I’ve encouraged fans to write in and be part of this blog and I got this awesome email about Kevin Durant the other day about how far he’s come and how far he could go. Really good stuff. Do yourself a favor and take 10 minutes and read it.
By John Mietus (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Not often in a lifetime does an unconventional male sporting hero come along. One whom can be defined as a true genius of his trade, a marvel of modern engineering and competitive spirit. Only a few names come to mind as I think of the sporting achievements of men in my lifetime: Gretzky, Federer, Tiger, Larry Bird, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, men whose mental genius outweighs even their physical capability.
Take Gretzky, the slowest skater, perennially on his championship Edmonton Oiler teams. Bird, the worst run/jump athlete to ever star in the NBA, Roger Federer whose thorough dissection courtesy of David Foster Wallace reads like a manual into the mind of the greatest unusual tennis champion of all time. What cannot be measured in athletics is the mind’s ability to process and react within a fraction of a second, finding the razor’s edge margin between victory and defeat, and allowing the finest of the champions to stand out not only for their physical prowess but also their mental acuity. I hesitate to even use the term “mental” as if this type of genius is something that can be taught or learned. It’s a gift. And so few have it that it remains infinitely recognizable, even in a sea of sports culture. Even within the confines of statistics and SportsCenter highlights, even within a world of critics and haters, it stands out. Keep Reading…