Is Tim Tebow This Generation's Bo Jackson?
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Is Tim Tebow This Generation's Bo Jackson?

What a MLB career could do for Tebow.

Well, Tim Tebow recorded multiple hits in a preseason game against a minor league pitcher, so obviously we need to discuss his spot in the Mets' outfield and chances at the MVP. Okay, kidding.

But what can we see about Tim Tebow right now? He certainly has the power of a baseball player and his speed seems above average. His fielding looks standard so far.

There are times at the plate against actual major league pitchers he looks like a person who has just recently picked up the sport after a decade away from it. But it's still early and how he looks after a season of at bats in single, double, or triple A baseball will determine whether or not he'll be given a chance at the major league level.

Maybe he'll make. Maybe he won't. Only time will tell. But on the slim, but real, chance he does find himself in a New York Mets uniform, we as fans have to discuss whether or not Tebow is one of the greatest athletes of this or any generation.

Let us consider this: Tebow is already one of the greatest collegiate football players in the history of the sport. Even his biggest detractors have to grant him that. Tebow did play a few season of NFL football that saw him have individual and team success with a postseason win against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Now the question becomes if Tebow finds himself patrolling the outfield at Citi Field or rocking a hanging slider 400 ft, does he become this generation's Deion Sanders or Bo Jackson?

As sacrilege as that sounds, let's not go crazy (I say as I just compared Tim Tebow to the greatest defensive back in NFL history and the greatest athlete in modern sports) because at this moment, Tim Tebow is Brandon Weeden, but in reverse.

Remember Brandon Weeden? Of course you don't.

Weeden was drafted by the Yankees, quit baseball before every making it to the pros, then got drafted by the Cleveland Brown to be their QB for the future, and now he's the worst quarterback on the Houston Texans' depth chart. That's a depth chart that last season had guys like Brock Osweiler and Tom Savage

Right now, that's Tim Tebow: a former football player that couldn't cut it in the league and now is trying his hand at another sport. And he's putting himself for a high risk, high reward situation.

If he's fails, it looks pathetic. But, on the chance that he finds himself in Major League Baseball for a season or two as a fourth outfielder or possibly even a starter in the pros, he goes from Brandon Weeden to Bo Jackson. ESPN makes documentaries about Bo Jackson, not Brandon Weeden.

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Is "The Judge's Chamber" Too Much?

It's happened. Something that I had no clue was coming but it happened.

The Yankees decided to build a new cheering section for upcoming superstar Aaron Judge during their road trip two and a half weeks ago. They opened it up two weeks ago from yesterday for their Monday night game vs. the Kansas City Royals, the first of a four-game home stand. First of all, I have to say this looks beautiful.

Yes, fans who have been following not only the Yankees but baseball in general this year know that Aaron Judge is something special. He top three in the league with 17 home runs, and is showing fans that he has a personality despite his calm composure.

At first glance some might say this is too much (including myself). But let's look at the MLB's history with this sort of thing. In 2011 the Seattle Mariners announced the King's Court, a section for each of pitcher Felix Hernandez's starts for the remainder of the season. In 2009 the Los Angeles Dodgers designated field-level seats for Mannywood, a section in left-field for then outfield Manny Ramirez. Therefore, this innovation is not unheard of.

Some might also say this is too soon. Well, this is of course at the end of the day just a marketing tool to sell more tickets. However, according to Ben Walker of the Associated Press, tickets for these seats are not to be available for sale. Instead, true Judge fans flaunting their shirts and jerseys (like the youngster above) will be chosen to sit there. Walker of the AP also says they plan to branch out for community groups, charity organizations, Little Leagues, schools, hospitals and others to occupy the space.

Now what is the harm in all this? I don't see any. I mean the worst that can happen is the rain ruining the wood but I think a tarp should get the job done. JUDGE IS A BEAST.

In no way do I see his production slowing down any time soon, but why not celebrate some early success. NY sports have been so depressed as of late (thanks, Knicks) and the Yankees as a whole have been such a bright spot.

I can see how "The Judge's Chamber" could be a bad idea for a Bryce Harper (a lot of haters), but Judge knows his job: "All the off-the-field stuff, the promotions, they're great. But I've still got a job to do on the field. If I'm not doing my job on the field, all this other stuff wouldn't be happening."

Let's roll with this thing. I think all 18 fans dressed like this is not that bad.

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Mr. Met Is Being Railroaded

Clearly, someone has it out for the beloved New York mascot.

Up until this morning, I was having a great week. The weather down here in Virginia has been pretty nice, I've gotten a lot of sleep, and I've done a whole lot of nothing, so I guess you could say I'm having the quintessential college bum summer.

However, when I woke up this morning, my whole life fell to pieces. Even the weather took a turn for the worse (not really but let's just say it did for dramatic effect).

While most of the world fretted over some giant orange man in an oversized suit promising to let the world (literally) burn to ashes, I wept over the firing of my beloved Mr. Met who, as you may have seen already, was caught flipping the bird to a heckling fan after Wednesday night's game. Then I learned that there are in fact multiple people who dress up as Mr. Met (duh), and the pain more or less disappeared.

I'm a Red Sox fan, so it didn't upset me as much as it could have. But I do root for the Mets: I think of them as my second favorite team, so I normally want them to win. That is, of course, if they're not playing the Red Sox, in which case I want nothing more than for the Red Sox to eviscerate the Metropolitans 100-0, leave their roster looking like a Civil War battlefield, and cause Terry Collins to prematurely retire and become the grumpy old curmudgeon he's destined to be.

Despite all of that, my heart still broke a little!

So, armed with a ton of free time and virtually zero obligations, I decided to get to the bottom of this Big Apple mystery and exonerate my second favorite sports mascot in the court of public opinion. And if you're reading this, Harvard Law School, then listen here: I'll take my honorary degree ASAP, and I want it framed.

Because after some hardcore research (aka scrolling through my Instagram feed) I've come to a startling realization:


Do you see it?


So how could he have possibly given anybody the middle finger? Is everyone channeling their inner annoying first grader (waaaaah, thumbs aren't fingers)? If that's the case then I guess Mr. Met did technically give somebody the middle finger.

On the other hand (I hate myself), if that is the case and thumbs are thumbs and not fingers, then the middle finger that us non-polydactyl humans have been throwing up for years isn't really the middle finger, in which case the middle finger doesn't exist, which means the world doesn't really make sense anymore, we are all clearly living in some alternate universe, and my god I have to stop watching Inception and Donnie Darko because I sound like a maniac.

Nonetheless, I will not sit idle while Mr. Met is unfairly crucified by the media: thumbs are fingers and Mr. Met only has four fingers, thus making his middle finger nonexistent (trust me, I'm a math major).

After all of that compelling evidence, I know you're thinking what I'm thinking: someone has it out for Mr. Met. Who is it? Truth be told, we may never know.

But if I had to guess, I'd say this has Steinbrenner written all over it.

Yet, as I said, I'm a Red Sox fan and the weather down here is still nice, so that's as far as my investigative journalism is going to take me for now.

Plus, I really need to save my Sherlock-esque energy just in case Wally the Green Monster gets caught doing blow with a bunch of hookers in a shady Boston night club.

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Aaron Judge Continues To Impress

The rookie is already playing like a Hall of Famer.

At the age of 25, New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is a bit of a late bloomer when it comes to MLB rookies. His age is the same as two time MVP and the best player in the sport (at least before the past two months), Mike Trout.

Still, when Judge finally hit the Show, he hit it harder than a baseball with the unfortunate luck of crossing into his wheelhouse.

Not since Trout himself has there been a rookie to have capture the attention of the entire sport. And not since Ichiro Suzuki has a rookie become the favorite to win the league's MVP.

The fact that Judge is the best player on a first place team while holding the Triple Crown (at this moment), leading the American League in home runs, runs batted in, and batting average, he has to be the favorite to win the MVP by default.

The fact that looks like he belongs guarding LeBron James or Kevin Durant than catching fly balls and hitting 450 foot dingers, must scare the hell out of pictures, in a similar way that the 6-foot-11 Randy Johnson scared the hell out of hitters in the 1990's.

Last season, in 84 total at bats, Judge struck out 42 times while having a measly fifteen total hits, nothing that could have led fans to expect a good, solid everyday player. Instead, fans of the Bronx Bombers have an actual MVP candidate and future retired number. It is appropriate that Judge's 495 foot blast he hit on Sunday landed at the base of the retired Yankee numbers.

The high that not only Yankee fans, but baseball fans, are on right now over the return of a Barry Bonds like home run hitter is great. Judge seems like a player that can carry his team and a league on his shoulders, something that Trout has trouble with at times. All I can say is that I can't wait until the home run derby with him, Giancarlo Stanton, and Yoenis Cespedes!

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3 Athletes Who Succeeded In Other Sports, And 3 Who Flopped

Not everyone can be good at everything.

Tony Romo announced his retirement from the NFL last month, as well as his transition to the CBS broadcast booth. However, it looks like he might try to balance some more time on the green with that...the green of the golf course that is.

Romo is an avid golfer, but he's going to look to show how good is golf game can be when he attempts to qualify for the U.S. Open. I can see this going several ways: Romo somehow pulls it off and qualifies for the U.S. Open...and then chokes at the actual event. Romo collapses right from the start and fails to qualify. Romo is forced to withdraw via injury.

Okay, jokes from the Giants fan in me aside, Romo is far from the first athlete to try another sport. The question is will he succeed at a professional stage? With that, here are three athletes who pulled it off, and another three who...well, didn't.

Failed: Jose Canseco (MMA)
Canseco is one of baseball's most controversial figures. While a several-time All Star and two-time World Series champion in his 20-year career, known for his power, he has admitted to taking performance-enhancing drugs and pointed out others who have during their careers as well. Canseco also claims to be a black belt in karate and taekwondo, a Muay Thai practitioner and a nunchucks expert.

This did him little to nothing when he competed in his one and only pro MMA bout at Dream 9 in Japan on May 26, 2009. Canseco lost the bout via submission in just 1:17.

Succeeded: Bo Jackson (baseball and football)
This choice should come as a surprise to few, as Jackson is often cited as one of the best athletes there has ever been due to his success in both sports. While still participating in college baseball and track and field, Jackson won the 1985 Heisman Trophy and was drafted first overall in the 1986 NFL Draft.

However, he wanted to play both baseball and football -- something the Tampa Bay Bucs didn't want -- and so when the Kansas City Royals drafted him in the MLB Draft, he chose to play with them. Fortunately, Al Davis and the then-Los Angeles Raiders were willing to let him play both sports. He went on to become one of a select few to be named an All-Star in both, being a 1989 MLB All-Star and a 1990 Pro Bowl selection.


Failed: Brock Lesnar (football)
Lesnar has had quite the incredible career, starting with winning the NCAA Division I championship in heavyweight wrestling. He then moved to another kind of wrestling -- professional wrestling -- where he has since won the WWE title four times and is the promotion's current universal champion on its Raw brand. During a break from the pro wrestling biz, Lesnar competed in MMA, going on to win the UFC heavyweight championship in November 2008 -- in just his fourth pro MMA bout.

Unfortunately for him, he just couldn't cut it in football. Lesnar originally left WWE in 2004 to pursue an NFL career. Playing defensive tackle, Lesnar played a few preseason games in 2004 with the Minnesota Vikings, but the team released him right before the start of the season. He received an NFL Europa invitation, but he declined because he wanted to remain in the U.S. with his family.

Succeeded: Deion Sanders (football and baseball)
In college, Sanders, in addition to being a College Football Hall of Famer, once played game one of a baseball doubleheader, ran a leg of a 4x100 relay, and then played the other baseball game. That shows you the kind of athlete he is.

Sanders primarily focused on his NFL career, becoming an eight-time Pro Bowl and First-team All-Pro selection, as well as a two-time Super Bowl champion. However, in baseball, Sanders ended his career with a .263 batting average, as well as leading the National League in triples in 1992.

He is the only man to have hit an MLB home run and scored an NFL touchdown in the same week, to play in a Super Bowl and World Series, and to have a Super Bowl reception and interception. He is also only one of two players to score an NFL touchdown in six different ways.

Failed: Michael Jordan (baseball)
Oh, Michael. I know you wanted to move to baseball because who had tired of the basketball grind and wanted to tribute your late father. But, man, should've stuck to basketball.

After shocking the world with his first NBA retirement, Jordan pulled off another shocker when he signed with the Chicago White Sox. Participating in its AA minor league affiliate, the Birmingham Barons, in 1994, Jordan's numbers were...unimpressive. He batted just .202, with three home runs and 51 RBIs.

Fortunately for Jordan, he returned to the Chicago Bulls and helped them to another three NBA titles.


Succeeded: Dave Winfield (baseball and basketball [and "football"])
Winfield is known as a great baseball player. He was a 12-time All-Star, seven-time Gold Glove winner, six-time Silver Slugger, and a member of the 1992 World Series champion Toronto Blue Jays. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001.

But, in college, Winfield was more than just a baseball guy. In fact, he is only one of two people in history to be drafted in four different leagues' drafts. The San Diego Padres selected him fourth overall in the 1973 MLB Draft, and the NBA's Atlanta Hawks and ABA's Utah Stars also drafted him. And despite not playing one college football game, the Minnesota Vikings also selected him in the 17th round in the 1973 Draft.

What an athlete.


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The Season Just Started But Mets Fans Are Already Losing It


In case you missed it, that whiff of freshly cracked peanuts you smelled floating on the warm spring air yesterday was a sign: the Major League Baseball season has begun, which is awesome because baseball is awesome.

Of course, baseball is more awesome for some fanbases than others. Cubs fans, for example, are excited to get started defending their first World Series in over 100 years.

Dodgers fans, who are always West Coast chill, are happy because their team began the season by scoring 14 runs, and also because they live in Los Angeles where it is always beautiful and sunny and great.

And then we have Mets fans, who...

... apparently love to scream. About a lot of stuff.

This guy is SO ANGRY about trains! I've never been that angry about anything, and this very irate Mets fan is angry about trains!

The Mets even won their first game of the season!

Look, Mr. Mets Fan, I'm sure you're a very nice guy who just caught up in the heat of the moment. But you have to remember one thing: baseball teams play 162 games. The season is so, so, so long and sometimes, while we love baseball dearly, it feels like it'll never end.

Which means you've really got to pace yourself. Because if you don't, you're not going to make it out of April.

The Mets will probably disappoint you three dozen times before the All-Star break. Don't waste your screaming on trains!