Who is your favorite non-tennis athlete ever and currently?

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  1. nadalwon2012

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    Ever: Michael Jordan
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    Currently: Derrick Rose
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    Peyton Manning, Reggie Miller, & Mike

    Sorry, forgot the audience is worldwide, where futbol is king; so Miroslav Klose for soccer.
     
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    Former: Dan Marino
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    Barry Bonds tie David Robinson

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    Haile is my all time favorite too.

     
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    Ever-American Football player Joe Montana (thumbs up to woodrow, Marino would be my second)
    Current-Hockey player Sidney Crosby.
     
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    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.


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    Really? No one has mentioned this guy?

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    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
     
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    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.
     
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    This is Scottie Pippen not MJ, I am sure you probably just picked the wrong picture by accident, didn't you? :cool:
     
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    Pat Tillman, RIP. He should serve as a role model to all professional atheletes.
     
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    Borat .....
     
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    Is it not possible for Scottie Pippen to be somebody's favorite player?
     
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    Ever: Zidane. Nothing but respect for him and the decisions he's made.

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    No votes for Phil Hellmuth yet? :)
     
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    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.
     
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    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
     
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    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.
     
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    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. :)
     
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    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. :cool:
     
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    I've been part of his "Army" since I was a kid.

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    He's rewriting the record books and winning championships.
     
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    I think everyone else picked the wrong picture, and they all meant to pick Pip instead of MJ ;)
     
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    All-time: Magic Johnson

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    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.
     
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    Bryan Clay, by definition the World's Greatest Athlete, the 2008 Olympics decathlon winner.
     
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    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.
     
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