I went by Maize and Brew last night and found some inspiration. This post called Players We Love to Watch, Even if They Aren't That Good focuses on Wolverine Zack Gibson. While I have no particular fondness or dislike for Gibson, it made me start thinking about who fits that category in the Minnesota sports world.
Logically, I went first to our Golden Gophers basketball players. A few names come to mind from recent years. Miles Tarver endeared himself to me for his grittiness. Jeff Hagen was more effective in the post than his he should have been. Imagine Hagen with more athleticism. As many of you know my old site was called Paging Jim Shikenjanski, after perhaps the guy I enjoyed watching the most growing up, even if he wasn't the best player on his Minnesota teams.
So, I throw it out there to all of you. What Gophers basketball or football palyers did you love watching despite perhaps a lack of talent?
- Scout's Chris Monter has a conversation with a potential 2011 basketball recruit in Missouri product Ricky Kreklow.
- I agree with Sid Hartman. He writes: Talk about some of the crazy rules of the NCAA. Some of the best high school basketball players in the country were here to participate in the Sabes Invitational tournament at Bloomington Jefferson High School, but Gophers coach Tubby Smith and his staff were not allowed to watch the action because all coaches are barred from watching such tournaments.
- After being away for awhile I had some catching up to do and this was one of the better reads. It's our friend at the Daily Norseman taking the mainstream media to task for creating the Brett Favre monster media monster.