Who was the most exciting player(s) you ever watched ?

1970s1970s Posts: 2,149 ✭✭✭✭
edited January 2, 2019 3:49PM in Sports Talk

What I mean be "exciting" was that you got excited, or really entertained watching this player. When you watched this athlete compete, you had moments where you just said, "Wow!", or you couldn't turn off the TV because you enjoyed watching this person so much. I guess it's fair to say that this "most exciting" player was probably enjoyed during their prime, as the beginning and end of their career probably had less exciting moments.

I'd also add that we leave out any professional wrestlers or people like Evel Knievel. Just real athletes who played real sports. Even though I guess motor cross and guys like Knievel could be considered athletes if
you want.

My top 3...........

  1. Mark Fidrych (1977 season only)
  2. Mario Lemieux
  3. Secretariat
«1

Comments

  • LarkinCollectorLarkinCollector Posts: 5,941 ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 2, 2019 4:23PM
    1. Tiger Woods

    2. John Daly

    3. Winifer Fernández
  • erikthredderikthredd Posts: 3,192 ✭✭✭✭

    1.Michael Jordan
    2. Tom Brady
    3. Gronk when healthy

    Eric

  • DarinDarin Posts: 3,241 ✭✭✭

    Patrick Mahomes - All he did was throw for over 5,000 yards and 50 TD's.
    Only Peyton Manning has done that. But Mahomes is 23 and this was
    his first year as starting QB. He could lay waste to the record books.
    If he had thrown as many passes as Rothlisberger did this year,
    he would have thrown for 5,900+ yards based on his avg. yards per attempt. So he has
    the ability to throw for 6,000 yards in a season.

    Collecting: Patrick Mahomes rookie cards, the next great NFL quarterback.
  • Dave99BDave99B Posts: 5,932 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I've seen many, but my #1 would have to be Magic Johnson. Freak of nature.

    Dave

    Always looking for original, better date VF20-VF35 Barber quarters and halves, and a quality beer.
  • BillJonesBillJones Posts: 27,289 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Tom Brady
    Willie Mays
    Reggie Jackson in that World Series game in which he hit three homers.

    Retired dealer and avid collector of U.S. type coins, 19th century presidential campaign medalets and selected medals. In recent years I have been working on a set of British coins - at least one coin from each king or queen who issued pieces that are collectible.
  • DarinDarin Posts: 3,241 ✭✭✭

    George Bretts' run at .400

    Still remember the excitement in Denny Matthews' and Fred Whites' voices when George was red hot
    in August and pushed his average to something like .408
    That's one reason why its so annoying to have to listen to Dallas and Craig constantly preaching that
    batting average isn't important. Too bad they've never had the chance to follow anyone game by game
    that has made a run like that.

    Collecting: Patrick Mahomes rookie cards, the next great NFL quarterback.
  • DarinDarin Posts: 3,241 ✭✭✭

    Danny Manning at KU.
    Manning and his Jayhawks weren't supposed to be able to run with Oklahoma in the 1988 Championship game.
    Yet here it was, tied 50-50 at halftime, Manning almost single handedly keeping Kansas in it. In the second half KU
    prevailed, led by a scintillating performance from one of the greatest Jayhawks ever to don the uniform, one of
    the most exciting college basketball players of all time, the legend of Lawrence, Danny Manning.

    Collecting: Patrick Mahomes rookie cards, the next great NFL quarterback.
  • DarinDarin Posts: 3,241 ✭✭✭

    Danny Manning at KU.
    Manning and his Jayhawks weren't supposed to be able to run with Oklahoma in the 1988 Championship game.
    Yet here it was, tied 50-50 at halftime, Manning almost single handedly keeping Kansas in it. In the second half KU
    prevailed, led by a scintillating performance from one of the greatest Jayhawks ever to don the uniform, one of
    the most exciting college basketball players of all time, the legend of Lawrence, Danny Manning.

    Collecting: Patrick Mahomes rookie cards, the next great NFL quarterback.
  • perkdogperkdog Posts: 18,049 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Barry Sanders, Tom Brady, Michael Jordan

  • JustacommemanJustacommeman Posts: 18,400 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 2, 2019 6:58PM

    1) Tiger Woods
    2) Barry Sanders ( college and pro)
    3) Bobby Orr
    4) Tom Brady

    mark

    Walker Proof Digital Album





    Fellas, leave the tight pants to the ladies. If I can count the coins in your pockets you better use them to call a tailor. Stay thirsty my friends......
  • craig44craig44 Posts: 2,860 ✭✭✭✭

    Barry Sanders
    Hakeem the dream
    Dan marino
    Ken griffey jr.

  • DIMEMANDIMEMAN Posts: 18,259 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I can't believe nobody has mentioned Ali. When he came and took the title back by knocking out George Forman who had been bashing everybody he faced. As big a fan of Ali as I was I was shocked that he pulled it off.

    Others would be:
    Michael Jordan
    Jack Nicklas
    Reggie Jackson
    Willie Mays
    Emmitt Smith and the whole Cowboys team of the mid 90's.
    Pete Rose


    All Dimes All Varieties

    Coins for sale

    Canadian Dimes Set


    Washington Quarters All Varieties 32-64


    >RIP -image Rebecca 2004-2018...If love could have saved you - you would have lived forever<
  • orioles93orioles93 Posts: 2,871 ✭✭✭
    edited January 2, 2019 7:34PM

    Saquon Barkley

    During the prime of his college career.

    What I Collect:

    PSA HOF Postwar Rookies Set Registry- (Currently 72.34% Complete)


    Ungraded Baseball Rookies (Current Count: 1,220 Different Rookie Cards)
  • bronco2078bronco2078 Posts: 6,941 ✭✭✭✭✭

    no no rookies people , its against the rules of the thread , check the fine print.

    Bobby Orr

  • stevekstevek Posts: 21,309 ✭✭✭✭✭

    For me, too many in pro sports to mention or choose. However for the individual top sports athletes for excitement, I like the Olympic games, particularly track and field races. Very exciting considering it is only once every four years, and for a number of the runners it is a one time chance.

  • JoeBanzaiJoeBanzai Posts: 4,733 ✭✭✭✭

    Mentioning golf and exciting in the same sentence? zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Maybe Arnold Palmer making one of his famous "charges"!

    2013,14 and 15 Certificate Award Winner Harmon Killebrew Master Set and Master Topps Set
  • JustacommemanJustacommeman Posts: 18,400 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @JoeBanzai said:
    Mentioning golf and exciting in the same sentence? zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Maybe Arnold Palmer making one of his famous "charges"!

    Exactly why I put Tiger in there. He literally changed the dynamic and made it watchable. I never watched it much before Tiger and stopped watching it altogether when he wasn’t playing

    mark

    Walker Proof Digital Album





    Fellas, leave the tight pants to the ladies. If I can count the coins in your pockets you better use them to call a tailor. Stay thirsty my friends......
  • mt_mslamt_msla Posts: 759 ✭✭✭✭

    Michael Jordan. Shannon Sharpe. Pete Sampras.

    Insert witicism here. [ xxx ]


    My 1964 Registry proof set

  • BrickBrick Posts: 3,860 ✭✭✭✭

    Buster Douglas

    Collecting 1960 Topps Baseball in PSA 8
    http://www.unisquare.com/store/brick/

    Ralph

  • CoinstartledCoinstartled Posts: 7,120 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Magic
    Barry
    Jagomir Jagr
    LeBron
    Marino
    Usain Bolt
    Rickey Henderson
    Mark Spitz
    Rod Carew

  • JustacommemanJustacommeman Posts: 18,400 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I love Rickey Henderson as well. Meant to list him

    m

    Walker Proof Digital Album





    Fellas, leave the tight pants to the ladies. If I can count the coins in your pockets you better use them to call a tailor. Stay thirsty my friends......
  • bronco2078bronco2078 Posts: 6,941 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I wasn't thinking about olympics because I have soured on that whole thing what with the vile corruption surrounding that. Somehow as a kid I was under the impression that it was real.

    If we are going to talk Olympics though Franz Klammer or Herman Meier , Alberto Tomba . B)

    Or how about Katja Seizinger in Nagano ? The entire german women's team that year was amazing

    Foreigners you all might have missed , since US tv coverage likes to focus on some guy that came in 143rd who has a dyslexic brother in law

  • Time4aGansettTime4aGansett Posts: 340 ✭✭✭

    Bo Jackson.
    MJ.

  • stevekstevek Posts: 21,309 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @bronco2078 said:
    I wasn't thinking about olympics because I have soured on that whole thing what with the vile corruption surrounding that. Somehow as a kid I was under the impression that it was real.

    If we are going to talk Olympics though Franz Klammer or Herman Meier , Alberto Tomba . B)

    Or how about Katja Seizinger in Nagano ? The entire german women's team that year was amazing

    Foreigners you all might have missed , since US tv coverage likes to focus on some guy that came in 143rd who has a dyslexic brother in law

    I hear ya, but overall I still like the events mentioned.

    I think also because it's truly a worldwide competition.

    Usain Bolt was mentioned. Tough not to like seeing that guy run. :)

  • craig44craig44 Posts: 2,860 ✭✭✭✭

    how could i forget Bo? for a few years he was electric. one game with 2 90 plus yard runs.

  • craig44craig44 Posts: 2,860 ✭✭✭✭

    how could i forget Bo? for a few years he was electric. one game with 2 90 plus yard runs.

  • BrickBrick Posts: 3,860 ✭✭✭✭

    You can say that again.

    Collecting 1960 Topps Baseball in PSA 8
    http://www.unisquare.com/store/brick/

    Ralph

  • LarkinCollectorLarkinCollector Posts: 5,941 ✭✭✭✭

    @DIMEMAN said:
    I can't believe nobody has mentioned Ali. When he came and took the title back by knocking out George Forman who had been bashing everybody he faced. As big a fan of Ali as I was I was shocked that he pulled it off.

    Many of us weren't old enough to watch Ali live ;)

  • CoinstartledCoinstartled Posts: 7,120 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @craig44 said:
    how could i forget Bo? for a few years he was electric. one game with 2 90 plus yard runs.

    Didn't think that double posts were possible here. :)

  • garnettstylegarnettstyle Posts: 1,847 ✭✭✭

    Jimmy Connors
    john McEnroe
    Andre Agassi
    Terry Bradshaw
    Dave Parker

    IT CAN'T BE A TRUE PLAYOFF UNLESS THE BIG TEN CHAMPIONS ARE INCLUDED

  • craig44craig44 Posts: 2,860 ✭✭✭✭

    @Coinstartled said:

    @craig44 said:
    how could i forget Bo? for a few years he was electric. one game with 2 90 plus yard runs.

    Didn't think that double posts were possible here. :)

    I guess watching Bo just excited me so much i pushed the button twice!

  • DrBusterDrBuster Posts: 3,782 ✭✭✭

    MJ
    Tyson
    Barry Sanders
    Mark McGwire during the HR chase season

  • 2dueces2dueces Posts: 1,595 ✭✭✭

    O. J. Simpson



    << <i>In Rememberance of James W. Brennan Sr. 1924-1982.
    Dad, Thanks for everything you did for me. >>

  • dallasactuarydallasactuary Posts: 2,314 ✭✭✭

    Joaquin Andujar
    Nolan Ryan

    dallasactuary

    Official defender of Ron Santo
    Official defender of Bert Blyleven
    Official defender of Bill Mazeroski
    Jim Rice sucks
    Jack Morris sucks and blows simultaneously.
  • DIMEMANDIMEMAN Posts: 18,259 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @dallasactuary said:
    Joaquin Andujar
    Nolan Ryan

    Ole "Walk'em in handlebars" I love it when he got so made he punched the fan in the dugout injuring his hand and had to leave the game! :) :o B)


    All Dimes All Varieties

    Coins for sale

    Canadian Dimes Set


    Washington Quarters All Varieties 32-64


    >RIP -image Rebecca 2004-2018...If love could have saved you - you would have lived forever<
  • dallasactuarydallasactuary Posts: 2,314 ✭✭✭

    @DIMEMAN said:
    Ole "Walk'em in handlebars" I love it when he got so made he punched the fan in the dugout injuring his hand and had to leave the game! :) :o B)

    That's what was so great about watching Andujar. He was exciting whether he was on the mound, in the dugout, or (especially) at the plate. If you look at his stats he looks average - OPS+ of 99, W/L % of .518 - but he hardly ever pitched an "average" game. He alternated between great and terrible mostly depending on his mood that day.

    dallasactuary

    Official defender of Ron Santo
    Official defender of Bert Blyleven
    Official defender of Bill Mazeroski
    Jim Rice sucks
    Jack Morris sucks and blows simultaneously.
  • ahopkinsahopkins Posts: 504 ✭✭✭
    edited January 11, 2019 6:21PM

    Jack - I grew to love this man because my dad loved him so much.
    Tiger - I never missed an event he was in
    Montana
    Pedro
    The 2008 Philadelphia Phillies

    Andy

  • electrodeelectrode Posts: 86 ✭✭
    edited January 14, 2019 12:10PM

    Watching Tayler Hall play live for the Windsor Spitfires in junior A he was like a waterbug on skates.

  • this one is easy. BO JACKSON, MIKE TYSON, AND THE GOAT

  • 3stars3stars Posts: 738 ✭✭✭✭

    Mario Lemieux paired with Jaromir Jagr. Saw many a two on one with these guys!

    Previous transactions: Wondercoin
  • JoeBanzaiJoeBanzai Posts: 4,733 ✭✭✭✭

    Killebrew offensively, Puckett for his leaping catches, baseball Modano in hockey. Adrian Peterson in football.

    2013,14 and 15 Certificate Award Winner Harmon Killebrew Master Set and Master Topps Set
  • mrcommemmrcommem Posts: 960 ✭✭✭

    Lee Trevino
    Lou Brock
    Wayne Gretsky
    Kurt Warner
    Terry Metcalf (Halfback, kickoff return and punt return specialist for the St. Louis Cardinals)

  • bronco2078bronco2078 Posts: 6,941 ✭✭✭✭✭

    mike bossy

  • ebaytraderebaytrader Posts: 3,339 ✭✭✭

    Pete Maravich playing college ball. MJ & Wilt in the pros.
    Ali
    Barry Sanders & Gale Sayers. Pat Mahones for now.
    Gretzky and Yzerman
    Tiger & Nicklaus
    Ricky Henderson, Nolan Ryan, Denny McLain, Mr. Mays
    Vasily Alekseyev, Mark Spitz, Dorothy Hamel, Jean-Claude Killy
    Mario Andretti & AJ Foyt

  • JustacommemanJustacommeman Posts: 18,400 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @ebaytrader said:
    Pete Maravich playing college ball. MJ & Wilt in the pros.
    Ali
    Barry Sanders & Gale Sayers. Pat Mahones for now.
    Gretzky and Yzerman
    Tiger & Nicklaus
    Ricky Henderson, Nolan Ryan, Denny McLain, Mr. Mays
    Vasily Alekseyev, Mark Spitz, Dorothy Hamel, Jean-Claude Killy
    Mario Andretti & AJ Foyt

    Great list. I only saw Pistol Pete towards the end and he was still a blast to watch. Nate Archibals rocked too. Stevie Y was an absolute joy

    m

    Walker Proof Digital Album





    Fellas, leave the tight pants to the ladies. If I can count the coins in your pockets you better use them to call a tailor. Stay thirsty my friends......
  • lawyer05lawyer05 Posts: 1,220 ✭✭✭
    edited January 21, 2019 10:32AM

    my son when he pitches.. my heart skips an extra beat !!!! lol

«1
Sign In or Register to comment.