As you might have heard, Plaxico Burress has traded in his Giants jersey (and orange jumpsuit) for the greener pastures of the Jets. No surprise, considering how similar his career already resembled that of his new teammate, Santonio Holmes.
However, there's another prominent New York athlete whose Venn diagram overlaps even more considerably with Plaxico's. That man is former Knights right fielder, Roy Hobbs â¦ from "The Natural," naturally.
Let's break it down, shall we?
|Shines in clutch:
Yes, caught Super Bowl XLII-winning TD with 35 seconds left
Yes, caught Super Bowl XLIII-winning TD with 35 seconds left
Yes, hit NL pennant-winning homer with two outs in ninth
|Victim of gunplay:
||Shot himself in the leg
||No, but shot photos of his weapon whilst in front of a mirror
||Shot by a kooky, black-veiled Barbara Hershey
|Uniform that begins with a "1":
||Yes (No. 17)
||Yes (No. 10)
||No (No. 9)
|Mistreatment of balls:
||Yes, once spiked the football before being touched down, resulting in a turnover
||No, the aforementioned self-portrait was presumably intended more as celebration than mistreatment
||Yes, literally tore the cover off the baseball
||First-round pick of Steelers in 2000
||First-round pick of Steelers in 2006
||Ended rookie season by hitting pennant-winner vs. Pirates
|Played for a team with a sword-bearing mascot
||Yes, the Michigan State Spartans
||No, but insert another double entendre about a sword and that self-portrait
||Yes, the New York Knights
||Undetermined -- who knows what hairdo he sported in his 16 years of seclusion?
|Vanquished evil nemesis:
Yes, prevented the Belicheats from completing their undefeated season
No, kept underdog Cards and pure-as-the-driven-snow Kurt Warner from the upset
Yes, cost the Judge the chance to take over full ownership of the team
In summation, these three men are soul mates. You just can't argue with the cold, hard facts. Enjoy 'em, New
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