MSG's "The Bracket" Debates the Coolest New York Athletes

Benjamin J. Block@BenjaminBlock21Correspondent IIJuly 4, 2013

July 9 2011; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2) acknowledges the crowd after the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Michael L. Stein-USA TODAY Sports
Michael L. Stein-USA TODAY Sports

Determining the coolest New York athlete—considering the generational gaps—is a debate that is guaranteed to anger and provoke many, and satisfy few.

Personally, there's no better thrill than listening to my dad or grandfather talk about a player that they were in awe of when they were growing up, especially since this day and age is quick to Google information on their smart phone before exercising brain power.

No matter how one worships an athlete, picking the coolest N.Y. player transcends time, as it is like choosing your favorite child—impossible. 

Earlier this year, fans on MSG.com were faced with this task, and their voting will finally be disclosed on the newest episode of "The Bracket."

Tonight on MSG Network at 8pm EST, New York comedians and hosts Yannis Pappas and Chris Distefano reveal the voting for the coolest N.Y. athlete of all time.

What makes a player cool is always subjective, but old school and new school swagger will clash as 16 of New York's coolest cats are pitted against each other. 

Celebrity sports fans like Whoopi Goldberg, John McEnroe and others also weigh in, and they probably make some of the same arguments that you have been making to your friends for years. 

This March-Madness-like bracket is guaranteed to cause a different kind of fireworks between your friends and family this July 4th.

If you had to pick one from the list of 16 before seeing the episode, it would have to be Derek Jeter, wouldn't it?

Maybe Walt "Clyde" Frazier is the coolest because he rhymes and has unparalleled fashion and style?

Then again, who's cooler than Ron Duguay and his envy-inducing hair. Not to mention he hung out at Studio 54.

Guaranteeing a Super Bowl win could also be enough to make Joe Namath the coolest, right?

What about Julius Erving back in his ABA days? With the nickname Dr. J, doesn't that make him the winner?

While Pappas and Distefano were tagged to moderate and expose the king of cool, something tells me that the debate will continue on long after the episode airs Thursday night.

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