Breakfast of Champions 6/19: Fundamentally changing our legacy

The title of this recurring enterprise you're reading right now is taken from a particular cereal (by way of Kurt Vonnegut). The famous "Breakfast of Champions" slogan is the topic of a new post regarding expatriate Kevin Garnett, who won his first NBA championship the other night.

It's fairly silly, especially in team sports, the way media and fans label players based on a few high-profile games. For years, KG's been tagged (unfairly) as the guy who can't get it done in big situations. Now, you see headlines like "fundamentally changed his legacy." It's part of the process of myth-making in sport, and I get that. But it's something that shouldn't be taken too seriously.

Let's say Paul Pierce's knee injury had actually been serious, and the Celtics had lost the Lakers series. Suddenly, Garnett's a choker again? Let's say Derek Jeter had been drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Are the words "Mr. November" ever used to refer to him? Team sports just have too many broader factors to make these pronouncements intellectually defensible.

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