Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Bro of the Day: Kobe Bryant

By Adam Maher (@ArtoMar1)

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Kobe has once again staked his claim for remaining one of the top sportz broz of all time. In an effort to console his fellow superstar bro, A-Rod, Kobe gave the struggling slugger, who has hit a measly .143 in the ALCS and .130 in the playoffs with no RBIs, a call this week to offer words of encouragement.

"I just say to him, 'You're Alex Rodriguez. You're A-Rod. You're one of the best to ever do it,'" Bryant said. "I think sometimes he kind of forgets that and wants to try to do the right thing all the time. Which is the right team attitude to have. But other times you really have to put your head down and say, 'Hell with it' and just do your thing.

"Hopefully the next game they'll kind of give him a chance, maybe put him back at third and let him respond to the pressure, which I think he'll do," Bryant told ESPN.com.



Kobe's idea of encouraging words never comes without a side of I'm-the-man-isms, though:

"We're different," Bryant said. "But you're talking about, 'He's one of the best to ever play.' I think really the difference is, sometimes he forgets he's the best. ... Where, I don't."

Kobe has his rights to say that - it's not like anyone has the right to complain about his 27 million per year contract like they do about A-Rod's 30 million per year deal. Kobe actually puts in work when it matters and leads championship teams.

Unlike A-Rod, the thought of Kobe riding pine is inconceivable. The fact that he was even reaching out to someone who is now a bench-rider is hard to believe in itself. Just ask Smush Parker.

Nonetheless, Kobe wins today's B of the D for stepping out of the box, and killing the game of being a G. Pure class.

In other A-Rod news, Joe Girardi trying to mix and match by benching Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher in favor of Eric Chavez and Brett Gardner worked for naught last night. Chavez and Gardner were hitless in seven at-bats during Verlander's 8.1-inning, one-run outing. And their presence actually wound up hurting the Yankees when Chavez's fifth-inning error led to the Tigers' second run of the game, which turned out to be the game winner. Chavez is now 0-for-14 this postseason. Maybe if A-Rod wasn't so sucky, Chavez wouldn't have the opportunity to completely blow it.

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