Thursday, June 29, 2006

Welcome to Orlando J.J.!

J.J. Redick, the former star guard from Duke, was drafted by the Orlando Magic last night. In honor of him moving to the Sunshine State, and in light of his recent brush with the law, I decided to compile a short, but important list for J Squared.

Truthfully, I've never hated Redick. The only time I rooted against him was when the Blue Devils were going up against the Tar Heels. Which has to do with Vince Carter being from my hometown. Anyway, on to the list!


With an arrest related to DUI I think it's safe to assume that Redick likes to party. He probably didn't get inebriated drinking too much wine at a late night bible study. One of the first things he'll want to do when he gets into O-Town is to scope out the nightlife. Though, that might be more about bolstering his heterosexual male image rather than getting sloshed every night.

This list is in no particular order, nor is it meant to be all-inclusive.

Donnelly's Pub
Popular with the college crowd from UCF. Redick can most certainly get some local fratboys(he'll definitely fit in with that half popped collar polo shirt) to buy him shots, and it shouldn't be hard for him to pick up a few UCF cheerleaders. It's also "sportsbarish". Though, if he lives far away the drive will suck.

There are usually a number of women here, and the music tends to get them bumpin'-n-grindin'. Redick should be able to score more here than he did against Texas and Georgetown last year.

Ladies drink free for a decent amount of time on Friday nights, and by the time Redick shows up they should be nice and tipsy. Unless he gets there early in order to beat DUI checkpoints on his way home.

Two story club with a VIP room and "ultra lounge". J.J. would probably enjoy an upcoming promotion called "Models & Bottles". Though I have no idea exactly what that entails. However, I can definitely picture him in a walk off ala Zoolander.

Cricketers Arms
Not a typical booty shakin' nightclub, but they do have some wicked karaoke. And who wouldn't pay to see J.J. sing a little Hasselhoff? Plus it's on I-Drive so there are a lot of tourists that Redick can impress with tales of on-court heroics.

Home to the "World Famous Swing Girls". J.J. would have a good shot at picking up multiple Mako's Girls, and they would probably even let him sit on the swing. Though someone might mistake him for a Swing Girl's kid that wandered into the bar.

What list would be complete without at least one stripclub? Rachel's probably isn't the best stripclub in Orlando, but you can get a lapdance and a steak there. J.J would certainly be king there, and I bet he could get some touchy feely in the champagne room.

So there you have it, a short and incomplete list of the places J.J. Redick should check out once he makes it to Central Florida. My only concern is that he sees this list, is very appreciative and asks me to be his designated driver. That's almost as bad as being Adam Morrison's moustache waxer.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Failure To Launch

Let me preface this blog by stating that I am an Astros fan. I would love nothing more than to see them in the World Series again, and watch them win it this time.

With that said, last night Roger Clemens returned from "retirement". However, he didn't look near as sharp as last year's first game back from a previous "retirement" where he gave up one earned run, struck out nine, and got the win against the Cincinnati Reds.

There's no denying that Roger Clemens is a phenomenal pitcher. He'll certainly be inducted into the Hall of Fame someday, and his league leading 1.87 ERA last year had him in the running for another Cy Young.

Last night he looked sharp at times, and rusty at others. He seemed to still possess pretty good control, though his speed has decreased. One thing is for sure, his appearance on the mound energized the crowd at Minute Maid Park.

However, I often subscribe to the school of thought that you're only as good as your last game, match, etc. Before he went five innings last night, the last time we saw Clemens pitch in the big leagues was Game 1 of the World Series. He only lasted two innings, gave up three earned runs(including one homerun) and hobbled off with a bad hammy. It appeared that Father Time had finally tracked down "The Rocket", and he was capable of hitting everything Clemens threw at him out of the park.

Following the 2005 season, Clemens seemed to have the deisre to retire for good. He pitched decent in the WBC, but that was only two games. It's quite a bit different to commit to almost an entire season. However, on May 31 he accepted Houston's offer of $22 million(prorated to around $12 million).

During last night's game I thought about how the Astros could have spent that money differently. These were a few of the ways I came up with:

Invest that money into a real cannon in place of Jeff Bagwell's arm.
Sure it will make it harder for him to hit, but instead of sporting the proverbial "cannon for an arm" he'll have a real one. Plus he can shoot t-shirts out of it between innings.

Make additions to Tal's Hill.
Some people hate this part of the park. Personally, I love it. However, you can make some awesome changes with $12 million. What about making it bigger? Almost like a small mountain for outfielders to climb. Or how about fencing it in? Fans love to see players reaching over the railings for flyballs. Or my favorite, set up "Jabberin'" Joe Morgan out there in a lawn chair to do color commentary.

Replace the 19th century replica train with something more modern.
This is another thing that some people despise about the park. Like Tal's Hill, I also love the train. Yet, sometimes I think it could be a little bit cooler. What if it was a replica bullet train instead? And everytime an Astro hit a homer they would circle the train while playing the Simpson's rendition of "Monorail".

Lastly, pay Clemens' wife to be the
At the very least her presence on the field will distract the other team's batters. It might not be as efficient as a well-placed fastball, but it sure would be nicer to look at.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Drew Carey! Your World Cup Tour Guide?

Apparently, Drew Carey is a huge soccer fan, and the Travel Channel has snatched him up to provide photos and blogs during the World Cup. Either that, or Anthony Bourdain pissed off someone in Germany at some point.

Carey is originally from Cleveland, Ohio which isn't exactly a hub of soccer activity. It doesn't play host to an MLS team, though Columbus, just roughly 140mi away, is home to the MLS team "The Crew". However, the current U.S. WC team doesn't have any "Crew members" playing for it.

His bio on the Travel Channel makes no mention of his soccer interest, though the various pictures of him holding soccer balls definitely showcase his expertise.

In all honesty, Carey and the cast of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" could probably do a better job comentating the matches than Dave O'Brien and Marcelo Balboa. At the very least, it would be entertaining to hear Wayne Brady say, "don't make me have to choke a bitch!" after a few poor Larrionda calls.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Florida's Mr. Basketball 2005 Arrested...Again

Keith Brumbaugh, former Deland High basketball standout and Florida's Mr. Basketball 2005, was arrested, for the second time in two months, this past Sunday night. It's another misstep for someone who seemed so talented.

Keith Brumbaugh, a player who averaged 30 points per game his senior season, seemed destined for success. He had had some problems his junior season, being suspended twice for academics and once for violating team rules. However, he made the most of his "second chance", and by the end of his senior year both Scouts Inc. and had him ranked in their respective top 20 lists of players in the country. Brumbaugh declared for the NBA, but withdrew his name in time to keep his collegiate elligibility.

Eventually, he headed off to Oklahoma State where DickieV said he was "certainly capable of having an immediate impact in the Big 12." This was even after an incident in Stillwater where he was charged with shoplifting from a local Wal-Mart. It appeared that Brumbaugh was ready to move on from that mistake, and he was allowed to continue to pursue a spot on the OSU team. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to adhere to their academic standards, and was ruled inelligible before he got to play one game. It appeared that Brumbaugh had blown his "second chance" at OSU.

Rumors circulated that Brumbaugh had decided to enroll at San Jacinto Community College, a program known for its basketball team. However, officials have denied that he ever visited the campus.

Then, last month Brumbaugh was arrested in Florida and charged with a felony, fleeing and eluding, and a misdemeanor, resisting arrest without violence. The arrest came after Orange City police stopped a car that Brumbaugh and Justin Brown, a known felon, were riding in, and they discovered a rifle, a "couple of hundred rounds of ammunition", an "electric weapon", a knife, a shirt with the word "Police" on it, and a badge with the words "Private Investigator" on it.

Now, Brumbaugh finds himself in trouble yet again following an arrest this past Sunday night. Only a few days before he was to appear in court to face the charges from May. Police officers responding to a trespassing call came upon Brumbaugh and asked him for identification. He told them that he "didn't have any i.d." and that he "wasn't from here". Eventually, the police booked him into jail on $500 bail.

Brumbaugh is facing multiple criminal charges, and any plans to play in the NBA one day have been put on hold. It appears that he might not ever get another "second chance". Sadly, he seems destined to fall into the mold of "just because you're talented doesn't guarantee you'll be successful".

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

What Will Mark Cuban Do If The Mavs Don't Win The Title?

Apparently Mark Cuban is pretty upset with the NBA right now. He's writing nonsensical blog entries, and has apparently accused David Stern of running a "rigged league". Perhaps he should follow Dirk's lead and push around an exercise bike for a while(Because that sure struck fear into the heart of Udonis Haslem).

After realizing just how tightly wound these playoffs have made Mr. Cuban, I pondered what he might do if the Mavs don't end up winning it all. Without further ado, I present The Top 5 Things Mark Cuban Might Do Should The Mavs Lose...

#5. Cuban, distraught over what he believes to be more poor officiating, seeks out David Stern to yell at him. While he approaches Stern he notices an oddly familiar man handing him a stack of cash. As Cuban passes the man in the aisle, he realizes it's Phil Jackson, who leans over and says "I own you, bitch!"

#4. Cuban decides to attend less homegames because he feels it's distracting to Avery Johnson and the team. Instead, he takes up blogging full-time, and subsequently crashes the entire Internet due to his fervent updating.

#3. Cuban sells off a number of his assets, and creates an entirely new basketball league. The MCBL(Mark Cuban Basketball League) promotes the heckling of referees, and Mr. Cuban is part owner of every team. At the end of each game he quickly runs to the side of the victor to celebrate with "his" team.

#2. Calling on his experience from working at Dairy Queen, Cuban starts a chain of ice cream stands called "Cuban Cones". The specialty is a flesh colored popsicle that inexplicably grows when someone says the word "billion".

And the number one thing Mark Cuban might do should the Mavs fail to win the NBA Finals...

#1. Cuban has a penor reduction to raise money for a deal with the Devil. In this deal, Isiah Thomas is put in charge of making decisions for David Stern for the rest of eternity. At one point, Thomas elects not to send Stern to heaven because he needs a personal representative at the hell.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Gator Chomping the Heat's Title Hopes?

The Miami Heat, a team that many had started to doubt following Game 2 in Dallas, is also battling history on their quest for an NBA title. When one of their college counterparts, the Florida Gators, won the men's NCAA title this season they setup a scenario that's occured just three other times.

Since the inception of the NBA, the NCAA men's division one champion and NBA champion have come from the same state on three seperate occasions. The first was during the 1971-1972 season when the UCLA Bruins won the NCAA title, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the NY Knicks 4-1 to take home the NBA hardware. The second time occured during the 1974-1975 season when the UCLA Bruins again captured the NCAA title, but this time it was the Golden State Warriors beating out the Washington Bullets 4-0 for the NBA title. The third, and most recent occurence, was in the 1988-1989 season when the Michigan Wolverines won the NCAA title, and the Detroit Pistons beat the Los Angeles Lakers 4-0 for the NBA championship.

However, those three successful state related occurences aren't the only times that an NBA team had a shot at winning the title after one of their state counterparts captured the NCAA title. Over the course of the NBA's 59 year history there have been eight times where an NBA team could have added a title to a state university's but didn't. The first was during the 1949-1950 season when CCNY won the NCAA title, but the Syracuse Nationals were beaten by the Minneapolis Lakers 4-2 in the NBA Finals. The second through eighth occurences involved the UCLA Bruins winning the NCAA title('64, '65, '67, '68-'70, '73) , but California based NBA teams couldn't capture their championships.

In 1963-1964, it was the San Francisco Warriors falling to the Boston Celtics 4-1, 1964-1965 it was the L.A. Lakers losing to the Boston Celtics 4-1, 1966-1967 it was the San Francisco Warriors losing again, this time to the Philadelphia 76'ers 4-2, 1967-1968 the L.A. Lakers lost to the Boston Celtics 4-2, 1968-1969 the L.A. Lakers again lost to the Celtics, this time 4-3, 1969-1970 the L.A. Lakers lost to the N.Y. Knicks 4-3 and during the 1972-1973 season the L.A. Lakers lost to the Knicks again, this time 4-1.

Overall, NBA teams have a 3-8 record when trying to add to the NCAA men's division one championship from the same state in the same season.

Should the Miami Heat get a win in Dallas, thereby attaining the NBA title, they will have accomplished an extremely rare feat. If they lose, they can thank the NCAA champions to the north for a set of circumstances that's proven difficult to overcome.

Friday, June 16, 2006

You're With Me, AFV!

Yesterday I read an article on about Chris Berman swooping in and stealing Scott Van Pelt's golf thunder for the duration of the US Open. Clearly it seems that Berman, one of the head honcho on-air personalities at ESPN, gets to pull rank whenever he feels like it. Hopefully no one will get in his way should ESPN broadcast a leather pants event.

Now it seems that Stuart Scott is also invading our airwaves through avenues other than ESPN, or even legitimate sporting events. Last night, as I was flipping through the channels, something sports related caught my eye. I stopped for a second, and watched a hilarious clip of a small child getting blasted in the head by an errant basketball thrown by his grandfather. Seriously, the kid looked like he had just been hit by a Terry Tate possessed basketball. Soon, I realized that there was something familiar about this program, and it wasn't because my grandpa had used my mellon to perfect chest passes. The voice talking over the clip was very recognizable, to me at least, and sure enough, as the clip ended, Stuart Scott appeared on the screen.

I couldn't believe that ABC had let Stu pull rank on Tom Bergeron. Though, after some research I quickly discovered that it was only for a special sports edition Funniest Home Videos. Still, it seems that ESPN personalities are popping up all over the place. Hopefully I'll never have to worry about seeing Hank Goldberg and Len Pasquarelli prancing in spandex during an episode of "Dancing With the Stars".

"Episode No. 1625" - The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat and all the really embarrassing things that happens in between are highlighted in an all-sports edition that features hysterical football, basketball, golf and track and field goofs, on "America's Funniest Home Videos".

ESPN's Stuart Scott hosts.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Nike + Apple = World Domination!

When ultrapowerful entities form a partnership you're never quite sure what the result will be.

It could produce wonderful things like the cartoons of Bill Hanna and Joe Barbara. Watching Tom take Jerry's abuse will never get old.

It could also have horrible consequences like the ones that Enron rained down on its employees and shareholders.

Recently, Nike and Apple partnered to create a system where runners can use their iPod Nano to log miles, calories burned, etc. and upload that information onto their computer. The first thing I thought of was Dirk Nowitzki jamming out to some David Hasselhoff while running windsprints in the American Airlines Center.

Nike has designed a shoe with room for a small sensor under the insole. The runner places the sensor in the shoe, and then plugs a receiver into their iPod Nano. The iPod logs information like distance, time, pace and calories burned. The runner then has the ability to upload that information to the Nike Plus website where they can set goals, and invite up to 50 people to share goals and/or challenges.

Runners can also download "sport music" via a link to iTunes. Hopefully Apple will have an ample supply of Kenyan tunes available. If not, Hasselhoff is a decent second choice.

Friday, June 09, 2006

No Soccer For You!

Yesterday I read a story on Yahoo! regarding the use of "spotters" to keep an eye on unruly hooligans. That seems like a good idea to me, but it wasn't what I found most interesting about the article.

-HOOLIGANS GROUNDED-Apparently, England has confiscated more than 3,000 passports from people they consider to be dangerous and/or violent soccer fanatics. The "spotters" responsibility is to mingle with the crowds, and keep an eye out for the fans that are known to be troublemakers. They will be tracking them based on their "well-known faces". Even Sweden has singled out roughly 800 known hooligans, though they aren't able to confiscate passports and believe that "maybe 200 to 300 of them are coming to Germany".

The article even documents a case last year where Polish fans setup times and dates for fights with foreign fans. Sort of like a soccer version of "Fight Club".

Let me state on the record that I don't condone violence at sporting events. However, this article makes me wonder if this is why the U.S. hasn't ever really been considered a strong WC contender. I highly doubt any U.S. fans have clashed with foreign fans while sporting their Cobi Jones or Alexi Lalas replica jerseys.

Maybe this year, one or two fans can engage in some fisticuffs while donning their Eddie Johnson jerseys in order to let the other countries know we mean business. Of course that could backfire horribly, leaving us looking more like Marla Singer and less like Tyler Durden.

Heat vs Mavs Live Blog!

Tonight I will be live blogging Game 1 of the Heat vs Mavs series, but there's a twist. I will only be blogging during times that GP is actually on the court. This will allow me to provide a specific account of what very well could be GP's last Finals appearance. It also reduces some of the burden that comes with blogging 48 minutes of heartpounding NBA action.

So check back this evening for updates, and hopefully Mark Cuban's genitalia doesn't influence the outcome.


9:07pm: The National Anthem is in full swing. Just a few minutes until all the hype and conjecture doesn't mean anything.

9:09pm: Miami Heat introductions.

9:10pm: Dallas Mavericks introductions. With that music all I can think of is CSI. I'm surprised they didn't show Mark Cuban.

Obviously I said that I would only blog when GP is on the floor, but the introductions don't count.

9:12pm: Dallas Mavs starting line-up. Diop looked a little off-balance running onto the court. Wonder if his nerves are acting up?

Just a note before the game begins. The SuperPretzels you buy at the store, the ones that currently have Roger Clemens' face on them, really aren't too bad with some spicy mustard.

9:39pm: GP makes his first appearance. 1:58 left in the 1st quarter, Miami-25, Dallas-22.

9:40pm: GP brings the ball down, and gets it to Wade who sinks a nice jumper.

9:44pm: GP snags the ball, and dishes for the assist on a long 3-pt.

9:45pm: End of the 1st quarter. Miami is winning 31 to 23.

9:48pm: 2nd quarter begins.

9:51pm: Payton got taken on a good screen. On the next possession he shot a 3 that was off the back of the rim. As much as I hate to say it, Payton seems to not be as aggressive on defense as he used to be. After getting screened he basically gave up on the play.

9:57pm: Payton grabs a nice rebound. He looked energized on that fastbreak.

10:02pm: I don't know about you, but that big head Gatorade commercial kinda freaked me out.

10:35pm: Well something happened, and my laptop decided to lock up for just a bit. I ended up losing the updates from 10:18, but all they basically said was the Nowitzki hit a long jumper at the buzzer to put the Mavs up 46 to 44.

11:14pm: End of the 4th. Not much action for GP in that quarter. Dallas leads 70 to 68.

11:21pm: GP back in, and immediately plays some good defense.

11:27pm: GP missed another 3, and got burned for a 3 on defense by Jason Terry. Not looking good for the Heat right now.

11:45pm: Sorry for the lack of updates. GP grabbed a nice rebound, took a shot from Stackhouse in the lane, and knocked the ball out of Terry's grasp as he drove to the basket.

11:52: The Mavs take Game 1 by a score of 90 to 80. Jason Terry lit the Heat up tonight, and GP is going to have to step it up for the rest of the series.

The Mavs definitely had more consistent depth, and more speed(outside of Wade). Miami is really going to have to keep the tempo slow if they want to have a shot at winning the series.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Do They Even Have Sushi In Bulgaria?

The World Sumo League 2006 Mega Tour is getting ready to kick off in the United States, and it surprisingly isn't just about huge men from the Far East anymore. Currently, there are wrestlers from a number of different countries including; Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, Bulgaria and even the good 'ole USA.

One of the most intriguing wrestlers has to be Bulgaria's Georgiev Stiliyan(celebrating in pic after taking down Norway's Ronny Allman). At 5'7, 250lbs he is one of the smallest competitors. Though, his nickname ""White Wolf" surely strikes fear into the hearts of his opponents. Personally, I would have gone with something like "All You Can't Eat Buffet" or "Gastric Bypass", but that's just me.


Other wrestlers have quite entertaining nicknames as well. There's Karsten "Wreckqiuem" Grap from Potsdam, Marek "Lord of Rage" Kraszewski from Poland(I wonder if he's addicted to rageahol), Petar "Burn Chamber" Soyanov from Bulgaria(for some reason that sparks memories of Mortal Kombat), Sidney "Thunderhead" Carty from the Netherlands(sounds like an old James Bond villain), Harrington "Hurricane" Wa'a from the U.S.(wonder if Carolina ever thought about stuffing him in the goal) and Oni Pa'a Imua "Bloodfeud" Pa'a'aina also from the U.S. Maybe he should just go by his nickname?

The league has even created its own Myspace page to handle all the newfound international popularity. I mean who doesn't want sumo wrestlers in their Top 8?

Maybe sumo wrestling will catch on here in the States, and provide us with another source of entertainment and gambling revenue. At the very least, wearing a mawashi with your favorite wrestler's name embroidered just above your crack would provide others with endless hours of laughter.

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Tonight, Live Blogging of Heat vs Mavs! With a Twist!

Ok, so I posted before that this Thursday, which is now today, I would be doing a live Randall "Action" Jackson blog. Randall Jackson is actually the throwback persona that the Miami Heat created for Gary Payton when they put together their fictious "Floridians" team. This is how it all ties together.

I'm not a huge NBA fan, however I've been a Gary Payton fan for quite some time. I rooted for him when he reached the Finals with the Sonics(damn you MJ!), rooted when he was in Boston, rooted when he reached the finals with the Lakers(damn you Deee-troit baaasketball!), and here I am rooting for him in the Finals with the Heat.

With all that said, tonight I will be live blogging Game 1 of the Heat vs Mavs series, but there's a twist. I will only be blogging during times that GP is actually on the court. This will allow me to provide a specific account of what very well could be GP's last Finals appearance. It also reduces some of the burden that comes with blogging 48 minutes of heartpounding NBA action.

So check back this evening for updates, and hopefully Mark Cuban's genitalia doesn't influence the outcome.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Kelly Slater vs Michael Jordan

For my first full post at my new blogging home I thought I would do something a bit different. For this "episode" I'm going to compare the achievements of pro-surfer extraordinaire, Kelly Slater, to those of world renowned NBA star, Michael Jordan. Both have been called "dominant" in their respective sports, and some have even referred to Slater as "the Michael Jordan of surfing.


Slater won his first championship in 1992 at the age of 20. Making him the youngest world champ ever. From that point on he proceeded to win six more titles, including consecutive championships from 1994 to 1998. The '97 title broke Mark Richards' record of four championships. From 1999 to 2001 Slater retired from competitive surfing, but in 2005 he again won the world title, his seventh, making him the oldest champion ever. Currently, he has 33 WCT(World Championship Tour) victories which ties him with Tom Curren for the record. Also, he's presently atop the WCT standings, beating current second place holder Bobby Martinez by 93 points despite missing the Globe WCT Fiji event due to injury. Kelly Slater has dominated his sport like no other surfer ever, and appears poised to win an unprecedented eighth championship.

Michael Jordan entered the NBA in 1984, and promptly won the Rookie of the Year award. Three years later, following the 1997-1998 season, he won the league MVP. He would go on to win that award four more times, including back-to-back in 1991 and 1992. Jordan also won the "MVP triple crown" in 1996 and 1998 by being awarded not only the regular season MVP, but also the NBA Finals and All-Star Game MVP awards as well. He is only one of three players to accomplish that feat. Jordan guided the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships, which included consecutive titles from 1991-1993 and 1996-1998. Jordan also retired, twice. The first instance was from 1993-1995, and the second was from 1999-2001. In 2003, Jordan retired for the third time, but not before he became the first 40-year old to score 40 points in a game. He also led the NBA in points scored in 1985, 1987-1993, and 1996-1998. Currently, he holds third place on the NBA all-time points list, is first in regular season scoring average and is second in career steals. He also holds the record for total points scored in All-Star games. Jordan solidified himself as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, NBA players of all-time during his 15 year career.

Obviously both Kelly Slater and Michael Jordan achieved the pinnacle of success in their respective sports. However, there are a few things that set them apart. First, basketball is a team sport. Without a supporting cast that included, over the years, Scottie Pippen, Horace Grant, Toni Kukoc and Dennis Rodman, it's doubtful that Jordan would have been able to win those six titles. Where Slater might jump ahead due to the team aspect, Jordan pulls even when it comes to duration. The NBA regular season alone is 82 games which makes his record setting scoring average so impressive. In contrast, most surfing contests consist of four rounds, and then the quarters, semi's and finals.

In the end, it seems that both Slater and Jordan would be deserving of the title "most dominant athlete". One last thing to consider is where their feats took place. While Jordan was driving the lane and dunking over the likes of Dikembe Mutombo. Slater was pulling into bonecrunching barrels at breaks like Teahupoo and Pipeline. Slater's "court" does pose a bit more danger, and could nudge him into the lead by a slim margin. However, at the end of the day both athletes have achieved, and sustained, a level of greatness that few have ever reached.