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« Reply #25 on: March 09, 2007, 08:50:06 AM »

Ali. 

I forgot about Ali. He's boxing's "Arnold" for sure.
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« Reply #26 on: March 09, 2007, 08:52:09 AM »

Jesse Owens, Jim Brown, Bo.

Jim Thorpe's the stock answer; it was more common then to do many sports. I don't think he would've done as well playing in later eras.
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« Reply #27 on: March 09, 2007, 08:55:39 AM »

Jordan, but Tiger woods is now attaining global domination and his bank account is getting swole. they say by the time he's 50, his fame and wealth will be second to none
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« Reply #28 on: March 09, 2007, 08:55:53 AM »

Jesse Owens, Jim Brown, Bo.

Jim Thorpe's the stock answer; it was more common then to do many sports. I don't think he would've done as well playing in later eras.

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« Reply #29 on: March 09, 2007, 08:56:29 AM »

Jordan, but Tiger woods is now attaining global domination and his bank account is getting swole. they say by the time he's 50, his fame and wealth will be second to none

Neither's proven anywhere close to having all-round athletic abilities outside of what they do.
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« Reply #30 on: March 09, 2007, 08:58:39 AM »

Muhammed ali.

Hes done so much for boxing, for black people, for people with parkinsons, for people in general.

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« Reply #31 on: March 09, 2007, 08:59:58 AM »

Neither's proven anywhere close to having all-round athletic abilities outside of what they do.
Jordan sucked in baseball.
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« Reply #32 on: March 09, 2007, 09:06:51 AM »

a little something about Arnold...

http://www.schwarzenegger.com/en/life/hislife/index.asp?sec=life&subsec=hislife
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« Reply #33 on: March 09, 2007, 09:35:29 AM »

Multi-sport excellence is not a useful criterion - as too few athletes pursue it.

Mark Spitz won 7 gold medals in a single Olympics, a feat still unmatched... setting a world record in each event.

He was 22.

This is indisputably the greatest athletic accomplishment in any sport.

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« Reply #34 on: March 09, 2007, 09:39:45 AM »

Multi-sport excellence is not a useful criterion - as too few athletes pursue it.

Mark Spitz won 7 gold medals in a single Olympics, a feat still unmatched... setting a world record in each event.

He was 22.

This is indisputably the greatest athletic accomplishment in any sport.

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Was he on the juice?? lol na im playing. I dont really follow swimming. but 7 world records is amazing.
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« Reply #35 on: March 09, 2007, 09:40:35 AM »

ok i just saw his pics....he isnt on the juice.
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« Reply #36 on: March 09, 2007, 09:40:49 AM »

stan collymore

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« Reply #37 on: March 09, 2007, 09:59:21 AM »

Basketball is Wilt. They didnt' change the rules for jordan (although they bent them)
Baseball I'd go with Ted Williams or Ty Cobb

They were great for their time no doubt, but for baseball, as far as athleticism goes I'd have to say Cal Ripkin Jr. and Ozzy Smith!
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« Reply #38 on: March 09, 2007, 10:01:54 AM »

Who even mentions another bodybuilder as being an athlete (let alone the best "athlete") is a complete retard Angry!!



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« Reply #39 on: March 09, 2007, 10:02:20 AM »

Multi-sport excellence is not a useful criterion - as too few athletes pursue it.

Mark Spitz won 7 gold medals in a single Olympics, a feat still unmatched... setting a world record in each event.

He was 22.

This is indisputably the greatest athletic accomplishment in any sport.

[ insert swimmer's physique joke here  Smiley ]

According to you; Most don't pursue multi sports because they can't.

Spitz was impressive but it's not just a numbers criteria. 7 golds in swimming's not any more impressive than Owens' accomplishments in track, especially considering the context in 1936. And the top athletes are generally in track, not swimming, especially in '72. Owens did it in jumping events that didn't directly involve running, Spitz only swam.
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« Reply #40 on: March 09, 2007, 10:13:21 AM »

According to you; Most don't pursue multi sports because they can't.

Spitz was impressive but it's not just a numbers criteria. 7 golds in swimming's not any more impressive than Owens' accomplishments in track, especially considering the context in 1936. And the top athletes are generally in track, not swimming, especially in '72. Owens did it in jumping events that didn't directly involve running, Spitz only swam.

I see your point.

But Owens was black. Spitz was Jewish.

Which would you say had less to work with genetically?  Smiley
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« Reply #41 on: March 09, 2007, 10:15:05 AM »

I see your point.

But Owens was black. Spitz was Jewish.

Which would you say had less to work with genetically?  Smiley

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« Reply #42 on: March 09, 2007, 10:15:34 AM »

I see your point.

But Owens was black. Spitz was Jewish.

Which would you say had less to work with genetically?  Smiley

That doesn't mean there aren't genetically gifted athletic jews! Wink
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« Reply #43 on: March 09, 2007, 10:19:15 AM »

That doesn't mean there aren't genetically gifted athletic jews! Wink

Bill Goldberg anyone?

I think its a SES thing that explains the dominance of blacks in certian sports...great book..Taboo by John Entine.
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« Reply #44 on: March 09, 2007, 10:22:00 AM »

Don't forget about Sammy Davis Jr. He was a black Jew Grin
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« Reply #45 on: March 09, 2007, 10:22:08 AM »

Thank you Jimmy the Greek Undecided!!

Look, I'm Jewish and very proud of it.

Relative to our numbers, we fucking own the Nobel Prize.

Olympic medals, not so much.  Smiley
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« Reply #46 on: March 09, 2007, 10:23:15 AM »

Don't forget about Sammy Davis Jr. He was a black Jew Grin

Sammy davis was half puerto rican like me.
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« Reply #47 on: March 09, 2007, 10:24:36 AM »

Sammy davis was half puerto rican like me.

Really? I did not know that Undecided!
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« Reply #48 on: March 09, 2007, 10:26:47 AM »

ok i just saw his pics....he isnt on the juice.

Yeah because everyone gets supersized on steroids right?  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #49 on: March 09, 2007, 10:27:44 AM »

Yeah because everyone gets supersized on steroids right?  Roll Eyes

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