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Attention Sports Fans: Kobe, AROD or Neither! What Is Your Choice?

Monday, November 5th, 2007

Let the debate begin.

As I write this blog, Kobe Bryant and Alex Rodriguez (AROD) can be on your team. Kobe is unhappy in Los Angeles and wants to be traded and AROD opted out of his contract earlier in the week — ooooops I meant in the middle of game four of the World Series and can be signed as a free agent.

Congrads! You are the owner of an NBA and MLB team! What do you do?

Some of Kobe’s awards and achievements are:

  • 3-time NBA Champion
  • 2-time Scoring Champion
  • 9-time NBA All-Star: 1998
  • 2-time NBA All-Star Game MVP
  • 9-time All-NBA Selection
  • 7-time All-Defensive Selection:

Here are some of AROD’s achievements from 2007

  • Ranks 1st in AL in HR (54)
  • Ranks 1st in AL in R (143)
  • Ranks 4th in AL in OBP (.422)
  • Ranks 1st in AL in OPS (1.067)
  • Ranks 1st in AL in RBI (156)
  • Ranks 7th in AL in BB (95)
  • Ranks 1st in AL in SLG (.645)

AROD had a great 2007 and will be named MVP of the American League very shortly.

Yes both are GREAT players! Both are probably the best in their leagues! Let’s NOT debate that. The real question is, as an owner of an NBA and MLB team, which one–if any–do you want on your team?

For me……drum roll please…neither one.

Let me start with Kobe. He won three championships all with Shaq and then ran him out of town. He appears to be very fickle and will do the same thing for any other team he plays for. I don’t believe he makes people around him better and frankly probably loves and needs all the attention which means he is challenging in the locker room to have as a teammate.

Now AROD. Everyone forgets that AROD played with Ken Griffey Jr. and Randy Johnson — three great players that didn’t win a ring! Just think about all that has surrounded AROD in NY. He got into a fight with Varitek, slapped the ball out of Bronson Arroyo’s hand, and elbowed Dustin Pedroia while supposedly sliding into second base and then yells something as he is rounding the bases in Toronto. Each time he looked around the stadium and said, "Who me? What did I do?" Setting all that aside he is still a great talent, but in my opinion will NEVER win anything other than individual awards. He will not get a ring. He is the best player in baseball and now is about to play for his fourth team! You need to ask yourself why? Is he a good locker room guy? No idea since I am not an athlete but I would say no.

For me the decision is easy. In fact very easy — I wouldn’t trade for Kobe or sign AROD!

  • What would you do?

I look forward to your comments.

Did You See The New Reality Show – Dancing With The Research Stars!

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

I do enjoy some of the realty shows because it gives me the opportunity to give some thought as to whether I could do what these people are doing. All over the place in Dallas we are hearing about the always outgoing Mark Cuban, the Dallas Mavericks owner who recently competed in Dancing with the Stars. It gave me a little time to pause and think about a new realty show that should come out very soon.

What I did was give some thought to some of the folks who might compete in this show. I broke down the show into a few different categories:


Lance Hoffman — Opinion Access
Sarah Kotvah — Fieldwork
Jason Miller — Performance Plus
Jacki Spear — Online Survey Solutions

Other: ______________

This was a very hard category for me. Although I think Lance "Twinkle toes" Hoffman would be great and Sarah and Jacki would be stars there is nothing like watching a fellow Bostonian cut up the dance floor. For that reason Jason Miller gets my vote.

A Little Older:

Michelle Elster — Rabin Research
Steve Schlesinger — Schlesinger Associates
Lynn Stallone — IHR Research Group
Ed Sugar — On-line Communication

Other: ______________

This was an easy choice for me. Is there anything better than seeing a guy dancing with his pony tail flying all over the place? No disrespect to Michelle, Lynn and Ed but Steve gets my vote.

More Experienced:

Betty Anne Champion — GFK Strategic Marketing
Jeffrey Lorber — Myers Research Group
Joe Ottaviani — Burke
Merrill Shugoll — Shugoll Research

Other: ______________

This was another hard choice for me. Over the years I have probably seen all of these candidates dance. These people have class, grace, and experience but only one of them shares my name so my choice would go to Merrill "I Love the Name" Shugoll.

End User:

Jill Donahue — Nestle Purina
Jon Last — Golf Digest
Bob Graham — Energizer
Regina Lewis — Intercontinental Hotel

Other: ______________

I am not 100% sure but Jon probably dances like I do which would mean I couldn’t possibly give him my vote. Bob Graham loves the Red Sox and is a UMASS graduate and that alone probably would do it but I am going to have to go in another direction. That leaves Jill and Regina — a tough choice for sure. Since this is my show I will say that both of them get my vote and make the show.

I hope everyone who reads this enjoys my Friday humor and takes my commentary in the spirit I meant it.

  • What are your choices?
  • There is an "other" category so feel free to write in candidates.

I look forward to your choices.