Monday, February 24, 2014

Mt Rushmore---National Version

BY SCOTT MORGANROTH

I can thank ESPN especially Mike & Mike In the Morning for this idea.

They originally just used the NBA Mt. Rushmore, however, I've decided to take this much farther by covering a lot more sports on and off the field.

So lets get started.

NBA:

1. Magic Johnson
2. Larry Bird
3. Bill Russell
4. Michael Jordan

MLB:

1. Ty Cobb
2. Babe Ruth
3. Lou Gehrig
4. Cy Young

NHL:

1. Gordie Howe
2. Wayne Gretzky
3. Bobby Orr
4. Bobby Hull

NFL:

1. Jim Brown
2. Jerry Rice
3. Dick Butkus
4. Joe Montana

NFL QB's:

1. Joe Montana
2. Terry Bradshaw
3. John Elway
4. Brett Favre

NASCAR:

1. Richard Petty
2. Dale Earnhardt Sr.
3. Jimmie Johnson
4. Jeff Gordon

NHL GOALTENDERS:

1. Martin Brodeur
2. Patrick Roy
3. Terry Sawchuk
4. Jacques Plante

MLB PITCHERS:

1. Cy Young
2. Walter Johnson
3. Tom Seaver
4. Nolan Ryan

GREATEST COACHES:

1. John Wooden
2. Vince Lombardi
3. Scotty Bowman
4. Don Shula

MEN'S TENNIS:

1. Jimmy Connors
2. Bjorn Borg
3. Pete Sampras
4. Roger Federer

WOMEN'S TENNIS:

1. Chris Evert
2. Martina Navratilova
3. Billie Jean King
4. Steffi Graf

BOXING:

1. Joe Louis
2. Rocky Marciano
3. Muhammad Ali
4. Sugar Ray Leonard

BROADCASTERS PLAY BY PLAY:

1. Vin Scully
2. Al Michaels
3. Dick Enberg
4. Curt Gowdy

COLOR ANALYSTS:

1. Tim McCarver
2. Hubie Brown
3. Joe Garagiola
4. John Madden

WOMEN BROADCASTING PIONEERS:

1. Lesley Visser
2. Hannah Storm
3. Robin Roberts
4. Andrea Kramer

STUDIO HOSTS:

1. Brent Musberger
2. Chris Berman
3. Bob Costas
4. Chris Fowler

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAY BY PLAY:

1. Keith Jackson
2. Brent Musberger
3. Lindsey Nelson
4. Verne Lundquist

COLLEGE FOOTBALL COLOR ANALYSTS:

1. Frank Broyles
2. Bob Griese
3. Gary Danielson
4. Ara Parseghian

MLB PLAY BY PLAY:

1. Vin Scully
2. Jack Buck
3. Curt Gowdy
4. Ernie Harwell

MULTIPLE SPORTS PLAY BY PLAY:

1. Don Criqui
2. Dick Stockton
3. Gary Bender
4. Charlie Jones

NFL PLAY BY PLAY:

1. Pat Summerall
2. Al Michaels
3. Dick Enberg
4. Curt Gowdy

NFL COLOR ANALYSTS:

1. John Madden
2. John Brodie
3. Merlin Olsen
4. Dan Dierdorf

COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAY BY PLAY:

1. Brent Musberger
2. Jim Nantz
3. Dick Enberg
4. Verne Lunquist

COLLEGE BASKETBALL COLOR ANALYSTS:
1. Dick Vitale
2. Billy Packer
3. Al McGuire
4. Bill Raftery

NHL PLAY BY PLAY:

1. Dan Kelly
2. Gary Thorne
3. Mike "Doc Emrick
4. Dave Strader

NHL COLOR ANALYSTS:

1. John Davidson
2. Ed Olczyk
3. Bill Clement
4. Darren Pang

ESPN:

1. Chris Berman
2. Bob Ley
3. Tom Mees
4. Dan Patrick

I'm sure I could add even more lists than this, but this is plenty to keep the thinking caps on.

All the four Major Sports were indeed a challenge to come up with the Big Four.

But since ESPN started with the NBA List, I figured I'd do the same and use ESPN to end it.

All I'll say about Magic Johnson and Larry Bird is the NBA's games were on Tape Delay and the NBA was practically broke. Now look where the league is at. I doubt very few people would doubt what they've meant to the league.

Scott Morganroth can be reached at scottsports33@aol.com.

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