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Old 07-16-2009, 08:16 AM   #46
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It's almost too difficult for me to comprehend the fail in this thread. cricket? really? you're gonna seriously compare a fucking cricket player to michael jeffrey jordan? nigga please.
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Old 07-16-2009, 08:56 AM   #47
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It's almost too difficult for me to comprehend the fail in this thread. cricket? really? you're gonna seriously compare a fucking cricket player to michael jeffrey jordan? nigga please.
yes. See, Basketball is hugely popular in the US, some european countries, but you forget that India has more than 3 times the population of the US, and cricket in general is more widely supported worldwide.

Honestly, Jordan was great, but you cannot ignore fact. Statistically Jordan was marginally better than his nearest rivals. Bradman was more than 50% better than his nearest rival, who in turn was significantly better again than the next. Of the 1000's to have played Test cricket, no-one has ever even looked like coming mildly close to anywhere near him.

To even begin to find a way of getting an answer to the question, you must assume that sports are considered of equal value. Therefore an average skill level must be ascertained based on the average performance of competitors. Noone has ever dominated any major sport ever in this way. I can't see how there can even be an arguement.

You are all acting incredulously because you dont follow a particular sport, but look at this objectively: you cannot argue with statistical facts or solid numbers. It is impossible to come up with any other solution. Just because a sport is outside your realm of understanding, doesnt make it invalid.
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If I understood the quote correctly the Poms took a very deep breath and were very relieved after Bradmans retirement.

I suggest that we put together a short list of the great sportsmen from each popular and then produce a poll.

Cricket - Sir Don Bradman
Basketball - Micheal Jordan
Tennis - Roger Federer
Ice Hockey - Wayne Gretzky
Football (Soccer) - Pele

etc. etc.

This is not a definitive list just an example, we can go from there.
That's a good idea actually. For women's tennis I mentioned earlier Martina Navratilova. I don't know if it is possible though to have an American football representative with so many distinct positions compared to other sports.


I want to throw out a name in the greatest sportsman discussion and that's Bob Gibson (a baseball pitcher for those that don't know.) He was incredibly dominate in his prime, so much so that the league lowered the mound from 15 inches to 10 to help the batters by altering the trajectory of the baseball. I don't understand cricket that well but it would be like moving the bowler back because one of them was too dominate. How many athletes create rule changes like drastic? He was also great in the regular season and excelled in the post season.

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In his prime he won 156 games and won 2/3 of his games. In total he had 251 wins including 56 complete game shutouts. In 1968 he had arguably the best season by a pitcher with a live ball era record of a 1.12 ERA and 13 shutouts along with 22 wins and 268 strikeouts. He won a Gold Glove, NL Cy Young and MVP. In the World Series of that Year he went 2-1 and set a World Series record with 17 strikeouts in the 1st game.
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It's almost too difficult for me to comprehend the fail in this thread. cricket? really? you're gonna seriously compare a fucking cricket player to michael jeffrey jordan? nigga please.
Step outside the myth, wigga

You can't dismiss the man because he "only played cricket". We're talking about a man who was almost utterly flawless.

Schumacher personally I don't think can be considered. Yes, he is the best F1 driver. But that's an oxymoron. He had the best car, the best team, the most money, and won many a race because his team strategically asked Rubens Barrichello to pull over. He wouldn't have won seven championships in a Minardi.
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People who drive cars are not athletes. People who ride horses in races are not athletes. I mean they aren't in total control. The car and horse are what decide the outcome more than them.
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YouTube - SlamBall Video!

This is now a SlamBall thread.
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It's almost too difficult for me to comprehend the fail in this thread. cricket? really? you're gonna seriously compare a fucking cricket player to michael jeffrey jordan? nigga please.
If you stepped outside your MLB/NFL/NBA shaped cocoon you'd see that there are other sports out there that exist. cricket is played to the highest international level on four different continents across the globe.

Bradman was so far ahead of his peers that comparatively he is the only real answer to this question.
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If you stepped outside your MLB/NFL/NBA shaped cocoon you'd see that there are other sports out there that exist.
Ohhhhh SNAP.

I think it can be broken down to who is the most dominant in their respective sport, but apart from that, it's impossible to say who's the best unless... UNLESS... they were all put into some epic decathlon at their absolute physical peak, and you'd see who would win.

It'd be a combination of American Gladiators and an actual decathlon.
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Hahaha, you didnt put Sam Cassell in this thread???
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