Usairwys757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3500 times:
Rolling off of the regular hero thread. Just as the title says, who is your sports hero? When I thought about this, a few names came to mind. But I gotta roll with Vince Lombardi, the dude changed the face of football and all sports forever. He made an impact on the game that no one has ever duplicated, nor will. So I gotta go with Lombardi.
Logan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3493 times:
Limiting myself to Boston, there are a few names that come to the top of the list:
Bobby Orr - completely changed the role of the defenseman in hockey
Larry Bird - consummate pressure guy. Not the most talented, but worked as hard, or harder, than his teammates and competitors
Ted Williams - last guy to hit .400; missed several seasons for military duty in WWII
Tom Brady - yes, I know, he's only 27, but he's had a better career in five seasons than most have in a lifetime.
ZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5564 posts, RR: 38
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3469 times:
This an interesting question. It depends very much from where you come. For example, all those mentioned base- or football-players are not known here. For me there are: the football players (soccer) Pelé, Zinedine Zidane or out of a Swiss view the tennis player Roger Federer. Of course there are many others. I call them "excellent" but perhaps not "heros".
YooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 51
Reply 18, posted (9 years 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3379 times:
International Caps 103
International Goals 14
Teams C Munich 1906, Bayern Munich, New York Cosmos, SV Hamburg
Team Honours World Cup: 1974
European Championship: 1972
European Cup: 1974, 75, 76
Cup Winners: Cup: 1967
World Club Championships: 1976
Bundesliega: 1969, 72, 73, 74.
West German Cup: 1966, 67, 69, 71.
Individual Honours European Footballer of the Year: 1972, 76
Franz Beckenbauer, i believe, is the only man to have won the World Cup both as a player and as a manager
I am so smart, i am so smart... S-M-R-T... i mean S-M-A-R-T
NIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (9 years 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3339 times:
There is only one baseball hero in my book.
I remember where I was when I heard he had died. A very sad day. My dad saw him play. There was nobody sweeter. He did it all. Hit, ran, fielded. Didn't hot dog anything. A total professional. His record of hitting safely in 56 straight games will never be broken. Much like Secretariat's record of 2:24 for a mile and half. My dad also saw Big Red run and told me how he also ran each quarter mile faster than the previous one on the Belmont in 73'. When you think of that, it blows your mind. I think everyone at the track that day couldn't believe what they saw. There will never be another horse quite like him. Another hero for me. Just look at this record.
If you look at the horses that ran second to him like Big Spruce, Stop the Music, Sham, Riva Ridge they were great but Big Red was the Greatest. I am glad I can see that statue of him in the paddock at Belmont.
Yukimizake From Japan, joined Mar 2004, 529 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (9 years 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3338 times:
The use of the word hero to describe a sporting personality is quite dubious, admirable is a better word. I always really admired Wayne Gretzky, not only for his raw talent on the ice, but also for the ultimate class in how he announced his retirement. He kept it secret until the last week of the season so there was none of this season long farewell tour side-show crap we have seen before like when Magic Johnson finally retired. Also worth mentioning is his selection and involvement with the gold medal winning hockey team from the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. Instead of the defensive minded type of teams from the previous Olympics, he went with the all the big guns.
And there's also Gilles Villeneuve and Ayrton Senna, awesome talents who both died behind the wheel of their F1 cars.
'Opfer müssen gebracht werden (Sacrifices must be made)' - Otto Lilienthal
: "....seen before like when Magic Johnson finally retired." Which time. Didn't he and Jordan put us through retirement two or three times?
: Was sad to see Gretzky being interviewed today after the NHL cancelled the season. You can see in his face, he knows hockey as we have known it is in