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Top ten greatest Athlete of All Time round 3

Posted on: September 19, 2008 10:56 pm
 
So here it is, the top twenty as voted by you. This is the final round to arrive at the top ten of all time. When this round ends I will re-seed the top ten and we will then find the TOP ATHLETE of ALL TIME. Thank you to every one who is voting and taking part. I have really enjoyed reading the reasons for the votes. This will last two weeks and then we will round the list out.

Babe Zaharias VS Lance Armstrong

Jim Thorpe VS Willie Mays

Bo Jackson VS Hershel Walker

Jim Brown VS Walter Payton

Jackie Robinson VS Hank Aaron

Wilt Chamberlain VS Kareem Abdul Jabbar

Jackie Joyner-Kersey VS Jesse Owens

Joe DiMaggio VS Babe Ruth

John Elway VS Deion Sanders

Dave Winfield VS Rocky Marciano

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Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: September 21, 2008 10:43 am
 

Top ten greatest Athlete of All Time round 3

Alright here we go... top 20 athletes of all time...

Babe Zaharias --- as much as Lance dominated, so did the Babe... and she did not need a bicycle to do so...

Jim Thorpe --- Willie might be the one of the greatest athletes in Baseball, but Jim did it in how many sports???

Bo Jackson --- Bo knows athletes and Hershel is a great one, but could he hit the curve??? I am sure Bo could bobsled and even perform in the Nutcracker...

Jim Brown --- good thing this is athletics, as I can not stand Jim Brown the person, and Walter was one of my favorites, did you now Jim Brown was an even better lacrosse player than a football player???

Jackie Robinson --- better athlete tha Hank, and much of that comes from the highlights (Jackie steals home, Hank trots home) we see over and over again, Jackie's track record gives him the nod here...

Wilt Chamberlin --- Lew Alcindor had a shot, but would fall short, Kareem is the old bald guy with that hook, Wilt was a machine...

Jesse Owens --- my sexist vote, Jackie was a remarkable athlete, but if we are comparing apples to apples, same events, same time, Jesse blows her away...

Babe Ruth --- still not sold on Joe being a great athlete, Babe while pleasantly plump, was a terror at the plate, on the mound, on the bases and after the game...

Deion Sanders --- sorry John, your athleticism may be tops among QB's but not even close to Primetime, and I think Deion would have taken you to school on the diamond as well...

Dave Winfield --- mis-match city, the do it all Golden Gopher, versus a much tougher guy, who had a better right hook...

Interesting match-ups Sad, look forward to the results as well as the next round...




Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: September 20, 2008 11:38 pm
 

Top ten greatest Athlete of All Time round 3

Babe Zaharias

Jim Thorpe

Bo Jackson

Jim Brown

Jackie Robinson

Wilt Chamberlain

Jesse Owens

 Babe Ruth

Deion Sanders

Dave Winfield




Since: Jun 15, 2008
Posted on: September 20, 2008 8:29 pm
 

Top ten greatest Athlete of All Time round 3

  • Lance Armstrong
  • Jim Thorpe
  • Bo Jackson
  • Jim Brown
  • Jackie Robinson
  • Kareem Abdul Jabbar
  • Jackie Joyner Kersee (unfair matchup)
  • Joe D
  • Deion Sanders
  • Dave Winfield



Since: Feb 24, 2008
Posted on: September 20, 2008 3:04 pm
 

Top ten greatest Athlete of All Time round 3

Lance Armstrong

Jim Thorpe

Bo Jackson

Walter Payton

Hank Aaron

Wilt Chamberlain

Jesse Owens

Babe Ruth

Deion Sanders

Rocky Marciano




Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: September 20, 2008 11:40 am
 

Top ten greatest Athlete of All Time round 3

Here we go!

Babe Zacharias - A hard choice here, but as I said before, women seem underepresented in this contest.  Armstrong would have probably won against about anyone else...

Willie Mays

Bo Jackson

Walter Payton

Jackie Robinson

Kareem Abdul Jabbar

Jesse Owens

Babe Ruth

John Elway

Rocky Marciano

Great job Sadur!  See you next round!

-M.M.




Since: Mar 21, 2007
Posted on: September 20, 2008 10:43 am
 

Top ten greatest Athlete of All Time round 3

Winfield !?!
Was there ever a SOFTER "big man" that played sports !?!
He chose baseball because he could 'coast' thru the sport. He would have been finished in football and basketball within 3-4 yrs.
I saw him play a number of times against Toronto. He ran the bases worse than Robby Cano.
I saw the game where he hit a seagull flying overhead while throwing the warm-up ball back to the dugout. After the game reporters asked Billy Martin if Winfield hit the bird on purpose.
His reply. "...on purpose ? Hell, he hasn't hit the cutoff man all year !"
Rocky retired UNDEFEATED !



Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: September 20, 2008 8:20 am
 

Top ten greatest Athlete of All Time round 3

 

   Lance Armstrong

Jim Thorpe 

Bo Jackson 

  Walter Payton

  Hank Aaron

  Wilt Chamberlain

 Jesse Owens

Joe DiMaggio 

John Elway 

 Rocky Marciano

 

my 2 cents?  great poll...tough decisions...




Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: September 20, 2008 8:04 am
 

Top ten greatest Athlete of All Time round 3


Wilt dominated at a time when it was all 5'6 white guys and you could just throw him the ball in the low post and he could turn and dunk it. 



I have to take exception to this statement.  One fhe greatest one-on-one rivalries of all time was chamberlain/russell.  Also during that era Chamberlain played against HOF big men Bob Pettit, Walt Bellamy, Willis Reed,   The NBA had to change the rules of the game so that Wilt wouldn't dominate as much.  They changed the rules and he still dominated. 



Since: Jul 11, 2008
Posted on: September 20, 2008 3:19 am
 

Top ten greatest Athlete of All Time round 3

Babe Zaharias.  I think she is getting the benefit of favorable match ups.

Jim Thorpe.  One of the best all around athletes of all time.

Bo Jackson.  I think you hear me knockin and I'm bringing Bo and his big bad hip with me.

Walter Payton.  A homer pick here.  I did think Jim was great in The Dirty Dozen though.

Jackie Robinson.  A better all around player than Aaron who benefitted most from his longevity.

Kareem.  Wilt dominated at a time when a 5'10 white guy was playing defense against him.  All Wilt had to do to score was receive the ball in the low post and turn and dunk.  Kareem played against much better talent and still dominated.  Also, Kareem's scenes in Airplane are hilarious.

Jesse Owens.  Not even close.

Babe Ruth.  Don't forget that he was also one of the most dominating pitchers of his era before he became a full time outfielder.

Deion Sanders.  Elway got drafted in two sports but Deion actually played them both.

Dave Winfield.  Dave got drafted by four different teams in 3 sports.  the Padres, the Atlanta Hawks, the Utah Stars (ABA), and the Minnesota Vikings.  He got drafted in football and he never played a down in college.  He was thought of that highly as an athlete.

For better or worse there are my picks...




Since: Jul 11, 2008
Posted on: September 20, 2008 3:10 am
 

Top ten greatest Athlete of All Time round 3

Again I have to go with the Babe.  I think she is getting the benefit of favorable match ups.

Jim Thorpe.  Fantastic all around athlete.

Bo Jackson.  Again.  An incredible all around athlete.

Walter Payton.  A homer pick.  Jim was great in the Dirty Dozen however.

Jackie Robinson.  I believe Jackie was a better player and athlete.  Hank benefitted from him longevity.

Kareem.  Wilt dominated at a time when it was all 5'6 white guys and you could just throw him the ball in the low post and he could turn and dunk it.  Kareem played against much better talent and dominated.  Plus, Kareem's scenes in Airplane are hilarious.

Jesse Owens.  Not really even close in my book.

Babe Ruth.  Don't forget that he was also one of the best pitchers of his era BEFORE



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