Sports Reincarnations

So I’m sittin’ in my easy chair the other night watching the Mavs and Warriors go at it … and then it hits me. The whole game I’m watching Baron Davis and thinking “I’ve seen this guy before … but where?” It’s like I’ve seen him in another life, or more specifically, in HIS other life. So that’s the punch line … in Baron Davis’s previous life, he was … are you ready for this … Walt Frazier!!! YES … THAT’S IT!!! A cool-as-a-cucumber, hard to rattle, clutch-as-can-be point guard with a beard. Walt “Clyde” Frazier, formerly of the famous early 70’s world champion NY Knicks with Willis Reed, Dave Debusschere, etc retired and came back to “sports life” as Baron Davis of the Golden State Warriors. All you 40-60 somethings out there know what I’m talking about, don’t you???

Surely we’ve all had these transformational moments where we’ve witnessed a “sports resurrection”. So tell us about yours. Who is playing today that you’d swear on a stack of bibles used to be so-and-so from the 1975 so-and-so’s???

I just don’t understand why Clyde … er, uh Baron … isn’t wearing Pumas 🙂

Wally

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7 Responses

  1. David Eckstein might be the new and improved version of Bud Harrelson. While others in the league are / were driving SUV’s, these guys play/played the game like they are/were driving Hondas: they get as many miles to the gallon as possible. Both are fearless turning the double play. I vaguely recall a bench-clearing brawl during the 1973 NL Pennant. If I remember correctly it involved Pete Rose taking out Harrelson at second, and Bud gettin’ some of Rose’s flesh with his spikes. Eckstein what can I say about that guy. He is true grit. Unfortnate that the Saux(nice one Muels) let him got.

  2. Got another one for ya. Marvin Harrison is the second coming of Gene Washington/49ers. I had forgotten that there were two Gene Washingtons that played wide receiver in the NFL during the ’70s. The other GW played for the Vikes. Washington ran great routes much like Harrsion. Both of the guys are all go and no show. Rarely do you see Harrison allowing his emotions to get the better of him, much like the way Washington played. Finally both have the ‘stache.

    When you get a chance check out this site:

    http://www.footballcardgallery.com/1973+Topps/460/

  3. Are they still playing basketball this time of year? (I must be a Celtics fan)…

  4. Editor’s Note: Article should be titled “Sports Reincarnations” … not “Resurrections”. C’mon Wally … use your noggin’!

    Wally

  5. Wally,

    Don’t you want your own identity? Ya gotta enter through the ccww.wordpress address, and you won’t have my name tagged to your comments. 🙂

  6. Let’s see if this works.

    Wally

  7. Not a reincarnation because their careers overlapped, but Bake McBride got a haircut and changed his name to Willie McGee.

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