How the Name on the Front Used to Mean Something

24 Feb

OK....Maybe not this jersey... *shudders*

Morning everyone. So I thought about this while at the gym this morning…. Remember growing up and seeing players you loved actually stay with the team that drafted them throughout their career? Me neither. And it’s kind of tragic really. There are dozens of factors for why it happens these days. Most of them financially driven. Others are stars that just want help and aren’t getting it where they are and go elsewhere. And I’m not even talking about the athletes that stick around for a season or two too long in another team’s jersey. I’m talking about the people in the prime of their careers doing it. We’re seeing a rash of those these days. Baseball and basketball see this the most. Our parents and we grew up seeing Willis Reed and Patrick Ewing the Knicks, Larry Bird Kevin McHale the Celtics, MJ the Bull, Magic and Worthy the Lakers, Hakeem and Calvin Murphy the Rockets, Ozzie Smith the Cardinal, Carl Yastrzemski and Ted Williams and Nomar the Red Sox, Johnny Unitas the Colt, Joe Namath the Jet, John Elway the Bronco, and so on and so forth. Now we get a pocket of those athletes on a few teams in all the sports. And I’ll never judge a person for their want at a payday or their pursuit for a championship…. It’s just a shame that sports can’t be about the essential rule that we’ve all heard a billion times over the course of playing or watching sports… The name on the front of the jersey is more important than the one on the back. I want to take a moment and talk about a few of those current day players that still fit under the premise of this blog.


Kobe Bryant

Yeah, I went there.

Ok so I hate Kobe the person. I was with #TeamShaq when the drama was going down in the City of Angels. But there it is undeniable the kind of absolute baller this guy is. A ruthless killer on the court. He will more than likely retire a Laker.

Dirk Nowitzki 

It is widely known that I hate all things Dallas sports. That aside, Dirk is the picture of NBA great player consistency and will be a Maverick forever. There Dallas, you got a compliment. Now expect the apocalypse tomorrow.

Paul Pierce

Wheelchair Paul Pierce…. The guy is a Celtic through and through. While he got help from Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett to get his ring, he won’t be changing his jersey affiliation.


Albert Pujols

LMAO. Sucks, don’t it Cardinals fans?

Derek Jeter

#2, Derek Jeter. I hate the Yankees. Despise them. But if you hate Derek Jeter, you need help. Gift baskets aside, easily one of the best ball players I’ve had the fortune of watching play. The Captain will be a Yankee forever.

I might be making a leap into believing these next players will but I strongly think it’s the case….

Joe Mauer

MAUER POWER!!! The great catcher from the Minnesota Twins. He’s battled injuries the last few seasons, but this guy isn’t going anywhere any time soon.

Tim Lincecum

The pitching hippie. It’s early on, but this guy should do nothing but pitch in the bay for the San Francisco Giants for the entirety of his career.


Ray Lewis

Ray Lewis has been the linchpin that has kept the Ravens Defense together the last 10+ years. He is what every middle linebacker hopes to become. Having probably 2 years max left, Ray Ray ain’t going nowhere.

Eli Manning

Looking like more of a sure bet to stay with his team than his older bro, Peyton, Eli has won 2 rings for the G-MEN! Even in New York, that kind of success speaks volumes for one’s staying power.

Andre Johnson

Oh, so you thought I’d do an entire list of players and not try to sneak one of my players from my teams into it? C’MON MAN! Andre Johnson. The man is the Houston Texans franchise. No one has put up with the losing as much as this guy and he’s finally being rewarded for it.Here’s hoping that he retires in the blue and white. Hopefully we can go out and get him a ring next year. #BullsOnParade

Thanks as always for reading guys. I should have another submission up and ready for you guys next week.

-The Big Socrates


Posted by on February 24, 2012 in Sports


3 responses to “How the Name on the Front Used to Mean Something

  1. MichaelYoungHistory

    February 29, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    LMAO that Pujols thing was greatness. Genius.

  2. fnasty

    February 29, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Dirk dunking on the Spurs #Respect

    Kobe pic #OUCH!

    Good post man. The Spurs are one of the few teams getting it right in this new age. At least 2 HOFs in it for the long haul and maybe 2 more in Tony P and Manu. Next closest may be the Ravens D if Reed and Suggs stayed in B-More

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