Sports - Dynamic Duos

Sports - Dynamic Duos

Sports - Dynamic Duos

The Detroit Tigers are on fire in the American League breathing down the neck of division leading Chicago. Last nights win against the Yankees moved them one half game out of first place. After Monday nights win against New York I had an e mail from my pal Jim Green who lives in Detroit and happens to be a huge fan of all Detroit sports teams, reminding me the Detroit Tigers had a new "dynamic duo" of sports, slugger Prince Fielder and starting pitcher Justin Verlander. I can't disagree with my friend Jim. Over the years, baseball, as have our other pro sports, have had many outstanding "dynamic duos" who carried their teams to World Series, NFL Super Bowl, NBA Championships and Stanley Cup victories. Recently sport fans voted for their top-ten "Dynamic Duos." Here's their selection from #1 to #10 - See if you agree.

Babe Ruth - Lou Gehrig - MLB
Scottie Pippen - Michael Jordan - NBA

Jerry Rice - Joe Montana - NFL
John Stockton - Karl Malone - NBA
Sandy Koufax - Don Drysdale - MLB
Wayne Gretzky - Mark Messier - NHL
Kobe Bryant - Shaquille O'Neil - NBA
Lou Whitaker - Alan Trammell - MLB
Marvin Harrison - Peyton Manning - NFL
Mario Lemieux - Jaromir Jagr - NHL

I know many of you will say "how can they leave off the "dynamic duo" list players like New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and receiver Randy Moss?
Colt fans will scream, "what about quarterback Johnny Unitas and receiver Raymond Berry?"
Baseball fans will shout, "what about Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling of the Diamondbacks?"
Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine when they pitched for the Atlanta Braves? Or, how do you leave off the list Warren Spahn and Johnny Sain the pitching duo who led the Boston Braves to the 1948 pennant? Still older baseball fans shout, "how do you leave off the list Satchel Paige and Hilton Smith, great pitchers of the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro league?" The Monarchs won six Negro American League pennants from 1937-1943 with Paige and Smith leading the way.

Add the voices of basketball fans screaming "where's Bill Russell and John Havlicek of the Boston Celtics, the driving forces to most of the Celtics NBA titles? Where's Elgin Baylor and Jerry West of the Lakers or Walt Frazier and Willis Reed of the Knicks? How do you leave off the list Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson of the Lakers? Hockey fans, "how do you ignore the play of Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay of the Red Wings? Both in the Hall of Fame, both led the league in scoring, Howe six times, both legendary tough guys. How do you leave Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita of the Chicago Blackhawks off a "dynamic duo" list? Both players NHL scoring machines.

If Prince Fielder and Justin Verlander lead Detroit to the playoffs and World Series, expect my friend Jim to give the Tiger stars first place on Sports "dynamic duos" list. It's even possible the Tiger stars may pass Jim's all-time boy-hood "dynamic duos" heroes, "Batman and Robin."
(Okay - "maybe not!")

Larry Upton
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By Larry Upton
Thursday, 9 Aug 2012

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