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Not: Dwight Howard
Who doesn’t love Dwight’s… ya know what? I can’t do it. Sorry big man, you’re the new Lebron. Maybe we’ll like you again in a few years.
His story is going to make a great movie one day. I won’t get into his childhood, but we’ve all heard about what he overcame to get to where he is today. The guy went from nearly out of baseball, to Cy Young in just a few years. Sure he’s started slow in Toronto, but you got to imagine that Bugs Bunny knuckler will be missing bats as soon as the warmer weather hits. Humble almost to a fault, I can’t think of many guys in sports I want to root for more than RA. Oh, and guess what he did? Did you guess “signed your baseball?” Well, you’re wrong, wise guy. He didn’t sign my baseball! He signed some little kids instead, and to me, that’s even more likable. (I later bought said baseball from the little kid for $200 and a Mr. Met bobblehead.)
A known PED user… but an admitted PED user. I can sit here and talk about Pettitte’s charitable efforts over the years, or his post season success, or his impressive career that is still going strong at the age of 40, but the best thing Andy Pettitte ever did was admit to his mistakes and cut ties with Roger Clemens. As far as I’m concerned that alone could shoot you straight to the top of the likable list… but, he never signed my baseball, so…
Has there ever been a better athlete from Japan? (look it up.) Who doesn’t like RG3? Even fans of rival teams love RG3. The guy is the most dynamic player in the sport. He has the highest selling jersey in the NFL right now, and the Redskins have damn ugly uniforms. People are going out of their way to rock burgundy and gold because of this guy. That’s impressive. RG3 is so good, he may infact be an alien. Don’t believe me? Famed surgeon Dr. James Andrews recently called Griffin’s recovery from reconstructive knee surgery, “superhuman.” You calling James Andrews a liar?
Like Harper, it seemed everyone hated this guy just a year ago… but let’s be real; it’s getting increasingly harder to hold a grudge against Bron Bron. I thought I’d hate to see the Heat win, but Lebron’s childlike enthusiasm really made me look at him in a different light, and he's well on his way to another one this year. “The Decision” was three years ago, we can all stop acting like LeBron personally slapped us in the face. He’s the best player in the game, possibly of all time, so let’s just sit back and appreciate what we are watching. As for you Clevelanders… um… Kyrie is going to be a great player. Right? That’s something.
“But, what about all those terrible things he did when he was 16?!” Well, voice in my head, what has he done out of line since? He’s handled his Major League career with nothing but professionalism and class, just parking homers and dodging clown questions like a champ. Outside of his All Star caliber play, Harper owes a lot of his likability to Cole Hamels, who tried to be a big man—despite sounding like a small child—when he plunked Harper in his debut for absolutely no reason. And ya know what? I’m biased. The dude signed my baseball at a Lakewood Blueclaws game. I’m not ashamed of asking someone younger than me for his signature. … Ok, I’m a little ashamed.
It’s hard to call a guy who snapped his tibia in half a “feel good” story, but… I’ve got nothing. If anything else, the way he has handled himself makes him incredibly easy to root for. Who doesn’t want to see Kevin Ware go on to a long NBA career after a setback like that? Not to mention, Kevin has taught us the dangers of what running and jumping can do to you. Stay in your computer chairs kids; your shinbones will thank you.
Past discretions aside, who has it better than Pitino right now? The man just won his second national championship a day after being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. On top of that, his horse, Goldencents, has a chance of winning next month’s Kentucky Derby. The man can do no wrong at the moment. If you told me he single handedly performed the surgery on Kevin Ware’s leg, I’d believe you. Speaking of--
I mean, I really don’t have to go into much detail here… the guy has a hovercraft golf cart. A hovercraft golf cart! Not only that that, he owns the car from a TV show that featured a character named “Cooter.” Cooter! He’s in a boy band/rap group consisting of 3 other pro golfers, and he’s the reigning Masters Champ. Cooter! He served Mac and Cheese at his Masters dinner and also took his year old son along as the "caddie." The only thing that could possibly make Bubba more likable is if he looked into the camera after every putt and yelled “What, son?!”