Two years ago, SI polled more than 600 pro athletes, asking them which of their peers they’d buy a ticket to see perform. The top five vote getters were Tiger Woods, Barry Bonds, Shaquille O’Neal, Michael Vick and Serena Williams. But a lot has changed since then, including the development of such young stars as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Sidney Crosby and Michelle Wie. SI.com has compiled a gallery of who we consider to be the 15 Most Exciting Athletes in Sports. Our Top 5: LeBron James, Tiger Woods, Albert Pujols, Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant. We want to know how you would rank the Top 5, or whom you would add to or delete from the list.
This list was ridiculous. How can Dwayne Wade be on that list? It was mostly NBA players. Where was Tony Stewart or Peyton Manning? Maria Sharapova made it? She's exciting all right, but not so much as an athlete (if you know what I'm saying). Tiger should have been number one, he is without a doubt the most exciting athlete since Michael Jordan, bar none. Lebron has never done anything comparable to the 213 yard 6-iron Tiger hit over water from a bunker to within 20 feet to seal a victory a few years back, or how about his 15-shot win at the U.S. Open in 2001? Come on guys, I know your loyalty is to the big three, but be reasonable.
I like the top 15 list SI put together, but I'm with lucky#7 and gotta say I'd put VY in there. However, I am a biased student at UT, but having watched every game last season, he was too much fun to leave off my list.
Hands down it is still Shaq.The "big fella" has always played the game like he is having fun. Most pofessional athletes(Sir Charles) act like thugs. Shaq wants to be a cop when he grows up.He's the reason I am watching the NBA playoffs.
I have trouble voting a baseball player as the most exciting player to watch as they only bat roughly 4 times per game.
Here's my list in no particular order:
Tiger Woods Lebron James Reggie Bush Mike Vick Vince Young
While Bush and Young have yet to be tested on the pro level, they were certainly amoung the most exciting I've ever seen on the college level.
Barry Bonds ... I wouldn't walk across the street to see him. He's a cheat and a jerk besides. While Pete Rose violated the "rules" of baseball by betting, he never did anything that would have artificially enhanced his statistics or gained an unfair advantage other than hard work.
How can Lebron be the most exciting player in sports when he's not even the most exciting in the NBA?? Has Lebron ever done anything to make you think, "Wow that was one of the best performances I've ever seen in my life!" No way! Meanwhile, the memory of Kobe's 81 point performance will leave EVERYONE sitting on the edge of their seats everytime they see him play. THAT'S excitment. Same goes for Wade. Kick those 2 off, insert Vick and Bush, the 2 most exciting players in the NFL.
Moving on, sorry, Tiger. You haven't been exciting since you were crushing the competition in 2000 - 2002. Don't get me wrong, you're still great, but golf is inherently boring to watch. To be exciting, you gotta be more than just great. Insert Sydney Crosby (or Cheechoo/Ovechkin/Jagr, take your pick). How your top 5 could not include anyone in the nation's most ecxiting sport is beyond me.
Finally, Pujols, you're the best player in baseball right now. If you keep up your HR pace, you'll probably be number one on the list. But until then, you may be the best hitter in the land, but noone sits on the edge of their seats to watch anyone hit singles/doubles all day. So the baseball spot still goes to Barry, steroids and all.
Decent start with Pujols, Wade, James but overall this is quite lame. Bush and Crosby come on - they haven't earned their place on any list of pro athletes. Clemens and Bonds - they're exciting about every fifth game. And TIGER WOODS?!! I'd like to know who is getting excited about watching a smug plain as vanilla unlikable man hitting a golf ball and walking a few hundred yards to hit it again. Putting a golfer on a list of the most exciting athletes just because he's great at the sport is simply ridiculous. Ask any pro golfer if he's 'exciting' to watch compared to any running back, shooting guard, or shortstop. Woods wouldn't make my top 15000 list.
Ronaldino is easily the worlds most mesmerizing, breath-taking athlete today. Roger Federer is second on the list, with his 'how did he do that' shotmaking. I'd say Tiger is third. But really, the rest of them are just dreaming of what it would be like to have 3,000,000,000+ people watching you, as you take their breath away.
I'm right there with LUCKY#7. Reggie Bush, Michael Vick, LeBron James, and Albert Pujols are all fantastic athletes that are able to change a game by themselves. In SI's blurb about him, they mention that LeBron carried the Cavs to the second round of the playoffs. If that's enough to anoint him, what about Vince Young carrying the Longhorns through their entire season to a National Championship, beating Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart (both of them Heisman trophy winners), and LenDale White in the process? It's rediculous that Vince Young is not included on this list.
Where are LT, Steve Smith? Both should be ahead of Reggie Bush. Thierry Henry and Zinedine Zidane should be up there as well; Tiger Woods should be lower, Sharapova doesn't deserve to be there; There is nothing electrifying about baseball.
How can any list of the most exciting athletes not include Vince Carter? He relied less on the 3 pt. moonshot that had become the staple of his offensive arsenal and returned to the,"take it to the rim, slam it in your face", Vince that electrified us from the outset of his career. As far as #1 is concerned; that honor should go to the most exciting player in the world's most popular game. That sport is soccer and that man is Ronaldinho. If you require proof I suggest you youtube him and see for yourself. You'll be glad you did and you can thank me later!
First of all, I am not a Texas fan, I did not go to school there, much less live there. That said, how you can leave off Vince Young on a "Most Exciting Player" lists is beyond belief. I have been watching college football for over 30 years, and I have never seen another player do what he did on the football field.
First of all, I am not a Texas fan, I did not go to school there, much less live there. But to leave off Vince Young is beyond me. I have been watching college football games for over 30 years and never once, have I seen a player do what he did in the Rose Bowl. Now that was exciting.
How about Michelle Wie. Look at the galleries and TV coverage when she plays. She is doing things that Tiger only dreamed of at the same age. And what about Rafael Nadal. He may not be the #1 player in tennis, but he is exciting.
Michael Vick is a joke! The media rides the guy and he continually makes the pro bowl when he is in the bottom half of the QB's in the league. His numbers as a passer are dismal. Sure he can run the ball well but sooner or later his body will break. He misses games due to injuries he receives while running the ball. McNabb was a runner when he broke in the league and it wasn't until he started throwing that the Eagles made the super bowl. Culpepper has a tremendous arm but tries to run over linebackers and his knee is garbage because of it. Vick is the most over-rated athelete in all of sports. Crosby???? over Ovechkin is downright awful.
1. Lebron James 2. Ronaldhino 3. Reggie Bush 4. Kobe 5. M. Vick
I am from Cleveland, so I'm bias towards LBJ. But it says "most electrifying"...so anytime that person has the ball/puck in their hands/feet, then you would be sitting on the edge of your seat. Tiger is legit..and you gotta love watching Ray Lewis crush people.
to the first person to comment: you could not be more wrong in saying TONY STEWERT is one of sports most exciting figures. the man drives the car for a living, and then after he drives his car he yells at other people about their driving. I would rather watch polo than watch a man drive a car. as for SI's list i thought it was fine except that Shaq and VY should have been included over sharapova and crosby
Hockey and soccer players should not even be on this list.... There is a reason that NOBODY in the US watches that stuff... Soccer is boring and hockey is for Canadians and cities with sucky football and basketball teams! If you don't think D-Wade belongs on this list, then you have not been watching the playoffs.
The list is okay, but just a few problems. Why are both clemens and pedro in? You really just need 1 pitcher, baseball isn't so exciting, and pitching is not must-see TV. And it seems like Shaq made up the list, with Wade just one spot ahead of Kobe. Wade is doing exactly what Kobe did the 1st half of his career, accomplishing great things while playing with Shaq. Wait until Wade wins 3 champs, then compare him to Kobe. Kobe can single-handed carry his bad Lakers team to the playoff and almost to the 2nd round. Do you really think Wade can get Kwame Brown to the playoff? Here is my list (reason why everyone has to watch)
1. Tiger Woods (leading on Sunday in the Master's) 2. Kobe (game tied with 2 minutes to go) 3. Vick (avoids 2 sacks and 5 tackles, and runs for 40 yards in the open field) 4. Lebron (triple double, kill opponents with the dunk and pass) 5. Barry Bonds (hate him, but still watch him, 715, 716, 717.......756?) 6. TO, Randy Moss, and Chad Johnson tied (kill opponent with one play, can happen any time they line up) 9. Reggie Bush (not pro-proven yet, but probably the best athelete on this list, does things unthinkable) 10. Vince Young (same as Bush, but beat you with the arm, legs, and heart) 11. Wade, Carter, and Nash tied (3 players you have to watch, Wade is best overall, Carter dunks the best, Nash is so freaking-white, but he can play) 14. Pujol (have to put the best hitter in) 15. Sharapova (have to put a woman in, plus she is the only one I find exciting off the field or court)
What about Alexander Ovechkin? This kid has got to be one of the most exciting players in any sport. He is a human highlight reel with his dirty hands, circus goals and jarring hits. Not to mention the pure excitment and emotion that pours out of this young superstar every shift he takes. I'm a huge sports fan, and long time ball player, but lets get serious in no way is watching Barry Bonds get intentionally walked 3 times a game exciting. If this is a list of current exciting performances theres no way he's in the top 5.
First off, where is Vinsanity? Vince was the most exciting athlete in all sports a few years ago and he sudddenly fell off? Also, Wade should be #1, hands-down. Also, where is The Super Freak???? Randy Moss!!! One more thing, Baseball players are not exciting unless his initials are B.B.
I guess I don't have a huge problem with this list except D-Wade ahead of Kobe? Come on! Even your descriptions tell why you are wrong on this one. I respect Albert Pujols tremendously along with Tiger(who is money like no other) but to have a golfer in the top 5 most exciting stars, hmmm I don't know. For my money Kobe is the most exciting star in sports period! But Lebron is hard to argue with. The dude is so raw it's freaky! Overall, your list ain't too bad.
You US Sport Analyst's are FOOLS. You have three players in the whole list which belong to the World Sport. You think that Lebron James is something heard of in any other country than the US. People will laugh at you if you show this list in Europe or as a matter of fact in Asia. Be Real and dont let the hype take you away from the sportsmen and women which deserve the most and play in world sports rather than your backyard home turf.
1.Lebron James, best player in the NBA 2.Tiger Woods, Top in golf 3.Reggie Bush, Nobodys more explosive on the earth 4.Albert Pujols, hes the best hitter in baseball 5.Dwayne Wade, second best in the league 6.Barry Bonds, could break the home run record nuff said 7.Mike Vike, one of the fastest in the NFL and hes only a QB 8.Terrel Owens, nobody makes more big plays than TO 9.Vince Young, more than 400 all purpose yards on the rose bowl 10.Kobe Bryant, has the best killer instinct in the league
when I consider "exciting" I have to think about game-changing capacity, and that says soccer or hockey, b/c of the low scores - one goal can make an AMAZING difference (although I can agree with some on this blog who say soccer and hockey can be boring b/c of the low scores). In this respect a Ronaldinho, Ovechkin or Crosby ranks higher in my mind. After that I would say the sluggers...Pujols, Bonds, etc. b/c of the game-changing capacity. Tiger is awesome (and my pick for best sportsman), but only exciting when he's a few back on Sunday and comes up with a terrific round. Basketball has some great guys, but the excitement of a great dunk lasts until the next 3 puts the other team back on top. no time for heart-stopping thrills there. My fave moment is the walk-off home run - quick but takes long enough to complete to allow you to savor the moment.
Sorry to avoid your request to name the top-five most-exciting athletes, but I just have to make a comment. I can't believe that you included a hockey player on the list. I mean, come on. When will people finally admit to the obvious -- not only is hockey the most-boring sport ever, but it also should barely be included in a list of sports, period. Long gone are the days of the Big Four sports. Everyone knows that it's the Big Three -- Football, Baseball, and Basketball. I'd rather watch paint dry (in fact I have chosen that activity over hockey) than a hockey game. I can't believe it's still televised. I mean, an arena football game had better ratings than the last NHL All-Star game! What more do you need to know?
This list is ok but you left out some very exciting stars. First off in the football category you have a guy who has only played in college. Seriously its college not the pros which means that there is way less skill on defense to stop guys like that. A well deserving guy that was left off is Steve Smith. He was the top WR in the NFL last yr and was a threat to go allthe way everytime he touched the ball. There are a few other athletes I dont agree with such as Sharapova bc who watches tennis anyways and not just tennis girls sports in general, well at least there were no WNBA athletes on there or else this list wouldve been really wack.
Top 10 Most Exciting Players
Vince Carter Albert Pujols Ladanian Tomlinson Steve Smith Eric Stall LeBron James Randy Moss Ronaldinho Chad Johnson Ron Gant
One tennis player? One soccer player? Holy crap, this is more like the 'most exciting american sports' list. ROGER FEDERER - May be the best tennis player ever. TONY LUCA - Apart from Ronaldinho, he may make the world's sport something to remember 2006 for. MICHELLE WEI - She makes women's golf worth watching. And she's gonna make those prejudist men on the tour eat some big time humble pie soon.
Sidney Crosby isnt exciting! He has tremendous skill, but not excitement. You talked about the buzz when Pedro is on the mound, well that same buzz is what fills the arena every time Ovechkin steps on the ice. I am not a Capitals fan either, just a sports fan that loves exciting performances. Ovechkin, Ronaldinho, Pedro, Tiger etc. Who would vote Ron Gant as exciting??? That guy KC needs to be checked out!!!
Two foreign athletes included to suggest you have considered all the world's sportspeople when in reality you have again, as you americans always do, viewed the wide world of sports as stretching only from Boston to San Diego. Pathetic. Roger Federer, Ian Thorpe to name but two among many others beyond US shores.
where oh where is ROGER FEDERER on this list???!?!?!? his understated demeanor and his uncanny ability to make the impossible seem ordinary may not make him "exciting" in the traditional sense of the word, but for anyone who understands the game of tennis, he is an absolute genius and his game is electrifying... he dominates his sport the way Tiger does and Jordan did. And apparently Sharapova's on your list and Federer isn't -- I mean, is it April first? I'm confused.
Branch out! There's more than just basketball/football/baseball out there.
I'm guessing that the only reason you didn't include Lance Armstrong is because, like the rest of the country, you don't actually watch him race. Only Nascar drivers move faster - though they're not barreling down winding mountain roads in their races - and there are no timeouts or breaks in the action in cycling.
Aside from being one of the best athletes in the world (sorry Bonds - you'd never make it up the first hill), his attitude and style of racing are unmatched. Two of his defining moments in the Tour de France - (1) He once pretended to falter, and then caught everyone off guard when he raced ahead - literally faked them out. (2) At one point he taunted his long-term rival Jan Ullrich (think Larry Bird to Magic Johnson) by looking directly at him while passing him by, as if to say "you'll never be as good as me."
A great athlete with just the right amount of ego to make him fun to watch.
I I haven't watched an NBA game since Michael Jordan retired so I am prejudiced. 1. Tiger Woods - he is so far in front of anyone else #2 is almost invisable 2. Albert Pujos 3. Peyton Manning 4. Alex Ovechkin 5. Annika Sorenstan
good list. Here is a question for Lebron and Tiger haters. Have you or anyone else ever watched a basketball game or golf match featuring Tiger or Lebron and not focused most of or all of you attention on them? I didn't think so. They command more attention in their respective sports than anyone else. They are capable of taking over the game at any time.
I think C.C. Sabathia should be on this list....and if Reggie Bush is on here then Vince Young should be as well...and I think Ben Roethlisberger should be on this list...and hey what about Venus and Serena Williams....or Lisa Leslie, Sheryl Swoopes, Tina Thompson, Seimone Augustus....hello get new voters please!!!
Leaving Vince Young off the list is a joke. Nobody in football is more exciting. Reggie's 500+ all purpose yards against mediocre Fresno state (a team that ultimately lost 5 games) is one of your factors? Vince put up almost 500 offensive yards against an undefeated USC team many had annointed the greatest of all time. Heck, the dude returning punts and kickoffs for Fresno state had a much higher average returns than Bush did in that game; all-purpose yardage is a joke.
After the national championship game, who were people talking about, Vince Young or Reggie Bush? Which of them put on perhaps the greatest athletic display in the history of bowl games? Which of them did the coach put in on crucial fourth down plays, and which was benched in favor of Lendale White in that situation? Which of them brought his team back from a 12-point deficit with 6 minutes left, winning the national championship on a touchdown scramble with only 18 seconds left? And you think Bush is the more exciting player? What a joke.
I'd have to agree on with Vince Young. I hate Texas but that guy was crazy in college.
Another glaring omission, in my opinion, is an NFL defensive player. How about Troy Polomalu? He is all over the field, and is the most dominating saftey in the league, he's fast, strong, and will knock the hell out of anyone. I think is hair alone deserves to be on this list.
I'm assuming this is a US only list. If it were a global list the top would probably look like: (1) Ronaldo (2) Ronaldhino (3) Tiger Woods (4) Lebron James (5) Terrel owens (6) David Beckham (On and Off Field) (7) Tom Brady etc.. (5 More Soccer Players)
I thought Vince Carter would be in the top 5 but suprisingly enough he didn't even make the list. I am also shocked no one has even mentioned Julius Peppers yet. I can't think of any other football player that plays both ways even if it is 5 times a year.
Lightweight fighter Diego Corrales needs to be #1. If anyone saw his 2005 fight with JL Castillo, there can be NO QUESTION he is the most exciting. There is NO SPORTING EVENT that tops Corrales/Castillo in sustained action, heart, guts, and the most dramatic finish in years.
Let's add Arturo Gatti and Manny Pacquiao to the top as well.
What has Reggie Bush done in the pros? And Tiger Woods exciting? Maybe if he's swinging a club during a lightning storm. Just out of sheer boredom, no baseball players should be on anyone's list. They spend 95% of every game in the field doing nothing or in a dugout.
I agree with Patrick.Michael Schumacher has to be on this list.The world's most recognized,highest paid athlete,& 7 time World Champion has the abilty to alter the complexion of any race he competes in.At this year's Monaco Grand Prix,he starts from last place on the grid,to fight his way back to 5th place at the finish.Love him or hate him,he is the most exciting figure at the pinnacle of motorsport. How about Wayne Rooney,the most exciting British footballer since David Beckham.It's a big world out there people,try it-you might like it!
I guess a person with any hockey sense didn't write this column. How did Sydney "where is my pacifier and diving board" Crosby make this list? If anybody made hockey exciting this year it was Jagr or Ovechkin. Crosby is a disgrace to the sport and if the NHL has any respect for the sport Ovechkin will win Rookie of the year.
The list is a joke! You left out a 2 time Super Bowl MVP (Tom Brady) and put in a couple of loud mouthed receivers. Where's Payton Manning? Big Papi? Oh yeah, it's really exciting to watch Vick throw another incompletion before he goes back on the injured list.
How soon we forget! I can't believe I had to read through most of this list before someone suggested Lance Armstrong. What other individual athlete has won the equivalent of seven Masters or seven give-me-that-ring championships in consecutive years, no less. Don't give me that cr** about bicycling not being a sport. Are any of the athletes listed capable of that kind of endurance? I think not.
Yes to Michelle Wie, also. I hope that she goes on to fulfill all of the potential she appears to have.
I can't address the other sports, but as far as tennis goes, I am in the dark as to why you chose Maria Sharapova. She is so far a 1 slam wonder, hasnt't won anything in ages, and her play isn't hardly what you'd call exciting. Rafael Nadal is the absolutely most exciting player to play the game in years. Every match is just a heart stopper. You missed the boat with this one.
I don't disagree with your choices, In fact, I like alot of the suggested from bloggers. However, I really think that any Baseball player who can keep me awake during a full 9 innings of this most boring of sports deserves top and most exciting athelete. Therefore, my vote is Barry Bond.
Firstly...someone mentioned that 'Michael Schumacher' should be on this list????? OK, word to the unwise: Race car driving IS NOT A SPORT!!!! It's a waste of valuable resources. In a day and age where wars are waged for oil, I don't know how people can sit around a race track and watch them waste tons of it all day! That out of the way, Tiger Woods should be #1, followed by Kobe Bryant...as much as I hate him, he's fricken exciting to watch...Killer instinct and he NEVER gives up...did you hear that? NEVER gives up...that's why Vince Carter SHOULD NEVER be on this list, the guy's a putz and a show off who doesn't care about winning, only about his own self image. Roger federer should be 3rd....skills like a magician, and he's one of the greatest sportsman in athletics today...always great to witness the "best ever" in a sport! 4th: Ronaldo....and fifth: Lebron James I guess, although I think he's overrated, too much hype...and there's 4 or 5 other guys in the NBA that can play at his level. Talk to me when he carries a team to the finals. Also, his ego his way too big for his skills.
Your list should be renamed best sportspeople to visit or compete in the USA regularly - and even then, it's a bit light. No Federer or Nadal? No swimmers? No rugby or rugby league players? No cricketers? etc. etc. - re-define your list for what it is - great sportspeople who dominate coverage in the US media.
I liked the list but I really think everyone has their own list:
1- Lebron James 2- Reggie Bush 3- Michael Vick 4- Ronaldino 5- Dwayne Wade 6- Thierry Henry 7- Bernard Hopkins 8- Kobe Bryant 9- Albert Pujols 10- Tiger Woods 11- Christiano Ronaldo 12- Arturo Gatti 13- Ray Lewis 14- Terrell Owens 15- Roger Federer
the list is crazy. Rafael Nadal is ten times more exciting to watch than Sharapova or half of the list. It approve the Dwayne Wade and Kobe Bryant notice, but Nadal is revolutionizing a sport in a way none of these other athletes are.
The term you used was "exciting" , not "consistent". when Shaq is on his game, there is no one more exciting or dominating to watch in all of sports. Clemens is fun to watch, but the word "exciting" does not really come to mind. Kobe may have scored 81 points in a single game, but his selfishness is actually boring, not "exciting". Shaq is larger than life, the very essence of "exciting". He has taken all three teams he has played for to the Big Show. Huge oversight, akin to leaving the Rolling Stones off a list of all time great Rock Bands.
I love how someone can adamantly declare that car racing is not a sport and then name Tiger Woods the #1 most exciting athlete. I love golf, but it too is on the fringe of the debate on what constitutes a sport. I play plenty of golf, and sweat (sometimes), but there is plenty of room to argue that it is not a sport, but rather a game. That said, you either include racing and golf, or exclude them both. Second, you have to discuss whether a player is exciting because of their personality while playing the sport or while living outside their sport. If you limit the definition of excitment to a players personality in game, then i would have to agree with the analysis of the individual that disfavored basketball (because of its high number of scoring events). Keeping in mind that this is not a greatest list; top five in no particular order:
Ronaldinho Ovechkin Kobe Reggie Bush Rafael Nadal
* You probably should watch paint dry if you limit your list to the "big three sports."
Where is Jeter or Tom Brady? How can you not list Derek Jeter. He is involoved in every play phyiscally or mentally on the field and off the field. My top five are 1. Jeter 2. Tom Brady 3. Lebron James 4. Tony Stewart 5. Tiger Woods
Move Clemens up the list 5 or 6 spots, the guy is a freak of nature and still may be the best pitcher in baseball. Take Chad Johnson off the list, he's got a big mouth and isn't even in the top 10 of the NFL's stars. Pedro? Maybe he slips in at 16, but since he left Boston he's just not as exciting. Michael Vick hasn't won a thing yet and is all about "ME". Which is why he'll never get to a Super Bowl and why he shouldn't be on the list. Replace with Peyton Manning, in fact replace him with either Manning. Bonds? That's a slap in our faces. Remove him and insert A-Rod. Owens? Replace with Jim Thome! Kobe? Replace with Shaq. Swap Tiger and Lebron and you've got it right.
I am an avid sports fan, enjoying various types of sports. I am a tennis player, tennis teacher and fan, and trust me, Sharapova is far from exciting. The fact that after winning Wimbledon two years ago she has done little to generate any major buzz is evidence enough. But Federer, WOW! Monfils (6'4" french phenom),double WOW!
I think we can balance out the power for those of us who believe a dunk in basketball is slightly less exciting given its generic quality.
I'd prefer to give the excitement title to those players that either do unworldly things in the field of play or have a gift for the dramtic.
5 - Alexander Ovechkin -- makes something out of nothing, and scored the goal of the year in any sport where goals are scored this year past. When he has the puck on his stick, everyone expects him to to do something they can talk about the next day.
4 - David Ortiz -- Forget the fact that he's batting .256 this year; if you want to see a walk-off home run, just give him a bat and throw him a pitch- any pitch- in the ninth. Oh, and make sure its a Play-off game and there's two outs if you really can't stay another day in Boston to catch your photograph of it happening.
3 - Ronaldinho -- Most feared midfielder in his game, and for good reason. He takes any space afforded him and abuses it. With a flair for the dramatic, Ronaldo better be ready to accept the pass that wins the Cup for Brazil in a month's time.
2 - Roger Federer -- 74-3 a year ago, he makes the most demanding sport in the world look like table tennis. The guy makes shots you are convinced he scripted because there is no logical way for him to anticipate and execute certain returns. Doesn't have the star power of Agassi or Sampras, nor the marketability of a contemporary in Roddick, but is the only male pro who can make non-tennis watchers tune in on Sunday.
1 - Tiger Woods -- Is 2001 that long ago? The man is a perrenial threat to win the seasonal Grand Slam, and continues to add to the list of highlight shots of the past decade (which also benefit from some great calls by the CBS crew). Has the world's sympathy for him given the tragedies he has faced this year, and it's admiration for maintaining his quality. But why is he number 1? Because of the five athletes I've listed, when forced to chose, I would follow Tiger for 18 because unlike the others, I would be guaranteed to see something that makes me weep with envy.
Most of your list is good but there is one athelete out there that just has to be mentioned. Whenever he plays you don't know if he is drunk, high, how many cigarettes he will smoke, will he or won't he shiver and cry, how far will he drive, and how short will his missed one be. If you haven't figured it out yet it is: JOHN DALY Ask yourself this, who would be more exciting to watch then this Drama King?????
1. Tiger Woods, he's dominant in his sport 2. Regie Bush, 513 ALL PURPOSE YARDS against Fresno State 3. LeBron James, enough said 4. Vince Young, he isn't my favorite athlete, I don't think he will do well in the NFL, but over 400 yards against the NUMBER ONE TEAM IN THE NATION 5. Lance Armstrong, name another athelete who has won SEVEN championships in a row
1. Tiger Woods, most dominant player in all of sports 2. Reggie Bush, 516 all purpose yards in a GAME, teams struugle to get 516 yards in a game 3. Dwayne Wade, did you watch the NBA finals? 4. Vince Young, I am REALLY not a Vince Young fan, I don't think he's going to be good in the NFL but over 400 yards against the number one team in the NATION, come on. 5. Lebron James, enough said
Ronaldinho is the most exciting athlete to watch. The man makes the ball look as if it is being pulled on a string. His unmistakable samba flair guarantees he will be the successor to the last great ball control wizard, Zinedine Zidane. (Zizou would be in my top list had he not retired earlier this week. Even with the headbutt as a sour finish to his career, his last game was very good, from the cheeky penalty kick to the impressive display of ball control. A true legend, temper and all.)
How can you have a list like that without puting Allen Iverson in the top five? I think people forget that he is just six feet tall. Almost every shot he makes is what I call exciting. Plus, he averages thirty points per game and over six assists. With that being said, the stat line still doesn't show his full value.