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GOAT

Posted on: August 8, 2011 11:14 am
 
Silly, but sports writers and sports fans love it.  That "other" sports publication, is running a series this year to honor it's anniversary:  greatest teams of all times in each sport, greatest players, greatest games, greatest record.  Some are easy.  The 1927 Yankees are undoubtedly the greatest baseball team of all time; Lew Alcindor's UCLA teams were the greatest college basketball team ever.  Surprisingly though, some people think the 1-loss Chicago Bears of 1985 were a better team than the 1972 Miami Dolphins, who of course went undefeated.

It is impossible, of course, to compare players and teams across time.  Rules change, people change, games change.  There's the three-point shot, the Designated Hitter, a lower pitchers' mound, zone defenses, no leg whips, no clotheslines, no shots to the head in the NFL.  Players who made the HoF in their respective sport and their respective time wouldn't even make a D-I college roster these days, because players in all sports are bigger, faster, and more specifically and specially trained.

Nevertheless, I feel compelled to add my own list of "greatests", to which I may add or subtract:

Greatest professional basketball player of all time: Wilt Chamberlain. [Runner-up: Michael Jordan]
Greatest professional baseball player of all time: Babe Ruth. [Ty Cobb]
Greatest professional boxer of all time: Muhammad Ali [Rocky Marciano]
Greatest professional golfer of all time: Jack Nicklaus [Arnold Palmer]
Greatest professional football player of all time: Jim Brown [Peyton Manning]
Greatest professional race driver of all time: Richard Petty [AJ Foyt]
Greatest professional hockey player of all time: Wayne Gretzky [Bobby Orr]
Greatest professional soccer player of all time: Pele [Johan Cruyff]

Greatest professional baseball team of all time: 1927 Yankees [1972 Oakland Athletics]
Greatest professional football team of all time: 1972 Dolphins [2008 New England Patriots]
Greatest professional basketball team of all time: 1971-1972 Los Angeles Lakers [1995-1996 Chicago Bulls]
Greatest professional hockey team of all time: 1983-1984 Edmonton Oilers [1976-1977 Montreal Canadiens]
Greatest professional soccer team of all time: 1973-74 Barcelona FC [2000 Boca Juniors]
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