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lebowski

Sporting heroes - top 5

Who are yours and why ?
Dock

David Batty – Loved the 100% he used to give in his early days at ER, and that he was a local lad. Happy memories of the “SHOOOOOOT” chant we all used to do when he got the ball.

Mohammed Ali – Because.

Frankie Detorri – Breathed fresh life into British racing. There’s always an extra buzz when he’s at a racecourse, and I’ve seen him ride some excellent winners, and he’s won me some serious money. The first jockey in Britain to just have his toes in the spurs, then every other jokey followed. He can also use a whip with both hands, which takes some doing. A great Statesman for the sport.

Johann Cruyff – Outstanding player/tactician. Still floors me when I watch the old footage of him. Good manager as well.

George Best – I know it’s a predictable one, but I think he was outstanding.
New Old Codger

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Titch.

Blimey, this is a difficult one to answer, must get my thinking cap on.  I always used to say Mohammad Ali but that's waned a bit since watching a Chann 4 doc on him not too long back.  Still, ion a sports capacity alone, he's still one of them.

Try to narrow it down..

Boxing - Ali, Bruno (yes, I know    ), Foreman

Footie - Away from Don R and Super Leeds, I always liked Bobby Charlton from a v young age - I think he was the first footballer I recognized..., Pele

Coe, Ovett, Cram
Botham
Steve Redgrave

Sorry Leb, there's no way I could only list 5  
Dock

New Old Codger wrote:
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Titch.

Blimey, this is a difficult one to answer, must get my thinking cap on.  I always used to say Mohammad Ali but that's waned a bit since watching a Chann 4 doc on him not too long back.  Still, ion a sports capacity alone, he's still one of them.

Try to narrow it down..

Boxing - Ali, Bruno (yes, I know    ), Foreman

Footie - Away from Don R and Super Leeds, I always liked Bobby Charlton from a v young age - I think he was the first footballer I recognized..., Pele

Coe, Ovett, Cram
Botham
Steve Redgrave

Sorry Leb, there's no way I could only list 5  


Maybe you're just not trying Codge. I am very trying, and I managed it.  
bearing

I'm right on the Coe, Ovett and Cram choices Codge, they got me really into middle distant running at school.

I think they should count as one entity.
Dock

bearing wrote:
I'm right on the Coe, Ovett and Cram choices Codge, they got me really into middle distant running at school.

I think they should count as one entity.


Are you suggesting Coe Crams into Ovett? It's just plain filth from you everytime lad.
New Old Codger

more like the Bananarama of Middle Distance Running?  Yeah I get it.

Beckenbauer was always a favourite player of mine too, can you chuffing credit it?

John Spencer in snooker, Brian Jacks in orange sucking.
bearing

Bollocks to Brian Jacks and orange sucking, he was responsible for getting me into squat thrusting while at School.
Dock

bearing wrote:
Bollocks to Brian Jacks and orange sucking, he was responsible for getting me into squat thrusting while at School.


Did you call Childline?  
bearing

Dock wrote:
bearing wrote:
Bollocks to Brian Jacks and orange sucking, he was responsible for getting me into squat thrusting while at School.


Did you call Childline?  


No I quite enjoyed it.
Dock

bearing wrote:
Dock wrote:
bearing wrote:
Bollocks to Brian Jacks and orange sucking, he was responsible for getting me into squat thrusting while at School.


Did you call Childline?  


No I quite enjoyed it.


When they bury him, will he become Jacks in a Box?

Coat, Door, Thrusts While Squating!
Late Doors

Heroes seems such an exaggerated term for sports people doesnt it. It certainly loses its impact the older you get. I tend to like sport people who are brilliant at what they do, actually win something but still exert some class and dignity whether they win or lose.

Howard Wilkinson
Shane Warne
Miguel Indurain
Andrew Johns
Michael Holding
Butts

Geoffrey Boycott
Steve Prefontaine
Billy Bremner
Joss Naylor
Tostao
fartcatcher

Paula Radcliffe - only kidding

Alf Ramsey - miserable, pompous, xenophobic - but he changed football and won us the World Cup

Steve Redgrave - not just for winning 5 golds, but winning them with health problems that would have caused most people to retire

David Batty - a player of limited skill who compensated for it with determination, fearlessness, energy and unquenchable enthusiasm

Bjorn Borg - for retaining his humility and modesty despite possessing an enormous talent

oddly enough
Steve Claridge - Sunday League footballer made good. Gives hope to unfit, hungover 'athletes'  kicking balls round cold parks all over the country.
Always looked like he was playing in borrowed kit.
Dock

Point of order Mr. Butts and Mr. Doors. Leb asked for the names, and WHY.
lebowski

Dock wrote:
Point of order Mr. Butts and Mr. Doors. Leb asked for the names, and WHY.


Thankyou Mr Dock.
Butts

Geoffrey Boycott - anti-establishment, couldn't give a fuck, place your mortgage on him reliability , although can't stomach him these days

Steve Prefontaine - run as fast as you can for as far you can until you drop

Billy Bremner - nice statue of him outside Elland Road

Joss Naylor - only recently interested in this guy after reading "Feet In The Clouds" - fearless fell runner who, at age 70, ran 70 Lakeland fell tops, covering more than 50 miles and ascending more than 25,000 feet, in under 21 hours.

Tostao - the unsung hero of the 1970 Brazil team, the foil to Pele and Jairzinho
Dock

lebowski wrote:
Dock wrote:
Point of order Mr. Butts and Mr. Doors. Leb asked for the names, and WHY.


Thankyou Mr Dock.


No problem Mr. Lebowski. I've taken it up on myself to do a bit of auditing, checks, and balances of late due to shoddy answers to interesting questions like your own.
sheeps

Ali, possibly the greatest sportsman / show man ever. Class and style.

As a kid Big Jack and Alan Clarke were my favourite players but on reflection the best LU player I ever saw was Billy Bremner, tackled, passed, scored goals. What would he bring now if those two trick ponies Lampard and Gerrard are the best this country has to offer ?

Boycs, cause he's a ruddy Yorkshire man and not many of us reach the top of their profesion.

More to follow.
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

Lee Chapman - cos he tried and tried, didnt have the greatest skill but was brave, all the knobs at ER criticised him, and he got bags of goals for Leeds. That loan spell back where he got sent off and banned for the remainder was a heartbreaker

Nigel Mansell - i used to watch F1 loads when i was a kid and there was nothing else to watch on telly. Nigel was the uncomplicated, dour, focussed Brit who took on the flamboyant foreign greats like Prost and Senna and kept going to finally become world champion.... before cocking the rest of his career up by going into Indycars

Goran Ivanisovic - the last time any sport made me cry was when this guy was the wild card entrant to Wimbledon and beat the fucking lot of them in the twilight of his career

John Charles - never saw him play of course but I met the great man twice and even have the photo somewhere. An absolute gent who loved to talk and talk to the fans and a pioneer and a gentle giant who couldve been a rugby player, boxer or just crushed rocks with his bare fists. He made Leeds United famous for the first time for something other than financial irregularities

My kid brother - born three months premature, smallest in his class. captain of the school rugby union team and player for Otley five years running. Brave hard little fucker
Late Doors

Dock wrote:
lebowski wrote:
Dock wrote:
Point of order Mr. Butts and Mr. Doors. Leb asked for the names, and WHY.


Thankyou Mr Dock.


No problem Mr. Lebowski. I've taken it up on myself to do a bit of auditing, checks, and balances of late due to shoddy answers to interesting questions like your own.


Oooo you little sneak you  

What I did y’see was outline The general reasoning in the opening sentence and assumed it would be understood that the proceeding Five entries all met that general criteria. Looking back, yeah it might have been a little challenging for some of the shall we say more linear members of the forum  
Tank Girl

Ali
John McEnroe
Seve
Kenny Dalglish

no, its too difficult this.
Mol

Hate to piss on any body's chips, but seriously, Boycott and Batty? The former a confirmed scummer, wifebeater and possesed of a hatred of all things Yorkshire. The latter, who as a local boy treated the honour to play for Leeds United akin to working a Saturday shift at Kwikfit.
I have many favoured sportsmen, I have no sporting heroes but one. An amateur GAA player who would mean nothing to anyone on here.
sheeps

We weren't asked to restrict it to LUFC supporters with a Yorkshire Rose tattoo upon their forehead and................struggling here, help me out...............................


So Sir Geofrey Boycott it is.
Mick McCann

Daley Thompson



Cutsyke

Ali - pure talent, Courage of his convictions
Roberto Duran - Boxing, its fucking fighting right? Don't pussy foot around fucking fight
Eddie Gray - poetry in motion and, like us, a one club man. The right club too.
Phil Ford, smoked and still fast enough to run diagonally - there by covering more ground - and stil catch Martin Charriots Offiah.
Mark Messier 54 years without a cup he comes he promises victories, he delivers victories, he brings the Stanley Cup back to New York in the toughest team sport in the world.

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