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Top 3 Inspirational Sporting Figures

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English: Bust portrait of Muhammad Ali, World Journal Tribune photo by Ira Rosenberg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When it comes to sports, inspiration figures are truly sights to behold. When riding solo, they emulate brave knights, talismanic in battle. When part of a team or squad they resemble army generals, victorious due to their war conduct. Here is a celebration of sport’s most inspirational figures over the years.

Muhammad Ali

The first sportsman to coin the quote ‘I am the greatest’, Muhammad Ali owns this phrase because he simply is the greatest ever boxer to had lived. In fact it wouldn’t even be possible to begrudge Ali claiming he meant the greatest ever ‘sportsman’, when he uttered what was to become his infamous catchphrase.

His speed was incredible, precision tremendous and power mind boggling. Ali was a man of extraordinary talent and charisma. The most entertaining in and out of the ring, Ali’s title as ‘the king’ is hard to dispute.

Sportsmen are often appreciated for their worth away from the actual sports cameras and in front of the interview cameras. Ali also excelled tremendously in this aspect, giving viewers limericks, poems, banter and some truly memorable quotes.

Arkle

Three Cheltenham Gold Cups, Two Hennessy Gold Cups, the Whitbread Gold Cup, Irish Grand National, King George VI and Gallagher Gold Cup speak for themselves. In fact, if I’d just put these accolades as the justification behind this fine horse’s inclusion on our list, it would have sufficed. But that would have been unjustifiable to Arkle, as his praise transcends justification.

As demonstrated in his career defining race in the 1965 Gallagher Gold Cup at Kempton (www.kempton.co.uk) which saw the thoroughbred soar past the 16lb lighter Mill House in just a few strides, Arkle is truly something special.

A simple YouTube clip of him in action would be enough to understand my reasoning behind Arkle being included.

Steven Gerrard

How can Steven Gerrard’s brilliance be put into words? Simply the greatest player to ever grace the Premier League, Gerrard has it all. A leader, an inspiration, a sportsman of exceptional ability and the highest calibre, Gerrard possessed an almost supernatural knack to score the greatest goals in the most important circumstances.

From his screamer against United and Fabien Barthez, to his dream strike against Olympiakos (and we all know how important that goal went on to be), to his magnificent performance in Instanbul that saw him converted as a right back while the match went on, to his super goal against West Ham in the final of the FA Cup, and many more ridiculously superb instances – Gerrard is simply the best.

Tahar Rajab is a British sports freelance writer

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The Top 10 Iconic Sportsmen of the 20th Century

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Baseball player Babe Ruth

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10. Michael Schumacher (Motor Racing)

Forget the collisions and the controversies; it is without doubt that this seven time Formula One champion has to make it into the list. Considered one of or the best driver in History – the man who manage to turn round the formula one fortunes of Ferrari and the only driver to go an entire season with a podium finish at every race in the year 2002

9. Michael Jordan (Basketball)

Basketball player turned Baseball turned Actor – Michael Jordan may have not been all that great at the latter occupations but he was one hell of a Basketball player. The 6ft 6” giant dominated the sport and led his team the Chicago bulls to three Championships. Didn’t do too well at the Baseball thing but we all admired him for his Talent and the fact that he was in Space Jam.

8. Babe Ruth (Baseball)

Babe Ruth – the most famous Baseball player that has ever lived could in some people’s eyes be one of the most iconic sportsmen. With a career that spanned from 1914 – 1935 and hitting 60 home runs in a season a record that stood for 35 years, this American legend was two time all star legend and a seven time world series champion.

7. Lance Armstrong (Cycling)

Lance Armstrong was considered to be at deaths door at one point when he was diagnosed with Cancer in 1996. However after a long arduous recovery the man went out to do something even more miraculous and win the Tour De France, Seven Times fro 1999 to 2005. So astonishing was his recovery and competitiveness that many accused him of taking performance enhancing drugs.

6. Jesse Owens (Track and Field)

Jesse Owens was technically the first Person to defeat Hitler, not in War but at track and Field. This great runner specialised in Long Jump and the Sprints, and he showed his dominance in the 1936 Berlin Games. Owens went on to win four Olympic Gold’s at these games which became a very poignant moment as this was suppose to be where Hitler was to show off his superior Aryan race.

5. Sir Steve Redgrave (Rowing)

If you have been knighted by the Queen and are considered one of Britain’s greatest Olympians then you definitely are one of the most iconic sportsmen.  Sir Steve’s credentials are truly amazing, five consecutive Olympic Gold Medals from 1984 to 2000 means he is one of only four Olympians to do it and on top of that three commonwealth game wins means he is truly one of the best sportsmen of our Era.

4. Don Bradman (Cricket)

The original master of Cricket batting – Don Bradman was quite simply the best batsmen in Cricket to ever walk the Earth and his stats definitely back it up. The Australian had a Test batting average of 99.94, and the only reason that he never had 100 as his average was due to the fact that on his last game, he was out first ball; the reason he gave to his colleagues when he came back to the pavilion was that he had never hit his first ball for 6 and wanted to try it.

3. Jack Nicklaus

Now I could of said Tiger Wood however with Nicklaus’ who won 18 major trophies over a career of 25 years and a recode that tiger still has to beat and at the moment does not look like doing, is why he makes it into this list. A great golfing legend that opted not to play tournaments so that he could concentrate on Majors has a tremendous golfing record.

2. Pele

Regarded across the world as one of or the greatest footballers of all time and was voted the Football player of the century by the IFFHS and voted by the Ballon D’or committee as the player of the century. In his career he scored 760 official goals, 541 in league championships, making him the top scorer of all time. In total Pelé scored 1281 goals in 1363 games.

1. Muhammad Ali

“I’ll Show You How Great I Am” Were wise words that came from Muhammad Ali and boy did he!! With a great boxing record, and involved in some of the best boxing matches between Joe Frazier and George Foreman Ali was a three time World Heavyweight boxing Champion and in 1999 he was given the title of “Sportsmen of the Century”

 

Written by Annabel, Event Organiser for Chillisauce, specialising in Hen party ideas

 

 

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The Appeal of Funny Boxing

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There are many people that do not have a stomach for the violence and unnecessary brutality that the people who are not boxing fans associate with the game. These sports enthusiasts who do not appreciate the actual boxing game, but its elements as a sport have primarily been behind the emergence of another interesting trend of funny boxing. This is a widely accepted selection of snippets of a typical boxing match, but with the hilarious aspects of it extracted to make a collection of interesting footage. The first use of funny boxing was in the early 80’s and this could well have marked the start of another equally interesting kind of boxing common with video games.

In the recent years, video game platforms have become more creative in their use of various types of animation with each new release. Some of the video games that have a high level of animation are games that take their simulation themes from the boxing arena. Basically, the aim of these types of games is to punch an opponent silly and vanquish them. The level of animation can rise from one color two dimensional videos to high techno-color three dimensional animation. The higher the color and animation that is in these games, the costlier they become and often, the more interesting the variety of play becomes too.

Some of the more recent games even have a virtual reality component to them where the player can simulate their boxing actions just by moving the controls in their hands. They then appear to be physically punching an animated opponent on the game screen. It can actually be a very hilarious sight to watch someone punch the air, and get pretty exhausted doing it, while all through they are simulating virtual reality imagery in their imagination.

These kinds of video games come in handy during the holiday season and when it is too cold to do anything outdoors as it sometimes gets in winter. They can serve as a captivating pastime for the family and most especially for those members of the family that enjoy the real boxing matches. A lot of boxing fans will appreciate not only the animation, but will also understand the scoring parameters. This fact can make watching the video footage made from aspects of actual boxing matches that were funny very interesting too. It is only a boxing fan that will really appreciate the humor in these videos that are for the sole purpose of bringing humor into what many may see as a fairly unpleasant game.

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