CNN – ESPN book debates a century of sports

35. My complaint was that he only played one sport.

”I also love the controversy of it. Schaap says the former Baltimore Colts quarterback, like many athletes, has become a symbol of the era in which he played.

”I always thought of him as a stoic, solid person, that I think was typical of that era of the 1950s,” says Schaap. It seems some thought the list should only list human athletes.

”I think anybody is entitled to vote for whomever they want, and I think Secretariat does qualify as an athlete,” says Schaap. “(But) I wouldn’t have voted him very high. He realizes that his picks might not top the ultimate ESPN list — Jackson is not even offered in the network’s Top 20 — but he thinks he used a different scale to appraise athletes.

”I did not choose necessarily on the basis of significance,” says Schaap.

”My top three were Jim Brown, Wilt Chamberlain and Bo Jackson,” says Schaap. Couch potatoes and bar patrons tuning in to the latest televised contest inevitably battle it out over who is the greatest boxer, the greatest baseball team, the greatest golfer or the greatest quarterback.

And then there’s the ultimate debate: Who is the greatest athlete of all time?

Trying to compare competitors from different athletic endeavors — Muhammad Ali and Jim Thorpe, Michael Jordan and Babe Ruth, Bo Jackson and, uh, Bo Jackson — proves a nearly impossible task.

”If you have a vote for the most significant athlete, then you have Ali, then you have Babe Ruth, then you have Michael Jordan. “If you have a vote for the most significant athlete, then you have Ali, then you have Babe Ruth, then you have Michael Jordan. Fighter Jack Johnson, for instance, represents the 1900s; basketball star Michael Jordan defines the 1990s.

In decades between, readers will find lengthy pieces on Jim Thorpe, Babe Ruth, Joe Louis and Babe Didrikson, Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams, Johnny Unitas, Bill Russell, Muhammad Ali, and Pete Rose.

”I think it’s a labor of love for everybody who was involved with it,” says Schaap, the author of several sports books, the former editor of Sports Magazine and current host of ESPN’s “Sports Reporters.” Schaap, who praised ESPN’s Mark Shapiro for organizing the book, writes about Unitas. “People came out of the war years with great hope and great faith in the future. Even if I didn’t think he should be up that high, I like the controversy it created.”

But Schaap points out that the list has another source of contention.

”We are limiting it to North Americans,” he says. But I voted purely on what I considered to be athletic ability, and if I had anything in the back of my mind it was, ‘If you put these guys on a field and they played each other in 20 sports, who would win the most?’ I think Jim Brown would win the most, and I think Chamberlain would be awfully close.”

’I love the controversy of it’

The ESPN pick that caused the biggest grumble from sports fans was No. So we missed Pele, but we had Secretariat.”

And the debates continue.

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. They changed the face of sports.”

– sportswriter Dick Schaap

But as any sports fan knows, ESPN has been trying to do just that with its ongoing series, “ESPN SportsCentury.” The network, using the opinions of sports reporters, authors, academics and observers, is counting down its top 100 athletes of all time. 14; the top athlete remains a mystery, though the list has been narrowed to a chosen few.

And to compliment the show, the sports network that started in 1979 has released a new book by the same title. The athlete ranked in that spot: Secretariat, the 1973 Triple Crown winner. The compendium, published by Hyperion, features recollections on the sports century that was by top writers and sportscasters, including Dick Schaap, Joyce Carol Oates, Chris Berman, David Halberstam, Roy Blount Jr., and Thomas Boswell.

The book is divided into decades, with at least one athlete highlighted as the defining athlete of that time period. Unitas sort of represented that.”

’Who would win most?’

So, who did Schaap vote as his greatest athlete ever? Let the debate begin. EDT (1808 GMT)

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(CNN) — The sport of watching sports, for those who don’t know much about sports, is really the debate of it all. news

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Web posted at: 2:08 p.m. “We don’t have Pele in there. They changed the face of sports. So far, they’ve reached No

Importance of sports facilities in the school

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We enjoy watching sports in college as pure entertainment. This includes athletics and sports also

Assessing The Value Of Your Sports Trading Cards

So, in case you don’t get the price that’s stated on the periodicals, don’t go back to your newstand vendor or book store and start asking for a refund!

(1) Ebay Auctions

If you’re more interested to know the “book value” for your cards, depending on the amount of money you want to spend and the depth of the details you want to know, there are avenues for you to check that as well.

(3) Trading Card Clubs & Forums

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(2) Monthly Magazines & Price Guides

A relatively fast way to know how much people are willing to pay for your particular card is to do a search on Ebay auctions. Therefore, it certainly doesn’t hurt to know the methods that you can use to assess this, even if you’ve no intention to sell off your collection now.

For a start, you can check this via the monthly trading card magazines. Besides, it’s also gratifying to know a bunch of people who share the same interest as you, isn’t it?

But regardless of which option you choose, do bear in mind that such value estimates are highly subjected to the condition and maintenance of the cards concerned. Both give you value estimates based on the production year of the sets from different different card companies with the latter covering on almost every set that are issued for all major sports.

Even though both demand and supply has the same important part to play, looking at the buyers’ market is the fairer way to determine the current “market value”. 2 of the main magazines are Beckett and Tough Stuff.

Here are 3 simple and effective ways commonly used :

Last but not least, just go asking around. By doing a search on Google, you’ll be able to get a listing of all online card traders clubs and forums you can join and learn about such knowledge. The number of bids, depending on the base price set by the seller can also help you determine if the card you’re holding is “hot” or not. While doing so, it’s vital to go by what buyers are offering instead of the price sellers are asking for. Such periodicals tabulate current book values of the most popular range of single cards and sets and can bought off newstands at about $4-5 per copy. That in turn can help you plan your own baseline selling price next time.

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Chances are, if you’ve been collecting sport trading cards for some time, one of the mind boggling questions that probably bugging you is this : how do you determine the value of your card collection? In other words, how much can you fetch for the stacks of baseball, football or wrestling trading cards lying in your cabinet?

Although most sports card collectors are usually fans of the game as well, some are actually into the card collecting hobby for the potential profit they may reap from the trading.

Suppose you’ve got a bigger budget, go for the $10 paperback or the $40-50 price guide. Members are often able to give you quotes on the spot and who knows? You might even get a good offer for your card