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bearfan454 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 01:10 PM
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Who is the greatest Sports Hero in your lifetime ?
It was Walter Payton for me. I loved him. What about you ?
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candy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 01:13 PM
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1. Bobby Orr
Still the best memories of my life.
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bearfan454 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 01:16 PM
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2. Welcome to DU candy
Now you can get the real news.
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candy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 01:27 PM
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11. Thanks for the welcome!!!
I'll get the news when I figure out how to get around this site. I'm a slow learner,but patient,so all is not lost.
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jjmalonejr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 01:57 PM
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12. Amen to Bobby Orr, Candy!
I get misty just thinking about some of my favorite Bobby Orr moments.
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maveric Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 03:13 PM
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20. I watched him for years. What a true professional.
Possibly the best skater in NHL history. He'd spin circles around the rest of the league and was the first high scoring defenseman ever. Sadly all those cuts and circles he made on his opposition ruined his knees and forced him to retire ate age 30.
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Catshrink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 01:18 PM
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3. When I read your subject line, Sweetness was my first thought...
Who else could it be?

Walter ran on air:

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bearfan454 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 01:20 PM
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7. I will never forgive Mike Ditka
for letting the fridge score a TD in the 85 Super Bowl and not Sweetness. Never.
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Catshrink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 01:23 PM
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9. Agreed again...
That was really low.
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minkyboodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 01:26 PM
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10. agreed
that was a shameful moment in Bears history.
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stopbush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 01:19 PM
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4. Martina Navratilova.
She did more to break down the anti-gay barriers of our society than any other person I can think of right now. THAT is much more important than rushing records and football's feel-good battlefield antics, IMHO.
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nofurylike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 01:20 PM
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5. martina navratilova n/t
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Wetzelbill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 01:20 PM
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6. Sweetness is a great one for sure...
I'm a big fan of former 10,000 meter olympic gold medalist Billy Mills, as I am an Indian as well. I met him a year and a half ago and gave him a signed copy of my book and we took some pictures together.

Dan Gable is definitely a hero. Big fan of lots of wrestlers. That's my main sport and what I was best at.

I rode bulls and at the time my two favorites were Jim Sharp and Michael Gaffney. I tried to emulate their styles so much.

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fishnfla Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 01:21 PM
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8. lance armstrong, the biker
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 01:58 PM
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13. Hank Aaron.
:hi:
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frylock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 02:03 PM
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14. tony gwynn..
also Roberto Clemente. Clemente was quite a humanitarian.
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maveric Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 03:18 PM
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21. Gwynn was a gift to MLB.
Eight batting titles, 15 all star games, 6 golden gloves, 2 world series, 3000+ hits, .338 lifetime BA, never finished lower that 8th in league batting in 19 seasons. And HE WAS NEVER THE HIGHEST PAID PLAYER ON HIS TEAM!
Off the field Tony and his wife donated millions(mostly anonymously)to underprivilaged families in San Diego. The man is a true gem and a 1st ballot hall of fame pick.
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 02:09 PM
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15. walter payton
a pure class act, on and off the field
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tishaLA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 02:29 PM
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16. Billie Jean King
where would women's sports be without her? And what she did for lesbian athletes has been amazing. Not to mention her work for the Federation Cup team, the respect she has earned from players as disparate as the Williams sisters, Martina, and republican Pam Shriver....

runner up: Arthur Ashe
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Gemini Cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 02:36 PM
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17. Jackie Robinson
He was retired by the time I was born, however.
After Jackie: Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Barry Bonds.
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CrownPrinceBandar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 03:08 PM
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18. Sweetness, for sure...........
With Franco Harris and Rocky Blier close on his heels.
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Room101 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 03:11 PM
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19. Jerry Rice /nt
.
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shawmut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 03:18 PM
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22. Larry Bird n/t
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maveric Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 03:21 PM
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23. Carl Yastrzemski <sp>
I grew up in Boston during the 60s-70's and this guy was the king of the hub.
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DeposeTheBoyKing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 03:34 PM
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24. It begins and ends with
Joe Montana (with apologies to Johnny Unitas)
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Catshrink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 03:37 PM
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25. Joe Montana -- greatest QB ever!
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Kathy in Cambridge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 06:20 PM
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30. I loved Yaz!
I would also have to say Bobby Orr. Staples of my childhood in the '70s.
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soleft Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 05:05 PM
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26. Thurman Munson and Phil Simms
Neither of them will make the hall of fame, but they were both competetive, gutsy players who achieved more than what might have been expected of them, were often grossly underrated and were all heart. I miss Phil on the playing field, and I miss Thurm and what he might have accomplished.
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:08 PM
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38. Oh man...I still remember the day Thurman was killed. We were
at my brother's little league game and it came over the PA. You are right, he would be at the top of the lists. :cry:
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kodi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 05:10 PM
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27. Dr. J
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SmileyBoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 05:19 PM
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28. Cris Carter and Kevin Garnett.
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OneBlueSky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 06:16 PM
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29. generally, it has to be Ali . . . for me personally, it's probably . . .
Larry Bird . . .
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Redneck Socialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:48 PM
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40. Ali and Bird
I'm with ya on those.
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AngryAmish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 06:22 PM
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31. Larry Holmes or Michael Irvin
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woofless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 06:24 PM
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32. The Champ!
Ali for sure.
Personal faves are Carl Yazstremski, John Havlicek and Larry Bird.
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Raenelle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 06:30 PM
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33. Yep, no brainer--the Greatest. Ali!
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arwalden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 06:42 PM
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34. Mark Spitz
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Bluzmann57 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 07:11 PM
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35. Not a Bears fan here
but Mr. Walter Payton is near the top of the list. I think Pat Tillman is right up there too. Please don't tell me about his so called conservative tendencies, I don't care. The guy knew his life was on the line but went anyway. There is a saying which goes, "put up or shut up" and he put up.
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Zorra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:00 PM
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36. Curt Flood
Check this out:

December 24, 1969

Mr. Bowie K. Kuhn, Commissioner of Baseball, 680 Fifth
Avenue, New York, New York 10019.

After twelve years in the Major Leagues, I do not feel I am
a piece of property to be bought and sold irrespective of my
wishes. I believe that any system which produces that result
violates my basic rights as a citizen and is inconsistent
with the laws of the United States and of the sovereign
States.

It is my desire to play baseball in 1970, and I am capable
of playing. I have received a contract offer from the
Philadelphia Club, but I believe I have the right to consider
offers from other clubs before making any decisions. I,
therefore, request that you make known to all Major League
Clubs my feelings in this matter, and advise them of my
availability for the 1970 season.

Sincerely Yours, Curt Flood.


Kuhn denied his request. He filed suit on January 16, 1970, stating that baseball had violated the nation's anti-trust laws. Even though he was making $90,000 at the time, Flood likened "being owned" to "being a slave 100 years ago." The case went to the Supreme Court, with former Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg pressing his case. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of organized baseball.

Even though Flood lost the lawsuit, the baseball reserve clause was mortally wounded. Within five years, the reserve clause was all but dead.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curt_Flood
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mouse7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:07 PM
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37. Roberto Clemente
Great ball player. Died in a plane crash trying to get relief supplies into Nicaragua after an earthquake
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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:08 PM
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39. Evander Holyfield
ESPECIALLY his pre-religious persona.

Only 4-time world heavyweight champion.

Perennial underdog - even when he was champ often Vegas odds were against him.

Wish he would retire to retain his dignity.
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NewHampster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 10:14 PM
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41. Anna Kournikova


Well Duh!
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Shopaholic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 10:29 PM
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42. Muhammed Ali
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