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Five athletes you wish were active today and in their prime

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by 93Devil, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    I was watching old footage of one of the following athletes, and it struck me how much I really missed out by not seeing them in their prime.

    So my five...

    Secretariat - I know I'm stretching "athlete" with this one.
    Jim Brown

    Ali could have made the list, but boxing is dead.
  2. Here me roar

    Here me roar Guest

    Jim Thorpe
    Jesse Owens
    Babe Zaharias
    Sandy Koufax
  3. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Saw the first three in their prime but would like to see how they'd do today.

    Walter Payton
    Michael Jordan
    Sammy Baugh
    Joe DiMaggio
  4. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    Dr. J
    Bob Gibson
  5. ColdCat

    ColdCat Well-Known Member

    I'm kind of curious to see what a pre-1995-ish quarterback could do in an NFL with more wide-open, pass-first offenses so I'll used one of my five collectively on Baugh, Graham, Layne, Starr, et al

    the rest. . .
    Christy Mathewson (he was dominant pitching every two days, imagine him on full rest)
    Josh Gibson (modern era = no color line and the greatest home run hitter ever aiming a short porches in modern ballparks)
    Gordie Howe (him wearing the Winged Wheel and suddenly Chicago's no longer unbeaten)
    Milos of Croton (would absolutely OWN mixed martial arts and his star power might keep the IOC from dropping wrestling)
  6. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

  7. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    None. I don't want to shatter their legacy. Even in their prime, I don't know how well they would do against today's athletes who have trained year round for decades.

    Although I'm pretty confident Secretariat would still be great.
  8. lesboulez

    lesboulez Member

    Roberto Clemente
    Ralph Sampson
    Bob Feller
    John Riggins
    Bobby Hull
  9. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Twice a Prince, who finished second in Secretariat's Belmont, would have won the 2012 race by about three lengths.

    That's him in the upper right corner.

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  10. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    Satchel Paige
    Josh Gibson
    Jim Brown
    Mike Tyson
  11. Bradley Guire

    Bradley Guire Well-Known Member

    I once ran a mug shot of a horse. You're not off base with the inclusion of an animal on your list.
  12. NoOneLikesUs

    NoOneLikesUs Active Member

    Jim Brown
    Johan Cruyff
    Nadia Comăneci
    Abebe Bikila
    Ty Cobb
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