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Finally We Crown our Champion

After weeks of match ups, debates, upsets and dominance we here at SeeYouInOctober are prepared to unveil our Tournament of Greatness Champion. This athlete best exemplifies the dominance of Boston and New York over the rest of the sporting world as chosen by you the reader. Our finalists were Tom Brady and Bill Russell, each great champions in their own right, but who did you feel was superior? The question was would it be the man who reigned absolutely supreme over all those who played in his era due in part to inferior competition, or the best quarterback in the passing era of the NFL who still has more story to write? Here’s how you voted:

Bill Russell's reaction to being named the Champion of SeeYouInOctober's Tournament of Greatness... or something like that.

Congratulations to Bill Russell!

With 57.14% of your votes the man who already holds more championships than any other athlete in any of the four major sports added another piece of hardware to his trophy case. We tried to reach Mr. Russell for comment, but let’s be honest we don’t have that kind of clout… yet. We truly enjoyed creating this tournament and appreciate all of your votes and comments. We hope in the future you will continue to read and support SeeYouInOctober so please let your friends know if you’re looking for coverage of the premier franchises in sports this is where they should come.

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The SeeYouInOctober Tournament of Greatness Championship Game

When we first sat down to come up with our bracket we had more than 100 players from all the teams that we cover in New York and Boston blended from present day players who still have to prove where they belong in the history of their franchise and the true legends. The Celtics and Yankees got the most guys into our final field of 64 because we looked at championships, number of years with the team, whether or not they’re in the Hall of Fame and MVP awards. There weren’t many upsets, although Lou Gehrig and John Havlicek were ousted in the first round by Wes Welker and A-Rod respectively. Our Final Four included Bill Russell, Babe Ruth, Tom Brady and Larry Bird. Now we will reveal who moves on.

Bill Russell played well above his competition.

#1 Bill Russell

Yes it’s official; New York is out of the tournament and our champion will be a representative of Boston. Congratulations, have a bowl of chowda on me. Russell went up against the legendary George Herman “Babe” Ruth and dominated him as if the Great Bambino were one of the six foot centers he towered over in his playing days. Let’s give a run down of the categories we looked at to give you some idea of why he was a number one and why he deserves to play for the title as Greatest Player in the History of New York and Boston.

Championships: 11 (Most all time in any sport)

Years with team: 13 (Threshold was 10. Best ratio of championships to seasons 11:13)

MVP: 5 (1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965)

Hall of Fame? Yes.

For Good Measure: 12 time all star, 5 time rebounding champ, gold medal winner, #6 retired by Celtics

Tom Brady is the best player in the history of the Patriots and his generation.

#1 Tom Brady

We were hoping to see an Elite Eight match up between Derek Jeter and Mr. Brady, but alas Bobby Orr took down the Yankee Captain. We thought it would have been a good debate with both bringing immense success to their organization and being two players to rise to the top of their franchise leader boards in our lifetime. Mr. Brady went from a 6th round pick backing up Drew Bledsoe to the best quarterback in the game today who also happens to be married to Gisele Bundchen. Yum.

Championships: 3 (Most among active players and has played in 5 Super Bowls)

Years with team: 12 (Hard to believe it’s been that long already, but only 10 full seasons as starter)

MVP: 2 (2007, 2010)

Hall of Fame? Future first ballot.

For Good Measure: 7 time Pro Bowler, 2 time Super Bowl MVP, Single season touchdown record (50)


You have the resumes now it’s time to vote!

 

 

 

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The Final Four: Russell VS Ruth

In our pursuit of finding the best player in the history of New York and Boston sports we have learned that the SeeYouInOctober staff is pretty good at selecting the field. There were relatively few upsets and now we have two titans of their sport squaring off. It’s number one Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics taking on number one Babe Ruth of the New York Yankees. Let’s get ready to rumble.

What do you do when you have 11 rings and only 10 fingers? That’s a problem most athletes wish they had, but outside of Bill Russell nobody has had to worry about it. In the modern era players can’t even get close. I know you’ve seen the picture of Michael Jordan wearing all six of his rings including two on one finger, but he still has one naked hand you can’t see. Russell was ahead of his time. He was longer than most players on the floor. He battled with Wilt Chamberlin and ignited the Celtics and Lakers rivalry. Around the rim Russell scooped up all the bricks averaging 22.5 per game and was five times the rebounding champ. He was a five time MVP and 12 time all-star, a hall of famer and truly one of the greatest.

There are very few transcendent athletes out there. To rattle off a quick list off the top of my head of players who revolutionized their sport you get: Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky and Babe Ruth. Sure there are probably others, but there is no argument that those guys belong. When Babe Ruth was slugging home runs in pinstripes, he hit more in one season than most other teams. He broke his own single season home run record multiple times before reaching his peak with 60. hit .342 with 714 career home runs was a seven time champion and once an MVP and was part of one of the greatest line ups ever: Murder’s Row. The Great Bambino was larger than life and truly a superstar in the days before sports networks and blogs such as this. It is difficult to imagine a player of his completely unique skill set and character ever to be seen again.

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Final Four: Brady VS Bird

Two fan favorites and two great Boston (New England) Champions square off for a spot in the title game. Larry Bird is the only player to upset a number one in this tournament, but now he’ll have to make it two straight with a match up against Tom Brady. Something tells me that Bird will have to play at a higher level to take down the Patriots quarterback who has more recent success and is considered tops at his position in the NFL right now.

They’re have been two once in a generation talents at quarterback over the last decade and the New England Patriots are lucky enough to have one of them. Who knew that the Jets would bring Tom Brady and the reign of terror that has been the New England Patriots in the AFC East when they knocked Drew Bledsoe out of a game and the Patriots were forced to bring in a sixth round pick out of Michigan. Since then Brady has torn through the NFL winning three Super Bowls (and making it to five), winning two MVP awards and leading the league in just about every major passing category there is over his career including the single season record for passing touchdowns (50) during the 2007-08 season. So yeah he’s pretty good.

Although he never led the league in any major category there is no doubt Bird was one of the best players during the 1980s, in fact it really is just a coin flip between he and Magic Johnson. Bird was a nine time First Team All-NBA selection and a three time MVP winner. But Larry never much cared for the regular season as his heroics in the playoffs are what makes him so legend…wait for it…dary. Bird led the Celtics to three NBA titles and a billion other appearances and won a pair of Finals MVP awards. His career was cut short due to bad knees but his career numbers of 24.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game is still phenomenal. Larry Legend was also a deadly from beyond the arc and is well known for his trash talk which never hurts. You have to be pretty good to tell someone you’re going to beat them and then just do it right in their face.

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Ruth Region: #1 Babe Ruth vs #3 Mariano Rivera

You had to figure there would be a couple of Yankees this deep in the tournament as the Bombers have the most championships of any team with a representative. Babe Ruth is largely considered the best ever and has yet to have a vote go against him where as Mariano has just consistently won out against tough competition although he wiped the floor with Clyde Frazier in the Sweet 16.

Babe Ruth was a legend who revolutionized the way baseball is played and he did it before the days when we know what we know about nutrition, strength training, syringes of B12 and flax seed oil. He was a hall of fame player who hit .342 with 714 career home runs was a seven time champion and once an MVP. The Bambino was part of Murder’s Row and far and away ahead of his time. He hit more home runs in a season than most teams in the majors at that time. His single season record of 60 home runs stood until 1961 when it was broken by Roger Maris.

This season Mariano Rivera took down the only remaining milestones on his quest to become the greatest relief pitcher of all time. He notched his 600th save and then hammered down number 603 for the record, but that record doesn’t include post season. Mo has plenty of experience with playoff appearances in every season except for 2007. His 42 saves in the post season are also tops in the history of the MLB. During that time Mo and the Yanks collected five championships and he was named MVP of the World Series in 1999. He is a 12 time all-star and five time Rolaids Relief Man Award winner. He has hinted that this could be his last season. If it is we know his bust will be waiting to be enshrined in Cooperstown in five years.

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Brodeur Region Round Four: #1 Martin Brodeur vs #2 Larry Bird

Well it took all he could muster but Martin Brodeur was finally able to edge out the Peoples Champ Jim Rice who made an unprecedented run to the Sweet 16 despite being only a 12-seed. Brodeur needed a late surge in voting on the last day to claim the victory but a win is a win. Marty can’t rest easy now as he faces off against Larry Bird, one of the greatest players on one of the greatest franchises in North American Sports.

Marty began playing in the 1991-1992 season and hasn’t slowed since. All 19 seasons have been with the Devils and none have really been anything less than stellar. Brodeur has won three Stanley Cup Trophies and has some regular season hardware as well, including four Vezina Trophies. He is the All-Time leader in wins in NHL history with 650 (although the Cy Young of hockey also has the most losses in NHL history but playing for almost two decades will do that to you.) Surprisingly Brodeur has never led the league in save percentage and has led in goals against average only once but leading in the one stat that matters, i.e. wins, trumps any regular season numbers.

Although he never led the league in any major category there is no doubt Bird was one of the best players during the 1980s, in fact it really is just a coin flip between he and Magic Johnson. Bird was a nine time First Team All-NBA selection and a three time MVP winner. But Larry never much cared for the regular season as his heroics in the playoffs are what makes him so legend…wait for it…dary. Bird led the Celtics to three NBA titles and a billion other appearances and won a pair of Finals MVP awards. His career was cut short due to bad knees but his career numbers of 24.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game is still phenomenal. Larry Legend was also a deadly from beyond the arc and is well known for his trash talk which never hurts. You have to be pretty good to tell someone you’re going to beat them and then just do it right in their face.

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Brady Region Round Four: #1 Tom Brady vs #3 Bobby Orr

Tom Brady, to noone’s surprise, made it through to the final of his region. Next up would be a spot in the Final Four.  Mr. Brady took down fellow Boston legend Bob Cousy in dominating fashion in the Sweet 16 and will look to do the same to yet another hero in Beantown against Bobby Orr who pulled off a minor upset that will leave any Boston fan smiling, by taking down Derek Jeter to advance this far.

They’re have been two once in a generation talents at quarterback over the last decade and the New England Patriots are lucky enough to have one of them. Who knew that the Jets would bring Tom Brady and the reign of terror that has been the New England Patriots in the AFC East when they knocked Drew Bledsoe out of a game and the Patriots were forced to bring in a scrawny kid out of Michigan. Since then Brady has torn through the NFL winning three Super Bowls (and making it to five), winning two MVP awards and leading the league in just about every major passing category there is over his career including the single season record for passing touchdowns (50) during the 2007-08 season. So yeah he’s pretty good.

Orr only played for 10 years but what a decade it was. The defensemen won two Hart Trophies and couldn’t possibly have had enough room for all the Norris Trophies he won. He led the league in points twice while also bringing two Stanley Cups to Beantown most famously the 1970 cup when he scored “The Goal” which clinched the game and created one of the most iconic goals in sports history where Orr flew across the ice, completely parallel to the ice.

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Russell Region Round Four: #1 Bill Russell vs #7 Kevin McHale

A pair of Celtics big men are paired with a chance to reach into the Final Four. Russell has the region named for him while McHale has risen above his seventh-seeding and taken down such names as Lawrence Taylor and Julius Erving. Rusell on the other hand has breezed past any and all challengers, kind of like he did for 13 seasons in the NBA.

If you need a refresher on his resume: Russel was known for his rebounding averaging 22.5 per game and was five times the rebounding champ. How about some hardware? Try on some of Russell’s rings from the Celtics period of dominance. The man is an 11 time champion, five time MVP and 12 time all-star. His greatness and dominance reflects that of Boston in that time.

Proving that Bob Dylan isn’t the only person to make it out of Hibbing, Minnesota, Kevin McHale was one of the great Celtics of the 1980s. He was part of three championship teams playing alongside the likes of Larry Bird, Bill Walton and Robert Parrish. Throughout his 15 year career McHale was a seven time all-star and twice named the Sixth Man of the Year. He ranks in the top 25 all-time for blocks and was a three time All Defensive First Team player. However it wasn’t all about the D. McHale averaged nearly 18 points per game for his career and was a 60% shooter. Some things he hasn’t accomplished: Acting on the TV show Glee, so if you’re looking for the kid who pretends to be in a wheel chair, go somewhere else.

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Ruth Region Round 3: #3 Mariano Rivera VS #7 Walt Frazier

Last week Mr. Just for Men, Walt “Clyde” Frazier took out a bald guy when he beat Mark Messier upsetting the number two in this bracket. His reward? Another bald guy. This one is Mariano Rivera. Mo beat Pedro Martinez in extra innings. I guess Grady Little was managing.

This season Mariano Rivera took down the only remaining milestones on his quest to become the greatest relief pitcher of all time. He notched his 600th save and then hammered down number 603 for the record, but that record doesn’t include post season. Mo has plenty of experience with playoff appearances in every season except for 2007. His 42 saves in the post season are also tops in the history of the MLB. During that time Mo and the Yanks collected five championships and he was named MVP of the World Series in 1999. He is a 12 time all-star and five time Rolaids Relief Man Award winner. He has hinted that this could be his last season. If it is we know his bust will be waiting to be enshrined in Cooperstown in five years.

Walt “Clyde” Frazier was one of the greatest Knicks. If it weren’t for Patrick Ewing there probably wouldn’t be an argument. He was part of the 1970 and 1973 championship teams in Madison Square Garden, which was something Ewing could never capture. At the time of his retirement Clyde held the franchise record for games and minutes played, field goals made and attempted, free throws made and attempted, points and assists. His number 10 hangs in the rafters of MSG celebrating his career, which included seven all-star selections.

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Russell Region Round 3: #1 Bill Russell VS #4 Tom Seaver

In our sweet 16 we have all four number ones still alive and it hasn’t been too hard for them to get here. It’s tough to argue with their resumes, but now they will be put to the test with other great players in their way. Bill Russell has used his long legs to step right over Rajon Rondo and Whitey Ford, but now he faces another great pitcher in Tom Seaver who has been a Boston Killer in this tournament with his strike out of Yaz in the bottom of the 11th after pitching a two hitter to David Ortiz in round one.

If you need a refresher on his resume: Russel was known for his rebounding averaging 22.5 per game and was five times the rebounding champ. How about some hardware? Try on some of Russell’s rings from the Celtics period of dominance. The man is an 11 time champion, five time MVP and 12 time all-star. His greatness and dominance reflects that of Boston in that time.

Nicknamed “the Franchise,” Seaver hits every plateau that constitutes a hall of fame caliber pitcher. 311 wins, 2.86 ERA and 3,640 strikeouts, yea he’s got that. Maybe that is why Tommy Terrific was the closest thing to a unanimous selection for Cooperstown with 98.84% of the votes. Looking for hardware? In Seaver’s ten plus seasons with the Mets he won the rookie of the year in 1967, helped his Mets win their first World Series Championship in 1969, picked up three Cy Young awards and was selected to the all-star team ten times. Now you know what made Tom so terrific.

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