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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The Top 10 Athletes of My Lifetime...(no chicks and NO Lance Armstrong!)

Call me lazy if you must, but due to various circumstances this weekend I was unable to get around to doing a normal post. Oh, but you need not worry, boys and girls, because I am more than prepared for such a situation. I'll get to all the latest HGH news, Spring Training and College Hoops when I'm back in action on Friday, but for now I'm layin' on you my All Time Top 10 Athletes. These are guys I have seen play with my own eyes, in their prime. Seeing as I was born in 1983, you can assume that these are the "best" athletes in the past 15-20 years according to yours truly. Hope you enjoy...




1. Tiger Woods

-He's won 13 majors before the age of 33 and revolutionized a sport while doing it. If there's been a more dominant athlete in my lifetime, then I must have been out takin' the world's longest whizz while that guy was doin' his thing. He's got the game, he's got the green and he's got the girl. He brings his opponents to their knees with his will and determination, and his performance in the clutch is second to none. Let me put it this way. Is there any other player in the last 25 years that's had a sport change it's rules and regulations because that one guy was running a muck of their game? I didn't think so...


2. Michael Jordan

-Before the Michael Jordan of Golf, there was simply his royal Airness, Michael Jordan. He was the best basketball player for more than a decade, and on his way to capturing 6 NBA Titles, he also managed to help carry Nike and Gatorade to the sports mainstays they are today. He was just as flashy as he was clutch, and that's a combination that doesn't tend to come around all that often...


3. Wayne Gretzky

-You know "The Great One" is good when a hockey hater like me has him #3 on my list. And never has there been a more appropriate nickname. Greatest stat in sports: Had Wayne Gretzky never scored a single goal (and by the way he's the league's all time leading scorer), he would still be #1 all time in total points with 1,963. That number, is simply his career assists. Simply amazing...



4. Shaquille O'Neal

-From what I've seen and from what I've been told, the only NBA big men to even rival Shaq's ability have been Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell. The big man has essentially dominated since being drafted #1 by the Orlando Magic in 1992, and has kept us laughing as much as cheering on his way to 4 NBA Championship rings. Call him Diesel, call him Daddy, or call him Wilt Chamberneezy. Just make sure you call him the greatest big guy in the last quarter century while you're at it...



5. Roger Federer

-People don't like tennis, I get it. But the fact remains, it takes a true athlete to win in tennis, and there's no more complete tennis player out there than Switzerland's Roger Federer. Up until about 6 years ago, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi were far and away the best tennis players I'd ever seen, but Rog has made quick work of making those two legends second best. He's made the Finals in 14 of the last 20 Grand Slam tournaments (since 2003), and has brought home the title in 12 of them. He has no recognizable weakness in his game, and it's hard to imagine that his dominance is going to stop anytime soon. So while he may not be the flashiest player in the flashiest sport, he's quite possibly the greatest tennis player of all time, making him a no brainer for my top 5...



6. Tom Brady

-We live in the Age of the QB these days in the NFL, and there hasn't been a better QB in my lifetime than New England's very own wonderboy. His athleticism and raw numbers may leave a lot to be desired, but his results speak for themselves. Not only has he captured 3 Super Bowl titles in just 7 seasons as a starter, but he's done it in the most clutch fashion the league has ever seen. Simply put, Brady is the greatest leader in sports today, and the fact that he has the results to back all that up, makes him the greatest QB of my lifetime, and the greatest NFL player of my generation...



7. Ken Griffey Jr.

-Before there was A-Rod, there was "the Kid". Junior Griffey burst on the scene as a 19 year old rookie in 1989, and 593 homeruns, and countless breathtaking catches later, he's earned the title of MY greatest baseball player of my lifetime. That's the thing about Griff. If it wasn't his beautiful homerun swing, it was the way he climbed the wall to bring those homeruns back. He was the epitome of a 5 tool player. He could run, throw, hit, hit for power, and he sure as Hell could field his position. Too bad injuries cut his career a little short, or Barry Bonds may still be chasin' him for the homerun title...



8. Mariano Rivera

-One pitch. Mariano Rivera has thrown his way to 443 regular season saves, and 34 more in the post season, with his legendary "Cutter" that's as impossible to hit today as it ever was. Mo was the bullpen anchor of the Yankee dynasty that captured 4 World Series Titles from 1996-2000, and in that time established himself as the most dominant closer in the history of the game. To this day I still here the song "Enter Sandman" and get a queasy feeling in my gut that the Red Sox are about to lose...Well, until 2004 that is...


9. Pedro Martinez

-Let's finish off this run of 3 straight MLBers with my generation's Sandy Koufax. As dominant as Rivera has been with his one pitch, Pedro has been with about 5 different pitches. Since 1997, his final season in Montreal, Petey has dominated Major League hitters, compiling a 161-62 record, 3 Cy Young Awards, and helped guide the Boston Red Sox to the 2004 World Series Title. More than his credentials, it's the way Pedro did all this that makes him worthy of my top 10. I've had the chance to watch him pitch in person, and the way he kept the best hitters in the game off balance and swiping at air is what truly makes him a marvel, and one of the greatest pitchers of all time...



10. Deion Sanders

-This cat was so fast in his day, that he's known more for his high-stepping in the clear, than he was actually dodging defenders. Neon Deion made a name for himself on both the baseball and football fields, but it was his role as the first "shut-down" corner of my time that he will be remembered. He wasn't "shut-down" like we think of today, but the threat of him taking any interception all the way to the endzone was more than enough reason for league QB's to look the other way.



honorable mention goes to: Jerry Rice, Roy Jones Jr., LaDainian Tomlinson, Barry Sanders, John Smoltz, Manny Ramirez, Alex Rodriguez, Tim Duncan, Rulon Gardner and Andre Aggasi...oh and Roger Clemens + Barry Bonds would be on the list if they weren't too busy shootin' themselves up with God knows what...

...and Lance Armstrong is just a unitard wearin', one nutted, bike ridin' freak of pharmaceutical production. At the risk of actually ripping his credibility any further, let's just say I think pro bike riders are tools, and that's why he's not on the list...and yea cancer isn't funny, but having one nut is...

There you have it, folks. I'm sure many of you have more than a few problems with this list, but hey, that's why I made it in the first place.

Make sure to check back on Friday, as I fire back at Ian, preview the Memphis/Tennessee matchup this Saturday, and reveal my brand spanking new college hoops top 10. Be there pimps!

Oh, and be on the look out for the new and improved RoochNation website, which is being constructed as we speak. I hear it's gonna be pretty baller, but you'll just have to wait and judge for yourself. And make sure to tune in to 99.7 FM, 790 AM (in the Providence area), or http://www.scoreamfm.com/ to possibly hear the validity of RoochNation discussed LIVE on air with Andy Gresh and Scott Zolak! I'll be producing their morning show from 9 to noon, and they'll do their best to mock me and destroy my credibility. Talk about appointment radio! I'm takin' over bitches!!...

3 comments:

blogger said...

We are glad you threw Barry Bonds in there in the end. Did you know he will be a Tampa Bay Ray soon? LOL

http://barrybondstrial.blogspot.com/

Ryan said...

While I don't disagree with any of your choices, I think Greg Maddux deserves a nod too. While he might not be "dominant" in the likes of a Martinez or Rivera, he's been one of the most consistently great pitchers of our lifetime. Combined with his ability to field the ball, and also to redefine himself as he aged (not to mention his general attitude and class), I think he's one of the best athletes I've had the opportunity to see.
-ryan

ps- Don't talk to you much rooch, but enjoy your blog. Hope all's well.

htrain3 said...

alright “rooch” i feel it necessary to give my top ten so here we go 1.tiger 2. mj 3. gretzky 4.lance(cant shun him what he did was amazing ) 5. federer 6. clemens (whether he did or not he is the most dominate since ryan ) 7. jerry rice ( the greatest wide receiver ever ,i mean did you see him on pros vs joes.) 8. emmit smith (the nfl all time leading rusher dumb as a brick but he was a great player) 9. shaq (for all the same reasons) 10. HOULE (we all know why ...) hon. kobiashi(8 hotdogs a minute simply incredible), super mario , deion, montana , brady , and jr. From your good buddy Houle

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