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nadalwon2012
01-04-2012, 08:56 AM
Ever: Michael Jordan
http://thebestten.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/jordan-dunk-ehlo-2.jpg
Currently: Derrick Rose
http://l.yimg.com/j/assets/p/sp/getty/b0/fullj.0dabc890851a23cc72a869eb38f8a8b6/0dabc890851a23cc72a869eb38f8a8b6-getty-136381724.jpg

r2473
01-04-2012, 09:09 AM
Ever: http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/little-chocolate-donuts/280260

Currently: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDRbtcvWCvo

nadalwon2012
01-04-2012, 09:13 AM
Ever: http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/little-chocolate-donuts/280260

Currently: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDRbtcvWCvo

lol@"is the dude to the left bleeding? did he eat his hands?"

gavna
01-04-2012, 10:10 AM
Ever: tie: Dante Pastorini and Henri Duvillard

Current: Lance Armstrong

Feña14
01-04-2012, 10:15 AM
Ever - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fy1NAzeiWiI&feature=related

Currently - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7EhlJQwPps&feature=related

Larrysümmers
01-04-2012, 10:26 AM
i dont feel like getting out video, but:
Ever:Sammy Sosa
Currently:James Harrison

TahoeTennis
01-04-2012, 11:02 AM
ever:
http://www.inquisitr.com/wp-content/2011/10/dr.-j.jpg
currently:
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hQyuymJ1fO0/ToOYfCeU8bI/AAAAAAAAA8o/ILiMHMqPy3U/s1600/now-see-how-hope-solo-went-from-little-girl-with-dad-to-superstar-soccer-goalie.jpg

Ano
01-04-2012, 10:09 PM
ever: Michael Jordan

current: Lionel Messi

dlk
01-05-2012, 04:15 AM
Peyton Manning, Reggie Miller, & Mike

Sorry, forgot the audience is worldwide, where futbol is king; so Miroslav Klose for soccer.

Hankenstein
01-05-2012, 05:16 AM
Current: Henrik "Hank" "Hankenstein" Lundqvist

http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.450048!/img/httpImage/image.jpg

Ever: Gunde Svan (swedish cross country skier)

http://thisisbandit.com/wp-content/uploads/gundesvan1.jpg

Sentinel
01-05-2012, 06:14 AM
http://www.fettan.com/images/Haile_Gebreselassie_NY_Half_Marathon_AP_080507.jpg

http://www.atletismogranadajoven.es/biografias/waitz%20grete%2004.JPG

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/02/17/article-1251809-08509FCA000005DC-593_468x378.jpg

woodrow1029
01-05-2012, 09:23 AM
Former: Dan Marino
http://hempbeach.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/dan-marino.jpg

Current: Logan Couture
http://sharkspage.com/jpgs7/logan_couture3.jpg

hollywood9826
01-05-2012, 11:06 AM
Ever:

Barry Bonds tie David Robinson

Current:

Tim Duncan

r2473
01-05-2012, 11:21 AM
Haile is my all time favorite too.

http://www.fettan.com/images/Haile_Gebreselassie_NY_Half_Marathon_AP_080507.jpg

david93
01-05-2012, 11:30 AM
Ever: Zinedine Zidane

Currently: Shinji Kagawa

pabletion
01-05-2012, 01:00 PM
Ever:
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ZsMYV408Va0/TKj8F_DrShI/AAAAAAAABkE/pRbYYhG5ncg/s1600/Michael+Jordan+-+Back.jpg

Current:
http://www.ronaldo7.net/gallery/game/06_11_2011/ronaldo33.jpg

CCNM
01-05-2012, 01:35 PM
Ever-American Football player Joe Montana (thumbs up to woodrow, Marino would be my second)
Current-Hockey player Sidney Crosby.

Lsmkenpo
01-05-2012, 01:38 PM
MJ I can't think of any other athlete that currently compares.
Watching him you could just feel something special was going to happen every time he touched the ball. He put a sense of magic in the air unlike any other athlete I have ever seen.


http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4083/4950349054_edd6ebe2f3_z.jpg

Cindysphinx
01-05-2012, 01:39 PM
Really? No one has mentioned this guy?

http://students.cis.uab.edu/kenny25/earlyali.jpg

Come on. "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee." How many athletes have said anything so memorable? I mean, the guy was pretty much the first to introduce trash talking into sport. "The Thrilla In Manilla" -- he was a genius at self-promotion. What a mouth -- what a brain -- he had!

He revolutionized tactics. No one had heard of Rope-A-Dope, and there he was doing it in the biggest fights of his life. It's almost like he elevated the concept of "defense" in boxing. He just plain outsmarted his opponents, in the most barbaric of sports.

I am not a fan of boxing now. But back in his day, Ali was huge in the black community. Absolutely huge. The entire neighborhood was transfixed by every fight. It felt like he represented all of us. He stood up against the Vietnam war, took his unfair punishment, and came back more fierce than ever. He was "uppity" at a time when black men could be lynched for being insufficiently subservient. He was proud at a time when many blacks were standing up for themselves in the civil rights movement.

And he was good. Really good.

Cindy -- who always felt kind of sorry for Joe Frazier

theyhatethecans
01-05-2012, 01:49 PM
Bo Jackson

El Diablo
01-05-2012, 02:17 PM
Ali?? A horrible husband, cruel and hurtful to Joe Frazier, could be very mean spirited. A far greater role model would be Larry Doby, who lived (and died, 8 years ago) in my hometown, an absolute exemplar of leading by example, a man who endured unspeakable insults and meanness with grace and dignity, a true pioneer as the second (and less heralded) black in major league baseball, the man Jackie Robinson said he looked up to as a model of quiet leadership. Courageous, and also a throughly devoted husband and father.

jamesblakefan#1
01-05-2012, 02:34 PM
All Time

http://spectrumsportsblog.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/michael-jordan-championship-rings.jpg

Current:

http://fandamonium.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/tigerwoodsfistpump.jpg?w=341&h=435

NBA - http://images.wikia.com/nba/images/b/bf/Derrick_Rose_Dunks_On_Goran_Dragic.jpg

NFL (even though he's made of glass) - http://i.usatoday.net/sports/_photos/2011/09/25/McFadden-Raiders-run-all-over-Jets-A6DT4J6-x-large.jpg

Andres
01-05-2012, 02:35 PM
Ever:

http://www.basketblog.es/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Scottie-Pippen-e1281890381709.jpg

Currently:

http://www.urgente24.com/data/img_cont/img_imagenes/img_gr/12359.jpg

jamesblakefan#1
01-05-2012, 02:37 PM
Currently:

http://www.urgente24.com/data/img_cont/img_imagenes/img_gr/12359.jpg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SDMfiJfiyE !

Lsmkenpo
01-05-2012, 02:42 PM
Ever:

http://www.basketblog.es/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Scottie-Pippen-e1281890381709.jpg



This is Scottie Pippen not MJ, I am sure you probably just picked the wrong picture by accident, didn't you? 8-)

thug the bunny
01-05-2012, 03:07 PM
Pat Tillman, RIP. He should serve as a role model to all professional atheletes.

chrischris
01-05-2012, 03:19 PM
Borat .....

woodrow1029
01-05-2012, 04:55 PM
This is Scottie Pippen not MJ, I am sure you probably just picked the wrong picture by accident, didn't you? 8-)

Is it not possible for Scottie Pippen to be somebody's favorite player?

Ico
01-05-2012, 05:04 PM
Ever: Zidane. Nothing but respect for him and the decisions he's made.

http://cdn.worldcupblog.org/www.worldcupblog.org/files/2009/12/Zidane_headbutt.jpg

Current: Rose, Pacquiao.

West Coast Ace
01-05-2012, 05:19 PM
No votes for Phil Hellmuth yet? :)

Cindysphinx
01-05-2012, 05:27 PM
Ali?? A horrible husband, cruel and hurtful to Joe Frazier, could be very mean spirited. A far greater role model would be Larry Doby, who lived (and died, 8 years ago) in my hometown, an absolute exemplar of leading by example, a man who endured unspeakable insults and meanness with grace and dignity, a true pioneer as the second (and less heralded) black in major league baseball, the man Jackie Robinson said he looked up to as a model of quiet leadership. Courageous, and also a throughly devoted husband and father.

Your beef with Ali is that he was Insufficiently Nice? To his wife (lord only knows what goes on inside someone else's marriage) and to his main rival?

Sorry, I've never heard of the other guy you mention.

dlk
01-05-2012, 05:49 PM
Pat Tillman, RIP. He should serve as a role model to all professional atheletes.

Excellent choice.

hollywood9826
01-05-2012, 06:10 PM
Really? No one has mentioned this guy?

Come on. "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee." How many athletes have said anything so memorable? I mean, the guy was pretty much the first to introduce trash talking into sport. "The Thrilla In Manilla" -- he was a genius at self-promotion. What a mouth -- what a brain -- he had!

He revolutionized tactics. No one had heard of Rope-A-Dope, and there he was doing it in the biggest fights of his life. It's almost like he elevated the concept of "defense" in boxing. He just plain outsmarted his opponents, in the most barbaric of sports.

I am not a fan of boxing now. But back in his day, Ali was huge in the black community. Absolutely huge. The entire neighborhood was transfixed by every fight. It felt like he represented all of us. He stood up against the Vietnam war, took his unfair punishment, and came back more fierce than ever. He was "uppity" at a time when black men could be lynched for being insufficiently subservient. He was proud at a time when many blacks were standing up for themselves in the civil rights movement.

And he was good. Really good.

Cindy -- who always felt kind of sorry for Joe Frazier

I wouldnt exactly say the Rope-A-Dope elevated defense. It was an effective tactic sometimes, but it pretty much goes against everything defensive boxing was/is about. The only reason its so popular is because it was so ridiculous of a tactic to begin with.

You felt kind of sorry for Joe Frazier. Frazier Boycotts the tournament for Ali belt after it was stripped because Frazier felt that Ali should still have had the belt. And Ali basically does everything in his power to get the Black community to turn on him. I dont think Ali gave a flying F about the black community, he used the tactiscx to sell fights. Going as far as to instruct Chuck Wepner in the lead up to the 1975 title fight to call him the N-word on TV.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HqpWoj8INs

TheBoom
01-05-2012, 06:16 PM
Peter forsberg

Rui
01-05-2012, 06:28 PM
Really? No one has mentioned this guy?


Come on. "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee." How many athletes have said anything so memorable? I mean, the guy was pretty much the first to introduce trash talking into sport. "The Thrilla In Manilla" -- he was a genius at self-promotion. What a mouth -- what a brain -- he had!

He revolutionized tactics. No one had heard of Rope-A-Dope, and there he was doing it in the biggest fights of his life. It's almost like he elevated the concept of "defense" in boxing. He just plain outsmarted his opponents, in the most barbaric of sports.

I am not a fan of boxing now. But back in his day, Ali was huge in the black community. Absolutely huge. The entire neighborhood was transfixed by every fight. It felt like he represented all of us. He stood up against the Vietnam war, took his unfair punishment, and came back more fierce than ever. He was "uppity" at a time when black men could be lynched for being insufficiently subservient. He was proud at a time when many blacks were standing up for themselves in the civil rights movement.

And he was good. Really good.

Cindy -- who always felt kind of sorry for Joe Frazier

Yeah, I remember watching him box in the 60s at a public tv. Except for me, he was decidedly the crowd's villain. Later on, he turned them around.

I liked him. I liked his attitude. (Some guys can't pull off an attitude like that, but he could.) He still is my all time favorite boxer.

Breaker
01-05-2012, 07:12 PM
Ever: Shaun Goater http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ_Zqy6QqYI

http://bernews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/goater_ManCity.jpg

and Kinkladze http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7BuNzATQsw

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/5119DSAJ05L._SL500_AA300_.jpg

Current: Robinho http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLo3hLiAtdY

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01115/robinho_1115967c.jpg

and Kaka http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNJQwHN9lyw

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Zde-OxOYou4/TGAl8P3wEdI/AAAAAAAAAFs/9AGE4fwyZkI/s1600/kaka.jpg

Ronaldinho is in the running for both.

TopFH
01-05-2012, 07:28 PM
Ever: Zinedine Zidane http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7mXGMcpA0g&feature=related

Current: Xabi Alonso https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tk_El03KSmY&feature=related

Cindysphinx
01-05-2012, 07:57 PM
I wouldnt exactly say the Rope-A-Dope elevated defense. It was an effective tactic sometimes, but it pretty much goes against everything defensive boxing was/is about. The only reason its so popular is because it was so ridiculous of a tactic to begin with.



Yeah, but that's the brilliance of it. It was utterly ridiculous. Whoever heard of going out and playing like a hedgehog for a bunch of rounds and then unfurling yourself late in the day to knock your opponent out?

Imagine what a laughingstock Ali would have been had it not worked. The man had guts.

As far as Frazier and the black community . . . what can I say? Ali was better looking (or perceived as such because lighter skin was still heavily favored), he was definitely more clever and witty and well-spoken. That Ali received so much blatant disrespect in some quarters fueled the fire.

I would also feel sorry for George Foreman, but he seems to have done pretty well with his grills. :)

T1000
01-05-2012, 08:06 PM
http://www.stevemiller4lasvegas.com/MikePiazza.jpg

http://s3.hubimg.com/u/3923534_f496.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d4/Kobe_Bryant_Washington.jpg/233px-Kobe_Bryant_Washington.jpg

http://www.vegan-fighter.com/foto/pruv/79.jpg

Lsmkenpo
01-05-2012, 09:20 PM
Is it not possible for Scottie Pippen to be somebody's favorite player?

Not so fast with the code violation.

I wasn't serious see the emoticon at the end? I liked Pippen as well, back in the day

I wouldn't disapprove of anyone's favorite player except maybe if it was Nadal. 8-)

TCTEN
01-05-2012, 10:15 PM
Ever
http://trialx.com/curetalk/wp-content/blogs.dir/7/files/2011/03/gcelebrities/Arnold_Palmer-2.jpg
I've been part of his "Army" since I was a kid.

Current
http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2010/1211/pg2_a_pujols_sy_576.jpg
He's rewriting the record books and winning championships.

Andres
01-06-2012, 10:06 AM
This is Scottie Pippen not MJ, I am sure you probably just picked the wrong picture by accident, didn't you? 8-)
I think everyone else picked the wrong picture, and they all meant to pick Pip instead of MJ ;)

leech
01-09-2012, 08:55 AM
All-time: Magic Johnson

Currently: Ricky Rubio

pageltennis
01-09-2012, 12:32 PM
I gotta say Muhammad Ali, one of my mom's cousins used to work for him so i've met him a few times, even played cards with his son once.

I also love Apolo Ohno, the speed skater. He was just so outstanding, and his book, Zero Regrets, is phenomenal.

Ronaldo
01-09-2012, 02:20 PM
You gotta ask? Currently, http://media.photobucket.com/image/money%20mayweather%20crib/ryansilkwood/ayweather2.jpg

sureshs
01-09-2012, 02:27 PM
Bryan Clay, by definition the World's Greatest Athlete, the 2008 Olympics decathlon winner.

sphinx780
01-09-2012, 02:44 PM
All-time: Magic Johnson

Currently: Ricky Rubio

I gotta say that this Rubio kid could bring me back to watching basketball, let's see where it takes him.


All time: I idolized MJ in the day, otherworldly and quickly fell out of following basketball for many years until Garnett came along for our little team...but being he played for the hometown team, I'll give the nod to Kirby Puckett.

Currently: Maybe Rubio in a few years, right now I'd have to go with Albert Pujols.

heftylefty
01-09-2012, 03:24 PM
Ever:
Bill Russell, 11 NBA Titles in 13 year. That's GOAT
http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0810/nba.best.post.season.performances/images/bill_russell.jpg

Current:
Shani Davis. Reminder that anything is possible.
http://www.esquire.com/cm/esquire/images/esq-sdavis-0210-lg-85847251.jpg

DeShaun
01-10-2012, 02:53 AM
All time: Secretariat
Currently active: Diana Taurasi