Young Talent in Sports: Who Has a Chance to be the Best? – Part I

Posted: July 7, 2011 by mceagle611 in Sports
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Who is the next great? A common question in the sports world that I have seen argued many-a-time by the biggest sports nuts because some people believe that an emerging young talents could possibly be the next great in their respective sport…others not so much. That may sound quite a bit confusing but allow me to give you an example. After his unbelievable performance in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, swimmer Michael Phelps claimed a record 8 Gold Medals – setting 7 World Records and 1 Olympic Record – and many tried to prove that he was the greatest swimmer to ever walk God’s Green Earth. Others saw Mark Spitz tear apart his competition in the 1972 Munich Games where he was able to obtain 7 Gold Medals accompanied by 7 World Records; many were up in arms about the topic and it has sparked quite a bit of controversy. So the idea crept into my head that I might compare the greats of major professional sporting to their young, ‘yet to do much for their sport’ counterparts in the NBA, NFL, MLB, PGA, and ATP; enjoy the argument and chime in with some comments below! Revisit the site later next week to check out Part Two.

National Basketball AssociationYoung Talent: Derrick Rose – I’m going to try to keep these as short as possible because I could honestly ramble and ramble but let’s try to build a case for Derrick Rose. Clearly the undisputed great in the storied history of the NBA in Michael Jordan, unless you’re Scottie Pippen then you think it is LeBron James. Derrick Rose has been steadily on the rise for his first three years and quickly emerged this season – during the regular season – as the clear MVP of the league…in my mind undisputed.

This was evident until LeBron locked him up when it mattered in crunch time during games 2 and 5 in the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals. See here is the deal with Rose, unless he develops some new skill-set that we have not yet seen, I really do not think he has a shot in eclipsing his Royal Airness as the greatest to ever play the game. Just to back that up…if someone like LeBron shutdown Rose in crunch time, then was criticized a series later with many saying that if he – LeBron – will never be in Jordan’s Realm then you got no chance Derrick. Could be inside the top 30..but not definitely not the best.

National Football LeagueYoung Talent: Cameron Newton – Cam “Scam” Newton is ‘ready to get to work’ in Charlotte in the midst of the NFL Lockout, and coming off a Heisman worthy season has been getting – to say the least – quite a bit of publicity. In ESPN’s Year of the Quarterback, I saw Cam grow as a player and as a person. I think he has realized his true potential and has transitioned from the ‘Athletic Auburn Star’ to the ‘Hard-Working Carolina Quarterback’.

Now if you want to make Scam a case for being amongst the Dan Marinos’, John Elways’, and Peyton Mannings’ of the game it is hard because he has yet to play in a single NFL game. The reason I selected him to discuss is due to the fact that he plays with a chip on his shoulder and he has the most potential at quarterback in this draft. The beautiful thing about his sport as opposed to Rose’s is that there is no true great, there is no Michael Jordan in football’s vivacious history.

Newton has the arm to be great, as well as the mobile ability – a not necessary, but useful feat for an NFL QB – so it makes him a constant threat and presence in any ball-game. The 6’6″, 248 pound monster is quite the sight..Newton was nearly unstoppable in the SEC and against the Oregon Ducks in the BCS National Championship. However, Newton – who truly does pack a cannon of an arm – is going to be playing in a man’s league; and luckily the Panthers picked up this mobile quarterback because they do not really have the ideal blocking. Once Carolina officially revs up the start to their season, all eyes will be on Newton as he works to deliver W’s with a far from robust receiving corps. All he has to remember is to be the next Cam Newton..not Ryan Leaf Brett Favre; we shall see if he quickly rises to the top as soon as he gets onto the field.

Again, comment below if you agree or disagree – or if you think another NBA or NFL player should have been highlighted – and check back early next week for Part Two.

  1. tnash13 says:

    who are you coverin in part 2?

  2. mceagle611 says:

    I think it’s going to be Stephen Strausburg and Rafael Nadal…not completely sure yet though

  3. […] I am keeping this one simple, we have seen young talents doing incredible things – so no Derrick Rose or Rory McIlroy – and although the UConn Women’s team went on an improbable run by […]

  4. […] in the NBA, NFL, MLB, and PGA; enjoy the argument and chime in with some comments below! Revisit my Part 1 Argument for Derrick Rose and Cameron Newton whom are two talented, aspiring […]

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