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Every now and then a friend of mine and myself play a game called “Modern Day.” The premise of the game focuses on comparing a player fromyears past to a player from the present day.

It’s as simple as saying the modern day version of Muggsy Bogues is Nate Robinson. We mostly take into consideration their style of play, their look, and their statistics. Another example could be Dennis Rodman. His modern day version would be Ron Artest. Do you see the similarities and how the game works?

Here’s a look at 3 athletes from 3 major sports and their modern day mirror images.

NBA-Michael Jordan  6’6 216 lbs Career stats (15 years)-30.1 ppg, 5.3 apg, 6.2 rpg, 2.3 spg                           

Modern Day – Kobe Bryant 6’6 205 lbs Career stats (14 years)-25.3 ppg, 4.7 apg, 5.3 rpg, 1.5 spg

Michael Jordan is the best basketball player ever. Who knows if anyone will replicate his statistics and amazing play making ability. Sports analysists and fans constantly compare players to this iconic figure and he sets the bar for greatness. Michael Jordan was the nucleus of his team and carried them to 6 championships. On the other hand, Kobe Bryant has won and carried his team to 5 championships. They are both elusive on the court and make dazzling plays. Kobe is clutch like Jordan in big games and doesn’t fold under pressure. I would have to say this is the closest player to Jordan. In Jordan’s 15 year career, he only averaged under 25 points a game 3 times, 2 of those times during his stint with the Wizards. This only happened 5 times in Kobe’s 14 year career. They are both proven leaders and make the team around them better.

Honorable Mention-Lebron James

NFL-Marshall Faulk 5-10 211 lbs Nifty runner in high powered offense who caught passes and could also run.

Modern Day-Ray Rice 5-8 211 lbs Nifty runner as well. Still early in his career but seems like a match for Faulk. Catches a lot of passes and has the moves like Marshall to make people miss.

When I see Rice run it reminds me of that little stout guy named Marshall Faulk tearing up the field with elusive moves. Rice receives the ball as much as Faulk through the air having 78 receptions in 2009. He is slowly getting back on track this year with his receptions, catching 23 passes in 6 games.. Faulk had over 80 receptions 5 times in his great career. They are both all purpose backs who are very important to their offensive schemes. I believe Ray Rice ends up having the same type of career Faulk had.

Honorable Mention-Maurice Jones Drew

MLB-Todd Helton- 6-2 210 lbs- Hit for power and average throughout his career. Played great defense at first base for the Rockies.

Modern Day-Joey Votto 6-3 229 lbs-Hits for power and average and is currently up for the MVP race. Plays great defense as well and is a team first type of guy like Helton.

I see a lot of similaraties between these two players. I see two guys that hit for a lot of power to the opposite field. Most of Votto’s homeruns this year were to left field. Furthermore, these two hit for high average due to their ability to spray basehits all over the field. They both swing from the left side of the plate. I consider these players the same because I believe Todd Helton was one of the most unnoticed stars of the game for most of his career due to the team he played for. I think Votto could go unnoticed as well for many years because he plays for a franchise who has lost a lot of its luster until this past year when they finally reached the post season. Votto hasn’t put up the same homerun totals as Helton has, but I can almost gaurantee he will in the years to come.

Honorable Mention-Aubrey Huff