1. Why We Should All Listen to Bob Cousy's Opinion about the Greatest Players

    Imagine 80-year-old Bob Cousy sitting in his living room watching the recent NBA All-Star game, when his 12-year-old grandson (I made up his grandson’s age) jumps up on his lap ...

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  2. Who Is the Least Deserving MVP in NBA History?

    I have already written one and half articles on this subject (MVP voting), so I will be brief. Logically, the definition of the MVP winner in sports is, if you could magically take each player ...

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  3. Who's the Greatest of All Time in a Particular Sport?

    Okay, in reality, it is impossible to unequivocally answer this question. This is sports, however, where (as I have written before) the difference between reality and fantasy becomes blurred...

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  4. Who Should Vote for Sports Awards and All-Star Selections?

    Before television became widespread, very few people, namely sportswriters and a couple of die-hard fans, watched enough sporting events to make an informed and intelligent decision about who was the best at a particular sport...

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  5. More on Voting for the MVP Award

    To make sure we are all the same page, I am going to start with what is, logically, the definition of the MVP winner in sports: If you could magically take each player off his (or ...

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  6. Who Deserves the MVP Award in a Particular Sport?

    It is the most prestigious individual award in sports and also the most controversial. But is it the most controversial because it is the most prestigious and hence, the award that ...

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  7. The Magical Transformation of Muhammad Ali (Part Three of Three)

    This fight, more than any other, helped persuade Ali's critics that they were wrong about his overall abilities as a boxer (whether they actually admit it or not—I am doing it for them)...

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  8. The Magical Transformation of Muhammad Ali (Part Two of Three)

    In order to answer this question, we have to finish the story (both mine and Ali's). Ali's last title defense was in March 1967 against Zora Folley, and the next time he that he was ...

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  9. The Magical Transformation of Muhammad Ali (Part One of Three)

    (Author's Note: I have written approximately 75 articles over the past last year and a half for my site, UltimateSportsRankings.com, and is my opinion, this is my best article. It is also my most personal and perhaps that helped...

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  10. Does Race Allow the NHL to Get Away with All That Fighting?

    The short answer is yes. Fighting is up 24 percent this year in the NHL, and while this amazes no one, maybe it should. After all, there shouldn’t be any fighting in hockey and there already was plenty of fighting in the NHL before this year...

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  11. Why the LeBron/Kobe Debate Is the Best Sports Debate in the World

    First of all, even if you are not a basketball fan, it is hard not to admit that the LeBron/Kobe is a great debate. In my opinion, it is one of the greatest sports debates ever (or at least during ...

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  12. Why Are Some Athletes Underrated and Others Overrated? Pt. 2

    Third, an athlete played well in the clutch, especially in championship games. While this is undeniably an important trait in any great athlete, sometimes these feats can overshadow an athlete's otherwise inconsistent career...

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  13. Why Are Some Athletes Underrated and Others Overrated? Pt. 1

    Originally, I was going to write two articles, i.e., separate lists of underrated and overrated athletes. I decided, however, against these two articles for several reasons: 1) they have been ...

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  14. Why Is Boxing Slowly Dying? Can It be Saved?

    In the first half of the 20th century there were three "major" sports: baseball, horse racing, and boxing. Today, horse racing and boxing are slowing dying. Unlike horse racing, however, boxing has brought this fate upon itself...

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  15. Why Doesn't College Football Listen to 94% of Their Fans?

    In the last major survey I saw 94 percent of the fans said they wanted a playoff system in NCAA Division College Football and only six percent said that they liked the current BCS Bowl Championships Series...

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  16. How Good Were the Negro Leagues?

    It is a sad comment on our society (read: US) that this question can actually exist. It is a shame that racism was so prevalent in the first half of the 20th century that blacks (or African-Americans ...

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  17. Why Is Baseball and Its Fans So Resistant to Change?

    Admittedly, I am not a big baseball fan. I appreciate the strategy that is involved, but it is just too slow for my tastes. However, I like all sports to a certain extent...

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  18. Welcome To the All-Sports-Cliche Network

    Joe the Announcer: Good Evening, welcome to ESPN 4, the All-Sports-Cliche Network, where we are proud to bring you game five of a best of seven conference final playoff series. I'm Joe Announcer, and I'm here with Mr...

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  19. Debunking the World's 10 Biggest Sports Myths

    You have heard them all before if you follow sports, but are these myths true? 1. "Defense wins championships." No. Actually teams and individuals win championships...

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  20. Football Violence: Why Is It Ignored?

    I enjoy a good clean hit when I am watching a football game as long as no one gets hurt. However, violence does not attract me to football...

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  21. Why Soccer Will Never Be Popular in the United States

    OK, so never is a pretty long time, but I only have so much room for the title of an article; hence, allow me to qualify it for you. As long the scoring in soccer (football to non-Americans) remains the same (2...

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  22. Maybe the Williams Sisters Had it Right All Along

    Maybe there is no right or wrong way to handle a tennis career. It may all just be a matter of personal preference. However, there seems to be a prevailing view that if an athlete, specifically ...

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  23. Should Baseball Reinstate Buck Weaver and Shoeless Joe Jackson?

    "I copied Jackson's style because I thought he was the greatest hitter I had ever seen, the greatest natural hitter I ever saw. He's the guy who made me a hitter...

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  24. What Is the Fairest Way to Run a Sports Tournament?

    In my perfect world, there would be no single elimination sports tournaments in either individual or team tournaments. The purpose of a tournament is to find out who is the best at something...

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  25. What Are the Limits in Swimming and Track and Field?

    I had trouble figuring out how to begin this article and also how to keep this article from being too technical, dry, and intellectually-based...

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