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Old 11-28-2005, 04:31 PM   #1
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greatest athlete

1) Diego Maradona (arguably the greatest player in the most played sport ever)

2) Michael Jordan (the greatest basketball ball player ever)

3) Lance Armstrong (7 Tour De France titles in a row)

4) Bo Jackson (excelled professionally in two sports.)

5) Hichame El Guerrouj (world record holder in the mile 3:26 sec)




Tiger woods not mentioned because golf isn't a sport

Wayne Gretzky not mentioned because only a few people play hockey, thus making the competition easier.

Barry Bonds not mentioned because you don't have to be really athletic to play baseball.
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Re: greatest athlete

Barry Bonds not mentioned because you don't have to be really athletic to play baseball. [/B][/QUOTE]


Huh? I'll disagree w/ that statement.
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Re: greatest athlete

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1) Diego Maradona (arguably the greatest player in the most played sport ever)
I'd argue that - The guy was a fucking cheat.
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1) Tiger woods not mentioned because golf isn't a sport

I've got $1,200 worth of clubs in my trunk that don't work???? Now I know why...its not a sport!

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Lance Armstrong ain't the greatest cyclist either. Greatest Tour de France champion, yes, greatest cyclist ever, no.

Eddy Merckx is the greatest cyclist, hands down.


Mark Allen, legendary triathlete

I would argue Deion Sanders over Bo too. Bo was the first but Deion played in SuperBowl and World Series.

But that what this topic is for, debate. None of us can agree on one person.

Don't forget Sugar Ray Robinson. Best boxer ever.

Jesse Owens.....


I also disagree with comment regarding not having to be athletic to play baseball. Some pitchers and first basemen may not appear athletic, but the outfielders and rest of the infield are top notch athletes.
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Re: greatest athlete

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1) Diego Maradona (arguably the greatest player in the most played sport ever)



Wayne Gretzky not mentioned because only a few people play hockey, thus making the competition easier.

Barry Bonds not mentioned because you don't have to be really athletic to play baseball.

Kasparaitis will find you , my friend

hockey is the best game
after soccer of course
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I would argue Deion Sanders over Bo too. Bo was the first but Deion played in SuperBowl and World Series.
Deion over Bo? Um, I'd have to disagree. He was a very average baseball player at best with .263 career average and an OBP of .319. In football, the man could not tackle (and still can't) to save his life. Bo won a Heisman trophy and would've been one the of game's elite running backs had it not been for his hip injury. Sanders had style while Bo had the substance.
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coulda, woulda, shoulda, don't count in sports

Lemieux could have broken Gretzky's record if he never had cancer and a bad hip but.............

Deion is not there to be a tackler, he breaks up the pass, he was an 8-time pro bowler, one of the most feared defensive backs ever.

In regards, to the BA of .263, Jackson had an average of .250 and OBP of .309. Jackson had better power numbers by far but that was his job. Deion had better stolen bases because that was his job. Fielding percentages were almost identical. Bo had better RBI numbers by far cause he was a power hitter while Deion was at the top of the order.

See, it's all about debate.
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Barry Bonds not mentioned because you don't have to be really athletic to play baseball.
Yeah, definitely not compared to cricket anyhow. I'd like to see these top baseballers go the full five days on a cricket pitch. Hell, I'd like to see them go just one day.

Anyway, if you want great athletes, rugby union is the place to look. Colin 'Pinetree' Meads owns this thread in many and various ways.

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In 1970, Meads broke his arm playing against Eastern Transvaal in South Africa. He emerged from a particularly vicious ruck with his arm dangling horribly. It was an obvious fracture, and yet Meads completed the match. When the doctor cut away his shirt and confirmed the break, Meads muttered, "At least we won the bloody game."

And I have more great athletes from New Zealand rugby to add.
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Jonah Lomu and Karl Lewis are two greats that spring to mind.

Token paddy mention - Keith Wood kept Irish rugby going at a time when we didn't have much to crow about.
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Anyway, if you want great athletes, rugby union is the place to look.
Hear hear.
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What about the bloke who invented the marathon?

You know, he ran all the way from one bit of the world to another bit of the world and then died.
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I swear before I opened the thread I had already written Pinetree's name.

Colin Meads.
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maradona?
no way, he was a cheater, he was talented but all the drugs he used helped him a lot
i like more Platini, Pele, Zico, Di Stefano, Cruyff, Romario, Best, Van Basten....
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