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Greatest Sportsperson of the Last Decade? Vote

Posted on: June 30, 2009 2:31 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2009 11:32 pm
 
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This decade is quickly coming to a close. Since 2000 there have been some great teams and some great individual players. Over the next few weeks I will lead the way as we decide who the most impressive player of the last decade has been.

Below I've listed some suggestions to be among the 32 player field for the last decade. I want you guys to help out by suggesting other players and tell me if you disagree with any of the players I've listed below.

How this all works:
I want to identify the top individual player of the last decade. Everyone has a different criteria for defining who that player is. Some individuals are not considered athletes by others while to other people they are. The key here is to somehow find the middle ground between the two. When it's all said and done we will have a winner that everyone here can be proud of.

How to Pick the Best:
That's entirely up to you. I think athletes that win championships, especially multiple championships, deserve more credit than those who don't. You may have a different criteria than I do and that's completely fine.

How the Process Will Continue from Here:
I will list all the players in the competition and put them in a poll later tonight/tomorrow and let everyone vote on all 32 spots. Those 32 players will then be moved into the bracket based on my seeding.

Player: Accomplishments From 2000-2009 (Stats are for these 10 Years Only!!!)
Tiger Woods: 12 Major Championships
Shaquille O' Neal: 4 NBA Championships, 2 Time NBA MVP, 6 NBA Finals Appearances
Kobe Bryant: 4 NBA Championships, NBA MVP, 6 NBA Finals Appearances
Roger Federrer: 14 Major Championships
Tom Brady: 3 Times Super Bowl Champion, NFL MVP, 50 TDs in a season
Peyton Manning: Super Bowl Champion, 3 Time NFL MVP
Michael Phelps: 13 Gold Medals
Rafael Nadal: 7 Major Championships
Serena Williams: 9 Major Championships
Ladanian Tomlinson: NFL Record for TDs in a Season
Brett Favre: 5 Pro Bowls
Lebron James: NBA MVP, NBA Finals Appearance
Lance Armstrong: 6 Tour De France Titles
Alex Rodriguez: 9 Consecutive All-Star Appearances, 3 Time AL MVP
Barry Bonds: 4 NL MVPs, 6 All-Star Game Appearances
Sidney Crosby: NHL Champion
Alexander Ovechkin: NHL MVP
Phil Mickelson: 3 Major Championships
Padraig Harrington: 3 Major Championships
Tim Tebow: 2 National Championships, Heisman Trophy Winner
Jimmie Johnson: 3 Consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championships
Randy Moss
Terrell Owens
Tim Duncan
Dwayne Wade
Albert Pujols
Christiano Ronaldo
Rhonaldinho
Martin Broduer
Usain Bolt
Ken Griffey Jr.
Reggie Bush
Vince Young
Misty May
Ray Lewis
Zinedine Zidane
Michael Schumacher
David Beckham
Annika Sorenstam
Kevin Garnett
Ichiro Suzuki
Tony Stewart

The tournament will take place here on CBS and on OnlineSportsFanatic.com.


Comments

Since: Jun 29, 2009
Posted on: July 15, 2009 8:03 pm
 

Greatest Sportsperson of the Last Decade? Vote

vince young will win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! he is the best player to ever play football even though he has done nothing in the nfl!!!!!!!!

and also everyone else but tim duncan and tiger woods is a nobody that is on steroids !!!



Since: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: July 2, 2009 10:51 am
 

Greatest Sportsperson of the Last Decade? Vote

I have to say Federrer, even before he adds another wimbleton  this Sunday



Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: July 1, 2009 10:43 pm
 

Greatest Sportsperson of the Last Decade? Vote

It has to be one of these four:
Federer: Greatest tennis player of all time arguably. (Sorenstam would be second-best golfer)
Woods: Greatest golfer of all time (if he keeps going), but second best at this point of all time. (There is no second place in the 00's)
Phelps: Greatest Olympic achievement of all time. (You have to go back to the 70's -90's for anything close in the Olympics).
Armstrong: Greatest American cyclist of all time. (six straight Tours! come on...)

My vote would have to go to Federer...somehow it has to come down to numbers. And I would count Tennis as "athletic."

Golf is barely athletic, as is baseball.  Anything you can be completely out of cardiovascular shape and still be a professional is not athletic!






Since: Dec 22, 2007
Posted on: July 1, 2009 10:30 pm
 

Greatest Sportsperson of the Last Decade? Vote

Lance Armstrong. He has won the equivalent of 7 Super Bowls by himself. I don't think any single athlete compares with Lance in the past 10 years.



Since: May 12, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2009 10:28 pm
 

Greatest Sportsperson of the Last Decade? Vote

Admitting ignorance is not something people normally like to do, but in this case I can honestly say that before reading your post I had no idea who Normann Stadler was but I am instantly a fan when I hear of the amazing accomplishment of winning 2 ironman triathlon's. Thanks for writing good knowledgable posts as opposed to some of the other garbage I usually read here. Actually your entire second paragraph with the exception of the first sentence is complete news to me and I bet about 90% of the rest of the people on this site. Good job! I will look to read more post by you!



Since: May 12, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2009 10:15 pm
 

Greatest Sportsperson of the Last Decade? Vote

Very well put! Enough said!




Since: May 12, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2009 10:07 pm
 

Greatest Sportsperson of the Last Decade? Vote

Lance Armstrong hands down! We will never see anyone dominate any event as physically demanding as the tour de france like he did. Tiger Woods. Federer, Serena Williams and Phelps in that order. Notice how all of these guys are involved in idividual sports. I think that deserves more credit than those involved in team sports, because these guys only have themselves to rely on to win. Though the accomplishments of Brady, O'Neal, Bryant and Peyton Manning are great achievments, but they all had a supporting cast to help them win.



Since: Apr 1, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2009 8:29 pm
 

Greatest Sportsperson of the Last Decade? Vote

Theres 3 certainties in life- Death, Taxes & Mariano Rivera shutting down opponants in the 9th.. I have Oscar DeLaHoya in a close 2nd. Not only a warrior in the ring but a genuis outside. Thanks to him I dont have to look at Don Kings ugly grill half as much as before Golden Boy promotions.



Since: Apr 27, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2009 6:06 pm
 

Greatest Sportsperson of the Last Decade? Vote

it is now for the best sportsperson not only an athlete so whatever about nascar golf is back in and tiger is the clear winner and if not then it has to be federer.gebrselassie a worthy contender but major athletics events only on every few years and anyone in involved in team sports should have their own category.




Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: July 1, 2009 5:37 pm
 

Greatest Sportsperson of the Last Decade? Vote

I am in the camp that a NASCAR Driver and golfer don't belong in comparisons with the Lance Armstrongs and Usain Bolts of the world.  Additionally I think it is all too common to focus on the big three (four or five - soccer or hockey) and overlook track and field, bicycling, high altitude mountain climbing, swimming, etc.  I was glad to see that Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps and Lance Armstrong were all included.

The field needs to be expanded to include Asafa Powell, Justin Gatlin and Maurice Green to round out the four fastest people in the world.  Kerron Stewart the Jamaican female sprinter, Svetlana Masterkova who owns the women's world record in the 1000 meter and one mile, Haile Gebrselassie of Ethopia who is the men's world record holder for the Marathon should also be included.  Or how about Normann Stadler.  He was a 2 time winner of the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Hawaii.  Valery Babanov is a high altitude Russian climber who has won the Piolet d'Or twice.

I cannot definitively say who is the best "athlete" of the last decade.  All I am confident of is that the person did not play professional baseball, football, basketball, soccer or hockey.  The person definitely didn't "drive fast and turn left" or walk 18 holes.  So the list can lose Terrel Owens, Randy Moss, reggie Bush, Junior, A Rod, and the others.  To me an athlete is someone who can push the limits of human physiology and do things that others can only stare in awe at.  For every football, baseball, basketball, hockey or soccer player, you can find another twenty who has done comparable feats.  Based upon this criteria, I would give it to Lance Armstrong but then I think about the support of his teammates on US Postal or Discovery.  That brings me back to Normann Stadler - unsupported and pushed to the brink of endurance.  Normann Stadler is, in my estimation, the greatest athlete of the last decade.



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