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James & Jeter

Marc Johnson writes an interesting analysis comparing LeBron James and Derek Jeter.  Of James' performance in the NBA Championship, Johnson writes, "On the intense stage of a championship, regardless of the sport, it is one of life’s guilty little pleasures to watch the most hyped guy, the guy with all the press, all the cash and all the big talk, fall flat on his face. LeBron James certainly didn’t disappoint. And, as if to further cement his well-earned reputation for lacking in class, he handled defeat with, well, not a lot of it. Class that is. . . . Give LeBron this much: he united most of the country behind a team from Texas, no small accomplishment." 

Johnson goes on to compare James to Jeter by opining, "Derek Jeter is the antithesis of a guy like LeBron James. He’s played his entire career in New York, the media capitol of the world, and has found a way to not be a constant feature in the tabloids. He survived and thrived through the Steinbrenner years. He’s played along side the not so loved Alex Rodriguez and projected a certain calm professionalism that then A-Rod or a LeBron can only dream about. Of course, Jeter has his detractors, but mostly because he’s a Yankee and not because he’s a chump."  The full analysis is worth a read.

Well?  Is it a fair analysis?



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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.