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Who you got? Sports center and sports science have done a "playoff" of all time greatest athletes. They've used a bunch of scientific methods from durability to difficulty of sport to power precision etc.
SIAP but final is tomorrow who ya got and why?
How did Jordan lose? Where was Lebron, Jackie Robinson? If it's between these two I'd give it to Bo. Do people really think of Bo as the greatest athlete of all time?
Yes. The espn 30 for 30 show they did was amazing. Hard to compare to Jim brown as he was before my time, but since Bo ... Definitely.
This post was edited by bulldogg 13 months ago
Jackie Robinson just lost to Jim brown in the last semi.
Where is Wilt Chamberlain?
Here's a link. Brackets and how they scientifically did it.
SportsCenter and ESPN Sport Science have teamed up to determine the greatest athlete of all time, using their unique metric that factors in attributes such as speed, power, reaction time and more. Your votes over the past 16 weeks determined the athlete who would represent each sport in the bracket phase of the project, which is set to begin on SportsCenter on Sunday. Check out Sport Science host John Brenkus' chat, where he discusses the bracket and examines how to measure an athlete's greatness, plus much more. And cast your vote for who should win the bracket!
I give a slight edge to Brown just because his peak was longer and he was great in a variety of sports as well. Bo was a physical freak, though.
That looks dumb.
Roger Federer? Dale Earnhardt Sr.? Tony Hawk?
If they're gonna go that way then why not include someone like Bruce Lee?
This post was edited by manofthewild07 13 months ago
I'll take the guy who didn't get hurt.
Oh, and by the way: Jim Thorpe. Lock the thread.
You have to be at least 30 to understand how impressive Bo was as an athlete. Look up his 1989 seasons (probably his peak). He hit 32 home runs (4th in the AL), had 29 steals, won the MLB all star game MVP, and rushed for 950 yards (5.5 YPC) despite playing only 11 games and being part of a two-back system. Baseball was his second best sport and he was still one of the better power hitters in the late 80's.
Only part of the equation. "Durability" They really tried to do this scientifically. I think many of us could argue their categories. But this is the one time they tried to measure all the factors in making the choice through science.
using science as the end all of rating athletes seems like a glorified 'sabermetric' style. Since "durability " only is part of the equation, is the administrator of this 'theory' a former injured pro?
Bo jackson, and it ain't even close.
Can't argue with Thorpe, but Jackson and Brown should also be in the conversation before most of the others mentioned here because they both excelled in more than one sport: Jackson of course starred in both football and baseball, and Brown has been called the greatest lacrosse player in NCAA history.
I get that they were going with a cross-section of sports, but to leave Thorpe out of the equation is criminal.
I actually talked with Bo at Midway airport yesterday. He looked like he could still play, had a slight limp from his replaced hip. I kept it short and low key not drawing attention to him and I think he appreciated it. I know cool story bro.
This post was edited by DnvrSprtnhd 13 months ago
Earnhardt was great at what he did, but come on greatest athlete? He drove a car.
Any gold medal winner in the Olympic decathlon is a better athlete than Bo or Jim Brown.
I read the news today, oh boy .. ..
About a lucky man who made the grade
Wouldnt have been able to excel at any other sport, except volleyball
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by DnvrSprtnhd 13 months ago
Between these two it's Bo hands down. That said there are many others that could be on the list.
This country was built by people who worked hard then went home and had just a few too many every night. Then went back to work.
Agree completely. Some guys are just basketball players or whatever their sport. Some guys are so coordinated and fluid they can do many sports well. For me that is the key to being a great athlete. Can you walk into something new and at least be athletic and coordinated enough to do decently with little training in that specific sport.
Brown was more dominant the sports he participated.
But how to you quantify the amazing range of skills it took Jackson to be an all-star level player in both the NFL and MLB
If that paid as much and had the exposure of baseball or football, I am positive Bo would have won gold in multiple Olympics.
Wasn't it chamberlain that ran like a 4.6 40, and some called him the greatest WR to never play? The following is from wiki:
As he did at Overbrook, Chamberlain again showcased his diverse athletic talent. He ran the 100-yard dash in 10.9 seconds, shot-putted 56 feet, triple jumped more than 50 feet, and won the high jump in the Big Eight track and field championships three straight years.
Where did Herm Winningham end up?
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