Nov 14 2005
Ok, so perhaps last week’s contest between Campagnolo and Camp Anawana was a little esoteric. No big deal. Today’s battle between Gary Fisher and Bobby Fischer (yes, that link is his official page) should prove far more of a crowd pleaser.
|Claim to Fame:||Mountain bike pioneer||Greatest American chess player||Draw; a solid start for both sides||Palmares:||12th, US Road Nats, 1974; 5th US ‘Cross Nats, 1977||8-time US Chess Champ, World Champ 1973-5||Bobby; by a fair margin|
|Went on to:||Found mountain bike company||Become recluse||Gary; as noble as the career of recluse is…|
|Fighting the Man:||Lost 3 years of competitive career for refusing to cut his hair||Missed 3 years of chances to challenge for World Chess Title to protest collusion among Russians||Draw; again, each is impressive|
|Outlandish Claims:||That he invented everything even remotely associated with mountain biking, short of dirt||That, in reference to the 9/11 attacks, the US “had it coming”||Gary; the reasons are obvious|
|Delusions of Persecution:||None apparent||Believes in worldwide Jewish conspiracy focused solely on his destruction||Gary; again, self-explanatory|
|Low Moment:||Sold out to Trek in 1993||Temporarily incarcerated after being mistaken for a bank robber||Bobby; no one handcuffed Gary and forced him to sell out|
|Misuse of Opposite Sex:||Perhaps over-focused on the shapely figure and alluring smile of World Champ Paolo Pezzo to sell his bikes||Attempted to marry Japanese woman to avoid extradition to the US in 2004||Gary; Pezzo was at least paid for her services|
|Bad Movies Inspired:||None yet||Just one||Gary; though one bad flick could even the score|
|Lasting Contributions to Society:||Mountain bikes (maybe), DH riding (maybe), 29″ wheels (maybe) rear suspension (maybe), etc.||Fischer Random Chess and a new type of chess clock||Bobby; it’s debatable that Gary invented any of the things he’s famous for.|
So it’s a 5-3 victory in favor of Fisher (the one without the “c”). Just goes to show you that old adage about not letting your genius go to your head, and not becoming a reclusive, raging, anti-American anti-Semite, still rings true, even in the modern day. Prentending that you came up with every good idea you’ve ever seen doesn’t hurt, either.