On today's Pardon My Take... Mason Gordon! The inventor of Slamball joined Mr. Cat and Mr. Commenter to discuss how the sport got started, future plans for Slamball, and much more. Towards the end of the interview, the topic of the Slamball GOAT was brought up. Was there a single person who was better than everyone else? Mason Gordon dropped a few names that were deserving for that title, but we'll let you decide. Each of the players mentioned are accompanied by some highlights during each of their respective Slamball careers.
Mason Gordon: A lot of people say it was a guy named Stan Fletcher, who a lot of guys remember from kind of the classic Slamball seasons. he was the guy that was making up plays in midair, and tossing the ball to himself, and creating these unbelievable self-passes, and things like that. He actually called it "The Chaser," gave it names and stuff. So, he really expanded what it meant to play Slamball on that level creatively.
Mason Gordon: And then, there was another guy who played basketball at Kansas named Jelani Janisse, who was absolutely the most dominant guy you ever saw, because he was 6-4, 225 pounds, and the fastest guy on the floor. So he was playing basketball, and he was the most physical guy. So, he was playing basketball and football. Right now, the debate is probably Stan Fletcher or Jelani Janisse.
Mr. Commenter: I think I'm a Stan stan.
Mr. Cat: I think I might be a Jelani Janisse guy.
Mr. Commenter: OK, good. Now we can debate. This is how it works, yeah.
Mr. Cat: I like the alliteration: Jelani Janisse, I'm watching him right now and he's pretty fucking good.
So, there you have it. It seems like, similar to basketball, there are two guys who are at the top of the sport. Hopefully for everyone's sake, the sport of Slamball returns and more elite players get to showcase their talents.