most overrated athletes

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  1. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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  2. rnoldh

    rnoldh Senior member

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    Check out the most brutal knockout of all time ( rated by some )

    Emile Griffith kills Benny "Kid Paret". It's the last knockout shown at about the 5:25 mark.

    I saw the fight on TV ( as a Fight of the Week ) with my Dad a long time ago.
     


  3. Farhan

    Farhan Active Member

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    No worries. Just trying to add a contrasting opinion.

    Some more:

    Roddick
    Reggie Bush
    Mickelson
    Vince Carter
    Beckham
    Babe Ruth
    Romo
    Urlacher

    Lebron is a season away from being placed on my list.
     


  4. thekunk07

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    lebron can only do so much.

    roddick is near the top, for sure.
     


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    Bhowie Senior member

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    Baron Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Koufax didn't have the career stats, but had a four-year run that was the best anyone had ever seen, and got into the HOF on that basis. (Because the pitching mound was higher in Koufax's day, I believe that Greg Maddux and Pedro Martinez have had four-year runs that have since surpassed Koufax's.) He is probably slightly overrated, but not among the most overrated.

    Randy Johnson, too. Not overrated, but having a 4 year run better than Koufax.
     


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    rdawson808 Senior member

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    I'm not much of a sports fan, but I'll weigh in on a couple of these:

    Cal Ripken--who gives a shit that he showed up for every game for X years? Do you know how many people do that at their jobs? And they work way more, at jobs that are just as demanding, and for way less pay. Congrats for showing up to work Cal.


    David Beckham--not overrated, sorry. While not the best of his generation by any stretch, he is an excellent player who has chosen to sign for at least two clubs at the wrong time (Real Madrid and Los Galacticos was a bad plan, and the LA Galaxy which is an MLS team, and there's no helping shitty teammates). And as much as any other sport, one man cannot make a team. He also does something that I think a lot of American athletes can learn from: he puts country above club. I think that is a class act; what he wants is for England to win and if the coach wants him there he'll do everything he can to be in shape and playing at top form.


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    Baron Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Since Beckham is one of the two most famous athletes in the world, and he's never been the best player in his own sport or even close to that (while still being very good) isn't that the textbook definition of overrated?
     


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    Slopho Senior member

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    I don't get all the Cal haters out there. Do you remember what a productive SS looked like before 1983? They'd have what 10 HR's and 55RBI in a season?? Beyond the streak, he's got 425+ HRs 3000+ hits a 19 time All Star and 2 count them 2 MVPs.
     


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    I don't get all the Cal haters out there. Do you remember what a productive SS looked like before 1983? They'd have what 10 HR's and 55RBI in a season?? Beyond the streak, he's got 425+ HRs 3000+ hits a 19 time All Star and 2 count them 2 MVPs.

    +1. Ripken's talents have become underrated because the streak is the first and only thing most people remember.
     


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    Since Beckham is one of the two most famous athletes in the world, and he's never been the best player in his own sport or even close to that (while still being very good) isn't that the textbook definition of overrated?
    If anything, he's underrated. As a celebrity, he's overrated. As the messiah of soccer in America, he's highly overrated. But as a pure footballer...he's underrated. People just don't understand that at the position he plays, he's just not the goal scoring player he's expected to be. He's won just about every trophy he could possibly win (except the World Cup, which is more of a commentary on the state of English football as a whole), and he makes any team he's on better. Exhibit A of the underratedness of David Beckham is his last season with Real Madrid in 06/07 where he single handedly brought the team back from the brink and won the championship. Even at 34/35, he's still got it.
     


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    oscar de la hoya
     


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    has anyone mentioned Bo Jackson yet?
     


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    How about Jose Canseco?
     


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