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Which sport has the best athletes?
Sun, October 7, 2007
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Anyone that thinks soccer players are the best athletes are on something.

Soccer is the slowest paced and most boring game there is. 0 - 0 or 1 - 0 are way to common scores in soccer.

All these people picking soccer must have familt ties in europe so thats why they say soccer, they dont know any better.


Ken, 2007-10-09 09:50:54

Too bad you did not attempt to define the criteria for "the best athlete". And unless you do, it is just your opinionated nonsense against mine and everybody else's. Good to see that no one attempted to argue in favour of baseball, a game (not a sport) played mostly by overweight, unfit players who just stand around. And in spite of their excellent fitness, put any hockey player into a soccer game and they will be exhausted after 30 minutes. Soccer athletes rule!
Victor, 2007-10-08 22:30:59

Bowling.
shlomo, 2007-10-08 21:55:48

As for the best athletes, how can you not include tennis? When it comes to the mose balanced athletes in endurance, mental toughness, skill, agility and strenght, you can't beat the likes of Roger Federer or Raphael Nadal.
c. watson, 2007-10-08 21:21:55

This can only be argued using a variety of elements. Endurance, speed, hand-eye coordination to name a few. Cyclists of course would score high on endurance but low on hand-eye coordination. Golfers would be the opposite. The best athletes, in my opinion, represent all of these elements and I think it is fair to say that sports such as hockey, soccer and basketball are the stand outs in this respect. But I would give the edge to hockey because of the physical play and demanding schedule. Soccer would be a close second because it is played everwhere and to be at the top of that skill you truly need to dominate on a world scale, not just North America and parts of Europe.
Jason, 2007-10-08 13:33:05

I'm not cozying up to anyone here but you hockey guys need to slack off. The intensity of the sport (soccer) far outweighs that of hockey or anything else.

Just look at a well conditioned soccer athlete and then that of a well conditioned hockey athlete, there is no comparison.

Come down off your collective high horse people!
Sera, 2007-10-08 13:29:49

Matt and Jonny you both couldnt be more wrong. Have you ever watched a complete basketball and soccer game or just the high lights on a sports channel ?

Basketball players and soccer players dont run all game from start to the finish.

Soccer and basketball players have just as many breaks as do hockey players.

The last 1 or 2 minutes of a basketball game takes 10 -15 minutes with all the time outs and intentional fouls.

Soccer has breaks when the ball goes out of play and when they set up for a corner kick or an injury timeout.

Soccer may have the best actors, as all the injuries they fake. They go down like they were shot and we see the replay and there isnt anything wrong with them at all.
Tim, 2007-10-08 10:49:16

To Jonny / Matt

Soccer / basketball players rest just as much as hockey players. Dont you ever see the play in soccer / basketball come to a stand still when a team gets in there opponents end ?

Basketball has all the fouls and timeouts.

Its quite clear Jonny / Matt have never sat down and watched an entire soccer / basketball game from start to finish.


Dave, 2007-10-08 10:35:08

Jonny

Do you think soccer players run non stop the entire game LOL What about injury time outs, or when they set up for corner kicks etc.

Hockey players are the best athletes. They play the fastest, roughest sport and the travel is very hard. When on a road trip they fly out right after the game to the next city, dont get to the hotel until 2 or 3 am, then get up for a game day skate around 10 or 11, play that night and head out of town right after the game to the next city.

Then at playoff time they play every other night for 2 months after a long hard season.
Jimmy, 2007-10-08 10:19:51

One of the quotes in the article reads as follows.

“Certainly nothing moves faster in any sport than the puck itself" They mentioned a speed of over 120 km/hr let's see if we can find something faster :)

Beg to disagree, found the following on Wikipedia on badminton, seems the birdie moves faster than a puck.

"Men's doubles player Fu Haifeng of China set the official world smash record of 332 km/h (206 mph) on June 3, 2005 in the Sudirman Cup."

To be a pro hockey player means you are an athelete no doubt, hovever it would seem to me to find the best atheletes in sport you need to look at individual rather than team sports so the athelete can stand alone entirely on their own merits. Since Canada is very stong in hockey I am not surprised by the slight bias of this article. Lacrosse is Canada's national sport so I was suprised it was not at least mentioned.
KC, 2007-10-08 10:09:07

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