In sports every important figure has a brother from another mother. Here are five sets of non-related fraternal twins that have so much more in common than many blood brothers.
Kevin Durant and Bryce Harper
Both of these guys have that “it” factor. Every time Durant takes the court or Harper takes the field it’s just obvious that they’re just that much better than everyone else. And despite being young guys, they both seem to understand the moment, and play the game the right way. Save for a serious injury we will be seeing these two stars rewrite the record books and waltz into their respective halls of fame.
Alex Rodriguez and Dwight Howard
Even though these two sports luminaries have been blessed with unmatched physical talent, neither one could master the mental aspect of being a star athlete. ARod and Howard both suffer from the fatal disease of: Since I try way too hard to appear cool everything I say or do comes off as disingenuous, staged, and forced. Rodriguez tried unsuccessfully for years to mimic the above reproach, stoic, confident swag of Derek Jeter. Despite being 7 feet tall and 265 pounds, Howard sadly tries to dress nerdy like NBA stars half his size. The whole spectacle is so very sad.
Roger Clemens and Lance Armstrong
They are in a nutshell two big, strong, Texans who are rich enough to hire lawyers good enough to manipulate the legal system. Anyone with two hemispheres in their brain can come to the conclusion that both of these guys were doing performance enhancing drugs for years. Neither one has ever failed a drug test, but with so much evidence implicating them, it’s almost impossible not to reach this conclusion. Just to make sure everyone fully understands this, neither one will be found guilty of any crimes. Armstrong may be stripped of his Tour de France victories, but he will never lose in a court of law.
Bob Arum and David Stern
Two rich, arrogant, savvy dictators who have enough power to dictate the outcomes of their sports. Arum, the CEO of the boxing promoting company, Top Rank, has been involved in many controversies in his 40 plus years in boxing. His greatest alleged transgression involved his current cash cow Manny Pacquiao. In quick summary, Pacquiao (the champion) was robbed of a fight he dominated against an unknown, yet undefeated opponent Timothy Bradley (Arum promotes both of these fighters). Instead of allowing Pacquiao the obvious rematch, Arum is “making” Pacquiao have a 4th fight against an opponent no one wants to watch. This allows Bradley, who isn’t that good, to be promoted as the undefeated champion who beat the great Pacquiao. Now any fight with Bradley will generate huge revenue … even though he’s an average fighter and a paper champion.
Stern rigged the inaugural NBA draft lottery, watches idly as referees obviously fix the outcomes of games, nixed a perfectly legitimate three team trade (without ever giving a real reason), and lastly allowed a team that his league owns (New Orleans Hornets) to win the #1 pick in this year’s draft. Both of these criminals need to go.
The triplets: Floyd Mayweather, Tom Brady, and Roger Federer
These three brothers have been considered to be the best to ever play their sport by many in the media, but nothing could be further from the truth for all of them.
· Mayweather may end his career undefeated, but many of his victories have been against cupcakes, and he never fought Pacquiao in his prime. This is a HUGE asterisk on his resume.
· Brady already has better stats than Joe Montana, and could easily tie or pass him in Super Bowl victories. What Montana never had was a blemish on his record in the big game, let alone two … to the same opposing quarterback no less. As awesome as Brady has been his whole career, such a distinction precludes him from being the best ever.
· Fed has more major titles than any man in tennis history, the record for most consecutive weeks ranked #1, and has captured the career Grand Slam. What he doesn’t have is a winning record against his contemporary Rafael Nadal. Nadal leads their head to head rivalry 18-10, and has defeated Federer in the final match of a major 6 consecutive times (6-2 overall lead). I can’t say a guy is the best ever when he can’t match up at all to his chief rival.