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View Poll Results: Greatest Sports Person Of The Last 100 Years
Michael Jordan 24 32.43%
Wilt Chamberlain 0 0%
Babe Ruth 5 6.76%
John Elway 10 13.51%
Michael Phelps 1 1.35%
Wayne Gretzky 1 1.35%
Joe Montana 0 0%
Jackie Robinson 4 5.41%
Ted Williams 0 0%
Muhammad Ali 7 9.46%
Tiger Woods 6 8.11%
Jim Brown 0 0%
Jesse Owens 2 2.70%
Tom Brady 1 1.35%
Jerry Rice 0 0%
Roger Federer 0 0%
Jim Thorpe 7 9.46%
Jack Nicklaus 1 1.35%
Carl Lewis 0 0%
Hank Aaron 0 0%
Martina Navratilova 0 0%
Joe DiMaggio 1 1.35%
Mark Spitz 0 0%
Walter Payton 0 0%
Michael Johnson 0 0%
Other 4 5.41%
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Old 06-26-2009, 04:18 PM   #1
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I hope I didn't leave out anyone obvious...

Criteria is whatever you think the criteria should be...

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Old 06-26-2009, 04:45 PM   #2
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I hope I didn't leave out anyone obvious...

Criteria is whatever you think the criteria should be...
Great list if your definition is Greatest American athlete over the last 100 years.
If the list is of the worlds finest you might want to add(on top of my head):
Sergey Bubka
Alexander Karelin
Paavo Nurmi
Wayne Gretzky
Eddy Merckx
Lance Armstrong
Pele
Maradona
And of course the winter athletes (since I am norwegian and follow them)
Ole Einar Bjørndalen
Bjørn Dæhlie
Ingemar Stenmark

and many more.

To me the critera is being that much better than his peers and taking his sport to another level.
So I would land with either Karelin or Michael Jordan. And how Michael Jordan became a fix hold name in places where they didnt even follow basketball probably make him my choice. Even though Barkley was my favorite player
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Great list if your definition is Greatest American athlete over the last 100 years.
If the list is of the worlds finest you might want to add(on top of my head):
Sergey Bubka
Alexander Karelin
Paavo Nurmi
Wayne Gretzky
Eddy Merckx
Lance Armstrong
Pele
Maradona
And of course the winter athletes (since I am norwegian and follow them)
Ole Einar Bjørndalen
Bjørn Dæhlie
Ingemar Stenmark

and many more.

To me the critera is being that much better than his peers and taking his sport to another level.
So I would land with either Karelin or Michael Jordan. And how Michael Jordan became a fix hold name in places where they didnt even follow basketball probably make him my choice. Even though Barkley was my favorite player
Gretz is on there. Can't believe I forgot the soccer ones!
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You put on Wilt Chamberlain and not Bill Russell
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Old 06-26-2009, 04:58 PM   #6
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You put on Wilt Chamberlain and not Bill Russell

'cause he played for Boston.
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Gretz is on there. Can't believe I forgot the soccer ones!
My bad then.

One point. If the criteria is being the most entertaining player to watch, regardless if you like the sport or not, I know a lot of people watching Lions game with Barry Sanders even though they didnt really like the sport.
I remember often watching Lions games just to see what he would do.
He alone justified the Lions having a thanksgiving game even though they probably didnt deserve for anything but traditions.
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I despise Basketball with a burning passion.

That being said, how could it NOT be Jordan...?
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Jordan...if i second and third pick it'd be Jackie Robinson and Ali in that order!!

good poll btw!!
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Old 06-26-2009, 05:06 PM   #10
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Rod Laver - Tennis
Rocky Marciano - Boxing
Pele - Soccer
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - Basketball
Jerry Rice - Football
Sergei Bubka - Athletics
Annika Sorenstam - Female sports
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Old 06-26-2009, 05:07 PM   #11
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Otto Graham should be on that list.
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Jackie Robinson, hands down.
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i'd love to be a homer and say Elway. but in the NFL, every 10 years, there is a new guy who is just as good, as the generation before. So I had to go with Jordan. basketball still has not found a guy who can do what he did. I mean Kobe and Lebron, Wade, Anthony, and guys like that are all great players, but Jordan was in a league all by himself.
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You put on Wilt Chamberlain and not Bill Russell

OMG! Noticed that when I saw the "hype" at the top of the list. If you are talking Greatest Athlete it's definitely Jim Thorpe. Oh excuse me, slykinky or whatever might be around, IMO, he's the Greatest Athlete (as if anyone thought this was anything but my opinion). Elway would be second good as he was at other sports also. And IMO, Russell is the greatest basketball player. Sports figure means media sports figure to me and that would answer why Jordan is leading.

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Old 06-26-2009, 07:06 PM   #18
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OMG! Noticed that when I saw the "hype" at the top of the list. If you are talking Greatest Athlete it's definitely Jim Thorpe. Oh excuse me, slykinky or whatever might be around, IMO, he's the Greatest Athlete (as if anyone thought this was anything but my opinion). Elway would be second good as he was at other sports also. Sports figure means media sports figure to me and that would answer why Jordan is leading.
Carl Lewis would have to go ahead of Thorpe in terms of greatest athlete.
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Wayne Gretzky

Tiger needs a couple more years.
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Carl Lewis would have to go ahead of Thorpe in terms of greatest athlete.
Why? When I think athlete I think someone who is well rounded in other sports than just the one they excelled in. Thorpe won gold medals at the Olympics in the decathlon and pentathlon, played professional football, baseball, basketball.
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i'd love to be a homer and say Elway. but in the NFL, every 10 years, there is a new guy who is just as good, as the generation before. So I had to go with Jordan. basketball still has not found a guy who can do what he did. I mean Kobe and Lebron, Wade, Anthony, and guys like that are all great players, but Jordan was in a league all by himself.
Jordan was great but considering that he only became great after the truly great ones that played during his tenure retired.

Magic, Bird, English, Isiah, Kareem.

Jordan wasnt even mentioned when those guys were playing and they were on the downside of their careers.

WHen they all retired, Jordan became a superstar thanks to Spike Lee aka Mars. Nike made Jordan SEEM to be the greatest ever, but he really wasnt. Jordan won 6 titles in an era devoid of true superstars like those in the 60s, 70s and 80s. Jordan now, with that same team, in his prime, would not win 6 titles in the NBA with the competition of the teams there is.

The 90s were a horrible time for superstars in basketball. It was a drought of a decade IMO and thus the reason Jordan was made to be greater than he was. Great yes, all-time great? Probably up there, but greatest ever? No.
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