Top 10 Most Dominating Athletes in the Past 20 Years


A few days ago, Colin Cowherd gave us his list for top ten most dominant athletes in the last 10 years. His influence came from ESPN the magazine when they decided to list their most dominant athletes in the past 20 years to celebrate their 20 year anniversary. His list consists of Floyd Mayweather, Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Tiger Woods, LeBron James, Lionel Messi, Tom Brady, and Barry Bonds. I respect Colin’s list but I don’t agree with it. Ultimately, his list influenced me to create my own with the assistance of my good friend D.Reed. The list is completely unbiased and each ranking is based on accolades during their dominance in this 20-year window. Some of the athletes that didn’t crack the top ten include Kobe Bryant, Derek Jeter, Sidney Crosby, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Peyton Manning. Let’s take a look.

10) Maya Moore

  • WNBA champion (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)
  • NCAA champion (2009 and 2010)
  • WNBA Finals MVP (2013)
  • WNBA MVP (2014)

9) Jimmie Johnson

  • Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2016)

8) Roger Federer

  • 97 Career wins, 20 Grand Slam wins
  • Australian Open champion (2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017, 2018)
  • French Open champion (2009)
  • Wimbledon champion (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2017)
  • US Open champion (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)

7) LeBron James

  • NBA champion (2012, 2013, 2016)
  • NBA Finals MVP (2012, 2013, 2016)
  • NBA Most Valuable Player (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013)
  • 7 Straight Trips to the NBA Finals (2011-2017)

6) Tom Brady

  • Super Bowl champion (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX, LI)
  • Super Bowl MVP (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX, LI)
  • NFL Most Valuable Player (2007, 2010, 2017)

5) Floyd Mayweather

  • 50-0 record (27 KO)
  • Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Year award (2007, 2013, and 2015)

4) Michael Phelps

  • 28 Olympic Medals (23 gold)
  • 8 in Athens (2004), 8 in Beijing (2008), 6 in London (2012), 6 in Rio (2016)

3) Usain Bolt

  • 8 Olympic Medals (8 gold)
  • 2 in Beijing (2008), 3 in London (2012), 3 in Rio (2016)

2) Tiger Woods

  • 79 PGA Tour wins, 14 Majors wins
  • Masters Tournament (1997, 2001, 2002, 2005)
  • U.S. Open (2000, 2002, 2008)
  • The Open Championship (2000, 2005, 2006)
  • PGA Championship (1999, 2000, 2006, 2007)

1) Serena Williams

  • 72 WTA wins, 23 Grand Slam wins
  • Australian Open (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017)
  • French Open (2002, 2013, 2015)
  • Wimbledon (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016)
  • US Open (1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014)

The top 4 on this list are arguably the greatest of all time in their respective sports. Their level of dominance is unmatched. Their competition isn’t “cupcakes” either which makes their success much more fulfilling. Floyd Mayweather’s undefeated record is impressive, however, during the prime of his career he avoiding fighting certain opponents such as Manny Pacquiao. That fight happened 6 years too late. Tom Brady has been dominant in an era with Peyton Manning and Drew Brees. LeBron James finally got over the hump in 2011 and has been to the finals ever since. Roger Federer was dominant until injuries started to get the best of his abilities and field caught up with him. Jimmie Johnson was unstoppable from 2006-2010. Maya Moore has been sensational since her iconic days playing for UConn. She’s arguably the best female basketball player since Sheryl Miller. I’m sure this list may be different from most but I can defend every spot. Let me know what you think!

JGOOD

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Ball Is Life: Circle Of Men Athletics


If you ever lived in Northwest Indiana and have been involved in sports, you will know that this area is called “The Region”. The Region has produced many pro and collegiate athletes in different sports over the past few decades like former MLB center fielder Kenny Lofton (East Chicago, IN). He was a 6x all-star and a 4x gold glove winner. Another is current Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Kawaan Short (East Chicago, IN). In 2015, he was named to the Pro Bowl and was second-team All-Pro.

However, Indiana is known as the Hoosier State. There’s been plenty of successful basketball outcomes from The Region like Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson (Gary, IN), who happens to be an alum from my high school, Roosevelt, in Gary. Robinson was the number 1 overall pick in the 1994 NBA Draft (to the Milwaukee Bucks). He averaged over 20 ppg for his career, was a 2x all-star, and won a championship with the San Antonio Spurs in 2005. Over the past 10 years, more players have been exposed to the NBA like Glenn Robinson III (Gary, IN, and currently with the Indiana Pacers), E’Twaun Moore (East Chicago, IN, and currently with the New Orleans Pelicans), Robbie Hummel (Valparaiso, IN), Branden Dawson (Gary, IN), and Mitch McGary (Chesterton, IN).

We even have athletes now that are already in division 1 or division 1-bound. Charles Cooper, a senior guard at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, helped the Phoenix during the 2015-16 season reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1996. Dana Evans, senior guard at Gary West Side High School, is currently ranked #3 at the point guard, and #7 overall for the 2017 class by ESPN. She has committed to Louisville.

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Dana Evans

My friend Leroy Cooper, who is also a part of our basketball network and former intramural basketball teammate, is the co-founder (along with Mr. Daniel Baker) of Circle of Men Athletics (COMA; @Circle_of_Men) . Every since I met Leroy, he has always been the type to lead and show support for others.

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COMA is an organization in Gary Indiana focused on the development of inner city athletes on and off the court…1 Corinthians 9:24-27.

Leroy, who played his last two years of college basketball and spend the following year as assistant head coach at formerly Purdue University Calumet (now Purdue University Northwest), wants help student-athletes on and off the court.

The purpose is to instill life beyond talent for inner city athletes…provide mentorship, training, life skills and exposure to guys with athletic abilities.

In this day and age where violence seems to be at an all-time high (especially the way the city of Chicago is right now), it’s wonderful to know something like COMA is taking place within The Region. However, this organization has plans on spreading the helping hand.

Our vision is to take our not for profit worldwide and change the world through God’s anointing. Changing lives and giving people opportunities to advance through life is God’s kingdom on earth. Our staff is really passionate about our organization, and we have a great success rate so far. We started the organization in 2014 and have placed 78 guys in college on athletic scholarships. Our next showcase is April 22nd, 2017.

The more I looked into COMA, the more impressed I’ve become. This organization has the chance to become something iconic. Sending 78 young men to college in that short amount of time is the one thing that’s sticking out to me. I support anyone that’s trying to do something positive with the youth and the community. Leroy, continue striving for excellence with this program and don’t let any obstacle prevent you from your vision.

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JGOOD

NCAA Men’s Basketball: Players To Watch


March Madness isn’t here, but this post should give you a heads up on that star players to keep an eye on. So, I asked my bro Quad to come up with a list of players who everyone should keep an eye out for this NCAA Men’s Basketball season. He provided me with players who are at the top of each position, and I completely agree with the names given below. Here’s the list of players to keep tabs with:

Kris Dunn, PG, Junior, Providence

Marcus Paige, PG, Senior, North Carolina

Melo Trimble, PG, Sophomore, Maryland

Denzel Valentine, SG, Senior, Michigan State

Jamal Murray, SG, Freshman, Kentucky

Malik Newman, SG, Freshman, Miss. State

Ron Baker, SG, Senior, Wichita State

Jaylen Brown , SF, Freshman, Cal

Brandon Ingram, SF, Freshman, Duke

Buddy Hield, SF, Senior, Oklahoma

Ben Simmons, PF, Freshman, LSU

Georges Niang, PF, Senior, Iowa State

Ivan Rabb, PF, Freshman, Cal

Skal Labissiere, C, Freshman, Kentucky

Jakob Poeltl, C, Sophomore, Utah

Domantas Sabonis, C, Sophomore, Gonzaga

The Come Up Podcast 3.0


Every last Sunday of the month, I have the privilege of joining The Come Up Podcast to talk about sports. This past Sunday was all about the upcoming NBA season. We talked about NBA stars such as LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, James Harden, and Kevin Durant, the 2015 free agency, our predictions of the season and more!

You can listen to the podcast below!

NBA EVERYTHING PODCAST

Also, check out their Youtube Channel and Twitter Page

YouTube Channel

Twitter Page

The Come Up


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Three of my brothers from another mother have a podcast called “The Come Up”, where they talk about relevant topics to our everyday lives. I was asked to be on the recent episode. This past week topic was College Athletes Need A Check Too! which was based on my previous post about college sports and slavery. Every month, I will be featured on their show for sports topics and debates. I feel very honored and blessed for this opportunity to continue what I love to do.

Please check out the podcast from this past week! (Link is above).

Also, check out The Come Up YouTube Channel and The Come Up Facebook Page!

Big ups to my bros!

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Is College Sports Slavery?


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Chris Webber is the latest person to throw his 2 cents on the ruling of National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) denying Northwestern’s football players to unionize. Seen in the link below is his opinion of the ruling. He had some interesting words.

Chris Webber — NCAA’s Gotta Change … It’s Slavery Now

“I definitely think students athletes have the right to make sure that they can take care of each other.” He also said, “Bill Russell told me any system that gets free labor is slavery. So, I’m sure they have the right to unionize.”

Slavery is a sensitive word in this country for obvious reasons why but does Chris and Bill (Russell) have a point?

Initially, my thoughts on it was that the word “slavery” tied with student athletes is a little over the top. Free labor doesn’t necessarily mean it is slavery. Thousands of people volunteer to do free labor daily for various reasons. And sure, majority of student athletes get full scholarships to participate at their university’s programs and to get an education. People aren’t close to the situation or unfamiliar would think that should be enough. The ultimate goal for (some)  student-athletes and other students is to get a degree, and that’s what it should be. What’s the point of going to school if you’re not going to get an education and graduate? A waste of time and money right?

That’s how a good portion of people think that’s it and most cases that would be it until… you start to get your hands dirty and dig into some information. Then you start asking is making money off of student athletes fair? Don’t they deserve a piece of the pie, even if it’s a sample slice? Morally, do you feel comfortable knowing that a university, an institution where you get an education, a place that receives income not only from college students and their partners, but also revenue from the athletic department from all the sport events, are making millions off of student athletes and they don’t see a penny of it?

These people are human beings first,  students second, and athletes third. If I was only Michigan’s football team as Running Back or a Shooting Guard at Duke University, and I see all of this income coming into my program and none of it entered my Chase bank account, I would feel some type of way. Free room and board and classes paid for is a blessing itself, but if I’m helping filling stadiums that hold thousands of people, games being aired on national television, and merchandise that’s being sold stores nationwide and online, I would expect a paycheck at some point.

But people who don’t understand would ask questions like “Why don’t you work on campus?” First of all, the hours that these coaches demand of players, that’s like working a full-time job in itself. Nobody ever wants to mention all the long and extra hours that these athletes have to put in, in order to continue to play for the program. At what point do they time for a job, let alone school work!?!?!? Second, if the did get a job, they will be paid way below than what they’re worth. And the media and ignorant people wonder why you hear about boosting scandals that happen with these athletes at their programs, like the infamous one that happened for decades at the University of Miami, also known as”The U.”

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Chris Webber’s opinion is worth listening to. I mean, he’s a former college athlete himself; part of the revolutionary “Fab Five”, that changed the culture of basketball forever. He’s been to 2 consecutive National Championship games while playing for the University of Michigan. He’ll probably end up in the basketball Hall of Fame when it’s all said and done.

When you have other celebrities, like Chris Rock, noticing the ridiculous treatment that student athletes have to indulge, then a caution flag should be raised by the very least. The players that we know that’s going to make millions as a professional athlete, shouldn’t be viewed differently than majority of the other players that will have to find employment post-college. I’m not saying you pay these kids thousands and thousands of dollars, but you should at least compensate them for their production.

I know that majority of universities have state of the art facilities and equipment that the athletes use. Their playbooks are now on iPads. But my personal issue is that where do you think these schools are getting hte money from for these updated resources and do you really believe every school has mind blowing  facilities like Kentucky or Duke or Michigan? All institutions  don’t have iPads for playbooks. Their equipment can be similar to your local gym at times.

I say you should pay or compensate your students for their contributions to their respective universities and it should be fair standards across the board, meaning, it should be  the same amount if you’re in the same division. If you’re an NCAA Division 1 athlete, you should be paid or compensated teh same as another NCAA Division 1 athlete. Same for Division 2 and 3, NAIA, and so on. Obviously, the higher the level the more the payout because bigger universities generate more revenue. All I’m saying is this will stop players for having to sell their own memorabilia like Terrell Pryor (And got in trouble for it!). I know some people may feel different about it, but I wanted to share my thoughts. Let me know what you think!

 

JGood