50 words or less …. who is America’s most influential athlete?

May 11, 2011 |

Are you a little tired today? Those 13 inning affairs are not good for one’s sleep schedule, that’s for sure. But, it is Wednesday and we’re halfway to reaching another weekend.

The Orioles and Mariners will hit the field at 7:05pm for tonight’s second game of the series. And, tonight’s task for the birds lineup will likely be even tougher, as they face Felix Hernandez. The Orioles will counter with Chris Tillman.

Yep, some situations seem very unfair. But, that’s the game. And, here’s your daily dose of “50 Words Or Less” …..
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Welcome Back
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All too often, those of us who have a platform for expressing opinions and predictions, will proudly boast when we’re right …. but, we conveniently forget to acknowledge when we’re wrong …..

Right now, JJ Hardy is proving my forecast for him to be inaccurate, and I’m more than okay with it. I hope that when September rolls around, I can have my FONZIE MOMENT, and say …. “I was wr-wr-wr-wrong”.

And, no, I won’t be getting any input from Adam Jones.
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An Influence ??? (Bonus – 100 words)
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I don’t think I’ve ever hidden my love for NASCAR and motorsports. But, I’m also a realist and stock car racing does not have a huge following in this area. That said, most sports fans are familiar with NASCAR’s biggest personalities …..

But, when you hear Jimmie Johnson’s name, does it give cause to think INFLUENTIAL dude? I’m more likely to describe Johnson as a WINNER, DOMINATOR and perhaps, HUMBLE beyond most others.

Influential? According to the good folks at Forbes Magazine, Jimmie Johnson’s ability to court corporate sponsors and appeal to a loyal fan base makes him #1 on the overall list.

Well, you can certainly rest assured he won’t get arrested at 3am for driving after drinking too much. He won’t fail a urinalysis or find himself in compromising situations with women other than his wife. Oh yeah, and he won’t be spouting hogwash on Twitter, in the near future.

So, I get it. Jimmie Johnson really is an influential guy. But, more importantly, he’s a good person. Here’s the Forbes ARTICLE
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30 Short Years Ago
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On May 11, 1981, I was in 8th grade at George Fox Middle School. Cal Ripken was starring on the stage, at Rochester. And, Ray Lewis was finishing up kindergarten.

A long time ago, huh?

It was also one of the darker days in music, as Nesta Robert Marley left this world. An absolute legend? No doubt. We’re now 30 years removed from his death and Bob Marley’s music is still a popular staple of our music loving culture.

“One bright morning when my work is over I will fly away home”
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Meanwhile, In Arizona
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Have you checked on David Hernandez lately? Yep, that David Hernandez …..

He’s carving a nice relief role for the Diamondbacks, with a 2.16 ERA and 16 strikeouts thru as many innings. Groundbreaking stats? Nope …. and his numbers were even more impressive before he surrendered a run, last night.

I gotta feeling we’re gonna see David Hernandez’s name next to a 30 save season in the near future. Stay tuned …..
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A Really GREAT Grandfather
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Quick, take a look at your family tree and see if Wellington Burt’s name is anywhere within its roots. If so, you could have MILLIONS coming your way …..

Mr. Burt died in 1919, but his estate was cast to reward his great-grandchildren, 20 years after his last grandchild’s death. And, now is the time …..

Of all the damn luck ….. and to just get a windfall of money from a dude you never met? Yup, I would be okay with it. Here’s the STORY
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Unlucky Sports Events
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We’re just two days away from “Friday The 13th” and all the tales of black cats, broken mirrors and bad luck. So, we’re dedicating Friday’s AFTERNOON DRIVE to the “Unluckiest Moments In Sports”.

Do you have a suggestion for one of those moments? Would you like to hear from a certain guest? There’s plenty of sports action to cite, from Baltimore and beyond.

Email me with your ideas (rex@wnst.net). I’ll chat with you, today @ 2pm ……

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