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    Who is the top athlete?

    According to the American public the top athlete in the U.S. is Jimmy Johnson (and it's not even a close competition between Jimmy Johnson and others).

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    Forget Kobe, Tiger, Brady; Jimmie Johnson is today's top athlete - From the Marbles - NASCAR - Yahoo! Sports


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    Re: Who is the top athlete?

    I thought it was top "athlete"?

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    Re: Who is the top athlete?

    NASCAR drivers=nonathletes



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    Re: Who is the top athlete?

    **** nascar



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    Re: Who is the top athlete?

    Obviously this poll is a popularity contest. If that were not the case, competitors in some of the lesser known sports, triathletes, bicyclists, etc. would be deserving of the top athlete billing.


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    Re: Who is the top athlete?

    Quote Originally Posted by dtclones View Post
    NASCAR drivers=nonathletes
    You give it a whirl then tough guy
    Bet you cant handle driving a stock car, non athletes my ***



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    Re: Who is the top athlete?

    Don't you have to participate in athletics to be an athlete?



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    Re: Who is the top athlete?

    Dumbest line of the article...

    "And don't even start the whole "the car's the star, not the driver" nonsense. Equipment is a key element of every sport. When's the last time you saw a baseball player succeed without a bat, or a football player succeed without pads?"

    Here's my argument. Anyone can make that car go around the track to a certain degree. Of course, not everyone can do it as good as a pro driver...that is no argument. However, how many people on this planet could use a bat to hit a 98 mph fastball? How many people could use their football pads to break through a pro defensive line in football?

    Not to discredit Johnson for his accomplishments...anyone in any sport that wins that much is nothing short of amazing. However, this article goes about making that argument in all the wrong ways. Next time you hear Kobe Bryant at a NBA finals post-game press conference say, "we had a really good basketball out there today" or Tiger Woods say "so and so just had the better golf ball today", come find me. Until then, I consider this journalist to be ridiculous.



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    Re: Who is the top athlete?

    Some will say NASCAR racers are not athletes and I don't want to get into that. I know very little about Nascar but to win a championship 4 times in a row is pretty amazing. I would, however, have to say Tiger Woods is the top athlete. If you want to go strictly to the Big 3 sports, then I guess I would say Peyton Manning right now.


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    Re: Who is the top athlete?

    Quote Originally Posted by CYCRAZY View Post
    You give it a whirl then tough guy
    Bet you cant handle driving a stock car, non athletes my ***
    I think I'd have a much better shot at that than I would playing quarterback in the NFL...

    I like Nascar, but lets not put them in the same class as NFL, MLB, NBA players.



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    Re: Who is the top athlete?

    What is driving around in circles have to do with a sport? I do that after a long night at the bar. :-)



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    Re: Who is the top athlete?

    Quote Originally Posted by IcSyU View Post
    Don't you have to participate in athletics to be an athlete?
    Seems to me that every couple of months we have a ******* match about wether or not Nascar is a sport
    And the same things are always said kinda comical really



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    Re: Who is the top athlete?

    I would also say that from what I know, NASCAR is a very competetive sport. With all of the restrictions on the cars and todays access to technology, the driver and the team are very key. That, in itslef doesn't mean much, but this guy has won the championship 4 times in a row. The place I would knock this is where it is an average result championship meaning you don't necessarily have to beat someone for it. You just have to average out better. Of course, you can look at that as bad or good.


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    Re: Who is the top athlete?

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    I think I'd have a much better shot at that than I would playing quarterback in the NFL...

    I like Nascar, but lets not put them in the same class as NFL, MLB, NBA players.
    I agree but i also didnt write the article, I wouldnt put a driver over those three main sports athletes



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    Re: Who is the top athlete?

    Quote Originally Posted by CYCRAZY View Post
    Seems to me that every couple of months we have a ******* match about wether or not Nascar is a sport
    And the same things are always said kinda comical really
    Hey, shut up. I'm trying to open a can of worms here.



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