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Old 03-01-2002, 10:17 AM   #1
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Who is your favourite sports hero ?

Being the cricket fan I am, I have to say Steve Waugh. His brother Mark is a tie for favourite sportsmen but Steve inches up a bit further in hero status.
For non cricket fans, Steve Waugh is Australia's cricket captain and he's one of the best players we've ever had.
And he lives just around the corner from me

Who is yours and have you met them?
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I've had many but the one that I hold dearest is a soccerplayer named Jesper Blomqvist. He came to play in my favourite team here in Gothenburg 92, 93, something and I've followed him since then. I made contact with him while he was still in town and when we met out on pubs and stuff we said hi and chatted.
He moved to play in Milan, spring 96 and is still abroad, now playing in Everton. He has been in Parma, also Italy and then Manchester United, England.
Unfortunatly he has had some major problems with a knee and has just made comeback after two years of surgeries and recovering.
Why I fell for him? He's pure entertainment to watch playing, he makes soccer look beautiful!

Here's a few pics, he's a really cutey.



The tongue out is kind of his significant.
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Does Craig Lowndes count?
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Manda...

I have to tell you, it's totally disgraceful for you to mention Mark in the same sentence as Steve. If you don't know why, there's no point in telling you, but I'll give you a hint: "Steve - 200 against WI with probably the same number of bruises. Mark - 200 times dismissed carelessly, can't get past 137, avg less than 40, twice the ability of Steve. What a waste"

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Oh, and to answer the question:

Paul Kelly.

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Old 03-01-2002, 11:06 AM   #6
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Wayne Gretzky ofcourse!

And NO, Ive never met The Great One!

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Matt Birk - center for the Minnesota Vikings.

First, he is a local guy. He went to the same H.S. that my dad went to, then he went off to Harvard for college (so he's smart). After college, he was drafted really late by the Vikings. He worked hard, and got the starting position after the Vikings lost their center to free agency. That year, he was voted to the pro-bowl ,and was the only Viking voted this year (two years in a row). Offensive lineman don't get a whole lot of time in the limelight - but he ends up on a lot of local radio and television shows - to talk about personal finance - not football.

I used to see him all the time around town here - and then he recently got married to the skanky looking thing, and she made him build this huge house in the burbs. (He was making millions, but living in the basement of this meager rental property he owns in town here). Just a very down to earth guy - not some freakish, big-egoed superstar.

Otherwise, Billy Martin (Yankees manager) was my idol growing up (a bit bizzare).
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I think everyone knows Mario is mine...He's had cancer, back problems, hip problems, etc yet he continues to be the best player in the game!

Jagr complained about a little cold during the playoffs last year but Lemieux played the day after (or was it the same day??) having chemotherapy!!!

Not only that, but he's quite a gentleman, diplomatic,very professional, has excellent leadership skills (hence his appt. as Captain of Team Canada) and doesn't lose his cool without justification!

...cute to boot, too!

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mmm, difficult
right now I would also have to say Steve Waugh

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Manda...

I have to tell you, it's totally disgraceful for you to mention Mark in the same sentence as Steve. If you don't know why, there's no point in telling you, but I'll give you a hint: "Steve - 200 against WI with probably the same number of bruises. Mark - 200 times dismissed carelessly, can't get past 137, avg less than 40, twice the ability of Steve. What a waste"

Ill deal with you later...

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Mel the Aussie basher, woops I mean Rufus ...
I said he was my favourite, I didnt say he was better. But I do agree, Mark does have more talent, has more grace and style, but *sigh*..it is a damn shame. I still think he's been a brilliant player for Australia. I think he probably disappoints himself more than anyone when he gets out.
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I think everyone knows Mario is mine...He's had cancer, back problems, hip problems, etc yet he continues to be the best player in the game!

Jagr complained about a little cold during the playoffs last year but Lemieux played the day after (or was it the same day??) having chemotherapy!!!

Not only that, but he's quite a gentleman, diplomatic,very professional, has excellent leadership skills (hence his appt. as Captain of Team Canada) and doesn't lose his cool without justification!

...cute to boot, too!

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Mario is mine too lady. I live now far from Pittsburgh, and I have always been a fan of the Penguins, and Super Mario as we call him. The man is amazing helping win 2 Stanley cups. And the courage he showed coping with his cancer.
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Gretzky of course... cuz even nice guys can finish first!
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