Canseco is 43; Sikahema is 45. Canseco is 6-foot-4, 240 pounds. Sikahema, who was 5-9 and 185 as an NFL kick return specialist, now is almost 210. Canseco is considered a bad boy; Sikahema is a positive icon in the City of Brotherly Love.
Harmon makes a good argument that Sikahema will take Canseco. Harmon also includes some material from Sikahema:
Sikahema said, "Big guys can't punch and recoil fast enough. Also, they can't use their leverage. A shorter fighter has the bigger guy right in his wheelhouse and delivers more effective punches, combinations, and endurance past a furious first round (for a big man) is questionable.
"We can't control when opportunities come around," said Sikahema, who admitted it was a circus event, a little out of the box. "There are all kinds of reasons not to do it. I may look back on this with some regret. I may pass up on some opportunities. We all make decisions in our life, and I like to live my life to the fullest."
Sikahema, of course, was in control when he did his op-ed on television "Rutgers is Wrong," which subsequently vanished into the netherworld. So, every now and then, one can control opportunities, and, when things go bad, have the bad things simply go away.
Of course, in the greater scheme of things, Sikahema is a far more appealing picture than bad-boy Canseco. Yet, it was the bad boy who talked of the bad things in baseball that no one else would mention. Just like with Linda Tripp, Canseco's going against the status quo didn't make him popular. Sikahema's "Rutgers is Wrong" was a testament to the status quo, up until the time Rutgers started winning football games.
Canseco's efforts as to the fight were motivated by self-interest. But don't forget the Sikahema end. Harmon reports:
In fact, Sikahema's TV station, NBC-10, as you can imagine, is going nuts. There will be promotions, a Web site, updates, profiles and marketing angles galore.