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  • Biggest sports stars of all time.

    I know im gonna regret this because Im gonna get a lot of solely american sport focused answers but what are your biggest sports stars of all time.
    my top 5:
    1 Don Bradman, cricket, Australia
    2 Pele, football, Brazil
    3 Cassius Clay/Mohammed Ali, boxing, USA
    4 Eddy Merckx, cycling, Belgium
    5 Wayne Gretzky(sp?), Icehockey, Canada

    Saints 2014 draft wish list:
    - No pass rusher till the fourth round (or preferably at all)
    - Corner or Wideout in the first
    - No reaching
    - No Kelvin Benjamin

  • #2
    Michael Jordan for sure if you want to throw a basketball player on there. He could be the biggest American sports icon, Babe Ruth is a possibility too.


    • #3
      Kobe Bean Bryant.


      • #4
        Tiger Woods


        • #5
          even with basketball i would go futher back with chamberlain

          Saints 2014 draft wish list:
          - No pass rusher till the fourth round (or preferably at all)
          - Corner or Wideout in the first
          - No reaching
          - No Kelvin Benjamin


          • #6
            Cal Ripken
            Originally posted by SunTzu_22
            Just let it go RWO.
            We as Ravens fans are clearly scum of the earth, and should just be happy that these great people, who cheer for nothing than the finest, morally impeccable players, playing on the finest, most morally impeccable teams, will grace us with their presence, and words of wisdom.

            John Wall


            • #7
              Pele, Wayne Gretzky, and Wilt Chamberlain might be three of mine.


              • #8
                Babe Ruth and Michael Jordan for sure.

                Roger Federer - Tennis
                Tiger Woods - Golf
                Bobby Orr- Hockey


                • #9
                  Ruth and Jordan for offense Wicket, and it's probably because I'm from America, but i haven't even heard of 2 of yours.....
                  Last edited by BeerBaron; 05-16-2009, 08:04 PM.


                  • #10
                    Since I think that the majority here isnt familiar with my choices 1 and 4 I'll give a bit of an extra illustration for them:
                    Don Bradman. averaged 99.94 with the bat. No other average over 65 has been recorded for players playing a similar amount of games, and this is in the second largest sport worldwide with the longest history of international contests.
                    Wisden hailed Bradman as, "the greatest phenomenon in the history of cricket, indeed in the history of all ball games". Statistician Charles Davis analysed the statistics for several prominent sportsmen by comparing the number of standard deviations that they stand above the mean for their sport. The top performers in his selected sports are:

                    Athlete Sport Statistic Standard
                    Bradman Cricket Batting average 4.4
                    Pelé Association football Goals per game 3.7
                    Ty Cobb Baseball Batting average 3.6
                    Jack Nicklaus Golf Major titles 3.5
                    Michael Jordan Basketball Points per game 3.4

                    The statistics show that "no other athlete dominates an international sport to the extent that Bradman does cricket". In order to post a similarly dominant career statistic as Bradman, a baseball batter would need a career batting average of .392, while a basketball player would need to score an average of 43.0 points per game. The respective records are .366 and 30.1

                    When Bradman died, Time magazine allocated a space in its "Milestones" column for an obituary:

                    ... Australian icon considered by many to be the pre-eminent sportsman of all time ... One of Australia's most beloved heroes, he was revered abroad as well. When Nelson Mandela was released after 27 years in prison, his first question to an Australian visitor was, "Is Sir Donald Bradman still alive?"
                    Just a quote to illustrate how special he was

                    Eddy Merckx: won the tour the france (that thing that armstrong won a bunch of times) 5 times but also won every other major competion a few times (armstrong never won any one day courses, nor did he win the giro or the vuelta which basicly are about as important as the tour the france). the diversity of his wins has not only never been equaled, it has never even been flirted with.
                    Last edited by wicket; 05-16-2009, 08:09 PM.

                    Saints 2014 draft wish list:
                    - No pass rusher till the fourth round (or preferably at all)
                    - Corner or Wideout in the first
                    - No reaching
                    - No Kelvin Benjamin


                    • #11
                      Guys Id throw in, and when I do this, I put them in in the sense that they are synonymous with their sport:

                      1. Muhammed Ali (you would be hard pressed to find many people who can name any other boxers)
                      2. Tiger Woods
                      3. Michael Jordan
                      4. Babe Ruth
                      5. Wayne Gretzky

                      Those would be the big 5 IMO, people so famous that when someone mentions the sport, their names pop into your head.
                      Originally posted by Mr. Goosemahn
                      The APS is strong in this one.
                      Originally posted by killxswitch
                      Tears for Fears is better than whatever it is you happen to be thinking about right now.


                      • #12
                        Jesse Owens


                        • #13
                          1. Michael Jordan SG, Bulls
                          2. Joe Montana QB, 49ers
                          3. Magic Johnson All Around, Lakers
                          4. Tiger Woods
                          5. Jonah Lomu, NZ All Blacks


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by yourfavestoner View Post
                            Kobe Bean Bryant.


                            • #15
                              Baseball: Joltin Joe Dimmagio
                              Football: Walter Payton
                              Fussball: Pele
                              Basketball: Air Jordan
                              Hockey: Wayne Gretzky

                              Sig by the sigmaster BoneKrusher. Each one is a masterpiece
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                              i wish NFLDC had something like "wall to wall" where we could see Brodeur and Job's conversations.
                              Originally posted by Job
                              NFLDC would be jizzing itself non-stop.



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