It’s the worst list ever made — EVER!!
And it’s not even that close.
In celebration of ESPN the Magazine turning 20, Peter Keating put out a list of the 20 Most Dominant Athletes of the Past 20 Years. The concept; great. The execution; not so much.
Keep in mind, this list is the most DOMINANT athletes, not the BEST athletes:
Peter’s “List” DaveTalksSports’ List
20.) Tom Brady 20.) Marta
19.) Manny Pacquiao 19.) Barry Bonds
18.) Mike Trout 18.) Kobe Bryant
17.) Barry Bonds 17.) Allyson Felix
16.) Allyson Felix 16.) Diana Taurasi
15.) Novak Djokovic 15.) Rafael Nadal
14.) Cristiano Ronaldo 14.) Cristiano Ronaldo
13.) Lauren Jackson 13.) Michael Schumacher
12.) Serena Williams 12.) Lionel Messi
11.) Lionel Messi 11.) Jimmie Johnson
10.) Usain Bolt 10.) Annika Sorenstam
9.) Marta 9.) LeBron James
8.) Floyd Mayweather Jr. 8.) Tom Brady
7.) Michael Schumacher 7.) Floyd Mayweather Jr.
6.) Annika Sorenstam 6.) Usain Bolt
5.) Roger Federer 5.) Lance Armstrong
4.) Jimmie Johnson 4.) Roger Federer
3.) Peyton Manning 3.) Serena Williams
2.) LeBron James 2.) Tiger Woods
1.) Tiger Woods 1.) Michael Phelps
Honestly, I don’t know where to start. This is literally the worst list ever constructed by man, or woman. My head nearly exploded when I first saw Peter Keating’s list. I highlighted Peter’s most egregious errors.
I’m convinced Peter made this list strictly to garner attention (it’s working) because no one with a wealth of sports’ knowledge could possibly, rationally, reasonably, sanely, proudly publish this list.
- The most dominant athlete of the past 20 years is Michael Phelps. He won multiple gold medals, in multiple events, spanning over 4 Olympics. His only competition for nearly 20 years was himself. He holds the record for most gold medals ever (23). For Peter not to have him on the list is unfathomable.
- Tom Brady and Peyton Manning drew comparisons throughout their careers. They played in the same era, and they often met in the postseason. However, no one in their right mind would ever claim Peyton Manning was better, or more DOMINANT, than Tom Brady. Brady, simply, is the best football player that ever lived.
- No disrespect to any of the following athletes, but they don’t belong on this list: Mike Trout, Novak Djokovic, Lauren Jackson, Peyton Manning, and Manny Pacquiao. It’s as simple as that.
- Say what you want about him, but Lance Armstrong not being on this list is almost as egregious as Michael Phelps’ exclusion. Don’t start with me over the drug doping. EVERYBODY CHEATS. Armstrong won 7 Tour De France’s in a row. And if Peter is going to put Barry Bonds on the list, there’s no reason Armstrong can’t join him.
I hope this article lands in front of Peter Keating’s eyeballs: PETER, YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF!!
Did I leave anyone out?? Do I have someone who doesn’t belong?? Post your list in the comment section below.
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