Too lazy to do a thorough critique myself, but a few years ago I had fun examining Sports Illustrated's "top 50" athletes from all 50 states, culling out ( of course 0 the T&F ones for comparisons.
Did anyone else do this thoroughly ?
I just remember some ridiculous ones, like Blaine Lindgren being ahead of Jay Silvester in Utah, and I bdelieve Parry O'Brien did not make the California list. Yes, it's a big state so a tough list to make, but not even in the top 50 ?
Did Anybody out there either do an analysis, or want to start one now ?
Here is the article. I'd love to also do a greatest athlete by country. Here's a few off the top of my head (men only for now):
USA - Carl Lewis
Czech Rep - Zatopek
Finland - Nurmi
UK - Daley Thompson
Ukraine - Bubka
Ethiopia - Geb
Kenya - Keino
Australia - Herb Elliott
NZ - John Walker
Cuba - Sotomayor
Russia - Brumel
Jamaica - Herb McKenley
Uganda - Akii-Bua
I'll argue that Snell was the greatest Kiwi, and not by only a little.
Some more nations:
Algeria: Noureddine Morceli
Argentina: Juan Carlos Zabala
Austria: Sepp Zielbauer
Bahamas: Troy Kemp
Barbados: Obadele Thompson
Belarus: Igor Astapkovich
Belgium: Gaston Roelants
Bermuda: Brian Wellman
Brazil: Adhemar Ferreira da Silva
Bulgaria: Khristo Markov
Burundi: Venuste Nyongabo
Canada: Donovan Bailey (although some would argue Ben Johnson, since he was railroaded; those people also think Kennedy was assassinated by Martians)
Cayman Islands: Kareem Streete-Thompson
Chile: Manuel Plaza
China: Ni Ziqin
Colombia: Queribin Moreno
Cote D'Ivoire: Gabriel Tiacoh
Denmark: Wilson Kipketer
Djibouti: Ahmed Salah
One of our social studies teachers is fond of finding someone suitably clueless and asking him to "go to the font of the class [where the maps are], turn around, and show the class Djibouti".
Dominican Republic: Felix Sanchez
Ecuador: Jefferson Perez
Egypt: Hatem Mohammed Mersal
Estonia: Erki Nool
Ethiopia: Clay said Geb, but Bikila might be better
France: Guy Drut
Germany: Udo Beyer (West: Harald Schmid)
Ghana: Josh Owosu
going from memory but I think Sime and Budd did not make the NJ list. Sime was better than Budd, no question, and Budd's "9.2" at the nationals in NY in 1961 was highly questionable.
I was there that day in 1961 !
Who would make a good leadoff runner for a NJ relay team of Lewis anchoring, Sime running 2nd, and Budd the weakest link # 3 ? Or maybe someoine better than him ? Can't see Lewis or Sime getting bounced......
Kobe Bryant isn't really a Philly boy, he was from the burbs.
All-time NJ relay team? How about Dennis Mitchell for the lead-off. And if you don't want Budd on the team, how about putting Andy Stanfield on the second turn? If you want one of the all-time great starters, put Eddie Conwell on lead-off, move Mitchell to #3.
As for Budd's 9.2 being suspect, why would you say that? The auto time for that race was 9.36, indicating better-than-average hand timing. It was faster than Bob Hayes's first 9.1, his St. Louis AAU win on a rubber track (Budd was on cinders) and which was a 9.40 auto.