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Old 02-13-2013, 08:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Greatest Athlete of All Time in Their Respective Sport/Event

Got into a conversation this morning with one of our security guards, and thought I'd reach out to the BO faithful. His opinion was that Tiger Woods is the greatest athlete of all time. At first I thought he was trolling, but it appears that he was quite serious. That got me thinking, what's your opinion?

I'll start off with mine. There is plenty of room for interpretation. If you have a controversial choice, please provide an explanation as to why you chose them.

Baseball: Ty Cobb
Football: Walter Payton
Basketball: Michael Jordan
Hockey: Wayne Gretzky (forgive my ignorance, I don't follow hockey)
Soccer (futbol): Pele (again, forgive my ignorance, another sport I don't follow)
Olympics: Michael Phelps
Greatest Athlete of All Time (transcending all sports): Jim Thorpe

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Old 02-13-2013, 08:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Baseball: Babe Ruth (Never follow baseball)
Football: Calvin Johnson (Bias or not, guy is a freak athlete)
Basketball: Michael Jordan
Hockey: Wayne Gretzky
Soccer (futbol): Pele (I don't follow)
Olympics: Michael Phelps
Golf: Tiger Woods
Greatest Athlete of All Time (transcending all sports): Lebron James or Bo Jackson
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Old 02-13-2013, 08:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Baseball: Babe Ruth
Football: Jerry Rice
Basketball: Michael Jordan(Anyone Who doesnt pick him is lying
Hockey: Wayne Gretzky (I know nothing about hockey, so that sounds good)
Soccer (futbol): Pele (^^^^^^)
Olympics: Michael Phelps
Greatest Athlete of All Time (transcending all sports): Michael Jordan
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Old 02-13-2013, 08:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Baseball: Babe Ruth (Never follow baseball)
Football: Calvin Johnson (Bias or not, guy is a freak athlete)
Basketball: Michael Jordan
Hockey: Wayne Gretzky
Soccer (futbol): Pele (I don't follow)
Olympics: Michael Phelps
Golf: Tiger Woods
Greatest Athlete of All Time (transcending all sports): Lebron James or Bo Jackson
I was gonna say Calvin also, but figured I would be too much of a homer, so I didn't even post.
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Old 02-13-2013, 08:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Baseball: Barry Bonds (No doubt that he is the greatest slugger. He cheated like hell to get there, he better have been)
Baseball (not linked to PEDs): Josh Gibson
Basketball: Michael Jordan (for now)
Hockey: Gretzky
Soccer: Lionel Messi (yes, even if he never played a game again - he is lacking the "international" achivements so far but is the best scorer ever)
Olympics - Phelps
Greatest All-Time Athlete - Thorpe
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Old 02-13-2013, 08:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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GOATs:
Jordan
Ruth
Gretzky
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Old 02-13-2013, 09:13 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Baseball: Pete Rose-nobody has ever played and hustled the way he did
Football: Sweetness
Basketball: Wilt Chamberlain-many rules of the game were changed because of him
Hockey: Gretzky
Soccer: who cares
Olympics: Phelps
Boxing: The Greatest Ali
Wrestling: Dick the Bruiser
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Best of all time: Evel Kneivel-NOBODY took what he did and kept getting back up for more
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Old 02-13-2013, 09:19 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Baseball: Chipper Jones
Football: Don't watch it
Basketball: Don't watch it but from what I know I'd go with Michael Jordan
Hockey: Don't watch it but from what I know I'd go with Wayne Gretzky
Soccer: Don't watch it
Olympics: Don't watch it
Golf: Don't watch it but from what I know I'd go with Tiger Woods
Greatest Athlete of All Time (transcending all sports): Chipper Jones
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Old 02-13-2013, 09:21 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Baseball: Babe Ruth (best player of all time, bar none)
Football: Jim Brown (amazes me nobody's mentioned him yet. One of the best athletes of all time)
Basketball: Bill Russell (I just wanted to be the one guy not saying Jordan!)
Hockey: Bobby Orr (changed the game in a way Gretzky never did. Best skater in the game's history, and did things as a defensemen that most forwards couldn't even think of doing).
Soccer: Ronaldo (my soccer knowledge is limited, but I hear he's good)
Olympics: Joe Sakic (again, let's be different )

Greatest athlete of all time: Jim Brown
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Old 02-13-2013, 09:28 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Baseball: Roberto Clemente
Football: Jerry Rice
Basketball: Michael Jordan
Hockey: Wayne Gretzky
Soccer (futbol): Pele
Olympics: Bolt
Golf: Woods
Greatest Athlete of All Time : any black athlete from the racist times. Thanks to those athletes we couldn't be here discussing
Maybe Jackie Robinson
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Old 02-13-2013, 09:33 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Baseball- Prince Fielder, guy can run
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Old 02-13-2013, 09:35 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Baseball: Lou Gehrig
Football: No opinion
Basketball: Larry Bird
Hockey: Bobby Orr
Soccer: No opinion
Olympics: No opinion
Greatest Athlete of All Time (transcending all sports): Jim Thorpe
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I am a huge Futbol (soccer) fan and believe me, for us fans this is like the generation of people who got to watch Jordan play...

Lionel Messi is the greatest futbol player the world has ever seen... Hands down

It's disgusting the level of ability he plays with.
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Baseball: Roberto Clemente
Football: Walter Payton
Basketball: Michael Jordan
Hockey: Wayne Gretzky
Soccer: Messi
Olympic: Michael Phelps
Greatest of all time: Jim Thorpe
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Bruce Jenner

Hands up.
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Baseball: Roberto Clemente
Football: Walter Payton
Basketball: Michael Jordan
Hockey: Wayne Gretzky
Soccer: Messi
Olympic: Michael Phelps
Greatest of all time: Jim Thorpe
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I see what you did there...
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Baseball: Roberto Clemente
Football: Warren Moon
Basketball: Michael Jordan
Hockey: Gordie Howe
Soccer (futbol): Dont care for the sport so I will not pick
Olympics: Michael Phelps
Greatest Athlete of All Time (transcending all sports): Jim Thorpe


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Basketball - Wilt Chamberlain

Chamberlain > Jordan 7 days a week
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Ron Jeremy FTW!



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Basketball - Wilt Chamberlain

Chamberlain > Jordan 7 days a week
Those 7 days must being during the offseason because they werent even close(well they were kinda close, but Jordan was much better.)
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Kinda surprised nobody has mentioned this with the way the question was worded, but.......

While Jordan is the best basketball player of all time, Lebron is hands down, by far and away, not even remotely a question, the greatest ATHELETE to play basketball, which really was the OP's question with how it was worded.

His combination of size, strength, speed, agility, power, quickness, etc has never been seen before, not only in the NBA, but IMHO, in general.

And full disclosure, I'm not really a Lebron fan, but I think you are certifiable if you don't think he is without a doubt the most impressive physical specimen on the planet right now, if not ever
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Kinda surprised nobody has mentioned this with the way the question was worded, but.......

While Jordan is the best basketball player of all time, Lebron is hands down, by far and away, not even remotely a question, the greatest ATHELETE to play basketball, which really was the OP's question with how it was worded.

His combination of size, strength, speed, agility, power, quickness, etc has never been seen before, not only in the NBA, but IMHO, in general.

And full disclosure, I'm not really a Lebron fan, but I think you are certifiable if you don't think he is without a doubt the most impressive physical specimen on the planet right now, if not ever
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