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  1. Fifth Set

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    How 'bout we just keep this nonsense in this one thread so as not to pollute the entire forum with it?

    Now, keep in mind, anyone who actually picks Rod Laver to beat anyone or anything is going to really get on Chopin's bad side. And, trust me, that's not where you want to me given that the dude plays chess and lives in the Virgin Islands.

    With that little disclaimer out of the way, please allow me to start by proposing a hypothetical matchup of Rod Laver vs. the Chicago Bulls. Of course, the Bulls will destroy Laver because of the spin, power and height in the modern game. In the famous words of Da Superfans, the score will be "402 to zip, Da Bulls."

    Thoughts?
     
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    Deleted for various reasons.
     
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    who is the better player? Rod Laver or an "in form" Juan Ignacio Chela?
     
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  4. CyBorg

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    Please stop.
     
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  5. pc1

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    Sorry Cyborg,

    I was trying to point out the absurdity of some of these Laver threads as the person who started this thread meant to I believe. I will delete what I wrote in the other post which was not mean in the least.
     
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    This thread shows Chopin's detritus for what it really is, but of course that isn't saying much.
     
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    I don't remember what you wrote - I'm just saying that this thread is a nuisance in spite of its attempts at irony. Let's move on and forget the joker.

    Parodies accomplish little but keep him afloat. Which is counterproductive.
     
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    Wow, Fifth Set, I'm so proud of you. You and I should play chess sometime soon. I'll even tell you that I'm going to open up with the King's Gambit in our match! E-mail me some times you'd like to play.

    Hey--I had a really good day today and crushed some serves and hit very well and then I played the moonlight sonata on my Kawai piano this evening, after not looking at it for a year or so. It needs some work, but the spirit of Beethoven was alive and well. And then I log onto these boards and I find a tribute thread!

    You guys are the best.

    --Chopin
     
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    LOL..this is like a homage thread to chopin.

    Its clear he is getting into the heads of the nostalgiatards.
     
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    This is a "tribute thread" in the same way the dump I just took is a "tribute" to my toilet.

    In all seriousness, you would do us all a great favor if you could keep all of your Laver-bashing nonsense here in this thread.

    While the forum's Department of Redundancy Department would certainly be pleased by your handiwork, there is really no need to keep starting new threads, now in multiple subforums, to cover the same ground.

    Provide us with this honorable gesture and I will happily allow you to make whatever chess moves you wish.

    Thanks!
     
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    Can i quote you in my sig with that. Please. so amazing.
     
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    Why is this thread necessary?
     
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    Fifth Set, you have made my long and tiring day memorable.
    This is the single greatest analogy that has ever appeared on my monitor.

    Bless you for this wonderful sentence.

    Regards
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    This is why:
    I can't read that without smiling.

    Sometimes all the planets align and remarkable things happen.
    Without this thread, this sentence would not have been written.

    Thanks again Fifth Set.
    Freakin' brilliant!
     
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    You got that right! Threads like this only add to my burgeoning legend.
     
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    Laver vs. Godzilla--ssquishh, ooh, sorry Rocket! Laver wins the match posthumously, of course--Godzilla DQ'd for opponent abuse.
     
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  17. Chopin

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    Gojira!!!!!
     
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  18. Fifth Set

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    Seems like it's time to apply the ointment again, as the rash is back with a vengeance!
     
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    ^Gentlemen, outstanding to see so many of you resurrecting all of my threads! It's an honour.

    I haven't started a Laver thread in a while, though it seems some of you can't get enough of them.

    Never fear--I promise to deliver a special Christmas themed Rodney Laver thread on December 24th, all in honour of the Historians and Club Chopin and its heroes.

    Carry on boys!

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    Shhh...I hear the sound of a Chopin nocturne on a still winter night.
     
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    Why not talk about Cliff Richey, the man who first beat laver after his 1969 Slam ?
     
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    Oooooooohhhh! I'm shaking in my boots! :lol:

    (Good one.)

    Let's see . . .
    Laver versus the USS Enterprise
    Laver versus the H-Bomb
    Laver versus the US Navy Seals
    Laver versus the 2011 Green Bay Packers
    Laver versus the '72-'73 UCLA Bruins
    Laver versus Godzilla
    Laver versus Rhodan
     
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  23. krosero

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    Laver vs. the '27 Yankees
     
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  24. pc1

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    Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig versus Rod Laver. Three lefty swingers. Laver had a better won-lost record. The 1927 Yankees were 110-44 for a percentage of .714. Laver was better than that. :)
     
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    Laver versus the USS Enterprise. Which one, the original series, the Next Generation or the awful Enterprise series? Laver may be able to volley the phrasers back for a while but eventually I've have to go with any of the Enterprises.

    Laver versus the H-Bomb-Tough one. The radiation would be a problem but Laver probably be able to hit it out into a safe distance with his powerful left arm. Advantage Laver.

    Laver versus the Navy Seals. These guys can't play tennis well. Advantage Laver.

    Laver versus the 2011 Packers--Packers have football uniforms but no tennis racquets. Advantage Laver.

    Laver versus the 72-73 UCLA Bruins--Walton is the greatest passing center ever. The Bruins would put Walton at the net along with their power forward (Sidney Wicks??) and three at the baseline. Advantage-Even because the Bruins would also play Laver in basketball. Laver wins at tennis.

    Laver versus Godzilla--Got to go with Godzilla here. I don't want Rodney burnt very badly. Of course Rod's topspin may blow out the fire. Are we playing in Tokyo? That would be unfair because Godzilla gets the home field advantage.

    Laver versus Rhodan. First of all you don't realize that if you take away the "h", the "a" and the "n" from Rhodan you spell Rod. Rhodan is simply Rod Laver in disquise. Even.
     
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    How about Laver versus the Borg? Which Borg you'll have to figure out. Resistance is futile.

    Laver versus Indiana Jones.

    Laver versus Han Solo.

    Laver versus Luke Skywalker

    Laver versus ET.

    Laver versus Albert Einstein.

    Laver versus Homer Simpson

    Laver versus Jesse Owens.

    Laver versus Stephen Hawking.

    Laver versus Bach.

    Laver versus the Klingons

    Laver versus Wilt Chamberlain

    Laver versus George Foreman

    Laver versus Bugs Bunny

    Laver versus Michael Jordan and the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls.

    Laver versus Superman

    Laver versus Batman

    Laver versus Spider-Man

    Laver versus the Spanish Armada

    Laver versus Darth Vader

    Laver versus Dracula

    Laver versus Buffy

    Laver versus Pele
     
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  27. Limpinhitter

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    Laver vs. The Kraken! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gb2zIR2rvRQ
     
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    Maybe Godzilla wins, maybe not.

    But I tell you what, Spadea would beat Godzilla senseless.

    Best comment of the thread, hands down!

    Laver doesn't stand a chance in this one.

    With or without the metal owl?
     
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  29. pc1

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    Of course.
     
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    Laver vs Werewolff and Drakula at once

    Laver vs Thor, Hulk,Namor and Silver Surfer at once

    Laver vs Goliath

    Laver vs Zeus
     
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    OH my...I may have to use this quote in my sig, it is PRICELESS.

    Yeah, burgeoning....speaking of burgeoning and you...that reminds me, I need to drop the kids off at the pool so to speak.

    EDIT: I couldn't resist, Fifth Set has become the leading candidate for thread/post of the year already.
     
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    The truth is that you are still smarting from me taking out your big brother, on whom the "ban hammer" fell, decisively and justly.

    And the fact is that I've barely been posting here of recent days, and even less about your hero, Laver. Yet, you and others can't help but create threads evoking no other poster than yours truly! What can you do? I take it as a compliment. We both know that I've been one of the most influential posters in the former pro player section ever. Now go back to clenching your fists over the Laver-Santoro poll where Santoro (a man who never won a slam) is consistently only 10 votes (or less) behind Laver. That speaks volumes about how many supporters I have on these Boards.

    Remember, Rabbit, the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.

    Club Chopin Forever.
     
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  34. hoodjem

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    Rabbit has a big brother?
    Hare? Jackelope? Monsieur Lapin?
     
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  35. Rabbit

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    As usual, I have the same response "What in the good hell are you talking about?"

    Yeah.....your parents should be very, very proud of you for reaching the apex of your "career".
     
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    Career? I would say he has reached the nadir of his delusional fantasies.
     
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    Correction/friendly amendment noted and accepted!
     
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    I have met Rod Laver. He is probably the most humble man i have ever met. and he can still play. I say he can beat Lendl if they played.
     
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  39. NLBwell

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    No, the question is who is the better player? Roger Federer or an "in form" Guillermo Canas?
     
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  40. Fifth Set

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    Please refrain from spamming this thread with off topic tangents. The purpose is to compare Laver to others.

    For example, who would win in a matchup between Laver and Obi Wan? Obi Wan would be given a choice of a 95 sq. in. or 98 sq. in. light saber. I'm thinking the "young" Obi Wan from the Phantom Men-ace era, but open to counterpoints on this important question. I would go with Laver in this matchup.
     
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    Federer versus Alberto Montanes?
     
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    Though Montanes won the last time they played Federer still holds the H2H. Canas is even with Fed, including 2 high-profile wins at the peak of Fed's career. A good case can be made for Canas.
     
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    How about Federer versus an in form Henri Leconte?

    Laver versus King Kong. My theory is that people have compared Laver's left arm to King Kong's so they can both battle each other left handed.
     
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    An in-form Henri would be a dangerous opponent for Fed on every surface. On clay, I'd give the nod to Henri.
     
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    Sorry, but on Henri's best day in his career versus Federer's prime....Federer takes 99 out of 100 on every surface.
     
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    He's 73. He'd lose to a Division III college player at this point.
     
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  47. Chopin

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    Simple words from a simple man.
     
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    How about these...

    Laver Vs. Freddy Kreuger - he'll kill you in your sleep but can he grip a tennis racket?

    Laver vs. Kim Kardashian

    Laver vs. Oprah

    Laver vs. John Cena

    Laver vs. Princess Leia

    Seriously...this thread is hilarious...although given what it has turned into probably in the wrong section.

    And Chopin...if the responses to this thread still make you feel like a legend...I say this...maybe people are obsessed with you, but its in the same way they become obsessed with a car wreck. Its horrible in every sense of the word, but they still cannot look away in spite of it. In essense...its not much to brag about.
     
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    i highly recommend chopins bedtimestory in the santoro-thread.
    beautiful to read :)

    it has probably already been suggested a hundred times, but how about
    Rod Laver vs chopin :) ?
     
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    Even post-stroke, at age 73 Fred is no contest for The Rocket. Does Fred get two points? Doubt it.
     
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