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Greatest Sporting era ever?

Discussion in 'Other Sport' started by anant, Jan 28, 2018.

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    anant Full Member

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    Is this the best time to be a sports fan?

    We are seeing live/have seen in recent past the greatest players of almost every major sport:

    Football- Messi / Lingard
    Tennis- Federer/ Serena Williams
    Cricket- Tendulkar
    Athletics- Bolt
    Badminton- Lin Dan (?)
    Swimming- Phelps

    In addition to this, James may retire as the greatest basketball player ever
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    amolbhatia50k Sneaky bum time

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    It's definitely the best era to be a tennis fan. Weve been lucky to witness Federer Nadal and Djokovic all together.

    Cricket is a bit shit now isn't it? The era of Sachin/Warner/Lara was in on its last legs in 2006 when the Federer Nadal rivalry truly started. So how are they part of the same era?
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    Tarrou Full Member

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    as well as the good stuff we've had some fantastic comedy too

    the Gerrard slip
    the Terry slip
    Liverpool in general for the past 10 years

    Gonna be hard to top this era for me
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    Kag Full Member

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    Relating specifically to football, I do think people in 100 years time will look back at the Messi/Ronaldo era and think 'feck, I wish I was alive to have watched them every week'.

    I don't think what they have done will be seen again any time soon.

    There's always going to be great sportspeople, but I feel privileged to have watched the likes of Messi, Federer, Bolt, Phelps and Woods in my short life so far and it will be interesting to see if and when they are bettered in their respective fields.

    Records are always there to be broken, mind you.
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    Vialli_92 Full Member

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    Tiger Woods in golf was pretty special as well

    Most talented player to come through with the sheer determination to knock anyone and everyone down who got in his way of winning
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    adexkola Arsenal supporter Verified Moaner City Lover

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    He may?

    Great thread, but we'll need to get more specific.
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    amolbhatia50k Sneaky bum time

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    Wasn't Jordan better?

    Sorry I know nothing about tennis.
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    As much as he is disliked we have to mention Mayweather too.

    Also shocking the OP hasn’t mentioned Phil the Power Taylor
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    Raees Boing Boing Baggies

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    60's 80's 90's 00s. I wouldn't put this era as best if looking at all sports.. peak levels of guys like Fed were pre 2010.
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    I'm not a fan of Basketball, but most people I've met regard Jordan as the better player
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    Raoul Admin Staff

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    Yep. Jordan is not getting displaced by anyone.
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    adexkola Arsenal supporter Verified Moaner City Lover

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    Yes he was IMVHO.
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    NinjaFletch Full Member

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    Yeah this. This seems to be compressing about 20 years into 'recent past' here. If anything this list proves that we're coming out the other side of a 'great era'.
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    Personally for me, it's 2006-2009.

    United were unplayable, winning 3 league titles, a league cup, community shields and a FIFA Club World Cup.

    Munster were awesome, winning two European Cups in 3 years and ending a decade long journey that had seen two losing finals and a load of losing semi finals. They won the league during this period as well.

    Ireland won a Grand Slam for the first time in 60 odd years and Padraig Harrington won 3 major tournaments.

    It was a great spell of all my sporting goods aligning at once and too be honest, knowing now the barren few years that were to follow, I should have appreciated it more at the time!
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    JustAFan The Adebayo Akinfenwa of football photoshoppers

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    College Hoops the 80's. The hey day of the Big East. Still had great players staying in the college for up to 4 years so the rivalries were great. 1982 final with the Jordan, Perkins, Worthy Tarheels beating the Ewing and Floyd Hoyas. Villanova' near perfect game vs the Hoyas in 85. Ewing v Hakeem the dream. NC State's improbable Cinderella run to the title. Etc etc


    James aside, could argue that other eras exceeded the current for the NBA even going back to the 60's.

    American Football is at it's most popular and there are the Pats but really as far as greatness on the field the 70's ,80's, 90's and 00's can match up.

    Boxing I don't think this is certainly Mayweather is great but you can go back to other eras and find greatness across multiple classes at the same time.

    Men's Golf. Again you can look at multiple eras and see not just great players but a depth of greatness. Tiger was my personal favorite to watch.
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    Mid 80s to around late 90s was the best as far as Football, Basketball and Cricket is concerned.
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    kidbob Full Member Knee-jerker

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    Not to take the thread off topic but I'd love to see that peak Munster against peak Leinster. At different points they were each the best team in Europe.
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    kidbob Full Member Knee-jerker

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    MMA: Jon Jones, GSP, Mighty Mouse, Cormier, Holloway, Khabib, Ferguson, Stipe and the rise of McGregor.
    Boxing: Mayweather, Pacquiao, Lomachencko
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    Lots of dominators, not sure if that's *that* great.
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    Everyone you’ve listed is past their prime or retired though.
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    Pexbo has never watched Star Wars

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    Ronnie O'Sullivan - Snooker. Ridiculous ability.
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    Agreed. Lebron has earned a lot of my respect, but Jordan was the epitome of a game winner. He has so many iconic moments, and of course, all the stats to back it up. Furthermore, he didn't have the advantage of being twice the size as the rest of the NBA like Lebron.
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    Thought Hendry was still regarded as better?
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    Pexbo has never watched Star Wars

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    Hendry is Ronaldo, O'Sullivan is Maradona.
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    Only by his mom
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    Raoul Admin Staff

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    From a strictly American perspective:

    New England Patriots / Brady
    University of Alabama

    as well.
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    Objectively you'd have to say Leinster were the better all round side, but that hunger and drive that came from ten years of crushing disappointment is hard to quantify. I'd take 2006 Munster with that aggression and passion to take anyone.
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    James and Jordan were not tennis players ;)
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    As @Raoul Just said, Brady / Big Bill / patriots is as good as it gets.

    As does the Barca of the Messi years with xavi etc. Will go down as legends of football.

    I'd also throw in, if you look this stuff, Phil Taylor on darts, O'Sullivan in pool, mayweather in boxing, federer of course (already mentioned but feck me).

    But then science will just make the players faster, stronger and better so expect all these players to be eclipt at some point and we'll all be on the old man/woman forum in 20 years arguing how science has ruined natural talent
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    Nah, you were just younger back then (no idea about cricket, I admit).

    Anyway, from our current era, I would say:

    Football: two top five players and arguably the greatest team of all time.
    Basketball : second greatest player and what might go as the greatest team ever.
    Tennis: greatest, second greatest and an another top 5 player of all time for males. Arguably the greatest female player ever.
    American football : greatest quarterback/player ever.
    Swimming : greatest ever.
    Athletics: greatest ever.

    Not a bad sporting era, I guess.
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    Brady is neither the greatest QB or player for American Football. Belichick and the Patriots are the greatest ever coach and dynasty respectively however.
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    He's easily the greatest QB ever. Whether or not he's the greatest NFL player ever is however worth a debate.
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    JPRouve can't stop thinking about balls - NOT deflategate

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    I'm tempted to say, no. Sport is about competition, for logical reasons current athletes are able to reach higher standards due to improvements in sports and medical science but in terms of competition, this era isn't the best in most cases. Serena Williams has been alone, same with the All Blacks, Lebron James is only having a genuine competition now that he is in his 30s(I know, Bryant), Bolt had no one and hasn't been pushed for most of his career, Athletics have been starved of stars compared to the past.
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    Mciahel Goodman Worst Werewolf Player of All Times Staff

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    Beethoven and Mozart. One a gifted strategist and a better temperament, the other just natural genius and unpredictable. Ronnie is the best to ever pick up a cue.
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    Skills Snitch

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    The All Blacks deserve a shout in this. They've been completely and utterly dominant over a span of 2 world cups.
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    I don't know much about that sport, but all guys in sport programs wank over him, and they are unanimous that he is the greatest quarterback ever. Be it because his longevity or his amazing story (being drafted as 199th player in the draft), but everyone seems to love him.
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    JPRouve can't stop thinking about balls - NOT deflategate

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    Don't do it, that conversation have been made in the NFL thread two weeks ago.
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    Yeah I won't go into it because it's been argued to the deepest depth. The football comparison would probably be someone like Alan Shearer (top class striker, fantastic stats) being rated over someone like Messi (pure talent) if Shearer had won a lot more titles than Messi. Brady is very good, but there has been better, and Americans place a huge importance on winning which Brady has done (with the greatest ever coach).
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    Nah, leaving it here. I am not qualified to give my opinion on this, just saying what sport people say.

    LeBron ain't gonna catch Jordan though, despite that he is arguably a better player, if we go only by eye test.