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HUMCALC
02-27-2014, 07:18 PM
I was watching this documentary yesterday, and it got me to thinking. Who do you think the biggest name in sports HISTORY is?

bronx_2003
02-28-2014, 03:27 PM
Think these names have to be in the mix.

Pele, Muhammad Ali, Jack Nicklaus

EvertonBroncos
02-28-2014, 04:11 PM
Ayrton Senna

Houshmazode
02-28-2014, 04:56 PM
Gotta be MJ imo. Those are good additions, bronx. Pele may be bigger on an international scale. You can't really beat Jordan in the states though. Wayne Gretzky might be another name, bigger in Canada than anywhere else though.

HUMCALC
02-28-2014, 05:05 PM
Think these names have to be in the mix.

Pele, Muhammad Ali, Jack Nicklaus

Ali may. Pele, Nicklaus, and Gretzky no. I know people who've never heard of them. Also that's why I put the other option up there

EddieMac
02-28-2014, 05:06 PM
Ali, MJ, Gretzky, Tiger Woods, all huge.

The NFL doesn't produce names like some of the other sports but Broadway Joe owns NY, Elway of course Denver.

JayJack
02-28-2014, 05:13 PM
Gotta go with Jordan. As long as he's putting out shoes, he'll always be relevant for generations to come.

HUMCALC
02-28-2014, 05:16 PM
I'm surprised that no one said Babe. The guy has like 15 names, and is the figurehead for "America's Past Time". He is synonymous with the home run

bronx_2003
02-28-2014, 05:22 PM
Ali may. Pele, Nicklaus, and Gretzky no. I know people who've never heard of them. Also that's why I put the other option up there

I think your looking at it from an american point of view and not a world one.

If you went to Asia, Australia, Europe, etc....... Pele would be known in all these parts.

I think the closest to Pele regarding worldwide recognition is Ali

HUMCALC
02-28-2014, 05:24 PM
I think your looking at it from an american point of view and not a world one.

If you went to Asia, Australia, Europe, etc....... Pele would be known in all these parts.

I think the closest to Pele regarding worldwide recognition is Ali

Oh, I agree. When I started this thread I was just thinking domestically

bronx_2003
02-28-2014, 05:29 PM
Oh, I agree. When I started this thread I was just thinking domestically

Oh I see.

Then I would guess its the 2 options you listed and Ali.

I think its hard to say who is the biggest icon because they all are huge.... not sure how you split them TBH

one_bad_55
02-28-2014, 06:26 PM
Jim Thorpe

Olympian, Professional Football, Baseball, and others.....

Best Athlete In The World........IMHO

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/ec/Jim_Thorpe_Canton_Bulldogs_1915-20.png/265px-Jim_Thorpe_Canton_Bulldogs_1915-20.png

HUMCALC
02-28-2014, 06:28 PM
Jim Thorpe

Olympian, Professional Football, Baseball, and others.....

Best Athlete In The World........IMHO

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/ec/Jim_Thorpe_Canton_Bulldogs_1915-20.png/265px-Jim_Thorpe_Canton_Bulldogs_1915-20.png

This thread is not about who's best, it's about the biggest name. Unfortunately, he's nowhere to be found on that list

one_bad_55
02-28-2014, 06:35 PM
This thread is not about who's best, it's about the biggest name. Unfortunately, he's nowhere to be found on that list

No where on the list for people under 40? :D Or No where on the list in the digital media era?

one_bad_55
02-28-2014, 06:37 PM
Biggest names the media has made, would be Ruth, M. Jordon, Tiger Woods

Spice 1
03-01-2014, 07:26 AM
Don't forget Joe Louis. I had to drive by that giant arm in Detroit for years. Got a special place in my heart for Joe, as I used to work in a place where he once fought while he was in the military. I wouldn't put him on Ali's level, though. Jordan my be the biggest icon, but what Ali did during the civil rights movement. He was as impactful politically as he was in the ring. Didn't like the guy as a person, but from an objective stand point. Cool thread, btw.

HUMCALC
03-01-2014, 01:36 PM
Don't forget Joe Louis. I had to drive by that giant arm in Detroit for years. Got a special place in my heart for Joe, as I used to work in a place where he once fought while he was in the military. I wouldn't put him on Ali's level, though. Jordan my be the biggest icon, but what Ali did during the civil rights movement. He was as impactful politically as he was in the ring. Didn't like the guy as a person, but from an objective stand point. Cool thread, btw.

Thank you :)

58_VONDOOM_92
03-01-2014, 07:43 PM
Its got to be Jordan and tiger Woods