August 13, 2008

As Usual, Jim Caple is an Idiot

Jim Caple is a writer who is a self-professed "Yankee hater" who loves to make the same jokes over and over again, no matter how crappy, and likes to complain. He's pretty much the guy at the bar who tries to be funny with his friends, but is really annoying and by the end of the night you're willing to fight him whether you're drunk or not.

/rant (Sorry, I may have come across someone like this lately)

For his latest column on ESPN's Page 2 , he ranks the 50 most sought after sports trophies. After reading his preface, his list puzzles me.

"Individual championships trump team titles. Call me selfish, but I would rather lay sole claim to a title rather than share the glory.

The form of the award matters. Trophies top plaques, and the bigger the better. After all, you want the damn thing to look impressive in your trophy case.

Names count, too. Awards named in honor of a person (such as the Cy Young) just resonate more than those that, while prestigious, are named something boring and generic like the "MVP award."

Durability counts. Generally, the longer the award has been around, the more it means."

On his list, Caple ranks the Stanley Cup number thirteen, behind the following:

10-12: MLB, NFL, NBA MVP awards

9: Baseball HOF plaque

8: Cy Young Award


7: Masters Green Jacket


4-6: Super Bowl, World Series, NBA championship rings


3: Tour de France yellow jersey


2: Olympic gold medal


1: Heisman trophy


Now, I'm not here to bitch about the Stanley Cup not being ranked #1 as I understand the meaning of certain awards across the global sporting world, but his explanations and list just don't jive together.

"Individual championships trump team titles."
So why are Super Bowl, World Series, and NBA rings higher than say, a Masters Green Jacket for example?

"Trophies top plaques, and the bigger the better."
Here's a case for the Stanley Cup. I think any sports fan can say the Cup is probably the coolest sports trophy out there and it sure is big, measuring in at roughly 35 inches tall. Now why is a baseball hall of fame plaque ranked higher?

See where I'm going here?

"Names count, too. Awards named in honor of a person (such as the Cy Young) just resonate more than those that, while prestigious, are named something boring and generic like the 'MVP award.'"
Fair enough. Why are the "boring" NFL/NBA/MLB MVP awards higher than the Stanley Cup, which you all know is named after Lord Stanley of Preston? He even complains about the lack of a name in the MVP awards, "Come on, is it so hard to come up with players to name these awards after and give them proper prestige?"

Durability counts. Generally, the longer the award has been around, the more it means.
The Stanley Cup has been around since 1892, making it the oldest sporting trophy in all of North America. In that case, it trumps the 10 of 12 trophies ahead of it that are North American-based. The silver chalice is also older than the global awards being the Tour de France yellow jersey (1913) and Olympic gold medals (1896).

Granted, this is his list, so I won't go an argue why the Heisman Trophy would be more coveted than an Olympic gold medal or why a baseball Silver Slugger award is higher than the World Cup.

I just wish this list would make sense after he lists his caveats.


Ballhype: hype it up!

5 comments:

Michael said...

okay... Yankee haters are a true national treasure. Patriots worthy of a ticker tape parade.

Secondly, what in the hell are you doing reading the 4 letter network in the first place? Stay away. They will pollute your mind.

Going Five Hole said...

ESPN's Page 2 isn't bad at times. This just happened to catch my eye this afternoon.

ScottyG said...

I agree with you on this. And seriously, who would want a individual trophy when you could have the greatest trophy in your entire sport? Given the opportunity, I'm sure any player would want a league championship rather than a number of MVP awards.

Koz said...

Heisman Trophy being #1 is a joke. It's just about the most poorly awarded trophy in sports. No one knows the criteria and it's pretty much a popularity contest. That selection as #1 just about kills this list.

DrunkArmyFan said...

Is this guy mentally retarded or does he just look like he has down syndrome?

"Individual championships trump team titles. Call me selfish, but I would rather lay sole claim to a title rather than share the glory."

I've never heard of any athlete hanging on for one more year to get another shot at that elusive MVP award.
Maybe Hossa really signed for less money with Detroit because he thought that would be his best shot at a scoring title, not the Stanley Cup.
How much did O.J. get when he sold the #1 most sought after trophy?