Welcome to the weekend. Every Friday, I'll post "The best tweets I saw this week!" There's so much good stuff on the Internet (and so much bad stuff) I will sift through the rubble and pick out the gems and put them here every Friday to send you off to the weekend. Let's get to the tweets.
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I'm a Dodgers fan, but I can admit steroid-addled Barry Bonds is the greatest baseball player of all time (GOAT for short). He's the only member of the 500-500 club. Hell, he's the only member of the 400-400 club. And there are only seven other members of the 300-300 club, one of them being his dad, Bobby. (The others are Willie Mays, Andre Dawson, Alex Rodriguez, Carlos Beltran, Reggie Sanders and Steve Finley). Bonds joined the 400-400 club in 1998, presumably before the alleged steroid use. He won seven MVPs, including four straight from 2001-04. During his age-39 season, Bonds slashed .362/.609/.812, which is insane for any age. He got on base 60.2 percent of the time, thanks to 232 walks. 232! Even if he never got a hit that season, he would have had a .393 on-base percentage based on his walks and hit by pitches alone. I guess you could make the case for Babe Ruth as the greatest ever because in addition to his .342 career average and 714 dingers he posted a 2.28 ERA in 1,221 innings. But that was pre-integration and done against 1920s and 1930s athletes. We will almost certainly never see a hitter like Barry Bonds again. Even at age 55, he'd be the Giants' best hitter this season, which says a lot about San Francisco's roster.
Jackie Robinson's No. 42 is the correct answer. It's the best jersey in the history of sport. It's the only number retired across Major League Baseball (and one of only two numbers I know of retired across a sport, the other being Wayne Gretzky's No. 99 in the NHL).
Forty-two percent of MLB players will make less than $100,000 this season, yet the average fan sided with billionaire owners during their contentious negotiations to get baseball back. Never side with billionaires in a salary dispute.
Colin Cowherd was clearly trolling for attention here because Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford should be 1-2-3 in this list. They have the best arms in the NFL. Mahomes and Rogers are on the Mt. Rushmore of NFL arm talent along with Dan Marino and John Elway.
Devin Combs. No Wolf Pack quarterback got more out of his natural talent than Combs, who I once said on Twitter would not play for the Wolf Pack because of his throwing release and arm strength. I was wrong. Combs didn't see a lot of playing time (only 57 passes in his college career), but he led Nevada to an improbable overtime win over Wyoming in 2012 (he threw a 44-yard touchdown pass with 1:18 left to tie the game before the game-winning 24-yard touchdown pass in OT); to a 42-37 win at UNLV after Nevada trailed 21-0; and he threw a touchdown pass on a torn ACL at Florida State in 2013, a Seminole team that won the national championship.
Like myself, then-Nevada coach Chris Ault was not impressed with Combs when after his first season on campus.
“He and I talked after last fall and not only was he overweight, but he didn’t get better throwing the ball and he wasn’t as fast as advertised,” Ault said back in 2012. “That was a major concern. I said, ‘Look it. If you’re going to play here, you’ve got to lose some weight and dedicate yourself to what you’re doing.’ And he did.”
Combs' career passer rating of 157.6 was higher than Colin Kaepernick (142.5) and Cody Fajardo (135.0), the only two players in FBS history with at least 9,000 passing yards and 3,000 rushing yards in their college career. Combs is one of my favorite players I've covered, and the Wolf Pack's most unique quarterback of the last decade. Combs was as tough as they came, playing half his senior season of high school with two fractures in his ankle.
“You wouldn’t look at Devin Combs and say, ‘Boy, he has the best arm I’ve ever seen,’” then-Nevada coach Brian Polian said in 2013. “You certainly wouldn't look at him run and say, ‘Boy, that’s one of the great athletes I’ve ever been around.’ But there’s a lot to be said for mental and physical toughness, high intelligence and high character. Those guys find a way, and that epitomizes Devin Combs.”
Few things get me as excited as an artist rendering of a new building. The artist renderings are always awesome. Half the time the project isn't ever completed, and even when they are completed a lot of times it's nowhere near as good as the artist rendering. But every artist rendering makes me feel like the discussed stadium will be the coolest thing ever built.
More great artist renderings, this time for a team that has averaged 78 wins over the last five seasons despite having one of the five-best players in baseball history in Mike Trout. Maybe invest in some pitching help, Anaheim.
As somebody who has been verified on Twitter twice, I can confirm this is how the process works. I sent in a handwritten note asking to be verified and got my little blue checkmark.
"Congressman can’t sue Twitter over statements by fake cow, judge rules," is a real headline and not a headline in The Onion.
I got Miles Plumlee is a big problem, and I can 100 percent guarantee no NBA coach has ever told his team that.
That seems impossible but shows how the cards can be stacked against people of color even in sports.
That's more plants in attendance than San Jose State gets for an entire football season.
Have a great weekend!
Columnist Chris Murray provides insight on Northern Nevada sports. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ByChrisMurray.