Our Next American Sports Idol is ...

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Beats me.

Monday I watched both Williams sisters lose at Wimbledon, a week after Andy Roddick bowed out. It leaves as the only American quarterfinalist gentlemen's 10th seed Mardy Fish, a 29-year-old doubles specialist who will hardly threatening Rafael Nadal's throne.

We heard a buzz for years about Donald Young as American tennis' Tiger Woods, but he has all but fizzled after only climbing as high as No. 73 in the world.

Got me to thinking about another recent event: the NBA Draft. A record 23 percent (14 of 60 players) of those drafted were born outside the United States. Four of the top seven were foreigners, leaving Big East Conference Player of the Year Ben Hansbrough undrafted.

As we approach America's birthday next week, the future of American sports stars may be at its cellar. Sorry, but the trend of sports is anti-American.

In the NBA Germany's Dirk Nowitzki just trumped LeBron James and Dwayne Wade, although Derrick Rose might be a pretty good red, white and blue role model for years to come. Ricky Rubio, howevrer, is on his way.

In Major League Baseball Josh Hamilton is the reigning AL MVP, but Canada's Joey Votto, the Cardinals' Albert Pujols and Toronto slugger Jose Bautista grab their share of the headlines. One of the brightest American stars -- Buster Posey -- just had his season end via injury.

In the NHL, neither Sidney Crosby nor Alex Ovechkin is ours, though Bruins' goalie Tim Thomas put on a pretty good Stanley Cup show.

In track it's all Ussain Bolt.

In golf the last five majors have been won by Europeans including rising Irish star Rory McIlroy while Tiger Woods' career is in jeopardy. Americans in the top 10: Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker and Matt Kuchar.

In cycling, the next American Tour de France challenger is ... who knows?

In boxing the top five heavyweight fighters are non-Americans with Chris Arreola at No. 6. Floyd Mayweather Jr. is popular, if he ever climbs in the ring again.

Even in MMA Brazil's Anderson Silva is considered the best pound-for-pound fighter, though Jon "Bones" Jones gives us hope.

In soccer there was a time we were titillated by 14-year-old Freddy Adu. But as I watched some Gold Cup last week it was still Landon Donovan (29) and Clint Dempsey (28).

At least the NFL will always be ours. Right, Tamba Hali?

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Greg James
Greg James

what in the fuck is wrong with you people? If you don't like Richie, then why do all of you losers come here everyday? This is ridiculous. I am embarassed for you guys.

Johnson Williams
Johnson Williams

Going through life with two first names must be a real burden. You have my sympathies.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

1st time reader huh? Welcome to our little playspace in the world.

Anna's Grammy
Anna's Grammy

You can't spell Hire a Twit without Richie Whitt

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

if only an A was in Richie's name, wait, Richard Whitt. Anna is genius..

Jb3323
Jb3323

Pack up and leave you are so QUEER, the show with Sybil & Greggo would be great you short munchkin & D.H.

reality check
reality check

In Major League Baseball, Adrian Gonzalez (.361), Matt Kemp (.336, 22 hr, 62 rbi), Mark Teixeira (23 hr), Prince Fielder (68 rbi), Ryan Howard (62 rbi), Paul Konerko (60 rbi), Roy Halladay (10 wins, 123 k), CC Sabathia (10 wins), Justin Verlander (10 wins, 124 k, 2.38 era), Clayton Kershaw (128 k), James Shields (117 k, 2.29 era), Jered Weaver (1.97 era), Josh Beckett (1.86 era), ***all US born***,  grab their share of the headlines. California native Gonzalez and Oklahoma native Kemp are the two deserving MVP favorites at this point in the season.  

cynical old bastard
cynical old bastard

In current hockey news:Former All-Star goalie Ed Belfour has been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, joining Doug Gilmour, Mark Howe and Joe Nieuwendyk as the newest class of inductees.

Congrats to Eddie & Joe!  Go Stars!

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I'm getting to where I wish The Observer would outsource their sports coverage.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Bring back Merten, he's a hellalot better writer man..and he's got time to do more than throw this drivel at the wall..RW, curator of the world famous Douchatorium!

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Interesting discussion, but guess what, in the real world it's the same too buddy. Everyone comes here for jobs, ever noticed that? Weird isn't it? So the US gets the brightest and best in almost everything, not just sports.

Just thought I'd add that this is just the way the world go. You can't control what world do.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

Hey, RW - this is a story from Good Morning America about people with blue eyes struggling with the glare of daylight. Has professionals talking about it, not dumbass media types trying in vain to get their name back into the national media:

http://abcn.ws/jrKNnE

Just thought you'd like to watch it before you enter the clubhouse to speak with Ian and Colby. God forbid Hamilton jumps in while the other two are kicking your midget ass.

Storm_71
Storm_71

"Tim Thomas put on a pretty good Stanley Cup Show" Yeah Richie you dip shit I'd say winning both the Conn Smythe and Venzina is a pretty good show. By the way don't think I saw either Sid Crosby or Ovechkin in the Stanley Cup Finals. What do you care hockey is irrelevant right?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

What happened to that tennis kid star you were writing about a few weeks back, who you told us to keep our eyes on, what is his name again?

Also, did you see the kid from plano who got drafted in the first round by the Ottowa Senators!  American and North Texan! 

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