View Poll Results: Who is the Greatest Sportsman

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  • Jahangir Khan

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  • Roger Federer

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  • Don Bradman

    14 63.64%
  • Michael Schumacher

    1 4.55%
  • Pele

    2 9.09%
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    Quote Originally Posted by TumTum View Post
    But don't you think the "greatest sportsman" should be head and shoulders above his peers and at his best be better than anybody? Because even at Roger's best, he can't defeat a fit Nadal.
    The aim of the sport is to win (Grand Slam) titles, not to defeat Nadal. Remember, Nadal has to make it to a final for Federer to have to worry about him (not any more obviously).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daemon View Post
    So the pre-requisite to launch your F1 career is being good in a go-kart?
    It's not the be all and end all. But most F1 drivers begin their racing careers as kids racing in karts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vcs View Post
    The aim of the sport is to win (Grand Slam) titles, not to defeat Nadal. Remember, Nadal has to make it to a final for Federer to have to worry about him (not any more obviously).
    That's beside the point. No.1 criteria IMO for being qualified as the "greatest sportsman" is you need to be better or at least equal to (at some point) then the rest of your peers/competitors.

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    I actually do think Federer's record against Nadal is an issue for him being the greatest sportsperson. It doesn't make him someone who can't be the best tennis player. But we're talking the best ever sportsperson in the history of the world. Obviously it becomes a factor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono View Post
    I actually do think Federer's record against Nadal is an issue for him being the greatest sportsperson. It doesn't make him someone who can't be the best tennis player. But we're talking the best ever sportsperson in the history of the world. Obviously it becomes a factor.
    They have played lots on clay, TBF. Federer's game just doesn't stack up to Nadal there.. it's a miracle he's even taken sets and made matches close.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vcs View Post
    They have played lots on clay, TBF. Federer's game just doesn't stack up to Nadal there.. it's a miracle he's even taken sets and made matches close.
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    Out of curiosity, why isn't cricket considered to be a minority sport ? It is only played by a handful of nations, and I am sure 95 % of people outside of these nations don't really have a clue as to what cricket is.

    And why has Tiger Woods been left out ? Surely he belongs in this discussion ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 99* View Post
    It's not the be all and end all. But most F1 drivers begin their racing careers as kids racing in karts.
    seriously?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaze 18 View Post
    Out of curiosity, why isn't cricket considered to be a minority sport ? It is only played by a handful of nations, and I am sure 95 % of people outside of these nations don't really have a clue as to what cricket is.

    And why has Tiger Woods been left out ? Surely he belongs in this discussion ?
    I don't think Tiger is the best in golf, but I'm not sure on that.

    The only two people on this list who are head and shoulders above other sportsmen in their categories are Bradman and Jahangir Khan.

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    Jack Nicklaus > Tiger Woods, surely?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 99* View Post
    That would be because 99.9% of people are **** at karting. Just like every piss-poor grade cricketer that never gets called up to play Test cricket. No useless karter is going to get called up to race in formula racing.

    And anyway, Schumi isn't even the greatest F1 driver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vcs View Post
    Jack Nicklaus > Tiger Woods, surely?
    Debatable.

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    I don't know that much about golf, but I read somewhere that Nicklaus has almost as many RU finishes as he has Majors.. I think that's a pretty amazing feat considering how topsy-turvy and competitive golf is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vcs View Post
    I don't know that much about golf, but I read somewhere that Nicklaus has almost as many RU finishes as he has Majors.. I think that's a pretty amazing feat considering how topsy-turvy and competitive golf is.
    For certain. I think there's only really two in the equation re. golf. Some would say Bobby Jones, a few maybe Palmer or Hogan, but not really. It's a two horse race between Woods and Nicklaus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daemon View Post
    seriously?
    Yes. Schumi, Senna, Hamilton, Alonso, nearly ever driver from before the 70's. All began their racing lives in karts.

    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    Did anyone overtake someone else in an F1 GP this year? If it actually happened at the business end of the field, with a race on the line and not because someone's Saturn V on wheels slipped a disc, I might watch it again.

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