17. Elvin Haynes ('68)
  18. Walt Bellamy ('61)
  19. Bob Lanier ('70)
  20. Ralph Sampson ('83)
  21. Dwight Howard ('04)
  22. Anthony Davis ('12)
  23. Chris Webber ('93)
  24. Danny Manning ('88)
  25. Larry Johnson ('91)
  26. Brad Daugherty ('86)
  27. Elton Brand ('99)
  28. John Wall ('10)
  29. Blake Griffin (09')
  30. Derek Rose ('08)/Derrick Coleman ('90)
Written by Ben Pogany
Shaq Diesel has finally run out of gas. Luckily, short of pulling an Antoine Walker, the newly deemed Big 401k is set for several lives to come.  In a now classic bit, Chris Rock quipped “Shaq is rich.  The white man who signs his checks…is wealthy.” Maybe its just me, but I gotta think that distinction dissolves somewhere around the quarter-billion mark.  This is a guy who made more in his NBA career than Jordan, Bird, Kareem, Wilt and Russell combined.  And that’s not even counting all that Shaq Fu paper. 

Other than teammate Kevin Garnett, Shaq is in another stratosphere when it comes to career NBA earnings.  Kobe might have an extra ring, but the Shaqtus has an extra $70 million.  Seriously.  Shaquille O'Neal has made 70 million dollars more than the third highest paid athlete in the history of the NBA.  Anyway, with all this talk of money, it seemed like a pretty good excuse to put together a list of the highest career earners in NBA history.

------------The $100 Million Club (Updated through 2013-2014 season) 
  1. Kevin Garnett — $315,372,398
  2. Shaquille O’Neal — $292,198,327
  3. Kobe Bryant — $279,738,062
  4. Tim Duncan — $224,709,155
  5. Dirk Nowitzki — $204,063,985
  6. Jason Kidd — $187,675,468
  7. Paul Pierce -- $184,819,552
  8. Ray Allen -- $184,356,410
  9. Chris Webber — $178,230,697
  10. Jermaine O’Neal — $168,794,021
  11. Elton Brand — $165,338,631
  12. Tracy McGrady — $162,978,278
  13. Vince Carter — $161,663,315
  14. Rasheed Wallace — $158,110,581
  15. Pau Gasol -- $156,574,396
  16. Rashard Lewis - $155,332,815
  17. Allen Iverson — $154,494,445
  18. Juwan Howard — $151,465,633
  19. Stephon Marbury — $151,115,945
  20. Joe Johnson -- $150,571,837
  21. Baron Davis - $147,692,983
  22. Alonzo Mourning — $143,906,333
  23. Dikembe Mutombo — $143,666,581
  24. Antawn Jamison — $142,545,596
  25. Amar'e Stoudemire -- $142,287,721
  26. Grant Hill — $140,879,650
  27. Gilbert Arenas -- $140,714,721
  28. Michael Finley — $138,576,839
  29. Carmelo Anthony -- $135,865,275
  30. Shawn Marion -- $133,488,272
  31. Marcus Camby --  $129,397,940
  32. LeBron James -- $129,155,913
  33. Zach Randolph -- $138,624,765
  34. Steve Nash -- $137,235,620
  35. Carlos Boozer -- $129,309,736
  36. Zydrunas Ilgauskas — $124,487,723
  37. Chris Bosh -- $123,404,753
  38. Dwight Howard -- $123,289,952
  39. Dwyane Wade -- $121,321,666
  40. Tyson Chandler -- $120,482,385
  41. Anfernee Hardaway — $120,469,142
  42. Patrick Ewing — $119,943,120*
  43. Allan Houston — $117,556,500
  44. Antonio McDyess -- $116,638,859
  45. David Robinson — $116,500,123*
  46. Lamar Odom -- $115,967,658
  47. Scottie Pippen -- $109,192,430
  48. Richard Hamilton --$109,166,043
  49. Antoine Walker -- $108,142,015
  50. Tony Parker -- $107,446,521
  51. Chauncey Billups -- $107,227,720
  52. Hakeem Olajuwon -- $107,011,426*
  53. Mike Bibby -- $107,093,621
  54. Richard Jefferson -- $106,607,314
  55. Gary Payton -- $104,367,619
  56. Karl Malone -- $104,133,378*
  57. Steve Francis -- $103,501,131
  58. Jalen Rose -- $102,438,250
  59. Michael Redd -- $101,991,325
  60. Reggie Miller -- $101,311,748
  61. Eddie Jones -- $101,254,222
  62. Manu Ginobili -- $101,225,615


All earnings are according to BasketballReference.com and do not include endorsements or outside endeavors.  In addition, all figures are to date and do not consider future earnings, even if contractually guaranteed. 

*Due to incomplete data from the late 1980's, figures marked with an asterisk may be slightly off.

Written by Ben Pogany

If there's one thing that's truly great about college football, its the rivalries.  Nothing ignites the fervor like playing that old nemesis across the way.  Often stretching back over a century or more, these age-old antagonisms are as deeply rooted in the culture of fandom as cheering for the team itself.  With Rivalry Week upon us, here is a look at the most intense and enduring college football rivalries of all time.

Name of Rivalry (if applicable)--Trophy Awarded (if applicable)--Team vs Team (Date of Original Matchup)

  • The Game--Ohio State vs Michigan (1897) Michigan leads 58-45 (six ties, Ohio State's 2010 vacated win not included)
  • Iron Bowl--James E. Foy, V-ODK Sportsmanship Trophy--Alabama vs Auburn (1893) Alabama leads 42-35 (1 tie)
  • The Game--Harvard vs Yale (1875)  Yale leads 65-56 (8 ties)
  • Army–Navy Game--Army vs Navy (1890) Navy leads 56-49 (7 ties)
  • Red River Rivalry--Golden Hat--Oklahoma vs Texas (1900)  Texas leads 60-43 (5 ties)
  • Michigan - Notre Dame Rivalry --Michigan vs Notre Dame (1887) Michigan leads 24-16 (1 tie)
  • Deep South's Oldest Rivalry--Auburn vs Georgia (1892) Auburn leads 55-54 (8 ties)
  • Florida State-Miami rivalry --Governor's Cup--Florida State vs Miami (1951) Miami leads 31-27
  • Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate-- Governor's Cup--Georgia vs Georgia Tech (1893) Georgia leads 64-39 (5 ties)
  • Big Game--The Stanford Axe--Stanford vs California (1892)  Standford leads 59-46 (11 ties)
  • Bedlam Series--Bedlam Bell--Oklahoma vs Oklahoma State (1900) Oklahoma leads 83-17 (7 ties)
  • Border War--Indian War Drum & Lamar Hunt Trophy--Kansas vs Missouri (1891) Missouri leads 57-54 (9 ties, record is disputed, 56-55 is also accepted by some)
  • Holy War --BYU vs Utah (1896)  Utah leads 57-34 (4 ties)
  • Saban Bowl--Alabama vs LSU (1895, nicknamed Saban Bowl in 2007 after Nick Saban's departure from LSU to Alabama)  Alabama leads 48-25 (5 ties)
  • Commonwealth Cup--Virginia vs Virginia Tech (1895) Virginia Tech leads 53-37 (5 ties)
  • South's Oldest Rivalry--North Carolina vs Virginia (1892) UNC leads 60-54 (4 ties)
  • Magnolia Bowl--Magnolia Bowl Trophy--LSU vs Ole Miss (1894) LSU leads 58-40 (4 ties)
  • Civil War --Platypus Trophy--Oregon vs Oregon State (1894) Oregon leads 61-46 (10 ties)
  • Lone Star Showdown--Lone Star Showdown trophy--Texas vs Texas A&M (1894)  Texas leads 76-37 (5 ties)
  • Duel in the Desert--Territorial Cup--Arizona vs Arizona State (1899) Arizona leads 47-39 (1 tie)
  • Seminole War Canoe Trophy--Florida vs Miami (1955) Miami leads 29-26
  • The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party--Okefenokee Oar--Florida vs Georgia (1915) Georgia leads 50-40 (2 ties, Florida asserts a record of 49-40)
  • Egg Bowl--Golden Egg Trophy--Ole Miss vs Mississippi State (1901) Ole MIss leads 61-43 (6 ties)
  • Backyard Brawl--Pittsburgh vs West Virginia (1895)  Pitt leads 61-40 (3 ties)
  • Land of Lincoln/Sweet Sioux Tomahawk Trophy--Illinois vs Northwestern (1892, Sioux trophy established in 1945, changed to Land of Lincoln Trophy in 2009) Illinois leads 54-48 (5 ties)
  • Victory Bell--Duke vs North Carolina (1948)  UNC leads 40-22 (1 tie, 2 of UNC wins have been vacated)
  • Tiger Bowl--Auburn vs LSU (1901) LSU leads 27-20 (1 tie)
  • Heartland Trophy--Iowa vs Wisconsin (1894) Wisconsin leads 43-42 (2 ties)
  • Sunflower Showdown--Governor's Cup--Kansas vs Kansas State (1902) Kansas leads 64-42 (2 ties)
  • Sunshine Showdown--Florida vs Florida State (1958)  Florida leads 34-22 (2 ties)
  • Battle of the Brazos--Baylor vs Texas A&M (1899) A&M leads 68-31 (9 ties)
  • Victory Bell--Cincinnati vs Miami (OH) (1888) Miami leads 59-51 (7 ties)
  • Battle of the Brothers--Utah vs Utah State (1892) Utah leads 77-29 (4 ties)
  • The Battle for the Mitten--Paul Bunyan Trophy--Michigan vs Michigan State (1953) Michigan leads 68-33 (5 ties)
  • Battle of the Palmetto State--Clemson vs South Carolina (1896) Clemson leads 65-41 (4 ties)
  • Little Brown Jug--Michigan vs Minnesota (1903)  Michigan leads 73-24 (3 ties)
  • Apple Cup--Washington vs Washington State (1900) Washington leads 68-32 (6 ties)
  • Indiana–Purdue rivalry--Old Oaken Bucket--Indiana vs Purdue (trophy established in 1925, teams first met in 1891)  Purdue leads 72-38 (6 ties)
  • Old Wagon Wheel--BYU vs Utah State (1948)  BYU leads 46-34 (3 ties)
  • Rio Grande Rivalry--The Maloof Trophy--New Mexico vs New Mexico State (1894) New Mexico leads 68-31 (5 ties)
  • Baylor-TCU Rivalry--Baylor vs TCU (1899)  TCU leads 51-50 (7 ties)
  • Little Brown Stein--Idaho vs Montana (1903) Idaho leads 55-27 (2 ties)
  • Southwest Classic --Arkansas vs Texas A&M (1903) Arkansas leads 41-25 (3 ties)
  • Third Saturday in October--Alabama vs Tennessee (1901) Alabama leads 50-38 (7 ties)
  • Holy War --Frank Leahy Memorial Bowl and Ireland Trophy--Boston College vs Notre Dame (1975) Notre Dame leads 13-9
  • Oregon-Washington rivalry--Oregon vs Washington (1900)  Washington leads 58-42 (5 ties)
  • Paul Bunyan's Axe (formerly Slab of Bacon)--Minnesota vs Wisconsin (1890)  Minnesota leads 58-56 8 (ties)
  • Battle for the Rag--Tiger Rag or Victory Flag--LSU vs Tulane (1893)  LSU leads 69-22 (7 ties)
  • Border War--Bronze Boot--Colorado State vs Wyoming (1899)  Colorado State leads 56-44 (5 ties)
  • Missouri–Nebraska Rivalry--Victory Bell--Missouri vs Nebraska (1892) Nebraska leads 65-36 (3 ties)
  • CMU–WMU Rivalry Trophy--Central Michigan vs Western Michigan (1907)  WMU leads 44-36 (2 ties)
  • Arch Rivalry--Illinois vs Missouri (1896) Missouri leads 17-7
  • Rocky Mountain Showdown--Centennial Cup--Colorado vs Colorado State (1893) Colorado leads 62-21 (2 ties)
  • Battle of the Palouse--Idaho vs Washington State (1894) WSU leads 71-16 (3 ties)
  • Commander-in-Chief's Trophy--Air Force, Army, Navy (1972) Air Force: 18, Navy: 12, Army: 6
  • Tiger-Sooner Peace Pipe--Oklahoma vs Missouri (1929) Oklahoma leads 57-16 (4 ties)
  • UCLA-USC rivalry--Victory Bell--UCLA vs USC (1929)  USC leads 44-30 (7 ties)
  • Cy-Hawk Trophy--Iowa vs Iowa State (1977)  Iowa leads 39-20
  • Third Saturday in September--Florida vs Tennessee (1916)  Florida leads 22-19
  • Crab Bowl Classic--Maryland vs Navy (1905) Navy leads 14-7
  • Battle for the Palladium--The Palladium Trophy--Troy vs Middle Tennessee (1936)  Middle Tennessee leads 11-8
  • Boise State-Idaho rivalry--Governor's Cup--Idaho vs Boise State (1972) Boise State leads 22-17 (1 tie)
  • Battle for the Schwartzwalder Trophy--Ben Schwartzwalder Trophy--Syracuse vs West Virginia (trophy established in 1993, teams first met in 1945) Syracuse leads 32-27
  • Houston–Rice rivalry--Bayou Bucket--Houston vs Rice (1971)  Houston leads 27-11
  • Beehive Boot--BYU, Utah, Utah State, and Weber State (1971) BYU leads with 22 boots
  • Black and Blue Bowl-- Memphis vs Southern Miss (1935) Southern Miss leads 39-21 (1 tie)
  • Floyd of Rosedale--Iowa vs Minnesota (1891) Minnesota leads 61-44 (2 ties)
  • Maryland-Penn State rivalry--Maryland vs Penn State (1917) Penn St leads 35-1 (1 tie)
  • Maryland-Virginia rivalry--Maryland vs Virginia (1919)  Maryland leads 42-32 (2 ties)
  • Battle for the Golden Boot--Golden Boot--Arkansas vs LSU (1901, awarding of Golden Boot since 1996) LSU leads  35-20 (2 ties)
  • Maryland-West Virginia rivalry--Maryland vs West Virginia (1919) West Virginia leads 25-21 (2 ties)
  • The Battle of I-10 --Silver Spade--New Mexico State vs UTEP (1935)  UTEP leads 52-35 (2 ties)
  • Battle of I-75--Peace Pipe--Bowling Green vs Toledo (1919) Toledo leads 17-15
  • Florida Cup--Florida, Florida State, Miami (2002) Miami leads 3-1-1
  • Fresno State-San José State Rivalry--Fresno State vs San José State (1926) Fresno St leads 39-33 (3 ties)
  • Governor's Cup--Kentucky vs Louisville (1912) Kentucky leads 14-10
  • Illibuck--Illinois vs Ohio State (trophy established 1925, teams have met beginning in 1902,) Ohio St leads 62-30 (4 ties, record not including Ohio St's 2010 vacated win)
  • Notre Dame-USC rivalry--Jeweled Shillelagh--Notre Dame vs USC (1926) Notre Dame leads 43-34 (5 ties)
  • Keg of Nails--Cincinnati vs Louisville (1929)  CIncinnati leads 30-20 (1 tie)
  • Battle for the Mayor's Cup--Mayor's Cup--Rice vs SMU (1916)  SMU leads 47-40 (1 tie)
  • Legends Trophy--Notre Dame vs Stanford (1988)  Notre Dame leads 17-8
  • Megaphone Trophy--Michigan State vs Notre Dame (1949)  Notre Dames leads 32-26-1 since trophy began and 46-28-1 all time
  • Battle for the Iron Skillet--Iron Skillet--TCU vs SMU (1925)  TCU leads 44-40 (7 ties)
  • Michigan MAC Trophy--Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan (2005) CMU-3, EMU-3, WMU-1
  • Old Brass Spittoon--Indiana vs Michigan State (1950) Michigan State leads 41-14 (1 tie)
  • Purdue Cannon--Illinois vs Purdue (1943)  Purdue leads 31-27 (2 ties)
  • Ram-Falcon Trophy--Air Force vs Colorado State (1980) Air Force leads 28-19 (1 tie)
  • Shillelagh Trophy--Notre Dame vs Purdue (1957) Notre Dame leads 55-26 (2 ties)
  • Telephone Trophy--Iowa State vs Missouri (1959)  Missouri leads 31-18 (3 ties)
  • Textile Bowl--Clemson vs North Carolina State (trophy awarded since 1981, teams have met beginning in1899) Clemson leads 51-27 (1 tie)
  • The Battle of the Land Grants--Land Grant Trophy--Michigan State vs Penn State (1993) Penn St leads 13-5
  • Battle for Nevada--Fremont Cannon--Nevada vs UNLV (1969)  Nevada leads 22-15
  • Shula Bowl--Don Shula Award--Florida Atlantic vs Florida International (2002)  Florida Atlantic leads 8-2
  • O'Rourke–McFadden Trophy--Boston College vs Clemson (trophy established 2008, teams first met in 1940) Clemson leads 10-9 (2 ties)
  • River City Rivalry--Paddlewheel Trophy--Cincinnati vs Pittsburgh (trophy awarded since 2005, teams played 4 times prior)  Ptt leads 8-3
  • Battle for the Bone--Fresno State vs Louisiana Tech (1986)  Fresno St leads 7-4
  • Battle for the Milk Can--Milk Can--Boise State vs Fresno State (trophy established in 2005, teams first met in 1977)  Boise leads 6-1
  • Wagon Wheel--Akron vs Kent State (1946)  Kent St leads 21-19 (1 tie)
  • Governor's Victory Bell--Minnesota vs Penn State (1993)  Penn St leads 8-4
  • Gansz Trophy--Navy vs SMU--(trophy established in 2009, trams first met in 1930) Navy leads 9-7
  • Battle for the Bones--The Bones--UAB vs Memphis (1997) UAB leads 10-4
  • Friends of Coal Bowl--Governor's Cup--West Virginia vs Marshall (trophy established in 2006, teams first met in 1911) West Virginia leads 11-0
  • Jefferson-Eppes Trophy--Florida State vs Virginia (1995) Florida St leads 14-2
Written by Ben Pogany

For our second installment of the greatest NBA Draft classes of all-time, its 2003, a class that will continue to own the game for years to come.  Here are the top 10 value picks:

1)    LeBron James—St. Vincent-St. Mary High School
to the Cavaliers (1)—Fifteen years from now, there will be three names that stand above all others: Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, and LeBron James. King James has already amassed 5 all-star appearances, a league MVP, a scoring title, and 3 All-NBA first-team spots. Now for that elusive ring.
2)    Dwyane Wade—Marquette to the Heat (5)—The five-time all-star and reigning scoring champ led Miami to the promised land in ’06, and seems to get better with every passing year. His quickness and signature one-two step makes him almost impossible to guard effectively.
3)    Carmelo Anthony—Syracuse to the Nuggets (3)—The third youngest player to ever reach 2,000 points (after Kobe and LeBron), Melo has led his Nuggets to the playoffs every year since joining the NBA.
4)    Chris Bosh—Georgia Tech to the Raptors (4)—
5)    Josh Howard—Wake Forest to the Mavericks (29)—A star in decline, J-Ho averaged nearly 19 points a game from 06-09, proving a vital force during Dallas' 2006 finals run. 
6)    Mo Williams—Alabama to the Jazz (now on the Cavaliers) (47)—Mo got his first substantial playing opportunity filling in for the injured TJ Ford (fellow 2003 draftee) in Milwaukee. In 2008, he was traded to the Cavs in a six-player deal involving among others Luke Ridnour (also 2003), where he would serve as right-hand man to LeBron (again, 2003). In 2009, he was selected to replace Chris Bosh (you see where I’m going with this) on the All-Star team, one day before he scored a career-high 44 points against the Suns. 7)    David West—Xavier to the Hornets (18)—The two-time all-star has posted over 18 points and 7 rebounds a game in each of the last five seasons. He is also reportedly a damn good tuba player.
8)    TJ Ford—Texas to the Bucks (8)—Though hampered by injuries for much of his career, the Pacer point guard can score points in bunches and is ever mentioned in a Paul Wall song for being “deadly on them threes.”
9)    Chris Kaman—Central Michigan to the Clippers (6)—Without a doubt one of the ugliest members of the NBA, Kaman has established himself as a dominant center, posting 16 points and 13 boards a game in his breakout 07-08 campaign.
10)    Kendrick Perkins—From Ozen High School to the Grizzlies (traded to Celtics) (27)—The one-time NBA champ's departure from Boston may go down as one of the worst trades in Celtics history.  So much for ubuntu.

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Written by Ben Pogany

Celtics/Lakers is not the longest-standing rivalry in sports, nor is it the most hate-fueled.  But purely in terms of two teams coming together to fight for the top prize in their sport, nothing even comes close.  (To give some perspective, the Cardinals and Yankees have met an MLB-leading 5 World Series', while the Cowboys and Steelers have met in a league-high 3 Superbowls.)  Celtics-Lakers on in a whole other hemisphere, a rivalry all the more compelling for having spanned three distinct eras.  With the Celtics out ahead 9-3 in the finals, the Lakers likely won't be tipping the all time rivalry balance any time soon, that is, unless we break it down into eras.  Russell & co dominated era 1, Magic edged out Bird in era 2, and in the current era, a 1-1 ties means we'll have to wait for the rubber match of the rubber match.

Era 1: 1959-1969 
Boston wins 7-0

Boston’s Key 5:
Bill Russell
Bob Cousy
Tom Heinsohn
John Havlicek
KC Jones
Coach: Red Auerbach

LA’s Key 5:
Elgin Baylor
Jerry West
Gail Goodrich
Wilt Chamberlain (68-69)
Rudy Larusso
Coach: Fred Schaus


Era 2: 1984-1987
LA wins 2-1

Boston’s Key 5:
Larry Bird
Kevin McHale,
Robert Parish
Dennis Johnson
Danny Ainge
Coach: K.C. Jones

LA’s Key 5:
Magic Johnson
James Worthy
Kareem-Abdul Jabbar
Kurt Rambis
Byron Scott
Coach: Pat Riley


Era 3: 2007-Present
Tied 1-1

Boston’s Key 5:
Paul Pierce
Kevin Garnett
Ray Allen
Rajon Rondo
Kendrick Perkins
Coach: Doc Rivers

LA’s Key 5:
Kobe Bryant
Pau Gasol
Derek Fisher
Lamar Odom
Andrew Bynum
Coach: Phil Jackson

Written by Ben Pogany
  1. Sean Connery- James Bond, Marko Ramius (The Hunt For Red October), John Mason (The Rock)
  2. Arnold Schwarzenegger- The Terminator, Harry Tasker (True Lies), Douglas Quaid (Total Recall), Jack Slater (The Last Action Hero)
  3. Charles Bronson Paul Kersey (Death Wish)
  4. Sylvester Stallone- John Rambo (Rambo Series), Gabe Walker (Cliffhanger)
  5. Bruce Lee- Enter the Dragon, Game of Death, Fist of Fury
  6. Steven Seagal Casey Ryback (Under Siege), John Hatcher (Marked For Death), Orin Boyd (Exit Wounds).
  7. Jean-Claude Van Damm Frank W. Dux (Bloodsport), Luc Devereaux (Universal Soldier), Chance Boudreaux (Hard Target), Guile (Street Fighter), Max Walker (Time Cop).
  8. Chuck Norris Cordell Walker (Walker, Texas Ranger), Scott McCoy (Delta Force)
  9. Kiefer Sutherland- Jack Bauer (24)
  10. Bruce Willis- John McClane (Die Hard), John Hartigan (Sin City)

Honorable Mentions
Keanu Reeves- John Wick (John Wick), Neo (Matrix Series), Jack Traven (Speed), Wesley Snipes- Blade, John Cutter (Passenger 57), Mel Gibson- Martin Riggs (Lethal Weapon), Max Rockatansky (Mad Max), Nicholas Cage- Stanley Goodspeed (The Rock), Cameron Poe (Con Air), Castor Troy (Face/Off), Dolph Lungen- The Punisher, Val Kilmer, Jason Statham- Frank Martin (The Transporter) Chev Chelios (Crank), Pierce Brosnan, Chow Yun-Fat- Li Mu Bai (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon), John Lee (The Replacement Killers), Tom Cruise- Ethan Hunt (Mission Impossible), Jet Li, Roger Moore, Matt Damon- Jason Bourne, Vin Deisel- xXx, Fast and the Furious
Written by Ben Pogany

Joe Torre- Aside of his hall-of-fame managerial career, Torre has the distinct honor of being the only player to start 500 games at catcher, first base, and third base. Torre started his career alongside his brother Frank, Hank Aaron, and Eddie Matthews on the Milwaukee Braves, where he would go on to win a catching gold glove and prompt Jack Kerouac to call him "the best catcher since Roy Campanella." After being traded to St. Louis for Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda, Torre would move to third base where in 1971 he would he hit .363 and drive in 137 runs en route to a NL MVP award. Torre wrapped up his career as a player-manager for the Mets. In his seventeen-year playing career, he would play in nine All-Star games. AVG: .297, HR: 252, RBI: 1,185.

Joe Girardi- Girardi caught 15 seasons in the majors, winning three World Series with the Yankees and appearing in an All-Star game in 2000. AVG: .267, Hits: 1,100, RBI: 422.

Mike Scioscia- The now skipper of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim spent his playing career under Tommy Lasorda's Los Angeles Dodgers, where he thrived as a catcher. Scioscia was lauded for his defense, in particular, his unrivaled talent for plate-blocking. Scioscia made two All-Star appearances and took home two World Series rings with the boys in blue. AVG: .259, HR: 68, RBI: 446.

Ozzie Guillen- Emerging from Venezuela, Guillen took the Major Leagues by storm, winning the 1985 AL Rookie of the Year Award as a shortstop. He was an All-Star in 1988, 1990, 1991, and won the Gold Glove Award in 1990. Guillén ranks among the White Sox all-time leaders in games played, hits, and at-bats. AVG: .264, Hits: 1764, RBI: 619.

Dusty Baker- Then, like today, Dusty Baker was never kind to pitchers. (See Mark Prior, Kerry Wood) Dusty compiled quite a resume in his sixteen-year playing career, including 2 All-Star selections, one World Series ring ('81 with the Dodgers), one Gold Glove, 2 Silver Slugger Awards, and the 1977 NLCS MVP honors. AVG: .278, HR: 242, RBI: 1,013.

Bud Black- In fifteen major league seasons, Black put together a very respectable pitching resume, winning over 120 games and capturing a World Series title in 1985. W:121, ERA: 3.84, SO: 1,039.

Terry Francona- After being named Most Outstanding Player in Arizona's 1980 College World Series Championship, Tito went on to have a largely unremarkable 10-year pro career, playing first base and outfield for five different ball clubs. AVG: .274, Hits: 474, RBI: 143.

Charlie Manuel- Though he appeared in five major league seasons in the early seventies, Charlie did not achieve a starting role until he began playing for the Yakult Swallows in Japan. Dubbed "Aka-Oni" (The Red Devil) by fans and teammates, Manuel became a star, enjoying seasons hitting 48, 42, 37, and 39 home runs. At a game against the Lotte Orions, he was hit in the face by a pitch, crushing his jaw. Told he needed at least two months to recover, Manuel returned after being sidelined for only 14 games, wearing a football helmet. The team went on to win the pennant. NPB statistics: AVG: .303, HR: 189, RBI: 491.

Ron Washington- Washington bounced around the majors for over a decade as a middle infielder. AVG: .261, Hits: 414, RBI 146.

Brad Mills- Before he was the newest skipper of the 'stros, Mills was just about the most unremarkable infielder for the now defunct Expos. In his 106 career games, just about the only thing Mills did of note was become Nolan Ryan's 3,509th career strikeout victim, moving the Express past Walter Johnson for first all-time. AVG: .256, HR:1, RBI: 12.

Bruce Bochy- In his decade of MLB service, Bochy caught for the Astros, Mets and Padres. AVG: .239, HR: 26, RBI: 93.

Tony La Russa- After suffering a shoulder injury while playing softball with friends, La Russa spent most of his career as a backup infielder for the A's, Braves, and Cubs. AVG: .199, Hits: 35, RBI: 7.

Bob Geren- After spending a decade in the minors, Geren finally made the big dance as a catcher for the New York Yankees. He sucked for a five years of his major league career. AVG: .233, Hits: 178, HR: 22.

Jim Tracy- Tracy played outfield for a couple of seasons with the Cubs before signing with Japan's Taiyo Whales. AVG: .249, HR: 3, Hits: 46.

Ron Gardenhire- The Twins' skipper battled through an injury-plagued five seasons as an infielder for the Mets before finally hanging up the cleats in 1985. AVG: .232, HR: 4, Hits: 165.

Jerry Manuel- From 1975-1982, Manuel bounced around the majors in a back-up infielder role, accumulating only 127 career at-bats over the seven year span. AVG: .150, HR: 3, RBI: 13

Lou Pinella- (18 seasons at left field) AB: 5867, AVG: .291, HR: 102, RBI: 766, 1972 All-Star and 1969 Rookie of the Year
Don Mattingly- (14 seasons at first and outfield)- Avg: .307, HR: 222, RBI: 1099, 6-time All-Star, 9-time Gold Glove winner, and the 1985 MVP.
Kirk Gibson- (17 seasons at outfield) AB: 5798, AVG: .268, HR: 255, RBI: 870, SB: 284, 1988 MVP
Don Zimmer- (12 seasons at third, short and second) AVG: .235, HR: 91, RBI: 352
Tommy Lasorda- (3 seasons pitching) IP: 58.1, ERA: 6.48, Record: 0-4
Sparky Anderson- (1 season at second) AB: 477, AVG: .218, R: 42
Bobby Valentine- (10 seasons at shortstop, outfield, and second) AB: 1698, BA: .260, HR: 12
Whitey Herzog- (8 seasons at outfield and first) AB: 1614, AVG: .257, HR: 20, RBI: 172
Larry Bowa- (16 seasons at shortstop) (AB: 8418, AVG: 260, SB: 318, 5-time All-Star and 2-time Gold Glove winner
Clint Hurdle- (10 seasons at right field, first, and catcher) AB: 1391, AVG: .259, HR: 32
Cito Gaston- (11 seasons at outfield) AB: 3120, AVG: .256, HR: 91, 1970 All-Star
Ned Yost- (6 seasons at catcher) AVG: .212, HR: 16, RBI: 64
Bob Melvin- (10 seasons at catcher) AB: 1955, AVG: .233, RBI: 212
Eric Wedge- (4 seasons at DH) AB: 86, H: 20, HR: 5
Mike Hargrove- (12 seasons at left field and first) AB: 5564, AVG: .290, RBI: 686, 1974 Rookie of the Year
Phil Garner- (16 seasons at second and third) AB: 6136, AVG: .260, SB: 225, 3-time All-Star
Ken Macha- (6 seasons at third) AB: 380, AVG: .258, HR: 1
Davey Johnson- (13 seasons at second and first) AB: 4797, AVG: .261, HR: 136, RBI: 609, 4-time All-Star

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