Yeah, this wasn't a hard pick but still a painful one. I hate to see Hicks go in this round. In the end, it was about longetivity here.
I'll throw another baseball comparison. As a 6-foot-8 power pitcher, J.R. Richard was both a throwback to some of the 1960s greats and a predecessor to the big righthanders of recent day, well on his way to a Hall of Fame. One of the dominant pitchers of the game before a midseason stroke ended his career in 1980 (what would have been his best season), leaving baseball fans with another "what might have been" case. Unbelievable pitcher, for what little we got. Just like Hicks was an unbelievable comedian, for the short time we got.
But Richard Pryor was like Nolan Ryan -- part of the same staff as Richard, one of the dominant figures for more than a decade, and someone who actually became a more complete (even if less exciting) pitcher late in his career. Of course, Ryan's reinvention came from adding nasty offspeed stuff to his overpowering heater. Pryor's reinvention came after setting himself on fire while freebasing.
I doubt I can keep the baseball comparisons going. Will I make Louis C.K. the equivalent of Roy Halladay?