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Coolest athlete of all time
Thu Oct 10, 2013 4:27 pm
  • I think Shaq is far and away the coolest athlete to ever play a game. Can't judge for other cultures, but he should win USA title if there ever was.
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Thu Oct 10, 2013 4:46 pm
  • Define cool
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Thu Oct 10, 2013 4:59 pm
  • Charles Barkley > Shaq
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Thu Oct 10, 2013 6:08 pm
  • Coolest athlete? Ali, end of thread.
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Fri Oct 11, 2013 3:24 pm
  • Ali, Payton, Walt Frazier, Joe Namath, Magic, Sugar Ray Leonard, Pete Maravich, Jim Palmer, Babe Ruth,

    There are a lot, depending on cool definition.
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Fri Oct 11, 2013 5:23 pm
  • Surprised no one mentioned Strahan yet. Not many athletes are cool enough to cohost a popular mainstream TV show
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Fri Oct 11, 2013 7:09 pm
  • When I was a kid, I always thought Bo Jackson was the coolest athlete. Haven't really thought of athletes in those terms since then.
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Fri Oct 11, 2013 7:14 pm
  • Also Michael Jordan...everyone wants to be him. His shoes are also very popular to this day. That's a whole different type of cool though
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Fri Oct 11, 2013 7:26 pm
  • Ali was a racist.

    Pass on that dude.

    Bo Jackson is a good candidate, Theismann was a stud too (did everything just like Bo).
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Fri Oct 11, 2013 7:35 pm
  • At this point has to be Michael Jorden. Still known world wide, has always been a complete gentlemen to the public and his face sells products.

    Strahan??? what a joke. Dude's been a jerk to the public his entire career and now wants us to like him for TV?

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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Fri Oct 11, 2013 8:17 pm
  • The Radish wrote:At this point has to be Michael Jorden. Still known world wide, has always been a complete gentlemen to the public and his face sells products.

    Strahan??? what a joke. Dude's been a jerk to the public his entire career and now wants us to like him for TV?

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    I've always liked Strahan
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Sat Oct 12, 2013 6:46 am
  • SouthSoundHawk wrote:Ali was a racist.

    Pass on that dude.

    Bo Jackson is a good candidate, Theismann was a stud too (did everything just like Bo).


    All a matter of perspective. You can make that argument, but you can also say he was fighting for legit injustices occurring within his era.

    And, isn't Tom Brady? 3 rings and 2 Supermodels pregnant at the same time. The only possible way to make him "cooler" would be if it came out he also topples governments and fulfills assassination requests for the CIA.

    I'm hoping in April I have a boy. And, if I do, all I'll do is tell him "be like Bond or Brady you little ninny".
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Sat Oct 12, 2013 7:31 am
  • pehawk wrote:
    SouthSoundHawk wrote:Ali was a racist.

    Pass on that dude.

    Bo Jackson is a good candidate, Theismann was a stud too (did everything just like Bo).


    All a matter of perspective. You can make that argument, but you can also say he was fighting for legit injustices occurring within his era.

    And, isn't Tom Brady? 3 rings and 2 Supermodels pregnant at the same time. The only possible way to make him "cooler" would be if it came out he also topples governments and fulfills assassination requests for the CIA.

    I'm hoping in April I have a boy. And, if I do, all I'll do is tell him "be like Bond or Brady you little ninny".




    I see one potential problem with your stance. If he turns out like Bond he may take offense to being called a "ninny".

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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Sat Oct 12, 2013 7:40 am
  • Well, I was calling my future little Holden a ninny. I don't even really know what that means, but it sounds like a name Radish would use during his teenage years.

    That was a great scene though.
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Sat Oct 12, 2013 8:18 am
  • pehawk wrote:
    SouthSoundHawk wrote:Ali was a racist.

    Pass on that dude.

    Bo Jackson is a good candidate, Theismann was a stud too (did everything just like Bo).


    All a matter of perspective. You can make that argument, but you can also say he was fighting for legit injustices occurring within his era.

    And, isn't Tom Brady? 3 rings and 2 Supermodels pregnant at the same time. The only possible way to make him "cooler" would be if it came out he also topples governments and fulfills assassination requests for the CIA.

    I'm hoping in April I have a boy. And, if I do, all I'll do is tell him "be like Bond or Brady you little ninny".

    You should name him Tomes (pronounced Toms)and hope for the best of both.
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Sat Oct 12, 2013 8:20 am
  • The Radish wrote:At this point has to be Michael Jorden. Still known world wide, has always been a complete gentlemen to the public and his face sells products.

    :les:


    Funny, when I read this I thought of another worldwide star like that.

    David Beckham, heck I'm not a huge soccer fan but I know that guy was and still is chased around the globe like a movie star. i mean when people are copying your tattoos, you model for any high end fashion wear company you want, and endorse products world wide. Can't get much cooler than that.
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Sat Oct 12, 2013 8:30 am
  • I'll define cool for my basis of Shaq in the matter of pure off-the-field coolness. For instance Shaq's social skills are far beyond most. He was one of the first major athletes on twitter before it that service hit the tipping point. When I was following him early on he tweeted that he was at a local mall and giving out tickets to the first fan that touched him.
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    Also - Shaq tweeted that anybody who tattooed the picture of Barkley kissing Dick Bavetta at the 2007 all star game would get $1000 and a chance to meet Shaq.
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    Then after Kobe lost the finals against the Celtics he went on stage last night and laid down probably his best raps of his career (hahaha whatever that is)



    There probably many other examples of his coolness but that gives kind of an idea on the vague OP.
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Sat Oct 12, 2013 8:55 am

  • I wish the MLB would release the footage. Gotta no-no going.
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Sat Oct 12, 2013 10:08 am
  • Can't believe no one has mentioned the kid, Ken Griffey Jr. Everyone loves that guy. Don't matter what team you rooted for.
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Sat Oct 12, 2013 11:55 am
  • Um guys, Evel Knievel!? Easy.
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Sat Oct 12, 2013 8:20 pm
  • Bruce Lee is in the conversation, for sure.
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Sat Oct 12, 2013 8:21 pm
  • Glen Plake.

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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Sat Oct 12, 2013 8:23 pm
  • bestfightstory wrote:Bruce Lee is in the conversation, for sure.


    That's a real good one.
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Sat Oct 12, 2013 8:25 pm
  • No love for 7'4" Marc Eaton?

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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Sat Oct 12, 2013 8:32 pm
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Sat Oct 12, 2013 11:11 pm
  • Bruce Lee hands down.

    John Matuszak used to stop by our practices at his (our) HS alma mater and the Tooz was definitely cool. Matuszak played evil football while living the life of a rock star. Vodka for breakfast, QBs for lunch, starlets and blow for dinner and desert. He bitch-slapped Lyle Alzado, too. Cool points there, for sure.

    Coulda' been the most imposing NFL player ever.. had he just slowed his roll. Youtube the Tooz and watch ball carriers piss themselves in his presence.
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Sun Oct 13, 2013 8:45 am
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Sun Oct 13, 2013 9:23 am
  • ClumsyLurk wrote:I think Shaq is far and away the coolest athlete to ever play a game. Can't judge for other cultures, but he should win USA title if there ever was.

    I live in Laker land, and I didn't like Shaq before he became a Laker, didn't like him when he was a Laker, and didn't like him after he was gone, but I liked him better after he was gone..
    Nothing cool at all about that jackazz...
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Mon Oct 14, 2013 2:59 pm
  • Viv Richards.
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Mon Oct 14, 2013 5:56 pm
  • How bout Dennis Rodman? he saved that prisoner from N Korea?
    He drove a car off a huge cliff?
    Fancy hair?
    Carmen Electra? (need I say more?)
    Oh yeah,,,,forgot about the womans clothing thing,,
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Mon Oct 14, 2013 5:58 pm
  • Ha!!! Yes, now how about Shawn Palmer??
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Mon Oct 14, 2013 6:05 pm
  • Bruce lee was an inspired choice.

    My guy is Duke Kahanamoku. Olympic champion, introducer of surfing and the spirit of aloha to many countries around the world. Just an amazing man and truly one of the good guys who was also a champion in world class athetic competition.
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Mon Oct 14, 2013 6:19 pm
  • Richard Petty was/is awesome
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:05 pm
  • I'll have to go with Ali and Jordan also.
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:43 pm
  • Steve Largent.

    Here's how he's 'cool': Lester Haynes, an All Pro DB for the Raiders who's motor mouth trash talking bothered even his teammates, said that he thought Largent was deaf as he could never get him to even look his direction, until Largent burned him for a 30 yard reception then after Haynes tackled him, got up laughing at him.

    Now is that 'cool' or what?
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:34 pm
  • Uncle Beastmode wrote:How bout Dennis Rodman? he saved that prisoner from N Korea?
    He drove a car off a huge cliff?
    Fancy hair?
    Carmen Electra? (need I say more?)
    Oh yeah,,,,forgot about the womans clothing thing,,

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    also worked his ass off harder than most people gave him credit for.
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:25 pm
  • RiverDog wrote:Steve Largent.

    Here's how he's 'cool': Lester Haynes, an All Pro DB for the Raiders who's motor mouth trash talking bothered even his teammates, said that he thought Largent was deaf as he could never get him to even look his direction, until Largent burned him for a 30 yard reception then after Haynes tackled him, got up laughing at him.

    Now is that 'cool' or what?



    It was Lester HAYES & Mike HAYNES, iirc.
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:41 pm
  • I'll second Bo Jackson. He was that dude.
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:56 pm
  • Greg Louganis? He's my fave.
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Tue Oct 15, 2013 10:39 pm
  • Try not to be cool with the name, "Magic Johnson"... Just try.
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:44 pm
  • bestfightstory wrote:
    RiverDog wrote:Steve Largent.

    Here's how he's 'cool': Lester Haynes, an All Pro DB for the Raiders who's motor mouth trash talking bothered even his teammates, said that he thought Largent was deaf as he could never get him to even look his direction, until Largent burned him for a 30 yard reception then after Haynes tackled him, got up laughing at him.

    Now is that 'cool' or what?



    It was Lester HAYES & Mike HAYNES, iirc.


    Thanks for the correction. That's what I get for trusting a faulty memory.
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Wed Oct 16, 2013 8:47 pm
  • Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox, aka 'The Splendid Splinter.'
    Naval Aviator, AND Marine Corps, Veteran of both WWII & Korea, 2-time Triple Crown winner, avid fisherman, and the last man to hit .400.

    In my mind "The Greatest Hitter of All Time..."; I mean, He wrote the book on hitting... Now that's cool! :th2thumbs:
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Wed Oct 16, 2013 11:49 pm
  • kigenzun wrote:Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox, aka 'The Splendid Splinter.'
    Naval Aviator, AND Marine Corps, Veteran of both WWII & Korea, 2-time Triple Crown winner, avid fisherman, and the last man to hit .400.

    In my mind "The Greatest Hitter of All Time..."; I mean, He wrote the book on hitting... Now that's cool! :th2thumbs:


    Good choice. Williams had 5 years during the prime of his career taken from him due to military service. Man, how times have changed!
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Thu Oct 17, 2013 11:59 am
  • Erebus wrote:When I was a kid, I always thought Bo Jackson was the coolest athlete. Haven't really thought of athletes in those terms since then.


    I was waiting to see how long it took someone to mention Bo Jackson. I was six years old or so when he caught that baseball at the warning track and ran right up the wall instead of crashing into it. That made me a fan. Then, playing as him in Tecmo Super Bowl made me a fan for life. I even got over him trucking the Boz and that being shown as a highlight in perpetuity in about two seconds. That's how cool he was.
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Thu Oct 24, 2013 8:12 am
  • Jordan
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Thu Oct 24, 2013 8:16 am
  • E.C. Laloosh wrote:Try not to be cool with the name, "Magic Johnson"... Just try.


    Oh I could do it, easy


    PS Bruce Lee, nice choice
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:55 am
  • I always loved George Foreman.

    He learned how to fight in the Job Corps...yeah that's right, the freaking JOB CORPS!

    The guy was an underrated beast when he was younger...destroying top boxers like Frasier and Norton within just a few rounds. He also stood up to peer pressure when he was 19 by waiving an American flag after winning the gold medal in the Olympics after other contestants did the black power salute in defiance to the USA.

    Then, he comes back at age 45 to win the heavyweight title again! I mean, seriously at 45 years old he is still punching people hard and they are still getting knocked out. That says a lot about how hard this guy could punch. I know a lot of boxing fans are all about strategy and craft...but me..I like to see a knock-out...I like to see guys getting hit in the face really hard and going down. That's what's fun and exciting to me about boxing, and Foreman brought that excitement.
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Re: Coolest athlete of all time
Thu Oct 24, 2013 11:51 am
  • fenderbender123 wrote:I always loved George Foreman.

    He learned how to fight in the Job Corps...yeah that's right, the freaking JOB CORPS!

    The guy was an underrated beast when he was younger...destroying top boxers like Frasier and Norton within just a few rounds. He also stood up to peer pressure when he was 19 by waiving an American flag after winning the gold medal in the Olympics after other contestants did the black power salute in defiance to the USA.

    Then, he comes back at age 45 to win the heavyweight title again! I mean, seriously at 45 years old he is still punching people hard and they are still getting knocked out. That says a lot about how hard this guy could punch. I know a lot of boxing fans are all about strategy and craft...but me..I like to see a knock-out...I like to see guys getting hit in the face really hard and going down. That's what's fun and exciting to me about boxing, and Foreman brought that excitement.




    Foreman was really a jerk in his younger boxing years. Clear up through losing to Ali. Then he came back, as a great guy, talked to the media and people, and is now known as a great guy. We all love him now. The highest paid athletic for about 15 years in a row from selling those grills. One year when our esteemed golfer made $88 million, George made $109 million.

    Ted Williams was the biggest jerk in sports to this day. The people hated him, his team mates hated him, and the newspapers hated him.

    The only reason he got press was the fact he is the greatest hitter of all time. Can't argue that, no one else has hit .400 for a season, tho many have tried.

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