Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Top Athletes - Last Names Starting with "B" - Post 1980

The second letter of the alphabet gets a bit more intriguing.  Some of the all-time greats in their sports are included in this list and the depth of this list shows.  When there is no room for the Killer Bees of Houston or a record-setting, Super Bowl-winning quarterback, that is very apparent.  I bring you, the letter 'B":

10)  Boris Becker (Tennis)
9)  Raymond Borque (NHL)
8)  George Brett (MLB)
7)  Usain Bolt (Track & Field)
6)  Charles Barkley (NBA)
5)  Martin Brodeur (NHL)
4)  Barry Bonds (MLB)
3)  Tom Brady (NFL)
2)  Larry Bird (NBA)
1)  Kobe Bryant (NBA)

How about that for a Top 4?  Barry moves to the back of this group for one obvious reason.  You can't go wrong with the other three, but Kobe has the five rings to three each for Tom and Larry.  I would argue Brodeur as the greatest goalie of my lifetime.  Bolt is kind of the Armstrong of this list, coming from another fairly obscure sport that actually is spotlighted only once every four years.  He is the World's Fastest Man though.  Becker gets the last spot, beating out the likes of (in no particular order) Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Drew Brees, Seve Ballesteros, Champ Bailey and Derrick Brooks.

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