Best sportsman to ever walk the Earth?

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  1. Bazal

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    Bradman is first, a large amount of daylight second. People can talk about the supposed niche nature of cricket but the fact is no athlete in any sport has ever dominated by anything like the margin he did. Even in an era where cricket is skewed so heavily in favour of the bat, no one has come within 30 runs of his average, and he crafted that without proper protective gear on uncovered wickets in an era where it was perfectly legal to bowl six short balls at his throat from around the wicket

    The next two spots are much tougher....there are probably a dozen or more athletes you could realistically put in there...
     
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    Kelly Slater wasn't a pisstake answer and should definitely be in consideration
     
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  3. veggiepatch1959

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    Why is the thread titled the "The Best Sportsman To Ever Walk The Earth"?

    Either separate them into male and female categories or forget the whole deal.

    People here sprout on about male tennis players while back in 1973, Billy Jean King defeated a fellow American called Bobby Riggs in straight sets (best of five sets). He himself was a World (or co-world) No. 1, three times some time after WWII, so he was no slouch even though he was probably 20 years older. He also played Margaret Court earlier in that year and beat her best of two sets, I think.

    Would you think that Serena Williams would beat someone like Stefan Edberg or Pete Sampras? I'd like to put money on it if it ever eventuated. Meanwhile there have been numerous male vs female exhibition tennis matches starting back as far as 1888, however, usually with advantages for the female competitor.
     
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  4. lockyno1

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    The ones after Bradman you literally could have 20. Slater is one of those absolutely.
     
  5. veggiepatch1959

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    I tend to agree. For a sport I love so much, I consider Slater's 11 World Title Surfing Championships on the major feats in modern sporting history.

    The waves aren't controlled by humans - it is nature. There's no fast bowler trying to take your head off, nor is there a 125kg forward trying the same thing.

    Go for a paddle out to Teahupo'o (Tahiti) or Pipeline (Hawaii) and see what I mean. Not for the faint hearted.

    Try Australian squash player Heather Mackay - she won 16 back to back British Open in the 60s and 70s as well as two World Championships, 14 consecutive Australian Opens, over 45 years and 50s titles, one US Amateur, two US and five Canadian Racquetball Professional Championships, as representing Australia in Women's Hockey in 1967 and 1971.

    Cop that for a record!
     
  6. T-Boon

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    Usain Bolt. Because everyone on the planet knows if they were any good at running 100m. And if they were fast enough they stuck with it. Everything else is everyones second sport.

    Then:

    Messi
    Jordan
    Bradman
    Maradona
    whoever the best boxer ever is - Floyd Mayweather?
     
  7. Tommy Smith

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    Ewww, not Floyd. He spent his entire career avoiding champions in their prime.

    Sugar Ray Robinson.
     
  8. Twizzle

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    Well I had to pick 4

    The Don
    Ali
    Leo Messi
    Jarryd Hayne
     
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    Ron Jeremy
    Bradman
    Pele
     
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    Chris Sandow
    Todd Carney
    Dave Taylor
     
  11. McLovin

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    Bradman lolol... basically the Wilt Chamberlain of cricket. The numbers are great but he's nowhere near the 'greatest sportsman to ever walk the earth'. Nobody here has even seen him play aside from a few black and white highlights.

    Guys that transcend sport... Michael Jordan, Matt Prior, Mohammad Ali...
     
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    In no particular order

    Don Bradman
    Wayne Gretzky
    Muhammed Ali
     
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    This thread has given google one hell of a workout i see.
     
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    Lol at Floyd.. He wasn't even a unanimous champion
     
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    Steve price, not the coach, the origin champion
     
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    Phelps...an amazing athlete.
    Multi-discipline performer
    17 year career, worlds best swimmer 8 times
    39 world records, still holds 7
    28 olympic medals, 23 of them gold
     
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    Glad someone else mentioned Karelin- absolute physical freak and one of the most incredibly dominant records in all of sport.

    3 consecutive olympic golds (plus a silver)
    9x world champion
    13x European champion
    Undefeated for 13 years from 1987-2000
    Overall career record of 887 wins and 2 losses

    And wrestling is a pretty widely practice sport too, hardly niche.

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    Lmfao... and he has about 300 needle marks in his arse to go with all those accolades.
     
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    are you saying he's not full natty brah??? :eek:
     
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    Based on what? (other than being Russian, admittedly). Read up on the guy and watch a few vids of him in action. He never looked juiced.
     

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