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Heard Barry on ESPN yesterday say that hockey players are the best athletes on earth. Of course he's biased, but I agree with him to a point. I think it's the HARDEST game to play. You have to skate, handle an object and be physical. I'm still undecided as to whether I think the best athletes are football or basketball.
Is basketball more agile and football tougher/stronger?
And who's your number 1 athlete? I have Lebron.
I think the second toughest to play is soccer. Not being able to use your hands...
Professional gamers IMO.
Hockey is definitely #1 in terms of the hardest game to play. But best athletes... probably not.
Everything is so specialized that it is hard to pick one thing. I think you really need to look at a decathlete as the best athlete in the world. However, even that is flawed because it totally takes hand-eye coordination out of the equation.
I think it's no coincidence that we think that some of the best athletes of all time were guys like Jim Thorpe, Bo Jackson and Dion Sanders. Multi-sport athletes who excelled at both football and baseball. Football showed off their core athletic ability while baseball showcased their hand-eye coordination and "skills".
Every hockey player I've known could consume at least 18 beers.
word, they do more than just make left hand turns. You have made me rethink this
1. Professional Gamers
2. Nascar Drivers
3 Poker Players ( as seen on ESPN)
4. Curling Athletes
5. Surfers ( sharks involved )
7. Water Polo Players
8. Pool Players
10. Hot Dog Eating Contestants
This post was edited by LOSNOLES 16 months ago
Only #10? Come on son...
Thorpe and Bo (high school) were also elite Decathletes.
Agree that Decathletes are the best pure athletes in the world. In terms of mainstream sports, I'd say elite CBs in football (ie. Mel Blount, Mike Haynes, Darrell Green, Rod Woodson, Deion Sanders, Champ Bailey, Patrick Peterson) ....(Dee Milliner, Vernon Hargreaves, Marlon Humphrey, Tony Brown) are fast, agile and strong and I could see many exceling in basketball, track, etc.
Dave Sime (once the world's fastest man) and Richmond Flowers are a couple of elite athletes not well known by the public.
Bo is IMO at this juncture, the greatest athlete to ever walk earth. Just my opinion and I'm a Bama fan.
"You must show no mercy nor have any belief whatsoever in how others judge you, for your GREATNESS will silence them all." -ULTIMATE WARRIOR
Love that statement. So true, but TODAY who is your best athlete?
Can we even consider a guy like Armstrong in his day?
LosNoles, surfing is hilarious! I agree, I ain't going out there with them. I've been cage diving with great whites and one of my line cooks has his entire arm mangled from surfing with them. He's from Cape Verde Islands and was surfing and one tried to send a message by taking his arm off and almost bled out....
My question is today. Not all time. All time is a debate that would rage for months.
Is it AP, Lebron, Mike Trout???
Hockey players are the best golfers if you look at professional athletes in sports other than golf. I think ESPN magazine did an article a couple years ago of top pro athlete/golfers and it was crazy how many NHL guys were on the list.
Kind of makes sense when you think about it though...using a bent stick to hit a small object off the ground and shape your shot.
Pitchers, no one here will agree with that, but science backs it up.
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Science backs up that they're the best athletes? I'd love to see the science. It's incredibly physical on the arm, but you can be a fat slob and be a successful pitcher as well.
hockey players aren't even athletically close to football players or BBall players but their sport is harder to play. I'd go with AD, Megatron, Lechode, Blake Griffin in no particular order...
I think it's basketball in terms of the players pure athleticism. Please tell me who is more athletic than Durant.
It has more to do with stamina and the wear and tear of the body. Everyone can pitch, but to throw at different angles, different grips, using all your muscles over and over again, while mentally playing head games with base-runners and the hitters. Throwing overhanded is the only unnatural body movement in sports, throwing a football is still over handed, but because of the distribution of weight and shape of a football it is easier on the arm muscles. I honestly don't believe it, but the views of most athletic athletes can be taken different ways. BUT i have never felt my body as sore as throwing 8 innings. There is a substance called Lactic Acid that builds up in the body while using muscles over and over again in the arm, that is the cause of a sore arm, elbow or shoulder. Pitchers and QBs are the only one who experience this in sports, but QBs dont throw 100 pitches, and dont have to press to throw as hard as possible everytime, with a weight distribution of a baseball. Also the change-up and curveball is the worst thing you can do to your arm. This is taking an unnatural movement, and bending muscles in ways they are not suppose to bend. With a change up the arm is taught to keep the same arm speed while slowing the ball down. This would be equal to the whiplash that you would get in a small fender bender, but on your arm.
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