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Athletes of the Decade

Tiger Woods was just named by the Associated Press Athlete of the Decade, despite his recent “out of bounds” problems.  The voters got it right.  Despite his “transgressions,” what Tiger did on the golf course was truly spectacular. You must separate the two for this type of honor.  Doubt he will get Father of the Year votes, but he’s the man when it comes to purely playing his sport at the highest level.

This got me thinking, though.  As we end this first decade of the 21st century, who are the various athletes of the decade in different sports?  Here’s my list:

Football:  Tom Brady – Four Super Bowl appearances with 3 victories. Two-time Super Bowl MVP.  2007 NFL MVP.

Basketball: Kobe Bryant – Nudges out LeBron. Led his team to 4 NBA championships in the decade. Three time MVP of the league.

Baseball: Albert Pujols – Three-time National League MVP and one World Series ring. Eight-time All-Star. 366 home runs and a .334 batting average in the decade. Gold Glove award in 2006.

Golf: Tiger Woods – Nobody is close. Sixty-four tournament wins, including 12 majors. End of story.

Other Sports: Lance Armstrong – Seven Tour de France wins.

If I were a voter,(which I should be don’t you think), my top three would be:

1 – Tiger Woods

2 – Lance Armstrong

3 – Tom Brady

What about you?  Feel free to voice your comments on this blog. Should make for great dialogue.


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6 thoughts on “Athletes of the Decade

  1. Michael Phelps- talk about total domination of a sport. Fourteen career gold medals- more than any other Olympian. Not to mention he has broken 37 world records.

  2. Definitely Phelps. And not to pick nits, but Armstrong only won six in this decade, I believe.

    I’d go with ARod for player of the decade in baseball – much bigger impact on the game, with three MVP’s, two GGs, a WS ring, 440 home runs, and the biggest contract in the history of the game.

  3. Let me tackle these:

    Oops on the hockey. Sorry, I don’t follow it closely. A hazard of being in the Northwest without a team. The best player I know is Sidney Crosby. Would that be a good choice?

    Michael Phelps certainly dominated his sport. I’m not sure I would put him over Armstrong, though. The seven came from the Athlete of the Decade roster online – I defer to them.

    I thought of A-Rod. Maybe my plain not liking the guy got in the way. If I was starting a team, I’d take Pujols over him every time just on production.

    Great comments. I love the topic. Let’s hear more…

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