Open Mic: What Would Really Happen if Athletes Changed Sports?

matt conleeContributor IJune 19, 2008

Let's see, first off this is my first article to write. I've been extremely busy with work and really haven't had time to do an open mic, but this one seemed to catch my eye.

Where would the U.S.A. soccer team rank amongst the world’s best if its top athletes grew up playing soccer? Which athletes from other sports would make great soccer players? (i.e. could Dwyane Wade or Kobe Bryant hold their own in goal)

Well the odds of this ever happening are slim to none, but if it were to happen then hell yes the US would have the most dominant soccer team ever.

I mean, think about it, if you had players like Kobe Bryant, A-Rod and Brian Urlacher play soccer and they were as talented on the soccer field as they were in their sports, they would be amazing!

A few players that would be good to see play soccer, if they were as talented at soccer as they are in their sports, would be Kobe, Urlacher, A-Rod, Ichiro, Derek Jeter, Martin Gramatica, Grakowski, DeAngelo Williams and I choose these players on a basis of speed, stamina, and leg strength.

Which sport has the best pound-for-pound athletes from a physical perspective? Which sport takes the most mental toughness to excel at?

Well I don’t really agree with asking this question, but I guess I’ll answer it to the best of my ability. It probably won’t be what your looking for but granted it is my opinion.

Really I don’t think any sport has the best pound for pound athletes, because in my opinion every athlete that is in a specific sport is great, no matter how big or small they are, because they are getting paid big bucks to do what they do.

So it’s kind of hard to choose one sport to say that about. Now about the metal toughness question, I would have to say baseball.

I’m partial to baseball anyway because it’s my favorite sport. It has been said many times that the hardest thing to do in sports is hit a baseball because your trying to hit a round ball with a round bat square.

I agree because not everybody can make solid contact when hitting a baseball, but I guarantee you that even if you’re not any good at basketball you can still get the round ball in the round hoop.

Also in baseball you have to be able to throw straight, run quick or hit the ball hard. Another thing is that in baseball there are “farm” teams you have to worry about getting sent down and playing lower class ball.

In football and basketball you don’t have to worry about that, they just bench you until you prove yourself in practice the next day.

Which star athletes have the skills necessary to succeed in other sports? Do you believe tennis players would make strong baseball hitters, and hockey players talented golfers?

The star athletes in other sports question is weird because there are so many stars that could’ve gone pro in other sports, but they chose not to because they are playing the one they love most.

Now I do believe that baseball players maybe good golfers and tennis players being good baseball players is a possibility.

Why would a top young American athlete opt for soccer or rugby if he could make NBA dollars or play in the NFL? Will this cultural dynamic ever change?

Well in today’s society more than likely there not going to play what they love because everything is based on money. The dynamic could possibly change if people demanded to see more rugby and things of that such. Its all about what the people want.