If aliens exist—and let’s be honest, they almost certainly do—they too are more than likely obsessed with sports.
Like the rest of us, I’m sure they admire Earth’s most talented athletes. But what if their admiration grew to be too much? What if they decided they want what we have and traveled here in hopes of redistributing said talent, from our planet to theirs?
They’d likely start small, cherry-picking our greats from a few select sports. But we have a deep and impressive collection of talent, and making these choices wouldn’t be so easy.
They’d also hate to alienate (pun intended) their most talent-rich recruiting pool—humans—and would probably give us some say in who they abduct.
We, then, would have some tough calls to make.
So it is with aliens and vanishing athletes in mind that we take a look at our most likely Sports Leftovers. If push came to shove and some athletes had to go, the following are the superstars we'd fight to keep.