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  • Mt. Rushmores of Sport

       February 05, 2009

    ESPN has an interesting feature on each state's "Mt. Rushmore" of sports stars. The idea is simply to pick the four top sports personalities connected to each state. Sometimes the connections are a little tenuous. For example, Secretariat is on Kentucky's Mt. Rushmore. While I'll be the last person to debate a horse's place on the hypothetical monument, I will debate Secretariat's place for Kentucky as he was born in Virginia, raced exactly once in Kentucky and had a good, but not great, stud career in the state. If you're going to pick a horse, at least pick a Kentucky-bred like Man 'O War.

    Anyway, Wisconsin's four are Vince Lombardi (no real argument), Hank Aaron (I guess), Brett Favre (kill me) and Al McGuire (really?). Left off the monument are people like Barry Alvarez, Ron Dayne, Eric Heiden, "Badger" Bob Johnson, Pat Richter, Mark Johnson, Curly Lambeau, Alan Ameche, Bob Uecker, Paul Molitor and Robin Yount and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Wow, for such a small state, Wisconsin really packs a sports punch.

    It's hard to pick my personal top four. Lombardi is an easy pick. I think there needs to be a Brewer in the mix and I'd honestly choose Yount over Aaron. I'd love to put a Badger on the monument, but I'd take "Badger" Bob over Alvarez, Richter or Ameche. Hockey's not as popular as football, but Johnson better exemplifies what Wisconsin is about. Finally, I adore Al Mcguire. I love this quote from him:

    I don't like to make appointments. When I drive to work each morning, I get to Capitol Drive. If I turn left, I go to the office. If I turn right, I go to Kenosha, Oconomowoc, all the little towns west, right down the line. And I always like to have the prerogative, to be able to turn right if I want to, drive up the road to a little bar where I can have a beer and a sandwich. Oh, I don't do it more than once every 10 or 12 times, but I like to know that I can do it. So I don't make appointments.

    I admire how he lived his life consciously, and also how he so obviously did exactly what he wanted.

    But I digress. As much as I like McGuire, he doesn't belong on Wisconsin's sports Mt. Rushmore. In his place I'd actually put Uecker. So that's my four: Lombardi, Uecker, Johnson & Yount. To me, those names best represent the sports accomplishments, culture and personality of Wisconsin.

    Posted by at February 5, 2009 09:53 PM

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    #  February 5th, 2009 10:19 PM      BVBigBro
    No Dick Trickle?  
    #  February 8th, 2009 4:04 PM      kris
    That statue would have to be Trickle, behind the wheel, with both a cigarette and a Point.

    I noticed that Agassi was on Nevada's Mt. Rushmore. I'm giggling thinking about a monument of him in his full-on dyed mullet days. Good times.  



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