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Jun 22 2012

The 5 Athletes On The Title Hot Seat

Published by at 9:00 am under Editorial

Now that LeBron’s wrapped-up his first NBA Title (finally), the question becomes, “Who’s Next?” If you’re a sports fan, you know that’s not directed to who’ll win the title next, but rather who takes over as the best player in their sport not to win a championship. And while it’d be easy to pick on Kevin Durant or Russ Westbrook from the Association, they’re both too young to really snag that title just yet – but a couple more failures and they’ll be worthy.

To be considered great, you need to win the big one, so while the banter of “The King” never having one should die down, it’ll only heat up for these other athletes. Sorry bros, but it comes with the territory. Let the debate begin!

Carmelo Anthony

He wanted the big stage, yet he hasn’t delivered on it. Make all the excuses in the world for him if you want. There’s been injuries. Turnover at leadership positions, and no solid Point Guard before the whole Lin-sanity thing happened – but even that was while Melo was hurt. He’s a top-10 player in the league, so it’s time to put the Big Apple on his shoulders and prove why.

Philip Rivers

Say what you want about the dude, he competes his ass off. And though he puts up gaudy numbers to help your fantasy team each week, he doesn’t deliver titles – though winning your office league is pretty tight. As the dude who got traded for Eli Manning on Draft Day eight years ago, it’s time for him to match both Eli and Big Ben as a Super Bowl champ if he wants to be more than just a good QB.

Josh Hamilton

It’s tough to choose a baseball player that’s under the gun to win a World Series, but when put to the test, Hamilton has to be the guy. There’s so many factors that come into play – for all the bombs J-Ham hits, his pitchers need to throw solid games – but after striking out in the past two Fall Classic’s, we’d say Hamilton’s been in the spotlight enough to garner the honor. He rips the cover off the ball, but needs to own a ring for anyone to care.

Alex Ovechkin

Ovie is a beast on the ice, but for all the individual accolades the dude gets, he can’t put the team on his back and carry them to a crown. The fact that he’s never even played in a Stanley Cup Finals is pretty insane. It doesn’t help that Sidney Crosby – who’s really his main competitor for best in the game – already has one. We thought Russians were supposed to be fierce competitors. What happened with Ovechkin?

Lee Westwood

Always the bridesmaid, never the one with the rock on his finger, Westwood’s play is good enough to maintain a top-5 ranking in the world (currently 3rd), but he’s still missing that elusive Major on his resume. Those Sunday failures will continue to be the talk of the Big Four tourney’s till he proves otherwise.

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