Originally Posted by NewYorkRanger
Sidney Crosby LeBron James In the following context: They are the best in their games (or among the best) in an era following GAME CHANGING SUPERSTARS who they emulate (Gretzky/Lemieux and Michael Jordan). Those two guys I listed are good, very good, but they're just the best around right now and the media and their respective leagues have to highlight them as the same as their predecessors who really revolutionized their sports...hope that makes sense. Marty Brodeur
LeBron is 25. Crosby is 22. The media hype on them is annoying and I agree that they're not (nor can be) game changing superstars, but I don't really have a problem with them on the court/ice. I hate the LeBron free agency talk and I hate how Crosby is protected on the ice...but individually, I have no problem with those guys. I've said it before about Crosby but he seems like a guy who comes in to work, is unassuming, and a pretty damn good hockey player. I'd also say the hype is evenly split between Crosby (Cherry etc.) and Ovechkin (Melrose etc.). Actually, hype can only help hockey (which we both love). It's great to have so many high draft picks turn out well in the past few years. For example, Kane's showing in the Olympics and the playoffs this year will hopefully lead to more focus on him next year. My point is that the NHL was in a bit of a rough spot and Ovechkin and Crosby at least brought some positive attention back to hockey. Now with each passing year and emerging talents (like Stamkos, Kane (both), etc.), hopefully, the NHL can build on that publicity. It was also encouraging to see the intensity of playoff hockey receive some mainstream attention. Also, IIRC, Jordan didn't win a championship until he was 27 or 28. Brodeur I agree. He's fortunate to have played in the NJ system for so many years, but he's kind of like Emmitt Smith in that sense. He had longevity and was able to take advantage of the system. My vote, as much as I love watching highlight reels of him...Cristiano Ronaldo.