People say twins have a special bond. They sense each other’s emotions and thoughts. They finish each other’s sentences and each other’s pasta. And that’s no surprise–they’re essentially biological replicas of each other.
Identical Kansas forwards Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris are currently working on another possible NCAA title for the perennially awesome but always disappointing Jayhawks. While Marcus is better, Markieff is still amazing and the two work perfectly in sync together. You’d expect that though, right? But it doesn’t always work out that way. There are plenty of examples in sports where one twin succeeded and the other one fell to mediocrity or even fell completely flat. Come with us as we run down a list of the most unevenly matched twin athletes to each lace ‘em up.
6. Antônio Rogério Nogueira and Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira
Despite being identical twins with nearly identical names, MMA fighter Antônio Rogério competes a weight class below his brother, former UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira. It’s considered the “easier” weight class, but Rogério’s UFC record is 1-2. While a proficient amateur boxer, winning the 2006 and 2007 Brazilian Super Heavyweight Championships, he could never make it to the next level. One thing he does have over his brother, though, is an ability to stand in front of fire (see above).
5. Jason McCourty and Devin McCourty
In the sixth round of the 2009 NFL draft, the Tennessee Titans selected Jason McCourty. He made his first career start at cornerback last season and has 59 professional tackles. Nothing wrong with that, right? Not unless your twin brother plays the same position and does it way better. Devin McCourty was drafted by the Patriots in the first round and already has a Pro Bowl and First Team All-Pro selection under his belt.
4. Robin Lopez and Brook Lopez
Seven-foot-tall twins Brook and Robin Lopez played together at Stanford University. Brook was better, but the gap between him and Robin didn’t seem that vast. After a few seasons in the NBA though, it’s clear who you’d want in a pickup game. Brook made the All-Rookie First Team in his first season with the Nets and averages nearly eight rebounds and 17 points per game. Robin on the other hand makes Suns face wince and wish the coach would play more of Marcin Gortat at center any time he enters the game. The fact that he looks like Sideshow Bob doesn’t help much either.
3. Amber Czisny and Alissa Czisny
Never heard of Amber? If you’ve ever watched figure skating–only to look at the girls, of course–you’re probably familiar with her twin sister Alissa Czisny, a two-time U.S. Champion figure skater and future Olympic favorite. Amber started off on the ice with Alissa, but it’s hard to find any information on her career from there.
2. Daryl Ford and Cheryl Ford
Poor Daryl hasn’t had the best luck in life. First, his twin sister is named Cheryl. Twins whose names rhyme? That must have been rough in grade school. Second, he’s the illegitimate son of Karl Malone. After various court battles and a childhood of ignoring them, Karl now talks to the twins, both of whom played for Malone’s alma matter, Louisiana Tech. Actually it’s only really accurate to say that Cheryl played, before going on to the WNBA. Daryl, on the other hand, scored seven points in his career and, as far as we can tell, never had a photo taken of him in his life.
1. Ozzie Canseco and Jose Canseco
Jose Canseco was one of the biggest baseball superstars of the late ’80s and early ’90s. He could run, bat, field and, now we know, shoot steroids with the best of them. His identical twin Ozzie was also outed recently for his steroid use, but it never did him much good. Over his four seasons in the majors, he only played in 24 games before falling off the face of the earth. That might not have been such a bad thing though. At least he’s not destroying any ounce of credibility he had left by appearing on “Celebrity Apprentice.”