Page 1 of 6 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 81

Thread: Most dominant sports-people of all time?

  1. #1
    U19 Cricketer
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Tasmania, Australia
    Posts
    490

    Most dominant sports-people of all time?

    Obviously this is a very general question, but who is THE most dominant sportsman/sportswoman/athlete at their sport of all time? There are many different sports so it's near impossible to single out one person who is better than everyone else overall, but we can surely name a few.


    Don Bradman - Arguably (albeit I don't know anyone who would argue) the best player of all time. He ended his career with an average of 99.94, with the closest anyone has these days is around 57 or so. I honestly cannot see anyone ever having such a high average ever again playing as many games as Bradman did.


    Michael Phelps - He entered 8 swimming events at the Beijing Olympics and won all 8 of them, convincingly. That is a pretty epic feat.


    Roger Federer - I won't name every major tournament he has won, but I don't think it really needs explaining how consistently good this guy has been.



    I'm sure there are others too. I don't know much about American sport, but obviously Michael Jordan was pretty good, as have been a few baseball players.

  2. #2
    RTDAS pasag's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Looking for milksteak
    Posts
    31,678
    Heather McKay - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    'When she retired in 1981 at the age of 40, McKay had gone nearly 20 years with only two defeats to her name. '
    Rest In Peace Craigos
    2003-2012

  3. #3
    International Vice-Captain Redbacks's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    NT
    Posts
    4,153
    Bit hard to say Federer as he is still playing and now we get to see him decline slightly, Nadal has his measure, and did so even during his peak period.

    Tiger Woods - has taken winning tournaments consistently to a new level
    Last edited by Redbacks; 21-01-2009 at 05:21 AM.

  4. #4
    International Debutant inbox24's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    2,108
    Someone did a comparison of this before and I remember when compared the other major sports like baseball, Bradman was a few standard deviations above any of the top players who played any other sport.


  5. #5
    RTDAS pasag's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Looking for milksteak
    Posts
    31,678
    Quote Originally Posted by inbox24 View Post
    Someone did a comparison of this before and I remember when compared the other major sports like baseball, Bradman was a few standard deviations above any of the top players who played any other sport.
    Yeah, Charles Davis' Best of The Best

    Cricket Web - Cricket Books: The Best of The Best

  6. #6
    Global Moderator Matt79's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Colll----ingggg---woooooodddd!!!!
    Posts
    17,426
    Yeah, Bradman is a freak even among freaks. Players who have been similarly dominant to him have pretty much all been competing in niche sports that don't have the mass participation of cricket, or that aren't professional.

    Leaving that aside, Lance Armstrong's efforts at Le Tour are pretty amazing, especially as he has yet to be proven to have been on performance enhancing drugs at a time when lots of his competitors have been proven to be. (Not saying that he was but simply hasn't been caught yet, I'm just saying that while I have an open mind as to whether or not he was on gear, lots of others who were at the time have since been caught, but no definite proof re: Lance has come out). But either way, Armstrong didn't carry his dominance through the rest of the season in the manner required to make him comparable to a Bradman.
    Quote Originally Posted by Irfan
    We may not like you, your filthy rich coffers or your ratbag scum of supporters but by god do we respect you as a football team
    GOOD OLD COLLINGWOOD - PREMIERS IN 2010

    Is Cam White, Is Good.

  7. #7
    International Vice-Captain
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Sutton Coldfield
    Posts
    4,412
    Yeah, hard to top Bradman over such a long period in a mass-participation sport.

    More recently, in baseball, Pedro Martinez from 1997 to 2003ish and a juiced up Barry Bonds from 2000-2004 were pretty unstoppable.

  8. #8
    Eternal Optimist / Cricket Web Staff Member GIMH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    On a trip to the moon
    Posts
    48,441
    Michael Johnson was absolutely phenomenal at his peak
    Quote Originally Posted by DingDong View Post
    gimh has now surpassed richard as the greatest cw member ever imo

    RIP Craigos. A true CW legend. You will be missed.

  9. #9
    Global Moderator Matt79's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Colll----ingggg---woooooodddd!!!!
    Posts
    17,426
    What sport did Michael Johnson play?

  10. #10
    International Regular
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    3,536
    Bradman immeadately springs to mind, then the likes of Phelps, Federer and Woods etc.

  11. #11
    First Class Debutant Indipper's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Germany
    Posts
    850
    Michael Jordan, Jackie Joyner-Kersee. And for most of the time, Steffi Graf.

  12. #12
    Global Moderator Matt79's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Colll----ingggg---woooooodddd!!!!
    Posts
    17,426
    Was having a debate at work today on the question: Steffi Graf - hawt or not?

  13. #13
    First Class Debutant Indipper's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Germany
    Posts
    850
    No.

  14. #14
    Eternal Optimist / Cricket Web Staff Member GIMH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    On a trip to the moon
    Posts
    48,441
    Matt:


  15. #15
    Cricketer Of The Year The Sean's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    London
    Posts
    7,518
    Quote Originally Posted by Matt79 View Post
    Was having a debate at work today on the question: Steffi Graf - hawt or not?
    Hawt. Too large in the nasal area, for sure, but who cares when her legs are that good and her skirts are that short?
    Member of the Twenty20 is Boring Society

    Quote Originally Posted by grecian View Post
    C'mon Man U.
    RIP Craigos

Page 1 of 6 123 ... LastLast


Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Kids wearing stab-proof vests to school
    By James in forum Off Topic
    Replies: 77
    Last Post: 22-01-2009, 12:53 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •