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09-04-2004, 05:34 PM
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Where's Jean Claude Van Damme on your list Unholy Diver?
It seems to North American centered too

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I was expecting Butterbean myself. And no Rodzilla?

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Oh so you dont' think cheerleaders are athletes?? You're such a typical, ignorant, pompous north american.
sorry cheif, this is a top 10 list not a top 15 list otherwise you would see those names along with

Tom Zenk
Gary Gait
Patches O'Houlihan

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09-04-2004, 05:36 PM
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Where's Jean Claude Van Damme on your list Unholy Diver?
It seems to North American centered too
sorry but the Muscles from Brussels would clock in at #22

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Two hockey players deserve to be on my list because in general Hockey takes more skill than any other sport.

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09-04-2004, 05:40 PM
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sorry but the Muscles from Brussels would clock in at #22
I think he will kick your ass when he sees how lowly you've got him ranked. Make sure he never gets his hands on your adress

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Two hockey players deserve to be on my list because in general Hockey takes more skill than any other sport.
Yes and more people watch women's bowling than hockey so you need a few of those on there too.

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09-04-2004, 05:41 PM
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Two hockey players deserve to be on my list because in general Hockey takes more skill than any other sport.
I would say the top ten sports requiring skill are

1. Competitive Eating
2. Beach Volleyball
3. Midget Tossing
4. Demolition Derby
5. Aussie Rules Football
6. Jai-Alai
7. Field Hockey
8. Lacrosse
9. Table Tennis
10. Frolf

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I would say the top ten sports requiring skill are

1. Competitive Eating
2. Beach Volleyball
3. Midget Tossing
4. Demolition Derby
5. Aussie Rules Football
6. Jai-Alai
7. Field Hockey
8. Lacrosse
9. Table Tennis
10. Frolf
BASEketball should be at number three.

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09-04-2004, 05:43 PM
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5. Aussie Rules Football
On a more serious note, does anyone know how this sport works? I've heard it's absolutly tough and exhausting but I've never seen it played.

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I think he will kick your ass when he sees how lowly you've got him ranked. Make sure he never gets his hands on your adress
he will have a tough time getting a hold of me though since unlike him I have a job that I go to everyday....though Im sure he is probably filming the same movie for the 11th time with the 6th different title somewhere

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On a more serious note, does anyone know how this sport works? I've heard it's absolutly tough and exhausting but I've never seen it played.
Ive caught it on tv a few times and it definitely reinforces the crazy austrailian stereotype

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On a more serious note, does anyone know how this sport works? I've heard it's absolutly tough and exhausting but I've never seen it played.
I've seen it quite a few times and have never understood it at all. And all the terminology the announcers use is even more confusing.

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09-04-2004, 07:59 PM
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Then again, who is the second Lewis on your list?
Typo.

I couldn't decide who should be on the list between Sampras and Graf, so I decided to call it a tie put them both in.

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Folks, I agree with many of the contrary arguments vs. the original list, (I won't even go into the psyche of this individual, nor his reasoning....), but to poo-poo Bobby Orr is unconscionable.

I'm 46 years old and saw him play in his prime. While he may not be one of the top 10 athletes of all time, (and it is debatable and very subjective as to what constitutes a great athlete), he was an amazing physically conditioned and extremely naturally talented ice hockey players and IMO, one of the best, if not THE best all-around hockey player....ever.

Case closed....

BTW....is there no one who believes that a woman can actually crack the top 10 or are they, and always be, considered just paling in comaprison?

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09-05-2004, 01:18 AM
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On a more serious note, does anyone know how this sport works? I've heard it's absolutly tough and exhausting but I've never seen it played.
I don't know how much his opinion matters, but Steve Elkington (the golfer from Australia) insists that Aussie Rules Football isn't nearly as tough as Rugby or American Football because it has no offsides, and you can just run around like a chicken with your head cut off. That's just him though, I don't know much about it myself.

BTW how do you pronounce Eddy Merckx's name? Being from Canada and all I never hear it, I only read it. And where would you rank Indurain all time in Cycling?

What about some love for Harry Vardon as best golfer ever? This guy had tuberculosis in his prime and still dominated. He deserves most of the credit for modernizing golf.

And Unholy Diver, there's no doubt in my mind Jai-Alai is tougher than Midget Tossing.

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BTW how do you pronounce Eddy Merckx's name? Being from Canada and all I never hear it, I only read it. And where would you rank Indurain all time in Cycling?
The first name is pronounced just like you know it in English.

The last name is pronounced like 'M-E-R-K-S' There's so much c's, k's and x's there because there's a bit of French history in that name.


As for Indurain, he cracks the top 10 for sure, but I don't think he makes it to the top 5 of all time. Winning 5 Tours obviously is his main achievement, but apart from that I only think he's got 2 Giro's on his list of achievements. No World CHampionshis (excluding time trails of course) or many other significant victories (couple of Paris-Nice victories and one Classica San Sebastian) and his 'controlled style' of racing are probably holding him back in the rankings a bit.
I do believe though that he is the cyclist against the clock of all time.

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09-05-2004, 03:25 AM
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Nope, just gave us a good laugh.

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If I knew that CFA was that lad Stockwizard then I wouldn't have responded.

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In terms of hand-eye coordination, no one can top the guy who finished Super Mario Bros 3 in just under 11 minutes.

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Wow, what a thread! Really entertaining. I experienced several laughing crisis while reading it.
I would really like to have more time in my hands....
anyway..

When i read the thread starter and saw Armstrong in there before Merckx ( and Coppi, and Hinault..) i instantly knew Belgian Fan would have been busy in this one...
but hey, i want to congratulate with you for your patience Belgian Fan, really IMPRESSIVE!
(I guess sometimes must be hard to be a moderator!)

As for Stockwizard....ehm...how old are you??
Who knows, maybe there is still hope...


Now, since this website has the key word 'future' in its name, here come some active guys that have A CHANCE to get fair consideration when all will be said and done :
Michael Phelps, Roger Federer, Valentino Rossi.
Other names of present sportmen who appear to have the tools to make it in the future?



oh, and Belgian Fan, (i don't remember where i read it so forgive me if i reply here) the fact that during 2002 World Cup even worse refereengs occurred maybe took most people attention away from what happened in Brasil-Belgium, but that of course doesn't diminuish the injustice and doesn't prevent someone outside Belgium (like me) to remember that game for what it was: a theft.

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In terms of hand-eye coordination, no one can top the guy who finished Super Mario Bros 3 in just under 11 minutes.
How about that finnish lad who managed to get in 103 goals in one period of NHL 2003? No wait... Anyone can do that :lol

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I stand by my list. Most historians will tell you it is pretty accurate.
I just got off the phone with 10 historians, and 8 told me that your list was pretty accurate. The two that disagreed are homers for track and women's sports.

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What the heck? No mention of Jim Thorpe?

The guy won gold medals in the pentathlon and decathlon in the 1912 Olympic games in Sweden and played both professional football and professional baseball. He was dominant of a football player enough to the point that he made the 1911 and 1912 All-American football teams.

The Associated Press named him the greatest football player and greatest all-round athlete for the first 50 years of this century....yes, greater than Ruth.


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In the end, this comes down to what you consider the "greatest athletes" to be.....people that dominated the single sport they primarily played in, or people that were all-around amazing athletes?

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