This is dedicated to Hockey players who were very much like one of their counterparts in another sport. Whether it was physically or just the way the played or led a team, or talked.
I'll start with Bobby Hull and Mickey Mantle. Owner of the hardest slapshot of all-time. 118mph it was once clocked at. Hull was very muscular, looked like a bodybuilder. Pure Power. Mantle was just like that as well. He hit for pure power. Long, long home runs. They even looked like each other. Although Mantle won more championships.
Wayne Gretzky and Tiger Woods. Although its hard to put anyone in Gretzky's category, Woods has dominated Golf much like Wayne dominated Hockey. Both are shining examples of their sport. A non-Hockey fan knows who Gretzky is. And same for Woods. Both carry themselves with class.
Brett Hull and Muhamed Ali. Both are extremely cocky. But usually backed it up. Hull has two Cups, that unfortunate World Cup Triumph. Led the league in goals. I hate Hull, but if anyone matches Ali's mouth combined with his succes its Hull. Sorry Roenick, you have to win something, then be cocky!
Billy Smith and Terry Bradshaw. Both were great in their own times. The reason I compare these two is because they were both money players. Bradshaw won four Super Bowls in four tries. Smith was as much of a battler as anyone and backboned the Islanders to those 4 straight Cups. Oh and they're both as bald as eggs right now! lol
I also always thought of Eddie Shore and Ty Cobb as being similar athletes as well. Both, for their time, great players, and both also violent and bizarre individuals. The stories of each player's stinginess and penny pinching are legendary as well.
When Shore owned the Springfield Indians, players would take tickets, serve popcorn, paint the boards, as well as play later that night. After the other players had showered, changed and left, Cobb used to go and collect the little bars of soap that were left.
They each coached/managed in a similar manner as well. When Shore ran the Indians, he tried to have his players emulate his particular skating style, going so far as to tie a length of rope from one skate to the other. Why? Because that was how HE skated. For Cobb's part, he was so obnoxious, when he was player/manager for the Tigers, he would sometimes call timeouts so he could run in from the outfield to berate and correct his players, as well as try to show them fundamentals right then and there.
Come to think of it, Rogers Hornsby isn't very different either, though wasn't the violent man Cobb and Shore were.
Last edited by Daryl Shilling: 03-31-2004 at 09:58 PM.