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Old 10-20-2010, 12:41 PM   #21 (permalink)
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i would say tiger woods comes pretty close, but ya it's gotta be Jordan.
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So, is it MJ? Gretzky? Someone else?

Who's had the greatest impact?
Haley Wickenheiser.
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Old 10-20-2010, 12:43 PM   #23 (permalink)
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I personally would go with Lance Armstrong.

The work he did with raising cancer awareness.

Bringing cycling over to the US audience and making it some what main stream.

His Livestrong brand alone is everywhere.

Considering what he had to work with and where the sport was when he was in it (i.e. being covered on ESPN etc.) I'd go with Lance.
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Old 10-20-2010, 12:45 PM   #24 (permalink)
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i would say tiger woods comes pretty close, but ya it's gotta be Jordan.
Many people dont even consider golf a sport. Michael Jordan is considered god. People outside north-america dont know much about his douche side and how he was Stern's golden boy.
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Old 10-20-2010, 12:50 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Old 10-20-2010, 12:59 PM   #26 (permalink)
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You guys are all talking bout guys in popular sports.... none of these guys, EXCEPT tiger, made an impact on their sport in their generation. There aren't spikes in new players at the youth level in Basketball. Most of the shit you are on about is media powered stuff caused by an increase in new media.

Impact on a sport is most felt by how you promote its growth at the grass roots level. Kids didnt' start playing hoops cuz Jordan played, they played, and then wanted to be him.

Tiger got people out on to the course.

I chose Wickenheiser to basically illustrate my point. I don't know if she is or isn't the most influential. i DO KNOW that the spike in young girls playing hockey skyrocketed when she made Womens Ice hockey even remotely relevant in both the US and in Canada. She was a driving force in creating what is now one of the most fun rivalries in sports with the Womens US team, and she played very competently in tier two Swedish elite mens hockey.

The result is amazing. Girls and women's hockey participation is up enormously. Division one US colleges are offering scholarships to women's hockey players now. Ratings for the Womens Olympic Gold medal game rivaled the mens.

This all comes form the emergence of a young woman named Haley Wickenheiser, who, took the torch from some other trailblazers and made it know that women could play, and they weren't going away. I think thats impact to me. Thats why I picked her.
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Old 10-20-2010, 11:50 PM   #27 (permalink)
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not for 'our generation.'

I'd probably say Michael Jordan works best on a few levels. both the good and the bad. you know. the superstar tag, the hype, the brand, etc. - lots of which is a step in the wrong direction.
Ah, guess it's MJ then.
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Old 10-21-2010, 11:31 AM   #28 (permalink)
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Cultural anthropologists will divine many explanations, and a few lamentations, for the spread of this seed, but there is no argument that the distribution was breathtaking. Jordan in December, 1997, was the first athlete named No.1 in The Sporting News' annual list of the most powerful people in sports. In choosing Jordan, the magazine identified him as the lone one-sport athlete who touched multiple industries and nations, a distinction normally reserved for media moguls whose influence is felt in multiple sports.
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SJ, your comment on Jordan is completely off base. I would bet the house that hundreds of thousands if not millions of children worldwide started playing basketball because of Jordan.
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i would say tiger woods comes pretty close, but ya it's gotta be Jordan.
+1.

It says something that Nike hitched their wagon to Tiger once MJ retired.
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Maybe not from this generation, but Babe Ruth should be in the discussion as well.
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Old 10-22-2010, 06:17 PM   #31 (permalink)
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punch out ? pay per view ? Mike Tyson! The guy changed our world.
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Old 10-22-2010, 06:19 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Now that I think about it, Allen Iverson had a huge effect on changing the culture of basketball.
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Old 10-22-2010, 06:19 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Marcus Banks. Even when you're almost never playing, when you get picked, give it your all, leave it all on the court and think team-first.

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SJ, your comment on Jordan is completely off base. I would bet the house that hundreds of thousands if not millions of children worldwide started playing basketball because of Jordan.
I don't agree.

Basketball was already a common sport worldwide.
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i would say tiger woods comes pretty close, but ya it's gotta be Jordan.
+1 fancy. I would go with MJ also but like you said Tiger Woods is up there also.
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Old 10-26-2010, 10:46 AM   #36 (permalink)
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these names don't really fall into the "this generation" category but i feel they need to be mentioned here anyways

these would have to be considered for a top 10 list imho

Jesse Owens
Carl Lewis
Jim Brown
Bobby Orr
Joe DiMaggio
Jim Thorpe
Jackie Robinson
Lou Gehrig
Gordie Howe
Secretariat
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