POLL QUESTION – APRIL 26
By Leo Haggerty

IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH ANY TWO ATHLETES, ONE LIVING AND ONE DECEASED, WHO WOULD IT BE?

First of all, and I will start EVERY article with this paragraph, sports pales in comparison with what is occurring with the Coronavirus. Hopefully, the columns that I, and the rest of our correspondents, provide you is a momentary escape from the trials and tribulations that Americans, and the rest of the world’s population, are experiencing. The COVID-19 is not a video game that you can press reset and get a new life. This is real and dangerous so, above all, be prudent and stay safe.

It’s Sunday, ladies and gentlemen, and you know what that means.  It’s time for our poll question of the week.  So, below is what we asked our It’s Sports! Magazine and Knights Sports Production staffs.

IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH ANY TWO ATHLETES, ONE LIVING AND ONE DECEASED, WHO WOULD IT BE?

Without further adieu, here’s the answers that our group put together.  Enjoy.

JASON RUBIN – AFC EAST CORRESPONDENT
Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain.

T.J. SHARPE – AFC CHEF
Kyler Murray and Hobey Baker, on what is like to be two sport superstars.  I could probably have put Bo Jackson in for Kyler, and any dinner with Bo would be fun, but to keep it relevant to today (and because Murray is arguably more accomplished in both sports) and to keep it more towards college accomplishments.

JOHN LENTZ – NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL ANALYST
Jerry West and Pete Maravich.

DAVID ALEXANDER – AFC WEST CORRESPONDENT
I’d like to have had dinner with Jackie Robinson.  Lost in the pandemic and cancellation of the beginning of baseball season was the remembrance of Jackie Robinson Day.  I watched the Ken Burn’s documentary again on Robinson and the personal reflections of his wife Rachel and others.  The modern civil rights movement began with Jackie Robinson.  He died at 58, so it is not an understatement that he gave his life for this cause. We are a better nation for it.
As far as living athletes, there are many choices.  I’d like to have dinner with Steph Curry.  I remember him as a skinny kid at Old Dominion, especially the night he knocked Georgetown out of the NCAA tournament by scoring 23 points in the second half.  If anyone typifies the modern athlete, it’s him.  Plus, I could get some tips on improving my golf game!
JEFFREY NEIL FOX – PUBLISHER IT’S SPORTS! MAGAZINE
Alive – Joe Namath, New York Jets HOF Quarterback.  I followed Broadway Joe his entire career.  The Jets had training camp close to my home in Long Island and I went often.  I loved watching Joe Willie lead his team to victory in the  Super Bowl.
Deceased – Lee Roy Selmon.  I met Lee Roy at the  podium when he was introduced as the first player for the Tampa  Bay Buccaneers.   I followed his career with It’s Sports! Magazine and then Buccaneer Magazine.  I  did get to cover him as a player, banker, athletic director, fund raiser and neighbor.  We sold his Selmon Bar-B-Que Sauce in our store Bucs and Bulls Heaven Retail Super Center.   I miss him and would love to have lunch with him. 
LEO HAGGERTY – EDITOR ITS SPORTS! MAGAZINE
Living – Julius Erving.  Are you kidding me?  This is a no brainer.  How often do you go to the doctor and it doesn’t cost you anything?  I get to break bread with “The Doctor” and there’s a chance he may pick up the tab.  A dream come true.
Deceased – Wilt Chamberlain.  I know being from Philly you may think that influenced my decisions.  Trust me when I tell you that’s not the case. How could you not want to sit down to a meal with the greatest basketball player of all time.  Sorry, Michael, but if there was video of “The Big Dipper” in his prime, there would be no debate.  Also, I’d get a chance to ask him if the 10,000 claim is factual.
JOHN PHILLIPS – PHOTOJOURNALIST
No Longer with us would be Arnold Palmer. He brought the golfing world to the masses when it was just an elite type sport. Arnie made golf a blue-collar fun game for EVERYONE. One of the most dynamic individuals that ever walked the earth.   Without Arnie, in my opinion, golf would have never become the sport it is today.

Still with us would be Tiger Woods. I would like to meet the new Tiger Woods who has come back from physical back issues as well as personal setbacks. I believe at least 3 surgeries and then to come back and win the Masters last year was simply historic.   I believe he has become an extremely humble person and now realizes the world does not revolve around him.  I would like to understand how he mentally and physically handled that transformation.

STEVE FOX – PHOTOJOURNALIST
Alive…Peyton Manning. He is funny, knowledgeable and current. Also I played golf with his Dad Archie who had many of the same traits.
Dead… Babe Ruth….he loved hotdogs as do I . We could lunch at Mel’s hotdogs!