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diggler
09-17-2007, 06:56 AM
Forget Federer, Tiger, Schumacher, Pele, Armstrong, Jordan. Check out this one.

Heather McKay completely dominated the sport of women's squash in the 1960s and 70s, winning 16 consecutive British Open titles between 1962 and 1977. She lost only two matches in her entire career (in 1960 and 1962), and was unbeaten in competitive squash matches from 1962 through to 1981 when she retired from active open squash.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heather_McKay

Any contenders?

Eviscerator
09-17-2007, 07:17 AM
This thread was started in the General Pro Player Discussion, as opposed to Odds & Ends for what reason :confused:

scineram
09-17-2007, 07:21 AM
You cannot be GSE when no one gives a ****.

Rui
09-17-2007, 09:20 PM
In 1972, the world's best handball player (Paul Haber) beat the world's best racketball player (Bud Muelheisen) in a match. Yes, hands vs. racket. I still don't know how it could happen.

Ljubicic for number1
09-18-2007, 12:03 AM
Sounds like Heather was very dominant of her chosen sport, but for me the greatest sports person of all time is Lance Armstrong.

surfryder
09-18-2007, 12:28 AM
wayne gretzky?

1487 games, 894 goals, 1963 assists

61 records in his career

pretty dominating if you ask me

gordie howe played 1767 games and only managed 801 goals...
leads assists in regular season by over 800...with less than 100 games between him and number two paul coffey

including playoffs, he leads by 1000...

in one season, he holds the top 7 positions for assists with 163 as number one and ties for number 8 with mario lemuix at 114

including playoffs, he holds the top 10 positions tied with mario for number 11

for his position at center, he leads with most goals by over 100 with only two seasons between him and number 2

has the highest goals per game per average for one season 1.18goals and is tied with mario lemuix for number 2 with 1.15

12 seasons with 40+ goals
all consecutive by the way

4 of which were 60+

50 hat trick games
two seasons had 10 hat tricks

24 career game winning playoff goals


where is your silly squash player now?



no one is even close to the great one, and no one will be for quite some time

AndrewD
09-18-2007, 03:51 AM
where is your silly squash player now?

Playing a sport with a vast amount more competition than Hockey has ever had or will ever have.

origmarm
09-18-2007, 04:11 AM
For me it has to be Steven Redgrave. Minor sport I know but the guy won a gold medal at five consecutive Olympic Games from 1984 to 2000, as well as an additional bronze medal in 1988. That is just ridiculous, to be at gold level standard in an endurance sport (rowing), which is a sport where the olympics are the pinnacle (unlike tennis) for 16yrs is just astounding

Andres
09-18-2007, 04:14 AM
Talking about dominance and records, I gotta add some WILT CHAMBERLAIN to the mix ;)

origmarm
09-18-2007, 04:48 AM
Talking about dominance and records, I gotta add some WILT CHAMBERLAIN to the mix ;)

For the 20,000? :)

surfryder
09-18-2007, 09:06 AM
Playing a sport with a vast amount more competition than Hockey has ever had or will ever have.

im failing to see how that is an accurate statement...lol 1,412,355 registered professionals world wide through 20 countries in the IIHF out of the 64 countries that are all registered to compete.


can you provide some numbers about how many professional squash players there are world wide?

oh i did the research...over 300 players registered through the PSA worldwide...

not quite the same ratio at all. so less players to compete, so less competition, so less talent really in the game. sounds like hockey wins this argument.

crosscourt
09-18-2007, 01:05 PM
Wayne Rooney, by many miles.

surfryder
09-18-2007, 01:10 PM
rooney is too new to have proven himself so far...cant really use him

jinsol
09-18-2007, 01:12 PM
hobbes at calvinball

Andres
09-19-2007, 05:02 AM
im failing to see how that is an accurate statement...lol 1,412,355 registered professionals world wide through 20 countries in the IIHF out of the 64 countries that are all registered to compete.


can you provide some numbers about how many professional squash players there are world wide?

oh i did the research...over 300 players registered through the PSA worldwide...

not quite the same ratio at all. so less players to compete, so less competition, so less talent really in the game. sounds like hockey wins this argument.
500 players in the NBA now, and thousands and thousands in the history of the sport. Plus hundreds of thousands other bball pros around the world and millions of players world-wide, and Michael Jordan is the best of them all.

MJ takes the spot! :D

vkartikv
09-19-2007, 07:30 AM
Valen Rossi

armand
09-19-2007, 07:36 AM
Heather McKay completely dominated the sport of women's squash in the 1960s and 70s, winning 16 consecutive British Open titles between 1962 and 1977. She lost only two matches in her entire career (in 1960 and 1962), and was unbeaten in competitive squash matches from 1962 through to 1981 when she retired from active open squash.Yeah but was she hot?

jinsol
09-19-2007, 07:43 AM
no 10characters

surfryder
09-19-2007, 07:45 AM
500 players in the NBA now, and thousands and thousands in the history of the sport. Plus hundreds of thousands other bball pros around the world and millions of players world-wide, and Michael Jordan is the best of them all.

MJ takes the spot! :D

i was hoping someone would bring him into this....

i'll keep apples to apples here...

MJ - Most scoring titles—10
Gretzky - 12 seasons with 40+ goals

MJ - Most consecutive games scoring in double figures—866
Gretzky - 50 hat trick games two seasons had 10 hat tricks...thats a hat trick every 7 games.

MJ - Five time MVP—1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998
Gretzky - Most MVP awards (Hart Trophy): 9.

and my favorite CNN article...

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/hockey/news/1999/04/18/gretzky_jordan_head/

they are both amazing athletes, but id have to say jordan doesnt quite touch gretzky. he is more like a sampras...someone great in his era, and set a few records, but will have them shattered within his lifetime... no one will shatter gretzky's 60 other records in his lifetime, and no one will dominate hockey being one of the smallest players the way he has for a long time. jordan was ideal height and weight for his sport, gretzky was severely under size.

Valen Rossi

i was hoping valentino rossi would come into play!! he is a very impressive athlete and id love to see how his career stacks up when he retires. he def. dominates his sport as long as he stays un injured.