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Top 5 Most Overrated Athletes
cbslocal.com ^ | May 15, 2014 9:52 AM | Jason Iannone

Posted on 05/15/2014 1:17:52 PM PDT by BenLurkin

It’s difficult to judge an athlete’s true worth, even if on paper it’s clear they’re either a mega-loser or a mega-winner. But once you go beyond the stats and sabermetrics, and really take a look at what they’ve done, you inch a little closer to uncovering their true value.

In the cases of these five, we found a whole lot of nothing. These are some of the most overrated performers we’ve ever seen, and they should probably pay back all the money they’ve earned and go work at a Walgreens or something. Or CVS, if they prefer. We’re not picky.

5. Wilt Chamberlain

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Unfortunately, outside of a plethora of women’s phone numbers, he rarely won anything significant. In basketball, the ultimate team sport, Wilt was seen as a bad teammate, somebody who cared more about HIS shots and HIS stats than helping his team win rings. He won two titles, though given his gaudy numbers, plus the fact that his teams made the playoffs every single year he played save one, he really should’ve won more.

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4. Danica Patrick

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Here’s the issue: she’s never won. It’s not just that she’s never won a Sprint Cup — plenty of people have never done that. It’s more that, with the exception of ONE RACE back in 2008, she’s never won anything. She’s started over 230 races and won one. She rarely even finishes in the top ten. For somebody touted as a super-duper star, that’s pretty pathetic.

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3. Deion Sanders

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2. Dennis Rodman

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1. Alex Rodriguez

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1 posted on 05/15/2014 1:17:52 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

They made a big deal of Danica Patrick finishing in 7th place in a race last week. I was thinking WTF?


2 posted on 05/15/2014 1:21:07 PM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: BenLurkin

Agree completely on #1.


3 posted on 05/15/2014 1:22:27 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: BenLurkin

Tony Romo should be somewhere in the top 10.


4 posted on 05/15/2014 1:23:25 PM PDT by catfish1957 (Face it!!!! The government in DC is full of treasonous bastards)
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To: BenLurkin

As much as I hate to say it, being from Dallas, I’d have to put Dirk Nowitzki on the list.


5 posted on 05/15/2014 1:23:43 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: BenLurkin

Michael Sam?


6 posted on 05/15/2014 1:24:20 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: BenLurkin

Time for Tiger to be added to the list.


7 posted on 05/15/2014 1:24:40 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: dfwgator

Dirk? Really? would you say that now, or for his entire career?


8 posted on 05/15/2014 1:24:42 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: BenLurkin
Elvis Grbac-

Touted by Chiefs coach Marty Shottenheimer as a franchise quarterback he delivered mostly bupkis(and injuries) while Rich Gannon delivered most of the W's.

9 posted on 05/15/2014 1:24:47 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: BenLurkin

Al Bundy. What has he done since his four touchdowns in a single game? Exactly.


10 posted on 05/15/2014 1:25:10 PM PDT by Roscoe Karns
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To: C. Edmund Wright

He’s never been a good defensive player. And a guy his size shouldn’t be so reliant on making jump shots.


11 posted on 05/15/2014 1:25:23 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: BenLurkin

Deion Sanders absolutely overrated.


12 posted on 05/15/2014 1:25:41 PM PDT by stevio (God, guns, guts.)
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To: BenLurkin
http://www.nba.com/history/wilt100_moments.html Wilt did score 100 points in a single game. Granted he wasn't much of a team player, but he was a great athlete.


Danica Patrick. Need I say more. Who cares what kind of athlete she is? Danica delivers what her fans are looking for, as demonstrated by SI's emphasis on her athletic and toned body.

The other three are on the spectrum from thuggish to drug-enhanced to freakish.

13 posted on 05/15/2014 1:26:24 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: BenLurkin

Prince Fielder.


14 posted on 05/15/2014 1:26:54 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: BenLurkin

Wilt may not have been a great basketball player, but I think he got a lot of people interesting in watching the game.


15 posted on 05/15/2014 1:27:36 PM PDT by Maine Mariner
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To: dfwgator

Agree completely on #1.

Re Wilt and his losing ways in history.

I saw the game cited below and knew two Aggies/Cowboys on the winning team.

“The Jayhawks won their next four games before losing to Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Cowboys held the ball for the final three and a half minutes in order to win the game 56-54.[17] Both of the Jayhawks regular season losses were in part due to poor ball control by the Jayhawks./”

Re Danica Patrick, my wife and a younger relative in the past few months aske, “Has she won a race in the past several years?”

Now I can say, no.


16 posted on 05/15/2014 1:27:37 PM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Herr Obama cannot divert resources from his war on Americans!)
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To: BenLurkin

I’ll add Joe Namath to the list


17 posted on 05/15/2014 1:27:51 PM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: BenLurkin

David Beckham....a good marketer, but I don’t think he was all that great of a player. So he could bend the ball on free kicks.


18 posted on 05/15/2014 1:28:06 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Maine Mariner

Patrick Ewing.....


19 posted on 05/15/2014 1:29:30 PM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: Pollster1

Righto. Danica is famous for being, A. female, and B. cute.

BTW, when did someone driving a car fast become “an athlete?”


20 posted on 05/15/2014 1:29:55 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Huskrrrr

Perhaps in his pro career; but as an Ohio State fan, believe me, we think there was nothing overrated about old Elvis after he shellacked us for That School Up North several times in the nineties.


21 posted on 05/15/2014 1:29:57 PM PDT by pleasedontzotme
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To: BenLurkin
He writes of Wilt:

But he cared only for his stats — if given the choice between shooting a layup and losing the game, or passing to somebody in three-point range so they could shoot and WIN, he’d almost certainly take the former.

What a moron!!!! This guy knows nothing.

22 posted on 05/15/2014 1:30:04 PM PDT by Forgotten Amendments (Peace On Earth! Purity of Essence! McCain/Ripper 2016)
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To: BenLurkin

Zez Confrey for sure.


23 posted on 05/15/2014 1:30:22 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: BenLurkin
Bankwalker's list:

1. Eric Lindros
2. Eric Lindros
3. Eric Lindros
4. Eric Lindros
5. Eric Lindros

24 posted on 05/15/2014 1:30:22 PM PDT by bankwalker (In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.)
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To: BenLurkin

I am going to dissent on Rodman. Forgetting about his crazyness, he was the main reason the Pistons won their titles, he revolutionized the game with his mastery of rebounding and his defense.


25 posted on 05/15/2014 1:30:25 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: BenLurkin

A lot of people argue Wilt Chamberlain was the greatest player ever. Apparently he had two championships, is the argument that he “should have” won more really valid?

I always thought his height was the whole story but he has a lot of supporters.


26 posted on 05/15/2014 1:31:09 PM PDT by Williams
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To: Pollster1

You mean Danica races cars, too?!?!


27 posted on 05/15/2014 1:31:25 PM PDT by SpinnerWebb (IN-SAPORIBVS-SICVT-PVLLVM)
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To: BenLurkin
Rodman doesn't belong anywhere close to the top 5 or top 100.

Everyone knew what they were getting with Rodman - great defense, great rebounding & zero offense.

No one disputes that so how is he "overrated"?

28 posted on 05/15/2014 1:31:36 PM PDT by gdani (Every day, your Govt surveils you more than the day before)
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To: Yo-Yo

You’d add Tiger Woods to the list of most overrated athletes? In an off year, last year, he still won six events. He hasn’t won a major in a while, but he’s got, what, 15 so far?

I admit to being an apologist, but its because I’ve seen him do things even legendary golfers have never done. Winning a major on a broken leg, for example.


29 posted on 05/15/2014 1:33:40 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs (.)
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To: dfwgator

Probably, but I like him.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XT7FGQls0KM

Us fat guys need to stick together.


30 posted on 05/15/2014 1:33:41 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Is it wrong to disagree on Danica being on the list after seeing that photo?


31 posted on 05/15/2014 1:34:25 PM PDT by wattsgnu
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To: BenLurkin
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32 posted on 05/15/2014 1:34:40 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Pollster1

Yup.

“Baby, you can drive my car.
Yes, you’re going to be a star.”


33 posted on 05/15/2014 1:35:18 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin
A friend encountered Wilt Chamberlain on a plane. Chamberlain was rude to him.My friend was a young Air Force Lieutenant and felt bad about it. Chamberlain had had a bad day at work.

Can't agree about A-Rod. He is a jerk but a talented jerk.

34 posted on 05/15/2014 1:35:25 PM PDT by Churchillspirit (9/11/2001 and 9/11/2012: NEVER FORGET.)
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To: BenLurkin

I’ve got a driver, and that’s a start.


35 posted on 05/15/2014 1:35:50 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Pollster1
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36 posted on 05/15/2014 1:35:56 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Churchillspirit

A-Rod does squat when it matters.

Like when he played for the Rangers, he only started to hit well long after the Rangers were already out of contention.


37 posted on 05/15/2014 1:36:38 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
I am going to dissent on Rodman. Forgetting about his crazyness, he was the main reason the Pistons won their titles, he revolutionized the game with his mastery of rebounding and his defense.

I'm going to agree with you on Rodman. Rodman wasn't much of a scorer but he was a great rebounder and defensive player. He was also a hard worker back in the day. Phil Jackson said Rodman learned the triangle offensive faster than any player he ever coached.
38 posted on 05/15/2014 1:36:55 PM PDT by Ticonderoga34
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To: BenLurkin

Joey Votto - $250 million singles hitter.


39 posted on 05/15/2014 1:37:05 PM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Audentis Fortuna Iuvat)
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To: Grampa Dave

Chamberlain changed the way basketball was played. Only 2 titles? Great players go entire careers with a title. In Wilt’s case, having West, Goodrich, Baylor and Hairston didn’t hurt him. Question I always ask is if Wilt played on the 1978 Knicks, would he have made a difference?

Which brings up my number 1 pick.

Scottie Pippen. Jordan made him better. When Jordan left, Scottie stunk up the joint. He was the Larry Kenon of the NBA. Who is Larry Kenon you ask? He was Dr J’s sidekick when they played for the Nets of the ABA.

A Rod is a difficult one. Then again I was going to say Sammy Sosa.


40 posted on 05/15/2014 1:37:57 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary"S)
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To: BenLurkin
6) Anna Kornikova


41 posted on 05/15/2014 1:38:02 PM PDT by ealgeone (obama, borderof)
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To: Roscoe Karns
Al gave us a gift that can never be matched:


42 posted on 05/15/2014 1:38:20 PM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: BenLurkin

So many issues on this. Basketball isn’t the ultimate team sport, that’s either hockey or football (I vote hockey because your star offensive players are only on the ice 1/3 of the game). But I’m not really sure how you can say a guy that made the playoffs all but one year of his career was bad. And as for whining that he’d shoot rather than pass for the final shot I sure hope this writer wasn’t one of the ones that constantly harped on LeBron for constantly passing instead of shooting. Part of being a star basketball player is you TAKE that final shot.

Has anybody ever actually claimed Danica Patrick is good? Can’t really be overrated when nobody says your good. She’s poster bait, and good for ratings.

As for Deion he’s completely ignoring the fact that Deion was a fantastic cornerback, and a very good kick returner, and a pretty damn good receiver. Yeah OK he was mediocre at baseball, but to do that AND be a 3 way player in football is pretty impressive.

I’m not really sure anybody says Rodman was very good. His real claim to fame on the court was courage, to be a great rebounder (which he was) is all about being willing to do it. You’re going to take a lot of elbows in the face which most players shy away from, especially as their career advances, Rodman never shied away. Everybody at the time was pretty honest about the fact that Rodman couldn’t shoot, or do much of anything else, but he had guts, which is all anybody needed from him.

Five years ago A-Rod was a valid entry on this list. But now nobody really thinks he was good, which again makes it hard to say he’s overrated.


43 posted on 05/15/2014 1:38:35 PM PDT by discostu (Seriously, do we no longer do "phrasing"?!)
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To: Pollster1

44 posted on 05/15/2014 1:38:41 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: bankwalker

“Eric Lindros”

Winner!


45 posted on 05/15/2014 1:39:31 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary"S)
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To: Ticonderoga34

And when he was in Detroit, he showed no signs of the freak he would later become.


46 posted on 05/15/2014 1:39:40 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Roscoe Karns

Al Bundy


Best line of the day (so far) Thanks Roscoe !


47 posted on 05/15/2014 1:39:40 PM PDT by jttpwalsh
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To: dfwgator

He does have over 500 home runs.


48 posted on 05/15/2014 1:40:38 PM PDT by Churchillspirit (9/11/2001 and 9/11/2012: NEVER FORGET.)
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To: BenLurkin

Who was the quarterback of the Eagles who threw up under pressure and RUSH used to say how the media cheered for him, which got RUSH kicked off ESPN.


49 posted on 05/15/2014 1:41:07 PM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: BenLurkin

Danica Patrick


50 posted on 05/15/2014 1:41:15 PM PDT by mowowie
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