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12:04 PM on 12/28/2009
Boxing not mentioned?
11:59 AM on 12/28/2009
Patriots win 3 Superbowls in 4 years, but yeah they don't deserve to be on this...
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jeremyemilio
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12:06 PM on 12/28/2009
That's right. They don't. They did have one chance to make the list of course... but we all know how that turned out.
11:58 AM on 12/28/2009
Guess 8 gold medals in one Olympic game, 16 career Olympic medals and 37 broken world records doesn't count to being consider one of the most dominant. Michael Phelps would have easily been voted in either the top 3 spots.
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11:53 AM on 12/28/2009
I'm a huge ball fan, but I'm still not sure how something that's been accomplished 17 times ranks higher than the fastest times ever set on foot. How many people around the world have ever pitched a 9 inning game of legit, overhand, fast-pitch, baseball? Now how many have been in a footrace? Bolt is the athlete of the decade. Give him his due people.

Oh, and if we're going to rank perfect games, someone is going to have to explain to me how Buehrle's six strikeout performance (in which he gave up a homerun, btw; and anyone who saw the game knows what I'm referring to), somehow ranks higher than Johnson's 13 strikeout performance. Sometimes you throw a no hitter... and sometimes you're just flat out unhittable.
01:54 PM on 12/28/2009
Umm, how can it be a perfect game if Beurhle gave up a home run? It was caught. Saved by DeWayne Wise on the final play. I was there biting my fingernails the last 3 innings!

If we're reliving old glory here then why not the entire 2005 White Sox world series run? They lead from wire to wire AND only lost once in the post season, a feat only completed one other time since the inception of the Wild Card Race.
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jeremyemilio
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03:26 PM on 12/28/2009
Yes. I get that it was caught, and it's an out, and even that any perfect game, by its very nature of requiring not a single error, is always on some level a team accomplishment. But that doesn't change the fact that Johnson's performance, in which he retired 13 of the 27 batters with no help from anyone, was the more dominant individual performance. The homerun that was reeled back in just further proves the case. I'm not trying to take anything away from the perfect game. In fact, I should have been clearer in stating my personal opinion that you can't rank perfect games against each other. Perfect is perfect. But if we're ranking, and we are, well then I can't for the life of me figure out why anyone (Chi-Sox fans aside; it's only right that you root for your team) wouldn't rank Johnson's as the more dominant performance.
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benji85
11:53 AM on 12/28/2009
What about Tom Brady's 2nd quarter performance against Tampa Bay?

Yes I know it wasn't a play off game but still no other QB has thrown for as many touchdowns in a single quarter as Brady did that day.

Or even the Colts win over Miami even though they only controlled the ball for under 15 mins?

There is also Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur's performances in playoff hockey for most shut out minutes.
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jeremyemilio
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03:32 PM on 12/28/2009
The problem with the Brady feat is that it was performed against Tampa Bay. The trouble with the Colts feat is that football teams have two units, and this stat says more about the D's inability to get off the field than it does about O's ability to score... which is a pretty poorly kept secret w/ regard to the Colts.

I agree that any number of Hockey feats are missing from the list, though.
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benji85
04:56 PM on 12/28/2009
They were still pretty dominant performances while those two QBs were on the field.
11:24 AM on 12/28/2009
Red Sox 2004 ALCS - beating the Yankees 4 straight after being down 3-0.
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jeremyemilio
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11:55 AM on 12/28/2009
Yep. Definitely deserves to be on the list... somewhere in the top ten.
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10:59 AM on 12/28/2009
Michael Phelps?
10:49 AM on 12/28/2009
How can you overlook Vince Young's Rose Bowl performance against USC to win the 2005 BCS National Championship for Texas? Young ran for 200 yards and threw for 267 more, nearly beating USC on his own.
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10:43 AM on 12/28/2009
What about Woods win at the Open in 2008 on a bad knee.
10:35 AM on 12/28/2009
Hands down - Lance Armstrong. There should be no debate!
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jeremyemilio
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11:42 AM on 12/28/2009
Ummm... except for the performance enhancers. That makes for a good debate, don't you think?
04:26 PM on 12/28/2009
Umm, no. It was not performance enhancers. It was the steroids associated with the chemo regiment he was on. The same one that ALL chemo patients are on. He was doing it as part of a life saving treatment, not to be the best at his sport. There's a BIG difference.
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trutheau
09:58 AM on 12/28/2009
Ditto on Michael Phelps.
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jeremyemilio
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12:04 PM on 12/28/2009
Phelps deserves to be on the list, I agree. But for me he's not in the running for top performance. When it come down to it, swimming is swimming. Entering multiple events and winning makes things interesting for the fans, no doubt, but it's also a lot like watching a strong man display. First he lifts the back of a car, then he lifts 8 ladies, then he lifts a refrigerator full of meat, then he lifts a pony, then he lifts... well, you get the picture.

In short, the medal count can be misleading. Boil it down to its essence and Phelps is the fastest human in water; Bolt is the fastest human on land. Seeing that most of us spend most of our time on land, Bolt gets the nod.
09:57 AM on 12/28/2009
the perfect games, Armstrong , Federer yes,,,,, but where are Phelps and Johnson,,,,,, AND the decade ends on Dec 31 2010
09:27 AM on 12/28/2009
Wow. Ditto on Jimmie Johnson.

But the most dominant sports performance of all time was Michael Phelps at the 2008 Olympics. I suppose you would have to think outside your bubble for that one. I mean, Reggie Bush vs. Fresno State? Seriously? Suh vs. Texas, who won the game? Suh is a terror, but you could just as easily have said the Auburn defense vs. Alabama, since they played better than Nebraska (they led most of the game, which Nebraska did not) against a supposedly better team.

And if you can't get swimming, if it's just not a "sport" to you, then what about Usain Bolt at those same Olympics?
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12:15 PM on 12/28/2009
The less popular the sport, the more shallow the talent pool (excuse the pun). Hence, people aren't quite as impressed by a guy being the best at something that only a fraction of the world's population has ever participated in competitively as they are by a guy being the best at something that 99.9% of the world's population has, at some point in their lives, participated in with an actual prize at stake.

Virtually everyone has at some point or other been given an opportunity to win a prize in a footrace, be it at a birthday party, a class field day, a Sunday school picnic, or a track event. If you come out of that as the fastest of 6 billion or so odd people, well sorry, but that's a he// of a lot more impressive than recording the fastest time anyone has ever crossed a swimming pool using the butterfly stroke.
05:11 AM on 12/28/2009
you don't know what you are talking about.
04:20 AM on 12/28/2009
hard to believe Jimmie Johnson is not included.........
11:02 AM on 12/28/2009
no its not, driving in a circle is not a sport
09:31 PM on 12/28/2009
If circle tracking is not a sport, what about F1? Michael Schumacher the seven-time Formula One world drivers' champion, five of which were in this decade. 5 out of 10 is only 50% (this decade). Lance Armstrong seven consecutive Tour de France, 6 out of 10 is 60%. Jimmie Johnson.... 4 out of 10, only 40%... Humm...