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Old 01-06-2007, 08:43 AM   #1
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Greatest Sports Person Of All Time

A little while ago I posted a thread on Put 'Em Under Pressure, " Europe's Top 50 Football Clubs" a project first started by my son, which I became involved in the more he asked me for my opinions, until we finally compiled said list. It seems to have given me the bug to find out more with regards to all time best ofs, anoraky I know but, satisfying at the same time, especially as you find out a wealth of information about all kinds of sporting achievements as you research for any such projects. With this in mind, my Son, & I set about trying to compile a list to find the ultimate sportstar, male or female, crikey what a task, initially you think of the obvious names, Pele, Best, Maradona, Nicklaus, Woods, Sampras, Federer, McEnroe, Spitz, Redgrave, Lewis, Ali, Grace, Botham, Navratilova, Graf, Schumacher, Armstrong, etc., etc., then you start to research each sport, & event individually, & you realise just how many "Greats" from the past you have barely heard of, perhaps because their particular sport has never been high profile, perhaps because the person didn't crave media limelight as much as others, or any other reason, I found this mainly when looking into the history of the Olympic games, but as a UK resident, I'm sure there are some major US sportstars who are relatively unknown to me, & Vice-versa, UK-US, & all other countries around the world. Its with this in mind, & seeing how many people around the world use the Interference forum, & in particular Put 'Em Under Pressure, I was wondering if WE AS A WHOLE could find who we rate as the greatest SPORTSTAR EVER!
don't just send in names of stars, give reasons as to why you are nominating them, not just on achievement in their particular field, but longevity, impact on their particular sport, sport in general, impact on the world as a whole. There's certainly a wide enough spectrum of users on the forum to give as wide an opinion as possible, take your time, research the stars, & at the end of this year I'll compile the most definitive list in the world to find the greatest EVER. (as long as there's enough interest)
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Throwing some big names out there from three major sports...

Greatest of Football

Joe Montana - greatest QB
Walter Payton - greatest RB
Ronnie Lott - greatest DB
Chuck Bednarik - greatest LB

Greatest of Baseball

Willie Mays - greatest 5 tool player
Babe Ruth - greatest "put fear into you" hitter
Sandy Koufax - one of greatest pitchers
Steve Carlton - one of greatest pitchers

Greatest of Basketball

Wilt Chamberlain - greatest player
Michael Jordan - second greatest player
Julius Erving - one of greatest
Pete Marivach - one of greatest
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Greatest of all time, huh?
I'll give this one a shot, but I'll break it down by sport.
Baseball- Babe Ruth
Football- Walter Payton
Basketball- Micheal Jordon
Hockey- Wayne Gretzky
Soccer- Pele
Male tennis- Pete Sampras
Female tennis- Martina
Boxing- Ali
Pro wrestler- Bret Hart
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Ok, Jordon or Gretzky could be the best ever.
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Old 01-06-2007, 03:40 PM   #5
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Throwing some big names out there from three major sports...
Oh boy, I can already see page 3 of this thread still harping on this.

My vote goes to the proverbial archer in Swaziland who could make William Tell weep. If only someone would give him a bow.

And I think that should elucidate my opinion on this, no offence, jimmmm.
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I think potentially Roger Federer could go on to be the greatest ever. The guy just dominates tennis now and if he won the French Open then i think that could seal his status. He's still yet to prove himself on clay courts however and that was something Sampras never achieved.
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I think Jordan is the greatest ever. Only because Maradona had his whole drug problem and Jorden has a pretty much umblemished legendary record.
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Throwing some big names out there from three major sports...

Greatest of Football

Joe Montana - greatest QB
Walter Payton - greatest RB
Ronnie Lott - greatest DB
Chuck Bednarik - greatest LB

Greatest of Baseball

Willie Mays - greatest 5 tool player
Babe Ruth - greatest "put fear into you" hitter
Sandy Koufax - one of greatest pitchers
Steve Carlton - one of greatest pitchers

Greatest of Basketball

Wilt Chamberlain - greatest player
Michael Jordan - second greatest player
Julius Erving - one of greatest
Pete Marivach - one of greatest
Pfffft, major sports.....


* Zinedine Zidane *
Diego Maradona
Ference Puskas
Eusebio
Lev Yashin
Don Bradman
Muttiah Muraliduran
Roger Federer
Steffi Graf
Hicham El Guerrouj
Haile Gabriesilesse
Carl Lewis
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Pele, Jordan and Ali
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I think Jordan is the greatest ever. Only because Maradona had his whole drug problem and Jorden has a pretty much umblemished legendary record.
Jordan had issues with gambling, which I think were a lot worse than we were lead to believe. Regardless he's probably the best basketball player of all time, though I'd throw Larry Bird's name in there just for the sake of argument being a Boston fan.
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Jordan had issues with gambling, which I think were a lot worse than we were lead to believe. Regardless he's probably the best basketball player of all time, though I'd throw Larry Bird's name in there just for the sake of argument being a Boston fan.
I wondered when this would come up. But you're absolutly right.

I miss the Jordan, Magic, Bird era.
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I wondered when this would come up. But you're absolutly right.

I miss the Jordan, Magic, Bird era.
I miss Bird and Jordan's McDonald's commercials.
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In terms of SUPERSTAR, I think Babe Ruth.

POPULARITY: He was known around the world when sports werent rammed down our throats 24-7. He was a common word in Japan when Coca-Cola was the only other english commonly uttered by the Japanese.

ATHLETICISM/TALENT: Hitting more Home-runs in a season than any other team at times pretty much speaks for itself. I don't want to hear about him being fat. Yea he was a little husky...no where near John Goodman size when Goodman protrayed Ruth in "THE BABE".

Could very well have had the best offensive season ever hitting . 356 with 60 HRs and 164 RBIS and 7 SBS in 1927

He also won 94 games as a pitcher and had a career winning percentage of .671. So he really was a complete player!

Also, he didn't take steroids. Unless Beer and Hotdogs are performance inhancing substances.

I can see people making cases for others, but I think when you add the popularity and overall talent level of Ruth up, no one can compete in both categories.
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Oh boy, I can already see page 3 of this thread still harping on this.
So can I.

I forgot the words "in America."

Whoops.
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