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2012-2013 NBA Most Valuable Player AwardA few weeks ago, FOX Sports columnist Jon Morosi wrote an especially frustrating piece on the unexpected woes of the Toronto Blue Jays. It was disconcerting not for offering a particularly revealing examination of an ugly and unconsidered truth, but rather because it was the type of column for which the writer very clearly had a narrative-based idea in mind, and then sought out evidence to support it, as opposed to formulating an idea based on the information collected. The result was a column steeped in small sample citations, cherry-picked data and quotations from questionable sources.

It angered me. And so, I wrote a piece in response to the original article in the heat of my righteous indignation.

It was stupid, not because I was wrong in my criticism, but because I was outraged over a column about baseball. Morosi’s writing was an estimated thirty-five times removed from anything resembling importance or relevance, and yet it succeeded in making me feel petulance to the point of expression. This is only made more regrettable by considering that such a reaction was quite possibly the very goal of the author.

I thought of this last night when social media went berserk over the idea of the Miami Herald’s Dan Le Batard voting for someone other than LeBron James for the NBA’s Most Valuable Player.

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prostarsAccording to Jorge Luis Borges, there are only four stories to tell: a love story between two people, a love story between three people, a struggle for power and a voyage. These same stories are rewritten ad infinitum. With all due respect to the Argentinian literary master, his list is incomplete in its blatant exclusion of the classic narrative revolving around three crime-fighting superstar athletes working together to help children and protect the environment. Of course, I’m referring to Pro Stars, the Saturday morning cartoon that aired on NBC from September 14 to December 7, 1991.

The cartoon, featuring animated versions of Wayne Gretzky, Bo Jackson and Michael Jordan, was the zenith of athletes misrepresented as heroes. It lasted for 13 episodes, including a finale clip show. Yes, a clip show recapping the adventures of an animated series. Consider the poor man’s version of Alphabits breakfast cereal that was created as a synergistic commercial tie-in, and the cartoon becomes a time capsule for everything that was wrong with the early nineties, minus the Parker Lewis Can’t Lose button downs.

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