Your favourite sportsmen/women outside of tennis

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  1. SempreSami

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    For me, at the moment it would be:

    Carlos Tevez - fantastic workrate, runs his socks off every match.
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    Rob Key - Kent CCC captain, should be playing for England. Sadly the ECB seem to have it in for Kent at the moment so I would be surprised if he ever gets a recall let alone another Kent player being picked.
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    Man I wish cricket, soccer, and rugby were more popular in the US. Seem a lot more interesting and taxing on the body. As for me, I like my man Maurice Jones-Drew of the Jacksonville Jaguars. He's like 5'5" but like 230 of pure muscle. The average man could use 1 leg of his football pants as a sleeping bag. Such a beast.

    Also that Marius Puchanouski (sp) guy that you see all the time in the Worlds Stongest Man competitions. The dude has won what seems like 10 years in a row. While most of the strongmen are just insanely bulked but have a good amount of fat, Marius is just as big, but completely cut.

    Of course, theres Phelps too. He's just built to be in the water. Absolutely incredible work ethic.
    And Usain Bolt, who can set a world record in the 100 without even trying the last 30m and with his shoe untied.
     
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    Cripes, I just looked at a photo of that Maurice Jones-Drew character, his neck is bigger than one of my thighs! :shock:

    As for cricket, it certainly can take a lot out of you, sadly I don't think Test cricket (which I consider the highest level of the game) would ever catch on in the US because it's spread over five ambiguous days in which you aren't always guarenteed play and it can get incredibly slow, whereas in baseball you cram 9 innings into one evening (or something like that).

    That said, Twenty20 cricket has sparked a lot of interest recently, an evening of batsmen mainly throwing caution to the wind and going for big hits off of everything.
     
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    Yeah, Test Cricket really is the ultimate.

    I love the 5 days it takes to build up. ODI's are ok but they are just over so quick, by the time you start to get into it, it's finished and you have to wait around 3-4 days for another to come round.

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    Some would consider what P North does as a sport :)

    But Ill stick to actual atheletes. Even though this guy is retired he is a class act among all sportsmen. David Robinson was my favorite player growin up.

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    Shaun Alexander!
     
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    Dany Heatley the mighty 15 :twisted:.

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    Is snooker a sport? If so...

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    ^^^^

    Who is that guy Malakas? Also are you looking forward to Josh Childress playin pro ball in greece?
     
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    he's 4-time Euroleague Defensive player of the year(05-08 ),2007 Mr. Europa European Player of The Year,and Euroleague 2007 Final Four MVP D.Diamantidis.
    Yes,I'm very excited.But I don't think he will adapt very well,it usually takes 2 years to adapt from the show of the NBA to the more defensive-oriented strategic european game.I am a huge PAO fan,so he will play for our archrivals.We will surely make him feel..."welcomed" :twisted:

    this is from last years' final between Pao-and Childress new team : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0rMe2Vyb9E&feature=related
     
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    Thats cool they basketball seriously over there. I mean people must watch if they can pay him 20milion for 3 years.

    I think josh will mesh into eurostyle quicker than you think. He is an all around player and for his size is pretty quick. If the coach uses him right he can essentially play four positions on the court, which will create all kinds of trouble for the opposition.

    plus you cant beat the fro :)

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    No,I wish but not.The only championship that actually makes a profit is ACB(spanish). The only reason greek and russian teams can pay crazy crazy money it's because they are owned by billionaires lunatics.Each year they end up losing millions.The Russian championship is fueled by oil money,and the Greek by 2 billionaires families who see this as a way to show off and compete.But yes it's loved,though not to the point that it can justify such money.Anyway,expect for a Stern comedy expansion to western Europe in the following years,with franchice teams like London Towers and Berlin Sharks and French Croissants.Recipe for big failure.
     
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    and many others :)
     
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    Of course it is! :D
     
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    Satch are you saying Vlade Divac was a good sportsmen or Peja?

    Vlade was one of my faves growing up, but later on he kinda turned into a flopping whining little B.

    And yes Schumacher was the man
     
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    I used to love the battles between Damon Hill and Schumacher.
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    Damon was robbed!
     
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    I love test cricket. One day for me doesn't include enough strategy and people generally get away with bad cricket easily.
     
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    Up - Favourite cricketer of all time. Sadly, no one seems to be able to replace him. :(

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    I know, look at the Twenty20 Cup final, Middlesex were doing a bit crap until Owais Shah with his one eyebrow and one cricketing stroke managed 70+ runs just twatting the ball to cow corner.
     
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    haha. I didn't watch the final but that sounds pretty normal for a 20-20 game.
    Also, isn't that Geraint Jones on your profile pic ?
     
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    both are my favorite... but if i have to pick one then Vlade. :)
     
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    Sure is :D

    Jonesy >>>> Tim Ambrose
     
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    I think both Jonesy and Ambrose were chosen for their batting over their keeping but after Jones' hundred in the Windies, his batting started to drop and England opted for Ambrose.

    If it was only for keeping, I'd go with Jamie Foster or Chris Read over both Ambrose and Jones.
     
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    No fair re Jonesy! He's the only England keeper of recent times that still has hair on his head.

    Foster is rather good, was impressed by his stumping ability when I've seen him.
     
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    Always been a Read fan myself, he's long been regarded as the best gloveman but his batting isn't as good as some of the other keepers up for the job.

    However, with Broad's ability with the bat I think you can get away with playing Read.
     
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    But they're now playing the other spinner, what's his name ? Samit ? with him in ODI and Monty in tests, I don't think England can afford a pure glovesman. England dropping Read and Hoggard has to be 2 of the worst drops ever.
    They have to sort this thing out. The keeper situation has been messed up ever since Stewart retired.
     
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    It has yeah. Patel is really good, i think he averages over 45 with the bat so I like him and Prior being in the ODI team.

    For tests though, i'd have Flintoff 6, Broad 7, Read 8.. I think that would work out quite well.
     
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    I don't like that Patel, if they're only going to pick one large fellow why not Rob Key? :angry:

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    Paul Pierce
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    Is that a bad angle or is he really as fat as that?
     
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    What's wrong if Rob Key is a ruddy-faced barrel of a man?
     
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    Nothing at all - somebody has to keep Ginsters in business.

    I was just curious if the picture was doing him justice. Is he quick between the stumps or does he just hit boundaries all the time?
     
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    He's alright at running, but his strengths are his strokemaking, which makes for a good opening pair, him and Joe Denly. Also a brilliant captain, very level headed.
     
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    I don't think Key will ever play for England again.

    Can you imagine him with his big personality and background as a captain working in the same side as Pietersen? lol.
     
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    awwww not this?

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    Pietersen's a pillock who's out for only himself and the Ashes under him will end with the same results as when Flintoff was picked over Strauss as captain.

    And Key's a better opener than Strauss/Cook.
     
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    Sergio Garcia

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    No other alike............
     
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    I'm with you on that one. :wink:

    I think Liu Xiang and Scott Prince (Aussie Rugby League) are pretty damn awesome.
     
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    Jerome Bettis is one of many athletes from the past that I admire.
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    Nicklas Lidstrom is one of many active athletes that I admire.
     
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    As for women, Christine Arron is a favorite. I just wish she would have had a better run in Beijing.
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    Another one is Marta, a very skilled soccer player.
     
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    Muhammad Ali, because the way he boxed in the 60's, his ambition in the 70's:

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    "Bobby" Fischer, self-explanatory for anyone who likes chess:

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    Isn't #18 for the Bulls the guy that changed his name (Brian Williams?) and wound up missing after a fishing trip or something like that?

    EDIT: Yep, that's him (Bison Dele) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bison_Dele
     
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