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Who Is The GOAT?

by Tom King

One of the great things about sports is the ability of fans to come to believe that what they are seeing at any particular time is the greatest thing of all time...the greatest player...the greatest team...the greatest performance...and although the stat-heads believe they have the numbers to quantify greatness...to my mind it's impossible. And that is one of the greatest things. I bring this up because of the comments this week from former Chicago Bull Horace Grant. Grant was a very good power forward on those Bulls teams that rampaged through the league back in the 90's. He says that the teams he played on would crush today's Miami Heat. Lebron James and crew are in their fourth straight NBA Finals which begin tomorrow but Grant said "we would have locked them up. Especially with the rules today, Michael would have had a field day". Of course, the "Michael" is Jordan who many consider the GOAT in basketball. I would probably agree. But we'll never know. Comparing players or teams or performances from one era to the next is a fool's errand, although as long as there are sports fans and beer it will be done. I always go by this rule. I've been lucky enough to see some of the greatest players in their sports perform over the years. I know when I'm in the company of greatness...and I try to just appreciate the moment and realize what I'm seeing. That's enough for me.

The Woodchucks lost at La Crosse last night despite a 3 hit night for Brendon Hayden. Once again there was no radio broadcast due to circumstances beyond our control. hoepfully we will be able to bring you the game tonight as they head to Mequon to play the red-hot Lakeshore Chinooks.

Another high school broadcasting season came to an end for me last night as the Wausau East Lumberjack baseball team was eliminated from the playoffs 2-1 at Merrill. After struggling mightily the last few weeks in all aspects of the game, the Jacks played well in the close loss. They just couldnt get a big hit when they needed it and left a ton of guys on base in the game. I'll return in August as the Lumberjack football team will hit the field under new coach Tom Tourtillot.

Songs Of The Day (from my I-pod)

Never Been Any Reason-Head East (1974) from the first notes blasting from the synth to the high harmonies nothing says 70's rock quite like this one...a guilty pleasure

Never Been To Spain-Three Dog Night (1971) one of the most popular bands of the early 70's. 3 different lead vocalists made them unique. This is a Hoyt Axton song