History in the works.
The exquisitely wonderful coupling of Brazil’s Gabriel Medina and Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior has become a fun, if not interesting, talking point just months ago. Could it actually become the stuff of legends?
Sporting power couples are not common, not at all, which is why they are so incredible when they work. Usually after one, or both, have reached prime before they couple.
When they are on the downside.
See: Aaron Rodgers and Danica Patrick’s run.
But the ones that work?
Stuff of legends.
See: Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe, Zach Ertz and Julie Ertz.
I pondered this, today, whilst chatting with David Lee Scales, getting the letter wrong though not the spirit. I thought Sue Bird was married to Abby Wambach and Travis Kelce married to some model but Zach Ertz, easily confused, married to Julie, a phenomenal soccer player.
Sporting power couples rare and legendary.
See: Gabriel Medina and Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior.
Gab has electrified the surfing world with his re-re-emergence after the second, or maybe third, World Surf League work stoppage. Neymar is on the cusp of proving every critic wrong, possibly winning soccer’s Champion League, shushing many, many critics.
If Medina wins title and Neymar wins soccer world MVP where will they sit on the list?
Top five, for certain, but top three?
What if they double down next year?