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ESPN graphic: "The Could Have Beens"

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Dick Whitman, May 3, 2016.

  1. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    ESPN.com identifies the top 25 examples of "unfulfilled potential."

    My main problem with the list is that some of these guys just weren't good enough. Matt Leinart, Akili Smith, and Drew Henson come to mind, among others. It seems odd to have such a list with Matt Leinart, but no Dwight Gooden or Len Bias. He's not done yet, I suppose, but Derrick Rose would belong on the list above some others, as well.

    We expected better: Top 25 of unfulfilled potential
  2. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Neat idea.

    Tony Horton must be No. 26.
  3. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    Yeah, plenty of guys on that list got more than their share of opportunities to show what they could do.

    Joel Embiid might head the list someday.
  4. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

    The first guy I always think of, not that I'd expect ESPN to notice, is Eric Lindros.
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  5. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    Bo Jackson????
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  6. Earthman

    Earthman Well-Known Member

    I thought P90 X was highly successful
  7. Earthman

    Earthman Well-Known Member

    Derrick Coleman has to be on a list like that
  8. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    Next on ESPN: The Mt. Rushmore of underachieving.
  9. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    He stuck around for a nice enough career, but there was a time that Grant Hill looked like the next Jordan.
  10. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Also: Herb Score

    1955: 16-10, 2.85, leads AL in SO, Rookie of the Year
    1956: 20-9, 2.53, leads AL in SO and shutouts
    1957: 2-1, 2.00, hit by Gil McDougald line drive
    1958-62: 17-26
  11. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

    On a similar note, I always think of David Thompson. I know it's weird to think a Hall of Famer and five-time All-Star had "unfulfilled potential," but he sort of did.
  12. Gator

    Gator Well-Known Member

    Bobby Hurley?
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