You get the point. Even then it was a stupid pick, Michael being the 2-time College Player of the Year at North Carolina, where it ain’t at all easy to stand out that much, especially under Dean Smith.
John D. Rockefeller began his business career in Cleveland, Ohio. Had the city and state not subjected him to endless legal and financial battles, Rockefeller might never have moved his headquarters to New York, and Cleveland might have been the beneficiary of the largesse that resulted in such “Big Apple” developments as Rockefeller Center. As this page states,, “Rockefeller even declared that New York City was the better for Cleveland’s unfair treatment of him.”
Cleveland also had – and blew – chances for prominence in the automotive, aviation, and space industries, and even in baseball. As this article details, Henry Ford, Glenn Martin (Martin-Marietta founding father), and George Steinbrenner all joined Rockefeller in finding fortune elsewhere.
I would have liked to see the Phillipines*, Cuba, and Puerto Rico all incorporated as States in the union after the end of the Spanish American War. I don’t see how it could have happened, racism being what it was at the time, but I still think it would have been interesting.
*Okay, probably three different states for the Phillipines, but still…
The TrailBlazer’s were the team that passe over MJ. Bowie was actually a very good player, and the Blazers may well have had a mini-dynasty if he hadn’t broken his leg - twice!! The Blazer’s had Drexler, who was no where near as good as MJ, but still good. The Blazer’s needed a center.
Given that a key reason given by the US for “liberating” these places in the first place was to save them from Spanish imperialism, maybe the best course of action America could have taken after the war was to give all of them proper independence, rather than doing everything possible to suppress local calls for self-determination and killing large numbers of the local population (in the case of the Phillipines).
William Adelin, only legitimate son of King Henry I of England, drowned in the disastrous wreck of the White Ship. When the ship was breaking up, he actually made it to a lifeboat, but insisted on going back to try to rescue his sister, the Countess of Perche. The lifeboat was capsized, and everyone died.
William Adelin’s death led to a bloody 20-year civil war known as the Anarchy, the coming of the Plantagenet kings of England, and the Angevin empire. If he hadn’t gotten on the White Ship, or hadn’t gone back for his sister, he would’ve been King William III, the fourth Norman king of England.
No, no, no. The team that blew that draft was Houston. The Rockets should’ve traded Ralph Sampson to the Blazers for the 2nd pick and then selected Jordan. With Hakeem and Jordan they would’ve ruled the NBA for 10 years. Winning two titles with Olajowon is nothing to sneeze at, of course, but with the 2 of them the sky would’ve been the limit.
Interesting point about my hometown of Cleveland, Sternvogel. Now I’m really depressed.
When Britain and France didn’t tell Hitler that they’d fight him out of Czechoslovakia. From what I’ve read, even Hitler didn’t think at the time that Germany could defeat France if they really stood up to him.
mhendo, I agree, that too, would have been better. I just offered what I think would have been an ideal. IIRC, there would have been a great deal of support for such an idea from the various peoples, if they’d been treated as equals.
On a similiar note: do something to prevent Len Bias from trying cocaine on June 19th, 1986. I think Len might have turned out to be better than MJ. He certainly outplayed him in some of their ACC games, and he had a better vertical leap, softer and bigger hands, and a better jump shot than MJ.