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Postby BronXBombers51 » Tue Jul 26, 2005 5:16 pm

d18Mike wrote:ESPN wrote a story rating the degree of athletic difficulty of the mainstream sports. Here it is, for what it's worth.

Top 10 Most Difficult Sports (with overall total scores in parenthesis):

1. Boxing (72.37)
2. Ice Hockey (71.75)
3. Football (68.37)
4. Basketball (67.87)
5. Wrestling (63.50)
6. Martial Arts (63.37)
7. Tennis (62.75)
8. Gymnastics (62.50)
9. Baseball/Softball (62.25)
10. Soccer (61.50)

The Bottom 5…
56. Curling (27.50)
57. Bowling (25.38)
58. Shooting (24.88)
59. Billiards (21.50)
60. Fishing (14.50)

Full List/ Grid

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/sportSkills


ESPN TOP 10 ATHLETES
10. Lou Gehrig
9. Gordie Howe
8. Michael Jordan
7. Jackie Robinson
6. Rafer Johnson
5. Wilt Chamberlain
4. Bo Jackson
3. Dave Winfield
2. Jim Thorpe
1.Jim Brown


IMO, Baseball is much harder than where they have it. How they have tennis, basketball, wrestling, martial arts, and gymnastics above it is a joke.

I feel it's harder than football as well and as long as you know how to skate, it's harder than hockey as well. I have respect for boxers because it takes a select few to be able to be beaten in the face continuously and keep standing. Baseball is amazingly hard to play at a high level though.
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Postby nuggets » Tue Jul 26, 2005 5:22 pm

BronXBombers51, have you every wrestled? And I don't mean WWF. Nothing is tougher than the first sport ever created.
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Postby BronXBombers51 » Tue Jul 26, 2005 5:25 pm

No, I haven't, and I'm not saying it isn't hard to do, but I have trouble believing that it's more difficult than playing baseball on a high level. Perhaps you can enlighten me.
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Postby Osk » Tue Jul 26, 2005 5:36 pm

are you kidding? you don't even have to be in great shape to play baseball. imagine mo vaughn playing basketball or tennis? yeah right..
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Postby nuggets » Tue Jul 26, 2005 5:53 pm

BronXBombers51 wrote:No, I haven't, and I'm not saying it isn't hard to do, but I have trouble believing that it's more difficult than playing baseball on a high level. Perhaps you can enlighten me.


Imagine playing speed chess while performing the most physically demanding tasks possible all while you are not eating for days.
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Postby wrveres » Tue Jul 26, 2005 6:00 pm

Shouldn't the nod here go to some of the Triathletes that have dominated year in and year out in the Ironman?

also I think it is pretty naive to sit down and say that an American, or at least somebody who plays an American sport, is the Greatest Athlete of all time.

Its a ver big world out there, and ESPN hasn't ruined it all yet
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Postby Tavish » Tue Jul 26, 2005 6:07 pm

wrveres wrote:Shouldn't the nod here go to some of the Triathletes that have dominated year in and year out in the Ironman?


They should be considered for sure, but are on no different level than a Bo Jackson or Dave Winfield. Its just different skillsets.
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Postby LooseCannon » Tue Jul 26, 2005 6:10 pm

I don't know about anyone else here, but doesn't Lacrosse deserve a spot on the Top 5....I'd say that is a really tough sport.
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Postby wrveres » Tue Jul 26, 2005 6:15 pm

Tavish wrote:
wrveres wrote:Shouldn't the nod here go to some of the Triathletes that have dominated year in and year out in the Ironman?


They should be considered for sure, but are on no different level than a Bo Jackson or Dave Winfield. Its just different skillsets.


Personaally I don't give Bo the respect he deserves cus his career was cut short. Was he a great Athlete sure, but there may have been many great Athletes that had short careers but not the fame or marketing power of Bo. We may never know ...

I have heard it agrued that hitting a baseball is the hardest thing to do in sport, and if true, then I gotta go with the only guy who has 500 plus HR's and 500 plus Sb's .. ;-7
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Postby CubsFan7724 » Tue Jul 26, 2005 6:24 pm

nuggets wrote:
BronXBombers51 wrote:No, I haven't, and I'm not saying it isn't hard to do, but I have trouble believing that it's more difficult than playing baseball on a high level. Perhaps you can enlighten me.


Imagine playing speed chess while performing the most physically demanding tasks possible all while you are not eating for days.

Not eating for days, you aren't supposed to do that, I thought? Don't some kids die from that? Hitting a 90+ MPH fastball consistently is harder than grappling a man in a singlet.
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