Mark Messier, the meanest ever, turns 50

On Tuesday, January 18, 2011, Mark Messier turns 50 years old.

Mark Messier

Mark Messier turns 50 this week. His playing career was a testimony to skill and toughness.

I can think of a lot of tough athletes I’ve ever seen strap ’em up. Pete Rose. Mike Singletary. Jack Lambert. Bob Probert. And probably 50 other guys I’m forgetting right now. But, without a doubt, Mark Messier is the out-and-out meanest hombre I have ever watched play professional sports. (more…)

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If Alomar goes into Hall, so should Pete Rose

Being a Toronto Blue Jays’ fan, I should be happy that Robbie Alomar has been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Roberto Alomar

Roberto Alomar's athleticism at second base was second-to-none (Jonathan Daniel/ALLSPORT)

I am, but I have a problem with it. Alomar was, without a doubt, one of the best major league infielders of my lifetime. Second best I ever saw play in person. Ozzie Smith was the best. But I can’t get past Alomar’s spitting incident. Just can’t do it. (more…)

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Tiger cannot be the same player he was

Tiger Woods addresses Masters media

Tiger Woods addresses Masters media

This means two things – his golf is going to be a lot more interesting to watch…and he’ll never again be the elite player he was. It’s not possible.

I’m not saying he’ll never win another major championship (although it would not surprise me if he did not). I’m saying that he has been forced, by his own doing, to completely re-think the way he plays. And everyone who plays golf knows that once you start thinking…you’re dead. (more…)

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