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10-25-2005, 12:55 PM
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Yeah?
Two players have achieved tennis grand slams in tennis history.
Worst, only four players have won the four grand slams in their whole career.
Some of the greatest players of all time have never won the 4 different (Sampras, Edberg, Becker, Borg, Lendl, McEnroe, Connors, etc...).
In comparison 5 players have won all 4 golf majors.

No golfer has ever won the true grand slam.

In golf you have to beat all 150 or so players in each of the four tournaments. In tennis you only have to beat 7 guys.

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10-25-2005, 01:43 PM
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Yet 5 of them have won all 4 majors. Golfing is the same on every slam. Tennis is different depending on the surface.

7 guys, how? A tennis grand slam is made of hundreds of competitors. In each tournament.

And I won't even touch which sport is harder for the body, the injuries, etc...

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10-25-2005, 02:06 PM
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Yet 5 of them have won all 4 majors. Golfing is the same on every slam. Tennis is different depending on the surface.
And golf isn't different depending on the course? I suppose you'd play the same type of shot selection and approaches at the Masters as you would at the British Open?

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10-25-2005, 02:11 PM
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Yet 5 of them have won all 4 majors. Golfing is the same on every slam. Tennis is different depending on the surface.

7 guys, how? A tennis grand slam is made of hundreds of competitors. In each tournament.

And I won't even touch which sport is harder for the body, the injuries, etc...
Hundreds of competitors, but you don't have to beat them all. If someone happens to upset Hewitt, Agaassi, Nadal and Roddick ... that would sure as hell make Federer's path to the championship quite a bit easier.

All golf courses are not he same.

In the US Open, accuracy and mental toughness is the key.

At the Masters distance and putting rule the day.

At the British Open, you're battling the weather, humps & bumps.

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10-25-2005, 02:19 PM
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10-25-2005, 02:21 PM
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But they're not a different sport. Clay tennis and grass tennis is completely different. Which is why there are very few players that ever won both.
Your argument about upsets doesn't hold water. That's exactly like if all favourites sink in a golf major : it's easier for the others.

And again, no contest when it comes to the risk of injuries, the physical impact of having to play 5 sets in some games (compared to other tournaments), etc...

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10-25-2005, 02:34 PM
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Some great responses here guys ... but not all of them are exactly what I had in mind ... I should have been more clear with the original post. Still, some interesting discussion nonetheless.

I had originally meant feats in sport that really have no bearing on how good or bad your competition or teammates are playing. More of an individual achievement, regardless of the actual competition.

Solo climbing the K2 is an excellent example. Completing Iron Man competitions, or even attempting to marathon across Canada like Terry Fox. All of these are individual feats that have little to do with beating someone else consequtively, or just being dominant in your sport. They're about individual achievement based on training and determination - not based on good you are compared to your competition.

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10-25-2005, 03:17 PM
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How about winning the modern pentathlon at the Olympics ?

Shooting (20 shots in 4 seconds), fencing (round-robin tournament), swimming (200m freestyle), horseback riding (jumps) and running (3000m), all in one day.

Decathlon is also a tough one. 100 meters sprint, long jump, shot put and 400 meters race on the first day. 110 meter hurdle, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1500 meters race the next.

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Solo-climbing a difficult 8000 meter peak, like Nanga Parbat or K2. You need an absolutely tremendous combination of physical ability, mental strength, tecnhical skill, and luck.
This one takes the cake.

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10-27-2005, 06:58 AM
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This one takes the cake.
since when is mountain climbing a sport?

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10-27-2005, 07:51 AM
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since when is mountain climbing a sport?
Since the first person that climbed a mountain for the "challenge" of climbing that mountain, as opposed to Jack and Jill who climbed a mountain to "fetch a pail of water".

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10-27-2005, 09:41 AM
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Since the first person that climbed a mountain for the "challenge" of climbing that mountain, as opposed to Jack and Jill who climbed a mountain to "fetch a pail of water".
That doesnt make it a sport, sport has to be competitive.

Cross channel swimming isnt a sport because they only do it for the challenge and not for competition.

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10-27-2005, 09:50 AM
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That doesnt make it a sport, sport has to be competitive.

Cross channel swimming isnt a sport because they only do it for the challenge and not for competition.
It's debatable.

In a certain sense, a mountain climber is competing against the mountain and the elements.

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A batter trying to hit a 95 mph fastball.
Think about it- .300 hitters are considered the best at their skill, which means they are still failing 70% of the time.

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The Boston Bruins holding a lead... just kidding.

When I was a kid watching the summer Olympics, I was in awe of what female gymnasts could do on a balance beam. Flips and handsprings on a four-inch wide piece of wood? Are you kidding me?


Speaking of statistical feats, Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak is the hardest to challenge. While home run records have been obliterated, maintaining a hit streak is much harder. Imagine the media scrums today if a player got past, say, 40 games?


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That doesnt make it a sport, sport has to be competitive.

Cross channel swimming isnt a sport because they only do it for the challenge and not for competition.
I disagree.

The problem with most competitive sports is that success doesn't necessarily matter how good you are, it also depends on how bad your opponent is. It's shameful when a team plays like crap, but becuase the other team is even worse, they still win.

Individual feats, like mountain climbing require an incredible amount of skill, strength, and determination. I have difficulty with the fact that competitive figure skating is a sport, while mountain climbing is not.

If you really want to be picky about it, then as long as the climb is timed, it's a sport, as one could compete for a faster time.

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The Boston Bruins holding a lead... just kidding.

When I was a kid watching the summer Olympics, I was in awe of what female gymnasts could do on a balance beam. Flips and handsprings on a four-inch wide piece of wood? Are you kidding me?


Speaking of statistical feats, Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak is the hardest to challenge. While home run records have been obliterated, maintaining a hit streak is much harder. Imagine the media scrums today if a player got past, say, 40 games?
Jimmy Rollins is currently at 36 games.

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I disagree.

The problem with most competitive sports is that success doesn't necessarily matter how good you are, it also depends on how bad your opponent is. It's shameful when a team plays like crap, but becuase the other team is even worse, they still win.

Individual feats, like mountain climbing require an incredible amount of skill, strength, and determination. I have difficulty with the fact that competitive figure skating is a sport, while mountain climbing is not.

If you really want to be picky about it, then as long as the climb is timed, it's a sport, as one could compete for a faster time.
no, unless you are directly up against other competitors it isn't a sport. Not saying it isn't a challenge, but you won't see many people call mountain climbing a sport.

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Pitching a no-hitter for the NY Mets.

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True, but just leave the mets and it can be done
Nolan Ryan
David Cone
come to mind instantly

EDIT
what about the triple crown in baseball Yaz did it in '67 or thereabouts don't think it has been done since, and as long as Ichuru is in the american league, no-one will win the batting average part of it in the A.L.
Pujols may get it if anyone is capable in the N.L., that is as long as St.Louis keeps him protected in the middle of the order

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Breaking 9.80 seconds in the 100-metre sprint.
You mean without being doped? Impossible.

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