Smits, Gullit, Van Gundy, etc.
If this information hadn't come from a trusted p.r. man, I'd assume it was a joke.
The Grand Central Oyster Bar and Heineken are holding a vote for media members to select the greatest athlete of Dutch heritage as part of the Holland Herring Festival at the restaurant.
The festival runs through June 25, but the voting ends this afternoon. I'm going with Bert Blyleven.
Hey, wait a minute: What about Joe Nieuwendyk (Cornell Class of '88)! Why is he not on the list of candidates:
BASEBALL: David Aardsma; Bert Blyleven; Lenny Dykstra; Shea Hillenbrand; Jim Kaat; Mark Mulder ; Kirk Nieuwenhuis ; Curt Schilling; John Vander Meer; Andy Van Slyke ; Justin Verlander
FOOTBALL: Jay Riemersma
BASKETBALL: Rik Smits; Kiki Vandeweghe; Keith Van Horn; Jeff Van Gundy
SOCCER: Edgar Davids; Johan Cruyff; Ruud Gullit; Marco Van Basten; Johan Neeskens; Robin Van Persie; Dennis Bergkamp; Frank Rijkaard
MMA: Bas Rutten
TRACK AND FIELD: Fanny Blankers-Koen; Cornelius Warmerdam
SWIMMING: Matt Grevers; Julia Smit
TENNIS: Tom Okker
BOXING: Jean Pierre Coopman; Ray Joval
SKATEBOARDING: Ryan Sheckler
HARNESS DRIVER WITH THE LAST NAME HOLLAND: Brett Holland
FLYING DUTCHMEN (HOFSTRA PLAYERS PRIOR TO NAME BEING CHANGED TO PRIDE): Wayne Chrebet; Speedy Claxton, Tom Pecora