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    Favorite players ever

    I am re-reading Bill Simmons Book of Basketball and just got to Bernard King and got to thinking about my favorite players ever. And what I realized is that my favorite players ever are all from my childhood. So I got to thinking this is probably true for everyone. So, who are some of the favorites of the board and do they conform to my hypothesis?

    Mine are:

    Baseball - - Joe Morgan (with Eric Davis a close second)
    Basketball - - Bernard King
    Football - - Lawrence Taylor
    College hoops - - Michael Jordan
    College Football - - three way tie between Bo Jackson, Hershel Walker and Billy Sims
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    Re: Favorite players ever

    MLB- George Brett

    NBA- Dr. J

    NFL- Kenny Stabler

    NCAA FB- Sherman Smith

    NCAA BB- Wayman Tisdale

    All are from my youth, and except for Smith none are from my favorite teams which is strange.
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    Re: Favorite players ever

    Baseball: Vada Pinson or Tony Perez
    Basketball: Oscar Robertson or Lew Alcindor
    Football: Cornerback duo Kenny Riley and Lemar Parrish
    College Hoops: Pistol Pete Maravich
    College Football: Greg Cook or Brig Owens
    Fighter: Muhammad Ali
    Golfer: Arnold Palmer or Jack Nicklaus
    Track: Jim Ryun
    Horse Racing: Secretariat (Good call, Cumberlandreds. Tomorrow is the first Saturday in May.)

    I believe you might be on to something.
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    Re: Favorite players ever

    In honor of Derby weekend:

    Horse racing: Secretariat

    MLB: Pete Rose (I'm sure he bet a matchstick or two on horse racing)

    NFL: Roger Staubach

    NBA: Larry Bird

    CBB: Larry Bird along with quite a few UK players

    CFB: Bo Jackson or Hershel Walker

    Golf: Jack Nicklaus
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    Re: Favorite players ever

    Baseball: Johnny Bench (Dave Parker would be 2nd)
    Basketball: Jamal Mashburn (but Anthony Davis may be sneaking up here)
    Football: Anthony Munoz (Kenny Anderson not far behind)
    NBA: Magic Johnson

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    Re: Favorite players ever

    Baseball - George Foster and Eric Davis
    Basketball - Dr. J and Elvin Hayes
    Football - John Riggins and Darrell Green
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    Re: Favorite players ever

    My favorite players:

    Baseball: Eric Davis w/ Joey Votto quickly gaining ground
    Non Red: Greg Maddux
    Football: Walter Payton or Barry Sanders, tough to choose
    CFB: Eddie George or Orlando Pace
    Basketball: Jordan
    CBB: Larry Johnson (how fun was that UNLV team to watch?)
    CBB name: God Shamgod, I had a crush on that ('95?) Providence team with Shamgod & Crosheir when I first saw them just prior to the Big East tournament and rooted them thru the Elite 8
    Golfer: Tiger, so the guy has made some questionable decisions on & off the course, but nobody moves the meter the way Tiger does, he makes Golf must watch TV.

    Now those are my favorite athletes that I actually remember watching, had to rule out guys like Pete that I only caught brief parts at the end of their career and don't remember a ton about. However, if we're talking about our favorite players of all time, then certainly there has been no greater "playa" than Wilt the Stilt.

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    Re: Favorite players ever

    Baseball: Barrry Larkin
    Pro Football: Boomer Esiason
    College FB: I followed UC football until 1996 and then started following IU. So naturally no one.
    College BB: Herb Jones
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    Honest I can't say it any better than Hoosier Red did in his post, he sums it up basically perfectly.

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    Re: Favorite players ever

    MLB: Cesar Geronimo

    NFL: Phil Simms (Offense)

    Mel Blount (Defense)

    NBA: Dr. J

    NHL: Danny Gare

    NCAABB: Quinn Buckner

    NCAAFB: Antwann Randle El (Offense)

    Deon Sanders (Defense)
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    Re: Favorite players ever

    MLB: Barry Larkin, Eric Davis, and Griffey Junior
    NFL: Boomer Esiason
    NHL: Tony Amonte, Jeremy Roenick, Eddie Belfour
    NBA: Michael Jordan

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    University of Kentucky - 78, 96, 98, 12
    Chicago Bulls - 91, 92, 93, 96, 97, 98

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    Re: Favorite players ever

    Dr. J
    Pete Rose
    Tim Krumrie/Joe Green
    Bjorn Borg
    Erik Heiden
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    Re: Favorite players ever

    MLB: Tom Browning (Remember listening to Perfect Game in bedroom when I was 8; also I was a lefty pitcher)
    NFL: Daivd Fulcher (from real and Tecmo football)
    NBA: Rasheed Wallace (Ball Don't Lie)
    NCAAB: Chuck Hayes/Erik Daniels (loved watching them work together)
    NCAAF: Stanley Jackson - The much maligned OSU QB who didn't have cute freckles.
    Soccer: "Sneaky" Pete Marino - Old School Crew
    Golf: Colin Montgomery - He looks like my all 7 of my grandma's brothers (and a little like my grandma)
    Hockey: Anyone from the 1996 Canucks, that was my NHL '96 team (Bure, Mogilney, Courtnall, Linden.)
    Olympics: Anyone who does the downhill
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    Re: Favorite players ever

    MLB..........Reggie Jackson

    NFL..........Walter Payton

    NBA..........Larry Bird

    College Football........Tony Dorsett

    College Basketball.....John Paxson

    All from my youth and oddly enough none from my favorite teams.
    ...and this one belongs to the Reds.

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    Re: Favorite players ever

    mlb- other than Barry Larkin. Randy Johnson- Insult mullets when his back is turned, he knows it's going to happen, but no need to sweat it, not when you can buzz the tower with a 99 mph heater..."Get that camera out of my face." runner up -Ricky Henderson

    ncaabb- Lazelle Durden, the good old days. runner up- mel levett

    nfl- boomer esiason/ jeff blake hybrid- talk about low expectations...but if your team is going to get beat all the time, might as well go down throwing bombs deep

    nba- Chris Paul. Point forwards are fine, until someone like aaron brooks blows by them. runners up- Magic, John Stockton, Muggsy, and the under-rated Mark Jackson

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    Re: Favorite players ever

    Quote Originally Posted by Orenda View Post
    Nba Chris Paul. Point forwards are fine, until someone like aaron brooks blows by them. runners up- Magic, John Stockton, Muggsy, and the under-rated Mark Jackson
    Mark Jackson might be the only guard who would come over half court and already be backing his defender down. I'm not sure he ever played basketball while actually facing the basket.
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