Talking Points: Lolo going bobsledding
Friday, October 26, 2012
What's the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:
We know Lolo Jones is one of the best athletes in the world. Even if she has not won a medal in the Olympics, she has proven to be among the very best hurdlers in the sport of track and field.
Still, it should say something about the sport of bobsledding that someone can pick up that sport one day, and three weeks later be named to the national team.
Yep, Lolo Jones just might become a Winter Olympian, too.
This is not the first time athletes from one sport have tried, and succeeded, in bobsledding. Former NFL running back and Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker probably is the most famous.
Clearly, the event demands fast, strong people to push the sled.
But after that, it's just gravity, right?
We find it difficult to believe a sport is too tough if it only takes three weeks for an athlete to make a national team.
Greg LeMond wants his 15 minutes of fame back.
He deserves it, too.
He happens to be the only American to win the Tour de France who has not been accused of cheating.
This week, LeMond asked for the resignations of some of the sport's top honchos. (We could name them, but it's cycling, so nobody really cares.) LeMond's point, though, is that those in charge of the sport knew about cheating for a long time and did nothing about it because everyone was making so much money off of Lance Armstrong's popularity.
We don't think it matters who runs the sport right now. The drug cheats have killed the sport, at least as far American fans are concerned. Nobody's watching anymore, for a couple of reasons.
One, there is no "legend" to follow. Two, if there ever is another "legend," we'll all be suspicious.
Someone at Deadspin.com took the time to look back at all the NFL stats since the merger in 1970 and put a fantasy football point value on the players.
Great information to have, if you ever sign up for a retro-fantasy football league.
Bet you didn't know that Lynn Dickey was the top fantasy quarterback of 1983. Oh, and Don Majkowski was the top QB in 1989. (The Packers, clearly are more than just Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers.)
O.J. Simpson killed it in 1973 and 1975 for running backs. The biggest surprise for us on the running backs list? Dalton Hilliard of the Saints scored 18 touchdowns in 1989.
As for wide receivers, there are a lot of huge names on the list. The coolest has to be Louis Lipps. He was the best fantasy receiver in 1985, and the best fantasy name of all time.
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