Some guys have covered World Series, Stanley Cup Finals and NCAA national championships.
Hopefully I'll lay claim to that one day, but in the meantime, I can brag a little about my young career as a sports writer: I witnessed Doug Anderson destroy rims firsthand for an entire season.
As a writer for The Flint Journal, I covered Anderson and the Mott Community College Bears basketball team during their journey to the 2011 NJCAA national championship in Danville, Ill. Fans came from across the nation to see the Bears, a perennial JUCO power, fight for yet another title.
They also came to see Anderson, a 6'6" pogo-legged freak who won the 2013 Denny's College Slam contest on Thursday night in Atlanta.
Twitter went nuts with Anderson hash-tagged phrases. I took part in the festivities, too. Sadly, as I told a Tweeter, I wasn't overly floored by Anderson's insane athleticism and rim-wrecking antics. I've been desensitized to all of that because I watched him do it on a day-in, day-out basis.
But that doesn't make his exploits any less impressive. Actually, due to it being two years since I've seen him dunk in person, the State Farm contest was a refreshing experience that allowed me to relive my Bears beat writer days.
Anderson pummeled the rim with a perfect score of 40 during each of the four rounds. Describing his attacks with words can be difficult, even for a writer. No, words don't do his technique justice. Seeing is believing.
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And anyone who's ever played with Anderson shouldn't be the least bit shocked that he blew out the competition in Atlanta.
"Doug is an explosive dunker," said Demetrius Miller, Anderson's former teammate at Mott Community College. "He shows up when the lights are on; he wanted to show off for the crowd. I saw it (him winning) coming from a long way. He's by far the best dunker I've ever seen. He's so explosive and takes his dunks so seriously. It's an amazing sight to see."
Miller is in Atlanta with Metro State (Denver), which competes Sunday for the NCAA Division II national title versus Drury University. The former multi-sport superstar at Flint Central High didn't watch the contest, but he "caught pieces of it" after returning from a team banquet.
"(Anderson) really just showed people that he can compete at a high level," Miller said. "He can compete with the big names, not just the mid-major (players). He can compete with the high-level Division I athletes."
Anderson beat out a group of...wait, it doesn't matter who he beat, honestly. When Anderson is in a dunk contest, the contest isn't a contest. He's 5-for-5 in those types of events.
And to save time, judges should hand over the hardware to him before wasting time watching other guys try to string together a series of dunks that aren't a fraction as impressive as what Anderson can do.
Trust me on this one. If you haven't seen Anderson dunk, you've missed out on a once-in-a-generation showman. I've seen former Saginaw Arthur Hill star Jason Richardson throw down with reckless abandon. Dominique Wilkins was a superhero to me as a child. Anderson, though, is just as incredible when it comes to dunking the round ball.
Put it this way: Vince Carter would be proud of him.
During his post-contest interview, Anderson explained his approach to Thursday night's event. He calmly stated how he planned to do "basic dunks." Well, his "basic dunks," or "game dunks," as he later referred to them as, are light years ahead of what the other well-prepared athletes attempted to accomplish.
He wasn't being over-the-top; he just told the truth. Thursday may have amazed those not familiar with him, but it was just another day at the office for the best dunker that college hoops has to offer.
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