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Top 10 Matts in Sports History

April 4, 2012 Leave a comment

Recently, it came to my attention that there are an abundance of dudes named Matt in my life.  I have a cousin named Matt, two cousins each just married a guy named Matt (different guys fyi), my girlfriend’s sister is dating a Matt, her cousin is too, and her little cousin is also Matthew.  I can easily rattle off five Matts from my old Fraternity.

It’s a great name yes, but I realized it wasn’t just me; Matts are everywhere, especially in sports, and more commonly playing Quarterback.  Don’t believe me, just look at the current starting QBs in the NFL right now: Matt Ryan, Matt Cassel, Matthew Stafford, Matt Hasselbeck, Matt Flynn, Matt Schaub, Matt Moore, and don’t forget about former heisman-handsome third-stringer, Matt Leinart, and fellow Trojan, soon to be NFL starter, Matt Barkley.  Whew…that’s a shit ton of Matts, but are they among the Greatest Ever Matts in Sports?  Possibly.  Let’s take a look…  Read more…

Praising the Paesans: Top 10 Italian-Americans in Sports

February 3, 2011 1 comment

Al Capone was great, but could he hit a jump shot?

In wake of Rocco Baldelli’s retirement, having viewed Rocky IV for the 270th time, and with St. Joseph’s Day vastly approaching, I thought it was only fitting to acknowledge and celebrate Italian-Americans in sports.

From a stereotypical stand point, most Italians are well known for their Mob ties or their acting in movies about their connection to the mob.  Also, their love of macaroni, lasagna, and deep dish pizza often overshadows the success Italians have had in the world of sports.  For every Al Capone and Robert DeNiro, there’s also a Rocky Balboa and Mickey Morandini.

Without further ado, The Sports Minion brings you the Top 10 Italian-Americans in Sports History. Read more…