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10-16-2012, 04:54 AM
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Originally Posted by DAChampion View Post
Do you consider Jesse Owens one of the top 10 all-time great sprinters?
I don't know enough about the history of track and field to make an informed judgment. But at any rate, the point is that judging athletes based on purely external factors (date of birth, available technology/coaching, etc.) or raw "counting numbers" (size, strength, speed, etc.) will do older players a disservice. There are surely hundreds of sprinters alive today (maybe even thousands, I dunno) who could beat Owens' best times, but that doesn't mean they are actually more talented athletes, ceteris paribus.

There is no clear, empirical way of accounting for differences in era, but completely ignoring them basically makes you Bilros, yammering on about how Bobby Orr would get smoked by Sid Crosby. It's a dead-end argument, and essentially an unhistorical waste of time.


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