And on the seventh day...we all needed a little rest.
This week in baseball has been one of the craziest in recent memory. The Rockies have been busy infuriating the internet, by trading a fan favorite for "what's his name" and "so-and-so", the backup catcher and relief pitcher roulette wheels have been spinning in full motion, and the Seattle Mariners stole Robinson Cano away from the big bad Yankees for the one-time down-payment of a private island and lordship over a small town in Washington.
I can't hardly keep my head on straight. I have so many conflicting thoughts about what's been happening in baseball and to my beloved Rockies that I think they've started a Fight Club in my head. And I just broke the first rule.
So for anyone who might be looking for a lazy Sunday, to sit and reflect (or not) and to remember how and why sports are supposed to be fun, I offer this silly game I've invented to engage our minds on something else before putting our armor on and heading back into the battlefield that is the hot-stove season.
Cross-sport City Team's
O.K. first things first, I'm gonna need help with that title. Here are the rules:
1.) Choose a city that you were born in, live in, and/or know the sports history of exceptionally well.
2.) Take every professional athlete in that city's history and put them into a "pool" of available players.
3.) From your available pool, create the best professional NBA, NFL, MLB, MLS, or NHL team you can think of.
4.) PLAYERS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO PLAY THEIR OWN PRIMARY SPORT.
5.) Assume your team will be playing a season with playoffs against other similarly built teams.
6.) Assume all players are in their prime.
Here is an example. This was my first run through so I'm sure I forgot some people. I will be posting more in the comments and hope you'll join me.
The Colorado Broncos:
QB: Todd Helton
RB: David Thompson, Ty Lawson, Eric Young Jr.
WR: Alex English, Dexter Fowler, Carlos Gonzales, Alexi Lalas, Danillo Gallinari
TE: Carmelo Anthony, Wilson Chandler
OL: Jason Giambi, Nolan Arenado, Patrick Roy, Dante Bichette, Marcus Camby
DE: Dikembe Motumbo, Javale McGee, Timofey Mozgov
DT: Kenyon Matin, Nene, Kenneth Faried
OLB: Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg, Matt Holliday
MLB: Troy Tulowitzki
CB: Allen Iverson, J.R. Smith, Nate Robinson, Juan Pierre
S: Larry Walker, Marcelo Balboa
K/P: Kyle Beckerman, Conor Casey
Feel free to play with the formula and.or just mock me relentlessly.