Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps Lead Athletes in AskMen's Epic 'Top 49 Men' List

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterOctober 10, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11:  Usain Bolt of Jamaica poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's 4 x 100m Relay on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 11, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
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Men, dudes, and fellas.

Thanks to AskMen, we now have a list to keep us all busy in heated debate. The Top 49 Most Influential Men of 2012 is a compilation of those masculine figures who have shaped the very world we live in.

The site had approximately 500,000 men vote on this list that is just begging to be discussed and debated, hopefully over a nice frosty mug of domestic brew.  

As you will see, this isn't relegated to the non-fiction world either. For our purposes, there are a number of athletes and sports figures of note, and we simply have to give them some love here. 

You can take a look at all 49 masculine marvels at the official AskMen page

No. 2 - Usain Bolt: AskMen Page for Usain Bolt

That's right. The only human who looks like a blur when he runs gets on the podium in this list. When you consider all the names on it, getting the silver here is quite the accomplishment. 

He proved sequels really can be just as good as the original. In his second Olympic Games, Bolt captured gold once again in the 100-meter and 200-meter races with times of 9.63 and 19.32, respectively. 

No. 12 - Michael Phelps: AskMen Page for Michael Phelps

Forget the swimming pool, there is no Olympian from any sport with as much golden swag as this maestro. 

That's all well and good, but I am beginning to think some network needs to follow this guy around with a camera as he meanders into retirement. The avid poker player has his sights set on golf and recently dropped a 150-putt. No big whoop. 

No. 14 - The Replacement Refs: AskMen Page for Replacement Refs

This is my exit here, boys.

I can't give the replacement refs a lot of love, but what appreciation I do have for the job they did does not warrant a top-15 placement. 

Are we really going to start handing out awards for guys being paid to do mediocre jobs? There should be a list of those half-million guys who voted for the refs to be on this list. We would all like a word.  

No. 29 - Felix Baumgartner: AskMen Page for Felix Baumgartner

The Red Bull Stratos project will take this 43-year old 120,000 feet in the air. That's when Baumgartner will jump out of a perfectly good air balloon. 

If that doesn't impress you, consider he will be breaking the speed of sound. 

No. 30 - Jose Mourinho: AskMen Page for Jose Mourinho 

The Special One gets a ton of love from the voters, splashing in at No. 30. 

Still, the mad genius who has lead some of the best sides in the modern era is eight points shy of Barcelona in La Liga this season. This is a ton of praise for a man who has Los Blancos behind Betis on the table. 

No. 33 - Andy Murray: AskMen Page for Andy Murray

Needs to be higher. This is the same man who had an entire country screaming out in unison when he won gold at the London Olympics. 

No. 44  - Tim Tebow: AskMen Page for Tim Tebow

This is the biggest surprise. Not because he is on the list, but because he is so low. When the Worldwide Leader can't shut up about Tebow, he really deserves to be top five as far as men leading sports discourse right now. 

No. 47 - Tony Horton: AskMen Page for Tony Horton

Will some please "X" this guy?

Horton didn't make working out any more fun than it was. In fact, it's more work than ever. He just made it far more rewarding. 

When you consider that every last man and woman across the country has heard of P90X, he has to be higher on this list. 

Now we get to the fun part, dissecting where each man fell on this breakdown and who may have been left off entirely. 

No love for LeBron James? Have we closed the book entirely on Tiger Woods being "influential?" So many things to answer, and an entire lifetime to do it in. 

Make your voice heard, sports fans. 

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