Lisztomania

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Who are all those old broads?

You work for the internets writing about sports. There is no football or basketball. You’re halfway into a 2,430 game beisbol season so nobody gives a rip about until it matters (if it ever matters) and you aren’t even sure Hockey still exists (or if it ever existed).  Sure you could cover the final leg of the 2009 PBA tour, but if Doritos and huffable paint chips aren’t your top sponsors what kind of value are you adding?  So where do all good writers turn (not just sports writers) when there is nothing to cover?

Superfluous Lists.

Top Ten Running Back U’s

Top 100 Co-eds.

Top 4 QBs over 280lbs.

Top 1 NFL RBs with 14 Illigitimate Children.

The beautiful thing about “all time” lists is all you have to do is create them ONCE and they become Summer fodder for the rest of your career with a few yearly tweaks here and there.

Which leads me to Jeff D’Alessio’s recently released Sporting News’ 50 Greatest Coaches of all time list.

I have no idea if he’s published this before, but Roger Staubach and Isiah Thomas were involved in this year’s edition so who am I to question it’s fallibility.

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Really there is nothing wrong with these lists (or even this list in particular). They spark debate in a time when we all desperately need something fresh to debate. Of course these are decades old, largely stagnate topics, but they are successfully marketed to us as a new concept on a summerly basis. You’ll argue the list now, forget about it when something that matters come along, and hop back on the same argument (and with a few changes maybe even with a different perspective) in a years time.

One things for sure ole’ Jeff might hear a thing or two about ranking The Bahr at a viciously low #3.

I guess what I’m trying to say here is that I need to do some lists. 

SN’s greatest coaches

1. John Wooden, college basketball
2. Vince Lombardi, NFL
3. Bear Bryant, college football
4. Phil Jackson, NBA
5. Don Shula, NFL
6. Red Auerbach, NBA
7. Scotty Bowman, NHL
8. Dean Smith, college basketball
9. Casey Stengel, MLB
10. Knute Rockne, college football
11. Pat Summitt, women’s college basketball

Check out the rest of the list by clicking the title:

Sporting News’ 50 greatest coaches of all time

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