September 1, 2008 10:49 AM
Open Mic: Hail to the sports chief
Let's have a little fun, people. The election talk has me wondering: what living U.S. sports figures - past or present - would make for a good, if not fun presidential ticket?
For example, how about Bill Bradley with Phil Jackson as his running mate?
Bradley, a former New Jersey senator, was a presidential candidate in 2000. Jackson is an 11-time NBA champion - nine as a coach and two as Bradley's teammate with the New York Knicks.
How about this combo to settle the arm's race: former AFL quarterback Jack Kemp and Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan.
Ryan already is president - of the Texas Rangers. Kemp was the 1996 Republican vice-presidential nominee.
Too serious so far? Try these fun pairings.
Tiger Woods and Charles Barkley. Woods would have to change some things - like having to speak out on political issues. Then again, he wouldn't be able to get a word in edge-wise with Barkley as his VP.
Joe Montana and Steve Largent. A Pro Football Hall of Fame pairing, we know Montana usually is cool under fire. Largent is a former U.S. Congressman. And he wore No. 80 - a number Montana knows pretty well.
How about a Bill Belichick-Mark Cuban ticket? Belichick is a Patriot and a proven strategist. He also managed to survive football's version of Watergate. Cuban might be able to reduce half the federal deficit simply by reaching into his wallet.
Consider a Brett Favre-Brett Favre ticket. See, Brett Favre doesn't need a running mate when it's all about Brett. Or maybe a George Steinbrenner-Al Davis ticket. Don't laugh. These two old dudes were born one year apart on the same date - July 4.
Venus and Serena Williams. Dennis Rodman and Ron Artest. Terry Francona and Lou Pinella. David "The Admiral" Robinson and Michael "Baltimore Bullet" Phelps.
Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant. OK, way too far - left or right - with that one.
The mic is yours now. Give me a fun sports presidential ticket.