Ranking the 10 Best Dopplegangers in Sports

You’ve seen version number one. But what about the evil twin? Here I rate the best 10 look alikes in the sports world:

10. Eli Manning and Michael Phelps

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On one side, we have a two-time Super Bowl champion and two-time Super Bowl MVP that currently leads the NFL in interceptions. On the other, we have an Olympic hero with 18 career gold medals and a tendency to participate in some extra curricular activities. While both have been wildly successful, I give the slight edge to Phelps, if only because he can rain water from his head.

9. Bill Russell and Morgan Freeman

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Whoever the parented these twins surely had some incredible genes. Bill Russell is quite possibly the most successful basketball player of all time; his 11 NBA championships are yet to be matched by a player. Morgan Freeman? Not only is he one of the greatest actors of the past half-century, but he has given us one of the funniest youtube videos of all time. However, since this is a sports website, the victory here goes to Russell and his eleven fingers full of rings.

8. Vince Carter and Tiki Barber

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The man that Raptors fans used to affectionately call “Air Canada” has finally found his long lost brother! Vince ushered in a new era of dunks which has made the the NBA exponentially more enjoyable. Meanwhile, his NFL counterpart Atiim Kiambu Hakeem-Ah (yes that is his real name) broke several Giants franchise records throughout his career. However, he basically quit on the team after the 2006 season and complained about not winning a Super Bowl during his career. The Giants won the Super Bowl without him the very next year. And the football team isn’t the only thing that Tiki has quit on. Advantage: Vince Carter. For obvious reasons.

7. Lakers Head Coaches vs. Fun Toys and Tasty Treats

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The past three Los Angeles Lakers head coaches have all met their match. While KFC is often a delicious meal, Phil Jackson takes the cake with his championship pedigree. However, Mr. Potato Head and the Pringles Guy clearly out-duel Mike Brown and Mike D’antoni. Neither coach has had success in the NBA for several years while Mr. Potato Head gives hours of fun to children across the world and I’m enjoying a box of Pringles as we speak.

6. Sam Cassel vs. ET

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Sam Cassell played on 9 different teams, won 3 NBA championships, and was selected to 1 all-star team. That’s a pretty illustrious career and one that we shouldn’t forget for sometime. But he’s got nothing on ET. The Alien-film is undoubtedly one the best all time movies and his towel is fancier than Cassell’s anyways.

5. Larry Fitzgerald vs. Ronaldinho 

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Coming out of Pittsburgh, Larry Fitz was supposed to be the next great receiver in the NFL, a title which he held for many years. However, it is hard, if not impossible, to match Ronaldinho’s level of production. Edge here goes to the fútboler, not the footballer.

4. Jayson Werth vs. Brad Pitt

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We have our first baseball sighting on the list! While Werth might get paid like the Brad Pitt of the MLB, (7 years, $126 million) there’s no question as to who’s the winner here. Pitt has been one of, if not the most successful actor of the past 15 years while Jayson Werth is a marginal outfielder for the Nationals nowadays.

3. Greg Olsen vs. Dexter

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The former University of Miami TE has carved out a fantastic career for himself. After several years with the Bears, Olsen has now become Cam Newton’s favorite target and is a big reason why the Panthers are going to make the playoffs this season. However, I have no choice but to pick Dexter in this scenario because I’m afraid he’ll kill me if I don’t.

2. Alex Smith vs. Steve Blake

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Sometimes, I can’t even tell these guys apart. Not just in regards to looks, but also in terms of performance. Both have resurrected their careers with their new teams (Smith with the Chiefs, Blake with the Lakers). If I could ever give a tie to anything, this would be it. But I hate ties. So Alex Smith is the winner. Because I flipped a coin.

1. Dan Marino vs. David Hasselhoff 

Screen Shot 2013-12-12 at 10.18.20 AMI give up. Tie.