The Coolest Old Guys in Sports

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterMarch 28, 2013

The Coolest Old Guys in Sports

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    Sometimes the oldest guy in the sport is also the coolest. 

    And so it goes for the select group of individuals that are laid out before you. They still walk around like they own the place, and we love it. 

    We aren't working with a strict set of criteria here. For age, any former athlete, coach or analyst who exudes as much wisdom as they do panache will be considered. 

    As for "cool," any old guy who would mandate you buying him a beer the second you see him in public qualifies. 

    Of course, this is a work in progress that demands your help. I know you have some idea of cool guys and thoughts on the ones provided. Please, supply your completely reasoned and well-thought out points in the section below. 

    Now, let's get classy with it. 

10. Larry Merchant

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    The above video has quite a few NSFW words as Larry Merchant and Floyd Mayweather pleasantly agree to disagree

    Age: 82

    Larry Merchant isn't really my favorite broadcaster. I always thought he sounded like a man who enjoyed one too many spirits the moment before calling a fight.

    Also, he is known to go into long-winded explanations that can actually cause similar symptoms to sea sickness for those listening. 

    Still, his dust-up with Floyd Mayweather was pure gold. "I wish I was 50 years younger and I'd kick your ass."

    The 82-year-old boxing analyst is now retired

    We will miss you, Larry. 

9. Lee Trevino

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    Age: 73

    This one is especially near and dear to my heart, not because the 73-year-old Mexican-American golfer boasts 89 wins in his career or six major championships. 

    He is just funny in very small cameos. 

    He showed up in random spots in Happy Gilmore and again in the most recent commercial for Tiger Woods' video game

    Anytime he shows his face I have to think, "We need more Trevino."

8. Lee Corso

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    Age: 77

    The man many of us love to hate and others just straight love. Lee Corso may be 77 years old, but he acts like a teenager with all of his antics. 

    The guy just doesn't care, which reminds us of the time he dropped an F-bomb on live television with the ease of someone saying, "excuse me."

    Dig deep into your soul. You know College Gameday would be far more boring without him. 

7. Brent Musburger

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    Age: 73

    I will go ahead and assume this pick here gets slammed as 73-year-old Brent Musburger is seen by many as creepy. 

    To each his own. I say his remarks about Katherine Webb merely featured the words "lovely," "good-looking" and "beautiful" peppered in, which is hardly off-putting. 

    Not that Webb minds, because right after she became a national sensation and starred in Splash and featured in the 2013 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. It's kind of cool to have such power that a mere mention can turn the anonymous into a household name. 

    Musburger isn't at all ashamed of the negative publicity either. In fact, he went so far as to sign some Katherine Webb posters for a fan. 

    Very cool. 

6. Lou Holtz

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    Age: 76

    Yes, many of you love to make light of the man who seems just one syllable away from a "Sufferin' succotash!" 

    Still, Lou Holtz brings the funny, intentional or not, every week during college football season. It's comforting to know we will get impassioned insight as well as undying love for all things Notre Dame. 

    And there is always hope the 76-year-old and Mark May will one day put some boxing gloves on. 

5. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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    Age: 65

    Three NCAA titles and six NBA rings weren't enough. The 65-year-old had to become Roger Murdock as well. 

    Abdul-Jabbar has battled leukemia, tutored Andrew Bynum and is now offering his wisdom to UCLA if they are smart enough to take it. 

    Well, he is willing to teach no matter what crazy venue he is given. 

    His recent stint on Splash proved a couple of things. For one, they will put anything on TV. Second, and most importantly, Abdul-Jabbar is still willing to try new things, even if it means belly flopping on national TV

    Oh, and he has a statute of himself outside the Staples Center. I mean, do you have one?

4. Mike Ditka

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    Age: 73

    I will go ahead and say you resident super fans out there will agree wholeheartedly with this pick. Mike Ditka just gets better with age. 

    He recently sat down with Don Shula, ate steak, drank wine and talked football, which is precisely how you make little football rainbows form. 

3. Phil Jackson

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    Age: 67

    Having the moniker "Zen Master" is cool and all, but Phil Jackson walks that cool walk as well, albeit with a slight limp from surgery. 

    Hey, these are old guys we are talking about. 

    He never seemed too heated about being usurped for the recent Lakers gig by Mike D'Antoni and even offered a cool assessment earlier in the year

    Still, the way he sauntered onto Twitter was the most recent show of his laid-back swagger. His first tweet was a mess, which had all of Twitter captivated, only to later release a video that showed he was typing with all 11 championship rings. 

    You win, Phil. 

2. Arnold Palmer

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    Age: 83

    If I ever get to 83 years of age, I would very much like to sit down to dinner with a supermodel. If the wife will let me, of course. 

    There is a ton to love about the King. He is one of the best to ever golf and has opened play at the Masters alongside Jack Nicklaus, which is one of the most underrated and classiest traditions in recent memory. 

    Heck, it's hard not to break into a huge smile when the guy relives his greatest memories as he did in 2011 with Golf Magazine

    Then again, we have to give the guy mad props for scoring a dinner with Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Upton and even stealing a smooch. 

    Pure class. 

1. Bill Russell

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    Age: 79

    When we are talking "cool," we are talking about guys who mandate you to stop what you are doing when they are being interviewed and grab your attention when their highlights are shown. 

    Bill Russell, a man who was honored with the Medal of Freedom in 2011, certainly qualifies. 

    We tend to get lost in the minutiae of who might be the next Michael Jordan, but rarely recognize how there will never be another like Russell. 

    The legend was a genius in regards to court vision, sharing the ball and defense, and is just as adept at sharing his wisdom, like the times he sat down with Kevin Garnett and with Chris Webber.  

    When the man speaks, you listen. 

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