A few months back, as my final post on a site I created, I compiled a list of the top sports bloggers on the planet...as Muppets. It was my way of saying thanks, Internet.
Today, I have the great pleasure of being asked to do a similar post with athletes and sports figures. It's not an easy task, so I'm cheating and coming up with a list of some who look like Muppets and others I'd love to see turned into Muppets.
Whenever anyone asks me why I am so fascinated with the Muppets, I explain that the genius of Jim Henson—and his legacy through the Henson company—is that the Muppets don't look like people; people look like the Muppets.
Think about it: have you ever said "Kermit the Frog looks just like my friend John." No, my friend John looks like Kermit. The girl I went to elementary school with looks just like Miss Piggy. Stan Van Gundy looks like Lew Zealand (it's uncanny, really).
With that, and not-so-coincidentally timed with the opening of The Muppets in theaters around the world—it's a wonderful movie that will make you smile the entire time—we're happy to present a list of sports figures we'd love to see as Muppets and some who we think already look like Muppets.
So grab a bowl of the world's second greatest gift and dig in.
As always, leave your own suggestions in the comments.