Thursday, February 09, 2006

Superball-er: Diego Armando Maradona

First off, shut up. I am not a sports fan, but I respect, sport... thumb wrestling, american gladiators, and believe it or not THAT is not all...
The Most Valuable Player is an interesting concept in team sports. I don't think I recall any Football MVP's aside from Desmond Howard and most recently Heinz Ward. After the game I went to ESPN and Sports Illustrated to read "best game ever" or "worst game ever", that sort of tabloid writing is prevalent in sports and caters to the fans of both teams. It's hard to qualify an entire game as "the best", however some games do have their best moment, and when the impossible happens, those moments really do become some of the most memorable, or "best" moments in sports.

Do you know who is considered the best football player of all time? No, not Jim Brown, it's a man shorter than him, but even bigger in stature, it is of course Diego Armando Maradona.

While the argument can be made that "Pele" Pelé. Edson Arantes Do Nascimento of Atari soccer and Brazilian fame was better, I would disagree.

Maradona is credited with have the most amazing goal in football, aptly named the hand of god
So while this quarterfinal championship wasn't the best game ever, it did hold the most outrageous moment... When 5'4 Diego jumped over a 6'1 goalkeeper and punched a ball into the goal only to have the score count even though it was illegal. This man did what ever he could to win, if you look at competitors as warriors your respect shouldn't lessen, but solidify your respect knowing the brash style of play that one person is capable of. Maradona brought glory to Latin America, Spain, Italy, and infamy in England. VIDEO OF HAND OF GOD.


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