MUCH ATTENTION DURING late July will be centered on Cleveland and Philadelphia, the sites of the Republican and Democratic national conventions, respectively. While the two cities have never met in a championship series, they nevertheless provide some interesting matchups:
Best Dunker [check]
LBJ has more power, but Dr. J had more style.
Best Sports Movie Line [check]
"Yo, Adrian" wins a split decision over "Juuuust a bit outside."
[check] Best Classic Nickname
Hall of Fame righty Bob Feller strikes out Hall of Fame center and linebacker Chuck Bednarik.
[check] Most Controversial QB
Neither lasted long, but Johnny Football caused far more problems than excitement.
Biggest Choke [check]
Blowing a 6½-game lead with 12 to go is worse than giving up one 98-yard drive to a Hall of Famer.
[check] Most Cathartic Title
All four Philly teams lost on the biggest stage during the city's 25-year drought, but the Cavs made history with a Finals comeback from 3--1 down.
[check] Most Outspoken Athlete
Brown questioned society's ills. The Answer just wanted to know if he could skip practice.
J.R. Smith shirtless
Best Look [check]
Bobby Clarke toothless
One missing chomper for each of his Stanley Cups.
THEY SAID IT
"I TAKE GREAT HEART FROM THE FACT WE HAVEN'T LOST A GREENKEEPER YET."
Head of the International Golf Federation, casting shade on the competitors—eight of the top 25 in the world—who have pulled out of the Olympics, citing the Zika virus.
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
Phil Mickelson, who has earned $81 million on Tour, used a binder clip to keep his hat on.