Monday, June 14, 2004

Tangent: Addendum to Team Sports

After reading my last post, someone referred me to the top 25 athletes in the last 25 years,, as voted by ESPN readers as part of ESPN's 25th anniversary celebration. The final results were:

25. Alex Rodriguez (MLB)
24. Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Track)
23. Patrick Roy (NHL)
22. Martina Navratilova (Tennis)
21. Sugar Ray Leonard (Boxing)
20. Lawrence Taylor (NFL)
19. Shaquille O'Neal (NBA)
18. Roger Clemens (MLB)
17. Mario Lemieux (NHL)
16. Dan Marino (NFL)
15. Emmitt Smith (NFL)
14. John Elway (NFL)
13. Pete Sampras (Tennis)
12. Cal Ripken (MLB)
11. Carl Lewis (Track)
10. Barry Sanders (NFL)
9. Barry Bonds (MLB)
8. Larry Bird (NBA)
7. Magic Johnson (NBA)
6. Joe Montana (NFL)
5. Jerry Rice (NFL)
4. Tiger Woods (Golf)
3. Lance Armstrong (Cycling)
2. Wayne Gretzky (NHL)
1. Michael Jordan (NBA)

In other words, I was pretty much spot on! I couldn't argue with the order of the top three, and the rest of the list is arguable only because the list contains athletes only from the past 25 years. Also, the list is obviously very much American oriented -- Ayrton Senna, one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers of all time, and who was killed well within the "25 year limit," should at least have an honorable mention in my opinion, along with Pele and several other soccer players (Ronaldo, Beckham, etc., included). I guess we could go on and on and on like I'll stop here :)


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