SO YAO MING IS MUHAMMED ALI?
This article will be short and sweet. I am not sure if this is a true sign of a mediocre town, slow news day or every damn person done lost their damn eyeballs and forgot everything they seen on the court by Yao Ming. If you have been living under a rock, Friday, Yao Ming retired. Matt Thomas got it going by asking if Yao jersey should be retired. I chuckled as I thought he was about to get verbally abused on air by even asking a dumb question but little to my surprise, people called in supporting Yao Ming. To Matt Thomas credit, he didn't agree with Yao Ming's nor the Hall of Fame Talk.
Through out the day as I continued to listen to Josh Innes and Greg Koch, I noticed, Yao the basketball player is irrelevant, Yao is a swell dude that open global gateways. In other words, there are two situations here, the sport fan is judging Yao while everyone is making Yao Ming out to be a figure of Ali or Jackie Robsinon's status. Sure I recognize Yao Ming's global impact but don't come to the argument talking basketball and once you realize how foolish you sound go to the GLOBAL CARD.
Matt Thomas said it best, "I am asking you what should be not what's going to happen" because he know as well as all of us, the Rockets are going to milk the Yao train until the teet can't produce anymore nutrients. The whole Yao mania had nothing to do with basketball and everything to do with money. I like Yao but I'm not that hard up for Houston to be relevant that I'm riding this train. I have morals.
I must admit, this story broke around Noon so one of the only Big Whigs that got a fair shot at it was Matt Thomas and Josh Innes but the characters of mediocrity Barry Warner and Matt Jackson were full throttle. You know something, I refuse to blog about Barry because that's flat out porn in the way he go about kissing ass. Barry Warner has taken the phrase "ass kissing" to depths uncharted for HMW. If you have a name of celebrity in this town, Barry Warner is your hemorrhoid, he all up in it.
Matt Jackson called Matt Thomas Show and laid out one of the dumbest arguments I have ever heard a Houston personality publicly say on the air. Matt believes Yao jersey should be retired because Kim Perot, Calvin Murphy, and Rudy T's jersey is retired. Man, you don't make the case of someone deserving of an accomplishment based upon someone else accomplishments. Come on Matt, Perot? You are comparing Yao to a dead cancer patient, that's where you are going? You lost so many points on that one dude. If it's that serious to the point of personalities comparing Yao to a female cancer victim then damn dawg just let him in.
I don't know the numbers but I'm a gambling man and I'm willing to say Tracy McGrady had a equal to better basketball tenure in Houston. If we are judging all of these future honors on basketball and not likability which the media loves to do, I say honor both Tmac and Yao.
In all of the coverage I heard, Josh Innes said it best and I am paraphrasing. If Yao opened the global market with the China market and money is flowing, how in the hell is the NBA Locked Out complaining about money issues? No matter how you slice it or dice it, if Yao supporters really believe Yao influenced the global market (new money) exactly who reaped the benefits?
With all of that being said, I like Yao and I hope he continues to be an ambassador of the Rockets but he's no Muhammed Ali. The difference between Yao and Ali is, Ali was the best in his sport and he took a political stand with ramifications of imprisonment.
Fan of mediocrity care about opening doors to new markets because they want to be relevant. Your production mean absolutely nothing to them as long as you made them popular. Little things like successful playoff runs or god forbid a championship is secondary in mediocrity fan's world. I am so upset right now I want to punch my screen. A local personality (I forget who) asked which is the worse sports town, Cleveland or Houston. Is Cleveland praising Lebron for making them popular?