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11 December 2017 - 10:03am

The Ultimate Geniouses in Sport

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Hi guys, it could be a naive question but I just wanted to know who's your all time favourite sports player (from any sport) you've been inspired about, think it's unique and probably such talent would never be born again, in just one word - your idol! (if you wish) Smile

Mine is a snooker player called Ronnie O'Sullivan, not very popular game across the world but for me it's the most unique player I've ever seen no matter the sport, just his natural talent is so immense compared to the rest that it's almost ridiculous, it's a pleasure for the eye every time I'm watching him and couldn't compare his style to any other athlete I've seen in my life.

From the most popular sports, I must say - Michael Jordan, never supported Bulls, supposed to even hate them in his era but if I have to be honest can't compare him to any other person in talent & style proportion, despite all the LeBron fans out there Wink

Could not forget about Gretzky too although I've seen too few of his games as it was impossible here back in the time.

So, who's yours?

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11 December 2017 - 12:38pm
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Okay. So I really like the sport of boxing. I always dreamed to see the fight of Two the best boxer at the moment. The smart one Floyd Mayweather Jr VS Gennady Golovkin who was great.
They are my favorite boxers of all time. unfortunately the fight will not happen Smile

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11 December 2017 - 10:31pm
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You guys probably know very little about cricket as it is played in few countries, but there was a guy called Don Bradman who played for Australia in the 1930-40s. Statistically he is so far ahead of everyone who ever played cricket that its probably fair to say that he was better at his sport than anyone else has been the best at their sport (if that makes sense).

Some info on that:
http://michaelnielsen.org/blog/the-most-remarkable-graph-in-the-history-...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Bradman#World_sport_context

So I think he's the ultimate genius across all sports. I wouldn't call him my idol though as obviously he was long retired before I was even born. I'm not that old yet! Smile

I have always liked the footballers that can score the most outrageous goals and make the opposition look hopeless. Not necessarily the best or most consistent, but players capable of doing the almost impossible. Players like Maradona, George Weah, Le Tissier, and of course Messi all come to mind.

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12 December 2017 - 11:10am
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Okay. So I really like the sport of boxing. I always dreamed to see the fight of Two the best boxer at the moment. The smart one Floyd Mayweather Jr VS Gennady Golovkin who was great.
They are my favorite boxers of all time. unfortunately the fight will not happen Smile

I know one thing for sure of professional boxing and this is that if you're a 3 times champions it means you're lost at least two fights, while Mayweather didn't lost a professional fight at all witch is of course something incredible.
By the way the only loss of him I'm aware of it's from Bulgarian named Serafim Todorov at the amateur ring, don't remember if t was at the Olympics or WC but it's a fact.

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Statistically he is so far ahead of everyone who ever played cricket that its probably fair to say that he was better at his sport than anyone else has been the best at their sport (if that makes sense).

It makes a perfect sense to me Ed, you cant argue with numbers more so in an era none of us was born, just shortly after Wink

CL-Ed wrote:

You guys probably know very little about cricket as it is played in few countries, but there was a guy called Don Bradman who played for Australia in the 1930-40s. Statistically he is so far ahead of everyone who ever played cricket that its probably fair to say that he was better at his sport than anyone else has been the best at their sport (if that makes sense).

Some info on that:
http://michaelnielsen.org/blog/the-most-remarkable-graph-in-the-history-...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Bradman#World_sport_context

So I think he's the ultimate genius across all sports. I wouldn't call him my idol though as obviously he was long retired before I was even born. I'm not that old yet! Smile

In fact I'm a big cricket fan Ed, if that could be said for a man who never been at a cricket ground in person, but the reason for that is obvious, so I think I know something for the game but almost anything about the 30s-40s of the last century, believed or not I wasn't born then too! Tongue
But cricket is in my personal top 3 of all sports and not in third place! Fancy in all forms of cricket no matter 20-20 or Test cricket.

Obviously that guy Bradman was something else...of course many people would of said we can't compare players from different generations as it was a lot less competition back then but there's other side of that, now players have a lot better equipment, physio's, coaches, and the whole process of rehabilitation wasnt even thought probably back then.
So it's no doubt an amazing numbers that would never be bettered and it's a shame we couldn't see him in action at some tapes or something.

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12 December 2017 - 11:55am
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I have always liked the footballers that can score the most outrageous goals and make the opposition look hopeless. Not necessarily the best or most consistent, but players capable of doing the almost impossible. Players like Maradona, George Weah, Le Tissier, and of course Messi all come to mind.

Wow, Le Tissier great player isn't it?! Looked a bit graceless as a body type if I could say so but boy some of his goals were so elegant and entertaining.

Weah yeah, so graceful for a big man, his partnership with Savicevic in Milan was something I believe would never be seen again, both genius in what they were doing on the field.

And because I mentioned Milan, what about Van Basten, the most elegant and in the same time prolific goal scorer I've had ever seen! Some of his goals are just classics even nowadays.

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The famous story about Bradman was that he used to train by bouncing a golf ball against a wall or a water tank and hitting it with a cricket stump, which is round and narrower than the golf ball in diameter. You would need extraordinary hand eye coordination and patience to do that repeatedly. I guess all cricketers need great patience though!

Ah yes Van Basten, the bicycle kick and volley king. Now I know I'm going to spend half an hour watching Van Basten and Le Tissier goal compilations on youtube aren't I?

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I don't really watch sports these days.
For the last ten years, I would choose Kim Yuna, the champion of figure skating.
She is the pioneer in Korea, because nobody believed that any Korean would get a remarkable result in figure skating until then.

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13 December 2017 - 9:41am
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I know one thing for sure of professional boxing and this is that if you're a 3 times champions it means you're lost at least two fights, while Mayweather didn't lost a professional fight at all witch is of course something incredible.
By the way the only loss of him I'm aware of it's from Bulgarian named Serafim Todorov at the amateur ring, don't remember if t was at the Olympics or WC but it's a fact.

Serafim Todorov is a name unfamiliar to me. I'm really surprised he once beat FMJ in the amateurs of boxing. I just read it from wikipedia after reading your post. It teaches that nothing is perfect but it does not diminish that he is a great boxer.

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13 December 2017 - 2:06pm
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Serafim Todorov is a name unfamiliar to me. I'm really surprised he once beat FMJ in the amateurs of boxing. I just read it from wikipedia after reading your post. It teaches that nothing is perfect but it does not diminish that he is a great boxer.

Yeah I just checked it was on the semifinal of the olympic games 1996, in the end Mayweather was pretty young in the very beginning of his career while Todorov was already a famous boxer on the amateur ring.

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13 December 2017 - 2:22pm
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The famous story about Bradman was that he used to train by bouncing a golf ball against a wall or a water tank and hitting it with a cricket stump, which is round and narrower than the golf ball in diameter. You would need extraordinary hand eye coordination and patience to do that repeatedly. I guess all cricketers need great patience though!

Heard of that training Ed, just didn't know it was Bradman who used if first,
I'm aware what the stumps are, know some other Cricket terms as well, like wicket, boundary and even a duck Tongue

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Ah yes Van Basten, the bicycle kick and volley king. Now I know I'm going to spend half an hour watching Van Basten and Le Tissier goal compilations on youtube aren't I?

Not a bad idea! There was a TV show about Van Basten not long ago so I've spent maybe an hour watching his goals in youtube just recently. But I have to check those of Le Tissier!

That's my favourite Van Basten's, didn't even thought it's possible to score with a header from that long before that.

The quality of the video just shows how old we are!

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Ha its a different game now isn't it? I love how a defender is allowed to run with the ball from deep inside his own half almost to the opposition penalty box without anyone going anywhere near him, let alone trying to tackle him. Great header though.

I'll have to put a Le Tissier compilation in here too. Goal #2 in this video with the flick, the juggle, the dink over the defender, then the casual finish in front of the Street Fighter II ad. And then goal #3 ... its from the same game! Genius!

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Real genius Ed, thanks for that, save me some time to search for it at Youtube, you're right casual finish, some of his long shots looks quite casual too, loves the volleys, are he!? even from a free kick Joking