Freddy Adu left out of "Who's next" contest on ESPN.com (Chevy) ???

Discussion in 'Business and Media' started by olujosh, Oct 26, 2003.

  1. olujosh

    olujosh Member

    Aug 23, 1999
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The latest contest with ESPN.com and some big company (Chevy in this case) is the "WHO'S NEXT" contest. Here's what it says:

    Cast your vote for the NEXT Athlete — Tomorrow’s “can’t-take-your-eye-off-him”, redefine the game, breakout player — and you could be headed to Hollywood for some stargazing at the 12th Annual ESPY Awards to see who’s NOW compliments of Chevrolet.

    Just another head scratcher...choices are:

    (1) Little Matsui (Japanense Shortstop)
    (2) Sebastian Telfair (High School Point Guard)
    (3) Michelle Wie (13-yr old golf prodigy)
    (4) Michael Phelps (Olymipic Swimmer)
    (5) Dontrelle Willis (Florida Marlins Pitcher)

    Can someone please explain to me why Freddy Adu doesn't fit the criteria listed above? And was Willis THAT impressive that he is considered the "next best thing" -- I would put Josh Beckett on that list before Willis....

    Also...we have KIDS on this list (not sure about Phelps), and then...A pro baseball player...that doesn't seem to fit the list.

    THERE IS A WRITE IN OPTION: GO NUTS....
     
  2. olujosh

    olujosh Member

    Aug 23, 1999
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Could someone give a link (it's on the front page of ESPN.com) -- I already voted, so it screws up the link.
     
  3. Jacen McCullough

    Nov 23, 1998
    Maryland
    Phelps is a teenager. I think he's 15 or 16, but he's been a record breaking swimmer. He's in the Washington Post all the time because he's from the DC/Metro area.
     
  4. sch2383

    sch2383 New Member

    Feb 14, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    IIRC, Phelps set like 3 or 4 world records at the most recent world championships and he is only 17 or 18.
     
  5. olujosh

    olujosh Member

    Aug 23, 1999
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    So basically we have:

    (1) kid
    (2) kid
    (3) kid
    (4) kid
    (5) Florida Marlins pitcher

    Doesn't seem to fit in very well...would have made a LOT more sense to include Freddy instead of Willis.
     
  6. Mattbro

    Mattbro Member+

    Sep 21, 2001
    It's on account of the vast media conspiracy!
     
  7. olujosh

    olujosh Member

    Aug 23, 1999
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    well, I'm not a "media conspiracist" -- but I know for a fact that Freddy has received more attention with the mainstream media than that swimmer. It just seems very strange that he's not on there.

    And, I wanted people to vote for him...

    There is a media bias against soccer, we all know that...but that's not the basis of this post.
     
  8. skipshady

    skipshady New Member

    Apr 26, 2001
    Orchard St, NYC
    Um, you consider a 27-year old a kid?
     
  9. olujosh

    olujosh Member

    Aug 23, 1999
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I haven't been following him either....I figured someone who had the nickname of "Little" must be young or a prodigy of some kind. I figured he was a Jose Reyes-type of player.

    (That makes even less sense...that's like saying Chris Weinke is going to be the "next best thing".)

    If he's as great as they say he is, he'll just end up a Yankee anyway...but that's a conversation for another post.
     
  10. skipshady

    skipshady New Member

    Apr 26, 2001
    Orchard St, NYC
    Well, you know what they say happens when you assume...
    They call him "Little Matsui" to distinguish him from Hideki Matsui who is "Big Matsui", sort of like Ronaldo and Ronaldinho (who isn't much of an -inho either).
    And I will bet you a Rolex and an Escalade that Little Matsui won't end up with the Yankees unless they find Derek Jeter in bed with two underaged boys and his right arm dismembered.

    But back on topic. While Freddy may have more of an upside than any of the players chosen, he's at least a year or two away from making an impact at the top level.
    Little Matsui is a free agent and will receive offers from multiple MLB teams. Telfair is expected to be a superstar in college if he doesn't make the jump to the pros, unprecendented for a high schooler -either way, he'll be making headlines. Wie may start winning LPGA events soon. Willis is a curious choice - hasn't he broken out already?
     
  11. Scoey

    Scoey Member

    Oct 1, 1999
    Portland
    I clicked on the "who's next" link from the ESPN homepage expecting to see Freddy. I was actually a bit surprised that he wasn't among the choices, given his massive potential, accomplishments to date, and fawning press coverage. And how awesome is that? That I expected him to be among the candidates? That he has had so much pub so far that I was surprised I couldn't vote for him?

    I agree with Skipshady: Freddy is still several years away from breaking out. It wouldn't really be appropriate to include him in the voting.
     
  12. voros

    voros Member

    Jun 7, 2002
    Parts Unknown
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    "Little" Matsui isn't a kid either. He's a pro baseball player in Japan and a damn good one too. He's like 26 or 27.
     
  13. mpruitt

    mpruitt Member

    Feb 11, 2002
    E. Somerville
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    and just to clarify. he's not the one who was doing the gay porn either.
     
  14. monster

    monster Member

    Oct 19, 1999
    Hanover, PA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    He's 18, he has multiple world titles and broke some national records this in events he rarely swims - he just wanted to swim in them for fun.

    He's the kind of talent we hope Freddy to become.
     
  15. soccernutter

    soccernutter Moderator
    Staff Member

    Aug 22, 2001
    Don't drink beer but like cheese
    Club:
    Tottenham Hotspur FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Because they know that somebody would post a link to that poll and BigSoccer would stuff another ballot.
     

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