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Welcome True Believers

Posted on: August 13, 2008 12:27 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2008 1:53 pm
 
I finally made it to blog status! Not that it means much to those who don't know me. Regardless, I'd like to throw some topics out there and let you all just run with it. Today’s topic: G.O.A.T.? So I'm listening to Mike & Mike on ESPN Radio on my way in to work and the ever popular "greatest athlete of all time" topic came up.  The usual names came up, Babe Ruth, Tiger Woods, & Wayne Gretzky to name a few.  The newest name to add to the mix is Michael Phelps.  Are you watching the show he's putting on in Beijing?  Amazing!  Here are some stats to help put things in to perspective.  Now the year the Yankees acquired Babe Ruth, he hit 54 HR.  The team with the most HR's after that had 50 dingers total!  Tiger Woods, and I understand that many argue that Golf is not a sport (I think it is), is just as dominant in his sport.  Tony from Louisiana emailed Mike & Mike and brought up a great point.  Tiger is #1 in the rankings with an 18.63 (not 100% on the numbers) and Phil Mickelson is #2 with a 9.someting.  In order to equal the same gap of 9 points that separate Tiger & Phil, you would have to drop down 110 spots on the World Rankings list! Then there is Michael Phelps. The way he is dominating the world of swimming, you have to throw his name in to the mix. Not only is he winning, he’s obliterating world records as he does it. World records that he owns! So in my humble opinion he has at least deserves honorable mention in the discussion. As difficult as it may be for me, I also feel Alex Rodriguez has to receive some consideration here as well. My boy Max Kellerman on Kellerman & Kenny (ESPN Radio 1050AM 10AM-1PM)brings up very valid points when bringing up the fact that A-Rod puts up Babe like stats in a strategic position (SS/3B) which makes him more valuable than the Babe was. Your thoughts?
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Since: Jun 23, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2008 8:22 am
 

Welcome True Believers

Elway is in the mix when discussing the greatest football players of all time, as long as he isn't choking vs. my NY Giants in Superbowl XXI.  Ok maybe he didn't choke but I had to throw that in there.  When we bring up these names, Tiger woods in Golf, Elway (?) in football, Babe in baseball, Jordan in basketball, Gretzky in hockey...you get the point, are they the "greatest athletes of all time" or the greatest at their sport?  Triathlon or track & field stars who dominate in multiple sports, wouldn't they be better "athletes" than those who do it in just one sport?  It's not that easy.  Bo Jackson was great at both baseball & football (only player to be named to all-star teams in dual sports) but Jordan proved that just because you're an elite athlete, it doesn't mean that you can excel at multiple sports.



Since: Jul 7, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2008 10:06 pm
 

Welcome True Believers

well hello there !! (dork) . anyway !!! in all those names that are greatest of all time you left out Michael Jordan who dominanted an era as well as a sport and of course John Elway the greatest football player of all time !!! that being said i totally agree that Michael Phelps is by far the most dominant anything ive ever seen . when he hits the water its like he is giving a class . the other swimmers look like there is a monster in the water . he beats them from the locker room that is the greatest of all time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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