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(ESPN)   Most overrated athletes of all time, part two   ( divider line
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2003-07-01 09:29:58 AM  
I'd love to read this article, too bad the GAWT-DAMN popups crash IE and Mozilla.
2003-07-01 10:35:18 AM  
Is Nomar on it? Or A-Rod?
2003-07-01 11:17:03 AM  
Is Nomar on it? Or A-Rod?

No, but I think Jeter was on the list of most overrated current athletes. As he should be.

Lenin: The popups shouldn't crash IE, but I would recommend disabling them altogether in Mozilla.
2003-07-01 11:41:42 AM  
I am a little surprised that Nolan Ryan was on the list.

I think one of Nolan's greatest moments was when Robin Ventura charged the mound after being grazed by a pitch. Nolan puts Ventura in a headlock and smacks him around. It was a beautiful thing.

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2003-07-01 01:07:50 PM  
...still an IE guy but the new Google toolbar with the popup killer is sweet
2003-07-01 03:11:05 PM  
What exick? 1918?

2003-07-01 04:36:04 PM  
Most over-rated? That's easy. The Dallas Cowboys. "Americas Team" my turd cutter...
2003-07-01 04:49:19 PM  
Still no Cal Ripken? Shame on them.
2003-07-01 04:52:04 PM  
minoridiot, you rock. Nolan Ryan's probably my favorite player, and that was indeed a great moment. Him pitching while bleeding from the lip after being hit by a line drive from Bo Jackson was pretty badass too.
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2003-07-01 04:54:20 PM  
2003-07-01 10:35:18 AM Smookyfufu
Is Nomar on it? Or A-Rod?

I wouldn't call A-Rod overrated. Sure, his contract was for a bit too much money, but he's one of few players that are at least somewhat deserving of it.

/not a Rangers fan, btw :-p
2003-07-01 05:10:29 PM  
ARod isn't overrated, he's overvalued. There's a difference.

Jeter is both.
2003-07-01 05:12:00 PM  
Anthony Dillwig and Blair Kiel of the Green Bay Packers, the back up quaterbacks behind the Majic Man! They were totally overrated...

/just wanted to say Dillwig
2003-07-01 05:13:24 PM  
Cal Ripken hands down. Great athlete because he had perfect attendance...I think not.
2003-07-01 05:14:01 PM  
deion sanders? he's the greatest! someone send me a copy of his cd.
2003-07-01 05:15:38 PM  
I can't believe that they left out little Billy Murphy, he sucks. The kid hits the T every time causing the ball to fall off, then he runs around the bases backwards. I'm not going to even start on how he wears his glove on his head half the game.
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2003-07-01 05:16:31 PM  
BrewCityQueenI see your Dillwig and Kiel and raise you a Tony Mandarich. Selected 2nd in the 1989 NFL Draft ahead of some guy named Barry Sanders.

2003-07-01 05:16:39 PM  
earthrhino, you'd better be careful. mick e once got a number of "almost-death-threats" on his answering machine after he suggested Cal was overrated in a major national sports publication.
2003-07-01 05:18:40 PM  
Being from the UK, I have no idea who any of those Farkers are...except O.J Simpson. That's Homer's brother, right?
2003-07-01 05:18:44 PM  
NEWSFLASH: ESPN journalist stabbed to death. OJ Simpson seen fleeing the scene.
2003-07-01 05:18:44 PM  
Yeah, mick e didn't get the Grant Fuhr thing at all. His career numbers stack up easily to Patty WaWa.
2003-07-01 05:19:02 PM  
god i HATE deion sanders
2003-07-01 05:19:18 PM  
Most over-rated sports webpage: ESPN Page 2
2003-07-01 05:20:24 PM  
Most overrated athelete of all time:

Michael Schumacher

(formula one driver- highest paid athelete in the world $60 million in wages from Ferrari alone)

Not saying he isn't good- but he's damn lucky to always end up with the fastest team on the grid!
2003-07-01 05:20:54 PM  
They forgot Steve Young.

/Cowboys fan
2003-07-01 05:20:59 PM  
I have the most over-rated not yet player: LeBron

Sorry, but I had to add it...
2003-07-01 05:21:45 PM  
hey mick e, a little OT, but would you go by mick e on other boards? The third-person reference is pretty telling...

Grant Fuhr doesn't belong on the runner-up list. If they want to pick on a goalie, throw Cujo on there or something. He can't win a cup, no matter who plays in front of him.

I think the writer, who lost all sorts of credibility by including Nolan Ryan, just wanted to balance out the article by picking a retired NHL player at random. Why not go with someone who backstopped a few Cup-winning teams and made his way into the HoF because of it?
The only way Fuhr could be included on that kind of list would be the career 3.4 GAA he has... but hey, as an NHL goalie, you only have to stop one more shot than the guy across the ice from you, right?
2003-07-01 05:24:23 PM  
disagree with fuhr, and cujo. he got zippy help from the wings. i don't know how the players aren't taking more heat from not scoring and the blame is falling on his shoulders.

as for overrated goalies recently, i think theodore and boucher would be up there.
2003-07-01 05:24:24 PM  
HAHA NICU8697! Now Mandarich was no flop! Oh no! Barry who? The Packers never make any draft mistakes.

/cheesehead with attitude
2003-07-01 05:25:02 PM  
I think the guy at espn has been smoking some crack!!! Nolan Ryan didn't play on mediocre teams, he played on crappy teams. Hell, whats overrated about 7 NO HITTERS (2 of them in his 40's if memory serves me.

To put Sandy Koufax on the honorable mention list is really laughable. That guy was unhittable until arthritis took him out of baseball prematurely.
2003-07-01 05:25:22 PM  
Most overrated crime solver of all time: O.J. Simpson
2003-07-01 05:26:00 PM  
Speaking of draft mistakes *cough*minnesota *caugh*vikings.
2003-07-01 05:26:13 PM  
I was gonna say David Beckham, but I remembered he plays soccer and is not really an athlete.

/lights cigarette,opens beer,waits/
2003-07-01 05:26:13 PM  
Of the options listed on the site, Joe Namath. Hard to say bad things about Joe, but they pretty much summed up why he's over-rated. As a cultural icon, he's tops. As a QB, vastly over-rated.
2003-07-01 05:26:16 PM  
I really can't debate many of the players named, especially Swann. I live in Pittsburgh, and it just makes me CRAZY the way everybody here thinks everyone from the Steelers teams in the 1970s belongs in Canton.
However, I don't think Nolan Ryan belongs on that list. More than 300 wins is something, particularly given the mediocrity of his teams (one World Series appearance...the '69 Mets).
But 5,000 strikeouts? That's spectacular. That's unparalleled.
2003-07-01 05:26:26 PM  

Hey, let's make this list international, and anyways a european farker will mention him anyways: David Beckham.

Overrated, Boston edition: Tim Wakefield. Yea he can eat up innings, but he's a knuckleballer, and not a good one at that.

Another Boston addition edition: Antoine Walker. I wish he would wiggle his way to another team.

2003-07-01 05:26:44 PM  
Cal Ripken was an exceptional short stop. He had multiple seasons with an almost perfect fielding percentage, and a couple seasons with around 3 errors. He wasnt the greatest hitter in his later years, but he was the first of a generation of 30+ homer shortstops.

And his perfect attendance does say something towards his athleticism. Nowadays so called "superstars" never go all out for anything. They try for key moments by resting as often as they can. To go out everyday, many times in pain, and still be a great player at the top level is an amazing accomplishment.

Commenting on things you have no idea about is fun! just ask naked_man.

/get a farking clue
2003-07-01 05:27:18 PM  
Yeah I know Cal's .983 fielding percentage sucks ass, I mean hell any guy can play 162 games have 443 balls hit to him and only commit 3 errors right???

Oh or all those other years where he had less then 10 errors. Fielding is soooo overrated.
2003-07-01 05:27:37 PM  
Cal Ripken and Deion Sanders have gotta be the two most overrated sports players ever. Ripken only got the stats because he never took a day off, even when he was waaaay past his prime. Should've ended up w/ about 2300-2400 hits. And he only had one 'great' year, which for 99% of players would be not near enough for the HOF.
2003-07-01 05:27:59 PM  
Pete Rose? Say what?

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I'd hit it 4292 times!
2003-07-01 05:28:29 PM  
FalloutBoy, still laughing....thanks
2003-07-01 05:28:42 PM  
deion sanders should be #1 on this list
2003-07-01 05:28:51 PM  

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2003-07-01 05:29:26 PM  
I give up. Can't remote link my ass!
2003-07-01 05:29:28 PM  
I agree with pretty much every one of the selections, except Nolan Ryan. 7 goddamn no-hitters. The Cy Young thing was very surprising.

And Antoine Walker was on the previous list.
2003-07-01 05:30:05 PM  
I had no idea Sonny Liston was even rated, let alone over-rated.
2003-07-01 05:30:05 PM  
Phil Rizzuto shouldn't be on that list. No one thinks he was any good to begin with. The only reason he's in the HOF is b/c he begged and whined for 30 years on Yankees radio for it.
2003-07-01 05:30:43 PM  
It used to pee mick e off (yes, that mick e, carrot) to no end as James Lofton and John Stallworth got skipped year after year while Swannie was sitting there in the Hall. That was just sick. Lofton is the #2 yardage guy in history behind Jerry Rice fuhgodsake.
2003-07-01 05:30:52 PM  
I can't believe this guy didn't make the list: John Elway. The only reason he looked good on the Donkeys is because they built the whole team around his throwing arm -- and when he was off, he was off.
2003-07-01 05:30:59 PM  
Stupid ESPN pages are practically inviewable with Firebird. Just keeps refreshing and refreshing and refreshing.

Doesn't matter though, the article wasn't that good.
2003-07-01 05:31:11 PM  
Hulk Hogan
enuf said.
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