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Transcendent Sports Figures
« on: April 21, 2020, 06:08:41 am »
Who, in your lifetime, transcended the sport, changed the way it is played, or had an exceptional impact?


"The sport was one way, and then _____________ came, and it became another way!"


Name one player or coach for each category.
Briefly explain your selection.


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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2020, 06:37:36 am »
Is this a test?
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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2020, 07:42:38 am »
Beavis’ likely answers....

NBA - Bob Cousy
NFL - George Halas
MLB - Babe Ruth
NHL - Howie Morenz
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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2020, 07:43:28 am »
Yeah, Beavis gets an advantage with

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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2020, 07:46:22 am »
NBA - The Splash Brothers
Those sumbitches changed the game by taking (and making) more 3's than 2's, and now a lot of teams including the Rockets revamped their rosters to try to keep up but fail over and over.  It's hardly watchable now.
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« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2020, 08:32:02 am »
NBA - The Splash Brothers
Those sumbitches changed the game by taking (and making) more 3's than 2's, and now a lot of teams including the Rockets revamped their rosters to try to keep up but fail over and over.  It's hardly watchable now.

Good answer.



NBA - Magic Johnson
Magic (with Larry) rescued the NBA from the abyss. A 6'9'' point guard who could pass and handle the ball like him was... revolutionary. He had mad game, a singular style, great determination, charisma, a friendly personality, and a huge smile that could light up a room. A champion, and was the perfect fit for L.A.


NFL - This was the toughest one. Tom Landry
20 straight winning seasons, 5 Super Bowl appearances, and 2 Super Bowl wins. Much of the growth, maturity, and success of the NFL in the '80s and '90s came about as a result of teams following after trends that Landry began. Computers, situational substitutions, plentiful use of the shotgun formation, multiple offensive formations with creative play-calls, the flex defense, etc. Truly one of the great innovators -- and a big winner.


MLB - Pete Rose
Charlie Hustle was relentless. Broke Ty Cobb's all-time hit record. Had the 44 game hit streak that captivated the nation in 1978. Had a unique style and approach to the game, was a winner and champion. Captivated the nation again with his gambling scandal, prison term, and Hall of Fame ban. The most compelling MLB player of my lifetime.


NHL - Wayne Gretzky
I don't know hockey, but I know Gretzky. Is the all-time NHL points leader, and it isn't even close. Is almost 1,000 pts ahead of #2 (J. Jagr). Totally dominant.


Other Sports - Tiger Woods, Muhammad Ali
Tiger was well on his way to shattering Jack's majors record... before his dick got in the way. Whenever Tiger (in his prime) was competing, there was a buzz on the course. He had a level of skill that had not been seen before, he was a fierce competitor, and he had a flare for the dramatic shot. A golf madman.

Ali was Ali. The greatest. Legendary fights, tremendous heart and will. Incredible hand and foot speed for a heavyweight. His charisma and personality, combined with his great ability made him THE biggest sports draw of his era. A phenomenal smack runner -- ahead of his time.

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« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2020, 08:44:49 am »
NFL - Mike Vick
Made it cool for a QB to run.  Now 1/4th of the NFL has dual-threat quarterbacks.
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Re: Transcendent Sports Figures
« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2020, 08:47:51 am »
Didn’t realize we were supposed to write dissertation. Beavis is on his own with that shit.
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« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2020, 08:59:50 am »
NFL - Mike Vick
Made it cool for a QB to run.  Now 1/4th of the NFL has dual-threat quarterbacks.
Another good call.

Vick was a knucklehead, but he was a lot of fun to watch.
Huge arm and great running ability.

Was ahead of his time.

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« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2020, 09:01:17 am »
Didn’t realize we were supposed to write dissertation.

I am going to be grading you.

Or maybe I'll turn it over to -----> frank.

He can grade you.

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« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2020, 09:10:13 am »
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« Reply #11 on: April 21, 2020, 09:13:41 am »
MLB - Billy Beane
Focused on analytics to build rosters.  Many of todays successful teams use sabremetrics (and trash cans).  :koolaid
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« Reply #12 on: April 21, 2020, 11:00:48 am »
MLB - Billy Beane
Focused on analytics to build rosters.  Many of todays successful teams use sabremetrics (and trash cans).  :koolaid
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« Reply #13 on: April 21, 2020, 02:19:00 pm »
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Re: Transcendent Sports Figures
« Reply #14 on: April 21, 2020, 07:11:56 pm »
i guess i'll comment on heds likely beavis' answers.

NBA - Bob Cousy, per wikipedia, Cousy introduced a new blend of ball-handling and passing skills to the NBA that earned him the nickname "The Houdini of the Hardwood"

NFL - George Halas, per wikipedia, After the 1967 season, Halas—then the oldest coach in league history—retired as coach. He continued as the team's principal owner, and took an active role in team operations until his death. He was honored in 1970 and 1980 as the only person involved in the league throughout its first 50 and 60 years of existence

MLB - Babe Ruth, per wikipedia, Ruth established many MLB batting (and some pitching) records, including career home runs (714), runs batted in (RBIs) (2,213), bases on balls (2,062), slugging percentage (.690), and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.164); the last two still stand as of 2019

NHL - Howie Morenz, per wikipedia, Considered one of the first stars of the NHL, Morenz played 14 seasons in the league. He was a member of a Stanley Cup–winning team three times, all with the Canadiens. During his NHL career he placed in the top 10 leading scorers ten times. For seven straight seasons, Morenz led the Canadiens in both goals scored and points.

Other Sports - Pheidippides, the first marathon participant.

my synopsis.

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