Bob Munden, Tom Knapp, Fred Bear , Ted St. Martin, I just wanted to give these guys some recognition.Ok so we often have conversations about who is the greatest of all time. My guess is that Efren Reyes gets the most votes in that category, especially if you ask pro pool players.
My question is (and this certainly will be partially NPR): Of all the sports out there, which greatest of all time is so, with the least dispute?
I think titles, overall ability, dominance among peers, style and grace, records and accomplishments, longevity, and of course *magic*, would all go into selecting the GOAT. Efren clearly has all of these things. But arguments could be made for Earl, Willie, etc.
Some of the less disputable greatests might be Wayne Gretzky, Michael Jordan, Roger Federer.
So the criteria for The Greatest of the Greatest of All Time list would be simply, who is *most convincingly* and universally considered the greatest of all time in their respective discipline. I'm kinda thinking Gretzky. What do you guys think?
I'd love to hear peoples Top 10, top 5, etc. whatever you want, list of the GGOAT.
Shallow talent pool. Sorry.Just to add one in there, I'll say Jon Jones in MMA. He's lost one fight and it was by disqualification due to illegal elbows while he was beating a guy up, so to anyone with a brain he is undefeated in 23 fights (and this isn't boxing with big gloves - the margin for error is much lower, and it's very hard to cherry pick your fights like a lot of boxers do *cough*Mayweather*cough*). He ran into a real challenge in Alexander Gustafsson, but besides that he's never even really been in any sort of trouble. In a sport where people are wearing 4oz gloves that basically do nothing besides provide minimal hand protection and you can get knocked out at any time if you make a mistake, to be that far and away better than everyone else and never even be hurt in a fight is more impressive to me than Mayweather, Ali, Roy Jones Jr., etc.
And LOL at whoever said Tony Hawk.
Shallow talent pool. Sorry.
And a very short reign.
That's like saying Tyson was the best had he quit early.
Watched the match, one, if not the, best matches I've ever seen....especially given their ages. Federer was underdog by 3:1 on one betting site, played like a possessed twenty year old. Brought chills down my back.
Many years ago Federer acted like a spoiled brat on the court, once he changed to a more Zen like approach, he became both a fan and commercial favorite, very little yelling and in-your-face fist pumping...a class act. Many third rate sports can learn from his example.