No. 32

by Nathan Hague

How do you choose the best athlete to ever wear a number when it was worn by two of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen? Earvin “Magic” Johnson just might be the greatest point guard in NBA history. Jim Brown is considered by many to be the greatest running back in NFL history.

Just when you settle on one, go look at highlights of the other. Take a look at his numbers and you may quickly second guess yourself. Both of them stayed with one team their whole career and both of them had No. 32 retired with that team. Both of them were part of their sport’s 50th anniversary all-time team and both earned multiple MVP awards.

In the long run, I have made my decision and I have decided that the best player to ever wear No. 32 is (drum roll please)… Josh Hamilton….

OK, no not really.

Yes I’m still stalling, but for real this time. The winner is (drum roll one more time please)…. Magic Johnson.

Over his career, Johnson was named to the All-Star team 12 times,won five NBA finals, three NBA MVP awards and is the NBA’s all-time assist leader with 10,141. He was also a member of the 1992 Dream team that dominated its way to win the gold medal.

Love the Lakers or hate them, it’s safe to say that Johnson is among the best the game has ever seen and in the Hague Sports Countdown, he’s the best to ever wear No. 32.


There has been a lot of talk over the last few years about income equality, marriage equality, race equality, religious equality, that I thought I would take a few minutes to talk to you, the readers of my blog, about baseball equality. While there is a large amount of inequality in the world, there is none as glaring as baseball inequality, especially to fans of the Texas Rangers. The New York Yankees have won 27 World Series while playing in 40, and the Texas Rangers have won zero World Series while playing in just two. My friends, this is unfair and I have decided that I will start the discussion on how we can fix this terrible atrocity.


There are currently 30 major league teams, fifteen in each league. My first thought was to split the wins between the American League and then the National League by who had won in each league, but again that would be unfair to the National League because of the Yankees having so many championships, so I figured this would be the most fair way: American League Championships will be split equally among American League teams, National League Championships will be split among National League Teams, and World Series Championships will be split between all teams, even the Canadian one. The only teams that gets punished are the Yankees and Cardinals, because they have the most and the only way to make it fair is to give them less since they have taken more over the history of baseball than any other team.


So I will start with National League Championships: currently the L.A. Dodgers have to most with 23 pennants won, and the least went to the Nationals and Brewers with none. So, now, here is how the National League will pan out after I apply baseball equality:

Each team would now have 8.8 National League Championships, but since we can’t have that, we will take some away from the greedy Dodgers to make it even. So we will give everyone 9 National League Championships, and give the Dodgers only 6 because of their greed over the last one hundred years or so of having so many. So congratulations fans of teams like the Diamondbacks, Nationals, Brewers and Marlins. You went from 0, 1 or 2 respectively to 9! So get those pennants ready and hang them with pride. No, you didn’t earn them, but the fair baseball practices police will give them to you!!


Now, on to the American League Championships: the very greedy Yankees have 40, count them, 40 American League Championships, and that is so one sided it is just wrong. So once we spread the wealth in the American League it will look more like this:

Each team would now have 7.5 American League Championships, but we can’t let the Yankees have the same as everyone else, so we will cut them out completely which gives each team 8.07 American League Championships. Houston has not been in the AL long enough to warrent the full 8.07, so we will give 3 of theirs back to the Yankees, making it look like this –
New York Yankees – 3

Houston Astros – 5

All other American League Teams – 8

So now I can say very excitedly that the Texas Rangers have eight American League pennants! Such great  news!


Lets move on to the World Series. The Yankees once again own the market on this, and it is totally unfair for everyone else in all of baseball, so we will spread the World Series out as so:

Each team would roughly have 3.66 World Series Championships, which is not possible so we need to punish the Yankees and Cardinals, who have won 38 of the 110
World Series I am using. If you take the Cardinals and Yankees completely out of it, then each team would have 4 World Series championships (roughly, the number is actually 3.92, but close enough). Well, in honor of fairness, we can’t take them completely out of it, so here is what I propose.

We give all the teams 3.5 World Series Championships to begin with (the panel that will be put together can decide which teams get to split titles), then we take the ones who have too many (Yankees and Cardinals) and we take away their half games and them add the remaining 5 games, and give them to the eight franchise that have never won a Championship. So it would look like this:


Texas Rangers – 4 World Series

Seattle Mariners – 4 World Series

Washington Nationals – 4 World Series

San Diego Padres – 4 World Series

Milwaukee Brewers – 4 World Series

Colorado Rockies – 4 World Series

Houston Astros – 4 World Series

Tampa Bay Rays – 4 World Series

NY Yankees – 3 World Series

St. Louis Cardinals – 3 World Series

the remaining 20 MLB Franchises – 3.5 World Series each.


That would leave two World Series unclaimed that we could use at a later date to help balance the fairness out as teams win the Series, which would eventually be eliminated for a more fair system of “who is up next to get one”. I personally think that this would look great for baseball and it would do a whole lot for helping out the little man who has yet to actually win a World Series , and it would make everyone a winner instead of just those teams that have worked hard and earned it. I will be forwarding this idea on Rob Manfred to get his approval, I think he is going to love it. I know for sure I can get the government behind the idea of baseball equality! Finally, My Texas Rangers will have the Championships that they deserve!


*This post is intended for humors purposes only and should not be taken seriously. Or maybe it should……..


No. 33

Over the years, the Lakers and Celtics have developed quite the rivalry, meeting 13 times in the NBA Finals where it was Boston who dominated, winning 10 of those series. However, it was a Laker who came out on top over a Celtic at No. 33 in our Jersey Countdown. There’s a reason Larry Bird […]

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No. 34

I have debated back and forth on who exactly to give the best to ever wear number 34 to, and I have finally come to a conclusion. For those wondering, the choice was between Nolan Ryan, one of the greatest pitchers of all time, and Walter Payton, one of the greatest athletes of all time, […]

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ESPN takes “courage out of award

The following was a post written for the Marshall News Messenger ESPN missed the boat again, big time. I know enough people have already written and ranted about it but quite honestly, it’s insulting to the people who actually deserve an honor such as the Arthur Ashe Courage Award which will be handed out at […]

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No. 35

There haven’t been too many athletes in our countdown who are still playing but that’s the case here at No. 35 which has to go to Kevin Durant. Durant chose to wear No. 35 in honor of a high school coach and mentor who passed away at the age of 35. The Oklahoma City Thunder […]

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No. 36

Jerome Abram Bettis, better known as “The Bus,” leaves little room for argument about being the best athlete to ever wear No. 36. Bettis is sixth all time when it comes to NFL rushing yard leaders. He retired in 2006 after helping his Pittsburgh Steelers win Super Bowl XL in his hometown of Detroit. Bettis […]

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No. 37

No. 37 was a tough one, there were not as many to chose from as some of the other numbers, and I decided to go with Doak Walker. The native Texan played his entire career with the Detroit Lions, where he was a all-star four times, led the NFL in scoring twice, and led the […]

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The Curse of the Ryan Express

The Following post was written by Nathan Hague for the Marshall News Messenger. If he wanted to, Nolan Ryan could probably run for the governor of Texas and win in a landslide. He’s beloved by Houston Astros fans and deeply missed by Texas Rangers fans. Back in 2010, I attended a game in Houston while […]

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No. 38

Curt Schilling didn’t get his call from Cooperstown, much to the surprise of many people. You’d be hard-pressed to find too many people who have played the game better than Schilling and you’d be even more hard-pressed to find a better athlete in all of sports to wear No. 38. One of the things Schilling […]

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