ESPN is just about the wrap up its SPORTSCENTURY TOP 100 LIST of the top North American athletes of the 20th century.
Needless to say, this is a perfect thing to debate on so many levels… but I want to go straight to the top. Should Michael Jordan be one of the Top 20 athletes of all time (my guess is he will end up in the top 5)?
Sure, he’s an excellent basketball player, probably the best and had a huge impact on basketball. However, his failure in baseball argues strongly against him being a top 5 athlete. With that in mind, should he be above people like Deion Sanders, Bo Jackson, and Jim Thorpe, who excelled at more than just one sport?
Or do we ignore his baseball career when referring to Michael Jordan, one of the top 20 athletes of our time?
“It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in an argument” - William McAdoo