Re(7): Joey/Soroa vs Goiko/Lopez Posted on February 2, 2018 at 04:35:33 PM by Jesus
I don't know why so many people think today's athletes are more athletic than the past players. It may apply on some sports, but in jai alai? Walk into the place and you'll see whatever equipment was available back in the 80's is what is there now. Not like in top sports like in football or something that they have upgraded to the latest in-house equipment with top orthopedics, managers and physical therapists specializing in the sport guide the players. Humans have not evolved that much either in 30 years that today humans are more athletic today either, matter of fact, I often tell the young ones they don't make them like they used to. In my 20's and 30's I could play 2 hours of racketball "just to warm up" and then 3 hours of jai alai with no problems, I still play racquetball and see all these young "athletes" going home after an hour and a half cause "they're tired". I ask them who's the old guy here? LOL
I was there, Joey specifically was very athletic, and so was Soroa.. I don't think I'm being nostalgic when I say Joey had more shots than Goiko and was more aggressive, I was there day to day and I saw it. Goiko relies more on his catching ability and power, and I hate to say it, much of that power comes from the travelling with the ball that was not allowed back then.
That said, I'm confident that Goiko would've being a terrific and top player back in the day and would've learn just fine to throw without the travelling, and that he would've being better than he is today by playing against all those top players under pressure day to day.
It is impossible to compare different generation, I know, but I bite everytime someone asks :-) It's tough not to compare when you have seen them both. I miss the old player postures, the long non-routine volleys which most times ended by some spectacular shot, not cause someone dumped the ball, the players jogging back to the cage rather than laughing and walking back when they lose. Replies: There have been no replies.
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