Federer, Tiger, Lance, et al confirm 21st century as sport's greatest
This is the greatest century ever for sports.
Sure, the 20th century had
We're not even a decade into the 21st century and look what's happened:
(Home-run numbers alone define the 21st century's dominance over the 20th century. The 1900s had 60, 61* and 70*; since 2000 we've already had 73*. The 1900s had 714 and 755; since 2000, we've had 762*.)
Granted, the 21st century has had some setbacks -- the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics winning titles, lighting a fire under Boston's provincial, overheated fandemonium; performance-enhancing drugs here and there; sports talk radio; Ticketmaster; instant replay as an officiating tool;
Now, I know some of you are saying: "Declaring the 21st century as the greatest ever in sports is a no-brainer. There have only been two centuries in all of recorded time -- the 20th and 21st -- in which professional sports really existed!"
You kids today, you kill me.
You all believe if it happened before
Here in 2009, the question is: Why are we in the midst of such an athletically prolific century?
It's called evolution, my friends. As the species evolves -- and we get bigger, faster, stronger -- our games reach a higher level.
Nutrition and medicine are better. Training techniques are more refined. Wheaties help. And, frankly, I think ESPN HD makes things
In any case, less than 10 years in the making, this is a century of endless possibilities.
I just received word of an extraordinarily gifted 4-year-old physical phenom in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, by the name of
(Aw, man, I almost forgot that the 21st century already has given us the greatest gift of them all -- in 2005 the NHL canceled its entire season.)
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