A Potential ESPN Feud

Check out this quote from Bill Simmons’ column in the last ESPN magazine issue:

I’m not a fan of the whole overrated / underrated thing. With so many TV and radio shows, columnists, bloggers and educated sports fans around, it’s nearly impossible for anything to be rated improperly anymore.

This is an interesting take, especially since it comes from one of the most overrated sports columnists of all time; although he shouldn’t get credit for it since he ripped it off of an article by Chuck Klosterman, (and you know he got the idea from Klosterman, he’s written a co-article with the guy and made it clear he worships Chuck).

But this take is even more interesting from Bill Simmons considering that his fellow ESPN personality Jayson Stark is putting out a book this June: The Stark Truth: The Most Overrated and Underrated Players in Baseball History. Ouch. Sorry Stark, according to Simmons, it doesn’t even matter what your opinion is in the book, because the argument is worthless.

After hearing a few excerpts from Stark’s book, I’m going to have to side with the Simmons / Klosterman camp on this one. The problem with this argument is that you have to somehow come to a conclusion as to what the general perception of a player is before you label them overrated or underrated. This first task will be Stark’s undoing. For instance, Stark claims that Graig Nettles is one of the most overrated third baseman of all time. Uh . . . Graig who? Speaking as someone who was barely old enough to remember Nettles playing, I can only remember him being referenced for what a disappointment he was. He would have had to be really bad to be overrated.

Click here for highlightsAnd now time for a totally new subject: LeBron James’ decision to pass last night instead of take the game-tying layup. For all you haters out there: get off his back. What makes LeBron great is that he is not Kobe. What makes him great is his ability to run a game in a number of different ways. It is a testament to James’ versatility that his team only lost by three last night while he only scored 10 points. This is the Cavs we’re talking about, without LeBron, they are one of the worst teams in the NBA; and yet his 10 rebounds, 9 assists, and 4 steals were almost enough to knock off the Pistons. If Marshall hits that wide open three pointer last night, we’d all be talking about the next Michael Jordan, so get off his back.

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