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Is it fair to call Phelps greatest olympic athlete

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Postby MeatStick » Thu Aug 28, 2008 8:18 pm

boston_jeff wrote:blah blah blah...and hey if that helps you win the argument in your mind, that's fine.

I didn't have to win it, you just had to post.

There's no winning with a moron that speaks of something, then admits he doesn't know of what he speaks - that's called “buffoonery,â€Â
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Postby O.J. » Fri Aug 29, 2008 9:37 am

MeatStick wrote:
I think


Don't think, Meat. It will only hurt the ball club.
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Postby MeatStick » Fri Aug 29, 2008 10:41 am

O.J. wrote:
MeatStick wrote:
I think


Don't think, Meat. It will only hurt the ball club.


You told him I was throwing the deuce, didn't you?

Point taken.
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Postby Igor » Fri Aug 29, 2008 10:57 pm

The entire "who is the best athlete" thing is impossible to solve, but fun to discuss (for a while, anyway). Clearly Phelps is assisted in his medal haul by the fact that many swimmers can achieve an elite level at more than one stroke, whereas a runner is unlikely to be good at both the 100 and 800. Plus, a runner can train with minimal resources, while an olympic-class swimmer needs to be from a developed country, and (usually) started swimming competitively sometime around 6-9 years old.

My favorite dumb sports argument is whether a 300 game or a hole in one is tougher. Had an actuarial friend that debated that with me for a while over some beers one night. (Consensus was that a 300 game is easier for a pro or a good amateur while a hole in one was easier for a beginner)
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