I watched ESPNÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Fab 5 Documentary the night before I left for vacation and very much enjoyed it, lamenting the fact that I wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have time to weigh in on Jalen RoseÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s comments about Duke. Considering the instant-gratification Twitter-borne sports culture we live in, I assumed that by the time I got back a week later, it would be a non-issue.
It was to my surprise when I got back that it was even more a topic than it had been before I left. I still need a late pass, since the approaching baseball season has sucked up a lot of my time since then, but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s still on my mind.
So today is the first day in at least a decade that ESPN Zone in Times Square is shuttered, in addition to five others. I’m not particularly going to miss it –Â I don’t eat hamburgers, particularly 12 dollar onesÂ –Â though it will be strange to pass through Times Square and not see it. I’m sure it’ll just be replaced by some other enormous theme restaurant or something.
I had a few experiences at these tourist traps, notably being harassed during a 2002 Duke-Maryland game in Washington, DC. But I do have one favorite moment when I think of ESPN Zone, which I’ve alluded to briefly, and it shows just how different things are a decade later.
My friends over at Trumbull Island are putting together a pretty extensive and highly entertaining collection of Top Ten lists for the decade, and for the year. As I helped them save Christmas this year, they asked me if I had any contributions, and then suggested Ã¢â‚¬Å“Top random people I met in the Ã¢â‚¬Ëœ00Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s.Ã¢â‚¬Â In truth, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sort of like Forrest Gump: I run a lot, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m decent at ping-pong and I often find myself meeting a lot of random Ã¢â‚¬Å“famousÃ¢â‚¬Â people.
I think this is supposed to be a Top 10 list, but it looks like thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not a hard and fast rule for Trumbull, as someone had a Top 71 list. So, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m offering a Top 16 list. This is in no particular order. Most of them are athletes, but not all of them. Also, I have pictures with most of these people, but I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t like anyone to know what I look like, so you wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t see any here.