Heres some of the things that has me form my own opinion that does not get talked about by sports reporters. Most of what I say is based on ballcards and espn who has had much of the impact to way kids think.
Growing up in baseball I looked as a 270 average as an average hitter. 20 home runs as some power with 40 HRS being the pinnacle. Take any position player from the Cincinnati reds or Boston red soxs of the 70s and he would be an all-star in todays game.
Any Dodger minus Rick Monday, any Yankee minus Lou pinella. jay Bruce bats 230 and makes the all-star team in todays game. i contribute some of this to players playing in little league ballparks but in them days you were told to go outside and play.
My favorite team being from Ohio was the Reds, once a year in the 70s our parents taking us kids to a game. Before and after running around under Riverfront stadium and getting all the autographs including 1 who put band leader by his name. Without the benefit of ballcards and breaking down the stats i can honestly say i think Jim Rice, Yaz, and Dwight Evans is the best outfield i know in last 50 years.
Basketball-If Kobe Bryant shoots 100 times and scores 38 points and larry Bird shoots 50 times and scores 34 espn says Kobe had the better game. In the earliest times of espn players were judged by number of championships, lets just take a look into that. I have watched LeBron on TV in high school at state due to him playing a team down the road from my town. Stephen A. Smith was asked what place LeBron was on his list as best of all-time. Since he had no championships Smith said not even in his top 100. Once he got the championship it was top 15. So what changed in James game, the amount of money an owner spends for talent to get him to go to Miami and play. Don't be fooled when they say how hard james has worked on his game in the off-season just because he used his left hand for something other then a lay-up a dozen times in 82 games. His 1 weakness is the same today as his rookie year, the outside shot. Without seeing shooting percentage on the back of a ballcard i might be tempted into believing Stephen Smith played the game or knows something based on he attends a lot of games. My opinion the best was Pete Maravich, wont even get a shout out at espn because no championships or a lakers team to spend money for players around him.
Lots more thoughts have crossed my mind since first reading this i wont put into words, but i guess my main point is this. How do you expand the minds with kids when fed so many bias years of pretty much 1 sports outlet that the parents are telling the kids. I hardly think fantasy is the reality of education.