FanDuel - WFBC

August 04, 2003

ESPN's most underrated athletes.: Who's yours?

posted by Jaquandor to general at 01:30 PM - 9 comments

In the NHL, Id either go with P.J. Axelsson from the Bruins, or Jason Blake from the Isles. Both of them never stop working. Axelsson is more of a defensive specialist, and is completely overshadowed by his linemate Brian Rolston. Axelsson was out for a while last season, and Rolston totally sucked without him. Jason Blake doesnt get a lot of press, but hes really turned it on over the past few years. Man, can that guy skate.

posted by Samsonov14 at 02:08 PM on August 04

Mashburn underrated? Puh-lease. Completed overrated. If you're talking NBA, I say Stephen Jackson, formerly of the Spurs.

posted by pucksnsuds at 03:11 PM on August 04

I am STOKED to see Craig Biggio on the list. Just yesterday me and a friend were saying that five more years at his current performance level and Biggio is a Hall of Fame. I agree with pucksnsuds about Mash, too. He isn't overrated....WTF has he ever done? I'd have to put in a vote for Jaime Moyer and Edgar Martinez for local flavor. Good link, Jaquandor.

posted by vito90 at 03:21 PM on August 04

I'm a Jaguars homer, but I think Jimmy Smith doesn't get enough credit as one of the league's elite receivers. He's compiling a multi-year record better than NFL receiver who isn't named Jerry Rice (over the last seven years, he has 642 receptions for 8,999 yards -- only Rice has done better). His seven-straight 1,000 yard seasons trail Rice (11), Tim Brown (8), and tie Lance Alworth and Cris Carter. And he's still a big-play receiver and downfield threat.

posted by rcade at 03:30 PM on August 04

Jebus, give me a dubious achievement award for most overrated poster. Above should read "Hall of Famer" and substitute under for over in the Mash discussion. Thank you and good night.

posted by vito90 at 03:41 PM on August 04

Pau Gasol and I'm not kidding. Any Spaniard who can play in the post here in the vaunted Western Conference and put up good numbers on a horrible team laced with other PF/C AND has the audacity to say (amidst a personal one week stat slide during his rookie year) and I quote,"There is no wall." I'm personally lobbying for him to start on the East's All-Star team this season, I don't care if he plays in the West he deserves a slot. Okay, I'm crazy. But HE'S UNDERRATED.

posted by lilnemo at 03:53 PM on August 04

Woody Williams. This guy has been stinking amazing since coming over from the Padres, and yet I never hear anyone mention him as a top-10 pitcher in the league. Hell, the guy HITS better than some of the regular infielders in the game! Yeah, I know he started the All-Star Game this year. That and a buck will get you coffee at Tim Horton's. I want to hear the Woodster (uh huh huh) rattled off when we talk about Mulder and Zito and Schilling. He's been more effective. Too bad he's freakin' 36.

posted by wfrazerjr at 04:30 PM on August 04

Right on wfrazerjr. I went to college w/ Woody & he was a great SS too.

posted by catfish at 06:12 PM on August 04

For baseball, John Olerud, because he is a first baseman that doesn't mash the long ball, is probably the most underrated player. Add his ancient teammate Jamie Moyer to that list as well.

posted by avogadro at 03:19 PM on August 05

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