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  1. Buster Olney is not a star. No one is interested in Olney except for his access to stars. That’s his job, to be the eyes and the ears of the fan, where the fan can not go, and to whom the fan can not talk. Simple.

    By writing an article disparaging a sensational talent, he appealed to the other beaten-down never-will-bes, and so doing, put his ego ahead of his craft. He puffed out his chest, acted as if the story were about him–which it never was.

    No one cares about Olney or any other reporter nor should they. It is meant to be a selfless job. If a writer wants to be the star and not the witness, they should write fiction or poetry or essays, etc. They should create rather than report.

    To this day, Olney’s story is interesting because it is about Deion Sanders. Olney learned that vital lesson and has succeeded. Many many more will never learn that lesson and become embittered.

    The End

    Comment by x — February 11, 2013 @ 4:45 pm

  2. Sanders is still just about the fastest human to ever play a MLB game. If he had abandoned football in college and focused solely on baseball, he could have had a solid career in MLB as a speedy outfielder with gap power. I guess it worked out for him, instead he ended up as a legend in the NFL.

    When people say that MLB isn’t losing a number of premier athletes to other sports, I roll my eyes.

    Comment by Phantom Stranger — February 11, 2013 @ 11:09 pm

  3. I think “duel-sports” would make a nice subject for a future post.

    Comment by dhakadabay — February 12, 2013 @ 1:12 am

  4. And to Dieon hit so well in the 92 world series with a broken bone in his foot. He limped around the bases that whole series.

    Comment by Paul — February 12, 2013 @ 8:10 am

  5. I remember a game in Chicago in 1992 when Deion scored on an inside the park home run (at least that is how I remember it, but checking, it was actually a triple and an error). When he rounded third base, he was so wide that he almost ran into the third base dugout. He could make terrible corners and still be about as fast as anyone around the bases.

    Comment by TKDC — February 12, 2013 @ 12:10 pm

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