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4/22/2008 02:55:00 PM
Five Athletes Due for a Win
LaDanian Tomlinson has rushing titles, but not a Super Bowl title.
By Lang Whitaker, SI.com
Danica Patrick is finally off the hook. Years after zooming onto the Indy Car scene, with a wake of glamour shots trailing behind her, Danica finally won a race this weekend, getting the curse off her back. Still, there are plenty of other high-profile athletes out there who've never won it all. Here are our top five athletes we'd like to see finally win a big one, be it an overall title or just a single tournament...
1. LaDanian Tomlinson: I don’t know what it is about LDT, but he always seems to play hard and come up with at least one big play per game. Now he just needs to put it all together and carry his team to a Superbowl win.
2. Ana Ivanovic: She's inherited the mantle of tennis' hottest starlet, but she's also won a few minor tournaments along the way. She's advanced deep, however, in each of the Grand Slam events. Win one of those, and she'll never be compared to the other Anna again.
3. Alex Rodriguez: Perhaps it's bad luck, or maybe even karma, but despite his incredible stats year after year, A-Rod's never been able to get the biggest wins when they count.
4. LeBron James: He went to the NBA Finals last year, but even King James must realize that when he retires, he'll be judged not by the points on the scoreboard but by the rings on his fingers. And the way he's been playing lately, he looks like this is something he's well aware of.
5. Anna Kournikova: Speaking of the other Anna...OK, so she's retired and not actually on the tour anymore, but Kournikova remains the gold standard in this category. And Anna regularly being in the news again wouldn't be a bad thing for anyone, would it?
Who would you like to see win one? Let us know below...
Lang Whitaker is the executive editor of SLAM magazine and writes daily at SLAMonline.com
how can you not include Allen Iverson on this list? The man plays his heart out every night on the court, and has been trapped on too many weak sixers teams where he's been left to carry the load. Now the year that he's on a good enough team to contend, the west is stacked, and his 50+ wins get an 8th seed. Dang.
Tennis: James Blake, Tim Henman Golf: Sergio Garcia Football: TO (but being a Giants fan, I would be perfectly happy to keep him on this list until he retires) Baseball: Roy Halladay Basketball: The Rutgers womens' team (hey, they start five athletes, right?) Hockey: Sid the Kid
NBA-Allen Iverson has to be included on this list. The guy has won the MVP, lead the league in scoring, and carried a bunch of role players to the finals with the Sixers. Now that he has real talent around him there is no excuses.
NFL-Donovan McNabb. In a weak NFC the guy only made the Super Bowl once and lost. When healthy, he is a top 5 QB in the league. He has a good coach and a good team. He's due to win one sooner or later.
MLB-Barry Bonds. For a guy who did so much to earn all these individual achievements, he's never won a world series ring.
NHL-Joe Thornton. The guy is a beast. He makes everyone around him better. He carries his teams to the playoffs...and then disappears
The Atlanta Braves. Sure they won in 1995, but only Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, and Chipper Jones remain from that team, and Glavine just came back this year after spending 5 seasons with the New York Mets. Those three Braves can get their second ring and the others can get their first.
BTW, neither Lebron James nor Anna Kournikova should be on this list. They should be replaced by 17 year NBA veteran Dikembe Mutombo (good man, great humanitarian) and 11 year WNBA veteran Vickie Johnson (great player, outstanding person).
Oh and to the first poster, MJ won his first championship in his SEVENTH season (Rookie of the year in 1985, first championship and first Finals MVP in 1991).
Did you even watch the playoffs when LT completely tanked it and sat and the bench pouting cause his poor leg hurt? Just for that LT does not deserve a ring EVER!! Gimme Emmitt Smith and his dislocated shoulder anyday. Theres a championship player. I strongly agree with the Iginla comments, love his determination, skill, and force. Shame the Kipper kinda let em down this year, had his worst playoffs ever.
O.K., true lebron doesn't qualify but Shaq wouldn't have those 3 rings either if it wasn' t for Kobe on his team. Even the greatest M.J. couldn't have done it with out Pippen at his side. Remember the word TEAM!
Todd Helton. He came close last year, but after playing on some really s****y teams for almost his entire career, he deserves to win the big one. Jerome Iginla. John Daly. Maybe a big win would straighten him up. And yes, I realize the Catch-22 of needing to straighten up in order to win.
honestly.. what does it take to be allowed to write if this is the type of garbage you can post as legit? There are only 2 people on the list qualifying for it (a rod and LT) plus a list like this should Definetley have at least 10 names on it.. for all the jason taylor's and KG's and T-MAc's, and Iverson's, and junior SEau's, and zach thomas's, and Tim Henman's, and Mike Mussina's and Todd Helton's of the world.. Please.. you are horrible... LeBron? got to be kidding me..
Dale Earnhardt Jr Must be on this list -- he's way overdue. He runs at the front every week. He would have had a win 2 Sundays ago if the shrub (the evil #18) hadn't intentionally wrecked him. Of course we can't count the 2 wins he had this season, too bad they were non-points races.
Allen Iverson - This dude has played with injuries, been the MVP, the league's top scorer, and STILL hasn't gotten his ring.
As for Philadelphia as a city getting a championship in ANYTHING, I don't see it happening for a long time. Sucks to be you, Philly. I do admire the loyalty Philly fans have for their team, though. I know that there's somebody somewhere in Philly who is willing to sell one of their children for a championship to come back to their city.