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    Re: Name your favorite athlete and why?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hari Seldon View Post
    Funny she would be my last choice. No doubt a great talent but a poor sport when things don't go her way. Reminds me a bit of John McEnroe who I couldn't stand as well. Ironically he is a fantastic TV commentator. I'd have to go with Borg because of his great career and sportsmanship. Never succumbed to the spoiled brat poor sportsmen of his day.
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    Re: Name your favorite athlete and why?

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    Alex Morgan... easily.

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    Re: Name your favorite athlete and why?

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    It's never been proven. Show me the proof.

    A-Roid was a juicer his whole career, we know that for a fact.
    Bonds never got caught. A-Rod wasn't smart enough not to get caught.

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    Re: Name your favorite athlete and why?

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    Bonds never got caught. A-Rod wasn't smart enough not to get caught.
    ???

    Bonds admitted in court he took steroids.

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    Re: Name your favorite athlete and why?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hari Seldon View Post
    Funny she would be my last choice. No doubt a great talent but a poor sport when things don't go her way. Reminds me a bit of John McEnroe who I couldn't stand as well. Ironically he is a fantastic TV commentator. I'd have to go with Borg because of his great career and sportsmanship. Never succumbed to the spoiled brat poor sportsmen of his day.
    You could be absolutely correct. I haven't watched TV since 1990, so my info is just Internet and news clips. I haven't viewed even one match. I just know her record and current status. If she behaves like McEnroe, enough said.
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    Re: Name your favorite athlete and why?

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    ???

    Bonds admitted in court he took steroids.
    Yeah but he blamed his trainer. Hardly copping to it.
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    Re: Name your favorite athlete and why?

    I imagine everyones favorite player is the player who stars in the first game
    seen by a fan at a young age. I was 5 or 6 and we went to my uncles house who had the first TV
    in town & Rip Rowan ran for a 90 yard TD I even forget who they were playing but I remember a relative saying
    'Rowan runs 90 yds. and he doesn't get credit for a 1st down! The star of that Army team was Galiffa.

    Probably the greatest athlete in the 3 major sports was Arnold Galiffa of Army. Galiffa was the All-American QB in 1949 & came in 4th
    in the Heisman Voting. He led Army to a record of 17-0-1 in his Junior and Senior years when Army was ranked 6th & 4th in the nation
    respectively. He was captain of the Army Basketball team and was on the Cover of LIFE magazine May 1949, the top magazine of
    his era as the Black Knights star firstbasemen. He was the only 11 letterman in the 3 major sports in the history of West Point.

    After graduation he spent 4 years in the Army & served with distinction in the Korean War. In 1953 joined the NFL,
    and had the record for longest TD pass in NY Giants history until Eli Manning topped his record about 50 years later.

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    Re: Name your favorite athlete and why?

    Quote Originally Posted by slick View Post
    I imagine everyones favorite player is the player who stars in the first game
    seen by a fan at a young age. I was 5 or 6 and we went to my uncles house who had the first TV
    in town & Rip Rowan ran for a 90 yard TD I even forget who they were playing but I remember a relative saying
    'Rowan runs 90 yds. and he doesn't get credit for a 1st down! The star of that Army team was Galiffa.

    Probably the greatest athlete in the 3 major sports was Arnold Galiffa of Army. Galiffa was the All-American QB in 1949 & came in 4th
    in the Heisman Voting. He led Army to a record of 17-0-1 in his Junior and Senior years when Army was ranked 6th & 4th in the nation
    respectively. He was captain of the Army Basketball team and was on the Cover of LIFE magazine May 1949, the top magazine of
    his era as the Black Knights star firstbasemen. He was the only 11 letterman in the 3 major sports in the history of West Point.

    After graduation he spent 4 years in the Army & served with distinction in the Korean War. In 1953 joined the NFL,
    and had the record for longest TD pass in NY Giants history until Eli Manning topped his record about 50 years later.
    My favorite players are not really etched in stone, but I recall some I liked a whole lot at the time they played.

    As a kid, somewhere between 8 and 12, my favorites were Chris Everett, Johnny Bench, Bobby Hull.

    As a teen, it flipped a bit. I really liked Magic Johnson and Kirk Gibson.

    Later in life: Jordan and Joe Montana...oh yeah, Gretsky. I loved Wayne Getsky.

    Now: LeBron and maybe PK Subban---gotta include Brady, just for what he's done.

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    Re: Name your favorite athlete and why?

    Quote Originally Posted by calamity View Post
    My favorite players are not really etched in stone, but I recall some I liked a whole lot at the time they played.

    As a kid, somewhere between 8 and 12, my favorites were Chris Everett, Johnny Bench, Bobby Hull.

    As a teen, it flipped a bit. I really liked Magic Johnson and Kirk Gibson.

    Later in life: Jordan and Joe Montana...oh yeah, Gretsky. I loved Wayne Getsky.

    Now: LeBron and maybe PK Subban---gotta include Brady, just for what he's done.
    Interesting! For me as I said when your first introduced to the games as a child those guys
    remain my favorites. At the time these guys were bigger than life!

    Baseball:
    Because he was the first star in the first game I ever saw John Mize was my favorite, then as
    a teenager Ted Williams. Everytime Boston came to the stadium I'd hope dad would take us
    to see him play. I gues I saw him play about 7 to 10 games but never saw him hit a homer.
    Quite a few times when I was there he'd hit towering fly balls to deep righted but Hank Bauer
    was always there to shag them in.

    In football it was always Army players, they were good in those days Galiffa, Pete Vann.
    The pros's in the early 50's were not as popular as college ball but I rooted always for Otto Graham

    Basketball wasn't that big in the middle 50's.

    Boxing I was a big fan of Sugar Ray Robinson. My dad & I went to the stadium to see him
    fight Basilio, I still have the ticket stub.

    Kinda lost interest late in high school cars & girlfriends took priority. From the 60's through say 2000
    I considered myself just a more than casual fan. I hated the steroid era when many of the baseball stats
    were broken & yearly records seemed like video game stats.

    Stars that I loved to watch since my love affair in sports as a child tru the lean years were Roberto Duran & Allen Iverson & pete Maravich
    Since retiring my favorites are Russell Westbrook in basketball & baseball players Mike Trout, Bryce Harper & Danial Murphy.
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    Re: Name your favorite athlete and why?

    Quote Originally Posted by slick View Post
    Interesting! For me as I said when your first introduced to the games as a child those guys
    remain my favorites. At the time these guys were bigger than life!

    Baseball:
    Because he was the first star in the first game I ever saw John Mize was my favorite, then as
    a teenager Ted Williams. Everytime Boston came to the stadium I'd hope dad would take us
    to see him play. I gues I saw him play about 7 to 10 games but never saw him hit a homer.
    Quite a few times when I was there he'd hit towering fly balls to deep righted but Hank Bauer
    was always there to shag them in.

    In football it was always Army players, they were good in those days Galiffa, Pete Vann.
    The pros's in the early 50's were not as popular as college ball but I rooted always for Otto Graham

    Basketball wasn't that big in the middle 50's.

    Boxing I was a big fan of Sugar Ray Robinson. My dad & I went to the stadium to see him
    fight Basilio, I still have the ticket stub.

    Kinda lost interest late in high school cars & girlfriends took priority. From the 60's through say 2000
    I considered myself just a more than casual fan. I hated the steroid era when many of the baseball stats
    were broken & yearly records seemed like video game stats.

    Stars that I loved to watch since my love affair in sports as a child tru the lean years were Roberto Duran & Allen Iverson & pete Maravich
    Since retiring my favorites are Russell Westbrook in basketball & baseball players Mike Trout, Bryce Harper & Danial Murphy.
    I used to play catcher in little league. I asked my cousin once, "who's the best catcher?" So, that's what brought Johnny Bench to my attention and made him my favorite baseball player. At a out the same time, Bobby Hull was the best hockey player on my hometown and favorite team. And, Chris Everett was beautiful. I blame her for getting me hooked on blondes.

    If I didn't live in Ohio, I'd probably be less of a LeBron fan. I've been really impressed by that young guy on the Bucks right now, Giannis Antetokuomnpo. He's one of those guys I noticed was a rising star before everyone else did. So, that serves as a selling point for favorite player in the near future.

    Boxing, for me, Sugar Ray Leonard was up there due to his Olympic performance wheni was 12 or 13. Later I switched to Tommy Hearns because my family moved to Detroit and he was the hometown hero. But, all time favorite was and still is Mohammed Ali.

    During my cars and girls era, I landed a gf who loved sports. She was a big Tigers fan. So, we went to a bunch of games. I ended up really liking Kirk Gibson. He was fun to watch play.

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