Delayed Reaction: ESPN is just embarrassing itself

By Chris Smith
Mar. 23, 2018

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Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Last week ESPN the Magazine released its 20 most dominant athletes of the last 20 years. ESPN is "the authority" on almost all things sports, and they have a very long history of getting it right, with that said in this case ESPN is just embarrassing itself. To get into why let's start with the list itself

1. Tiger Woods

2. LeBron James

3. Peyton Manning

4. Jimmie Johnson

5. Roger Federer

6. Anika Sorenstam

7. Michael Schumacher

8. Floyd Mayweather

9. Marta

10. Usain Bolt

11. Lionel Messi

12. Serena Williams

13. Lauren Jackson

14. Christiano Ronaldo

15. Novak Djokovic

16. Alison Felix

17. Barry Bonds

18. Mike Trout

19. Manny Pacquiao

20. Tom Brady

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Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Ok, not to discredit the merits of anyone on the list,but where is Michael Phelps? That is by far the biggest issue with this list, Phelps is the most decorated Olympic athlete in history. A stronger argument can be made for Phelps to be number 1, than left off of this list entirely. The other major complaint on this list, is the fact that 16 spots separate Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. I personally believe placing Manning above Tom Brady is correct (I'll defend this in another artice), but to place him 16 places above Brady? Well, that's just laughable. There are several other minor issue's with this list, but rather than Nitpick, how about we re-write it?

1. Michael Phelps

2. Usain Bolt

3. Floyd Mayweather

4. Lebron James

5. Serena Williams

6. Barry Bonds

7. Tiger Woods

8. Roger Federer

9. Peyton Manning

10. Tom Brady

11. Jimmie Johnson

12. Anika Sorenstam

13. Lionel Messi

14. Marta

15. Shaq

16. Christiano Ronaldo

17. Anderson Silva

18. Lauren Jackson

19. Manny Pacquiao

20. Randy Moss

What I found in writing my own list is that it is impossible to get it perfect. I found it hard to ignore the Dominance of Shaq from 1998-2006, as well as the Dominance of Randy Moss, and Anderson Silva, these additions left truly dominant athletes off of my list. While, it is truly hard to make a perfect list, at this point leaving off Phelps is just embarrassing, ESPN.

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