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GQ's Top 25 Coolest Athletes

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Boom_70, Feb 16, 2011.

  1. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Feb issue of GQ has a list of what they term the "Top 25 Coolest Athletes" of all time. Hard to argue with most but also some that jump out. Don't see Iverson, Knieval , Turner at the expense of Rivera, Koufax, Lefleur.

    Might have also considered Bill Russell, Hank Aaron.

    Sanderson is interesting choice but I would have gone Lefleur.
    Also would have considered Jack Lambert for football.

    It's interesting that most of list seems like they had their heyday from late 60's/ early 70's.

    Here is list by sport:

    Football: Brady, Jim Brown, Joe Namath, Ken Stabler

    Baseball: Bob Gibson, Tim Lincecum

    Football and baseball: Bo Jackson

    Basketball: Julius Erving, Walt Frazier, Allan Iverson, Michael Jordan, Pete Maravich

    Tennis: Arthur Ashe, Bjorn Borg

    Auto racing: Mario Andretti

    Boxing: Muhammad Ali

    Golf: Arnold Palmer, Gary Player

    Hockey: Derek Sanderson

    Soccer: George Best, Pele

    Skiing: Jean-Claude Killy

    Surfing: Kelly Slater

    Yachting/Media moguling: Ted Turner

    Crashing while trying to jump over stuff on a motorcycle: Evel Knievel
  2. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member


    This is the definition of cool, my friend:

  3. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    I'd have to agree. Also, the '60s and '70s were just a cooler time. Basically when lapels started to get narrow, so did society and so did sports.

    Lincecum? Is that really felt nationwide? I know he's a rock star out here but I guess I wasn't sure he had that kind of following. Figured they'd have Jeter as the modern-day guy.
  4. Guy_Incognito

    Guy_Incognito Well-Known Member

    I never heard of the skiing guy, so Lincecum, Turner & Iverson are the ones that seem off.
  5. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Cool Papa Bell.
  6. NickMordo

    NickMordo Active Member

    Joe Montana = Joe Cool
  7. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    If beating up women is cool, Jim Brown is Miles Davis.
  8. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    You've never heard of Jean-Claude Killy?

    I'm feeling old.
  9. Guy_Incognito

    Guy_Incognito Well-Known Member

    I'm no kid, so if you're saying that to me, you might be.
  10. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    How the hell can you leave The Cannibal, Eddy Merckx, off the list?

  11. I was slightly stunned too you'd never heard of Killy. The guy was the Tiger Woods (the good version) of his sport, and though it was many years ago, he's been involved in the Olympics and the IOC since then. Any self-respecting sports journalist should at least be aware of the guy.
  12. nmmetsfan

    nmmetsfan Active Member

    If by cool you mean drunken bumbling fool with more money than sense, Ted Turner fits the bill.
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