[Moderated by Matt Jones]
In a little over an hour and a half, the world will know the fate of Kentucky’s 5 underclassmen stars, who along with Darius Miller, will more than likely take their talents to the League to play basketball for a paycheck. But where does the importance of the decisions of these young players rank among other important decisions made in history? Let’s take a look:
April 2010: John Wall, Demarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson, Eric Bledsoe, Daniel Orton
Not only was this team the unit that brought Kentucky basketball back to prominence, but we loved them just as much for their off-court antics and lovable nature, which made it that much harder to hear them all say their time in Lexington was done. Of course, similar to this year, fans seem somewhat concerned that the mass exodus of players to the Draft will leave the Wildcats’ very slim depth-wise next season, however it should be noted, in the 2010-11 season, UK returned to the Final Four for the first time in 14 years, no big deal.
Final Verdict: Great Decision
July 2010: LeBron James
On July 1st, 2010, LeBron James became the most coveted free agent in the history of professional sports, so much so that Sportscenter aired an hour-long special called “The Decision” where he would ultimately decide where to play his basketball the coming season. Eventually, after a trumped-up 58 minutes of LeBron highlights and discussion about how goood LeBron is, LeBron announced that his talents wanted to party so he would be taking them to South Beach to team up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, completely altering the landscape of professional basketball.
Final Verdict: TBD
1981: Mars Brothers
In 1981, the Mars Brothers were contacted by the makers of a film for permission to use M&M’s for a scene in the movie, and were asking about their product placement policies. The Mars Brothers declined to have their product used in the movie and the filmmakers instead went with Reese’s Pieces for their film. This film turned out to be cult classic E.T., and Hershey’s newly created Reese’s Pieces used the marketing bump from the movie to triple their sales of the product in mere weeks after the film debuted and continued to climb for months afterwards.
Final Verdict: You messed up, bro.
November 26, 2002: Marty Morningwheg
The Detroit Lions were a struggling team, facing off against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago, in a game that was heading into OT. The coin toss at midfield went Detroit’s way, however, what followed was one of the most puzzling decisions in sports history. In a sudden-death overtime game, the Lions and Morningwheg decided that deferring to the other team was the most appropriate course of action given the way the wind was blowing, which of course turned out terribly as the Bears drove down the field and kicked a field goal to win the game.
Final Verdict: It’s the Lions, what’re you gonna do?
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