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|Bogut carried the expectations of a No. 1 overall pick.|
• Looked good at the time, but got injured. • Looked good at the time, but becomes a major headache. • Picked because a team could not reach an agreement with a better choice. • Flat-out, everybody-knew-it-at-the-time bad pick. Then there are those who fail because they manage to fit two or more of these criteria. In the early going of his career, Bush has hit on three of them. He was picked by the Padres because they wouldn't shell out the kind of signing bonus required in the universe created by Scott Boras (No. 3). His offense was suspect from the start and he has done nothing to dispel those doubts yet, posting a .555 OPS at Fort Wayne last year -- albeit in a pitcher's park (No. 4). Two days after reporting to the Padres he was arrested on a variety of charges after trying to sneak into a bar (No. 2). Bush may someday make the majors as a defensive specialist, but it's not looking good at this juncture. Howard made the All-Rookie first team in 2004-05 and had the most rebounds in the NBA in 2005-06. How many 20-year-olds have ever done that? Manning had his fair share of growing pains in 2005, his second NFL season, but the Giants went 11-5 and scored the third-most points in the league. But the specter of Ben Roethlisberger -- the man the Giants could have had on a silver platter -- will haunt Manning until he takes a great leap forward.
Verdict: NBA, NFL, MLB
|Tim Couch never lived up to expectations in Cleveland.|
|Don't think anyone could be disappointed with A-Rod's career so far.|
|Ahhh, Hakeem the Dream ... we'll never forget.|