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Years ago there were two great sports “Babes”. The most prominent was George Herman “Babe” Ruth, arguably the greatest baseball player of all time. Not a day goes by without someone somewhere, mentioning his name or extolling his legend.

But the other “Babe” these days is too often overlooked. Her name was Mildred “Babe” Didrikson-Zaharias, who without debate is the greatest female athlete the world has ever known. Do I know that for sure? No, because I’m too young to definitively make the claim, but I do believe it. I’ve seen the film clips, and I’ve read the stories, and based on this “research” I’m sold on her place in history – she is indeed number one. Still, because she competed so long ago, coupled with the fact that we seldom, if ever, give female athletes their just due, this Babe is not mentioned nearly enough.

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The first headline I read the other day stated simply: Marion Jones Signs to Play for Tulsa Shock. First question I had was – who are the Tulsa Shock? Second question – is this the same Marion Jones? What I discovered was that the Tulsa Shock are a newly re-located team in the WNBA, formerly […]

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I’m sure you’ve seen the picture by now. Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps taking a huge hit from a marijuana filled bong at a party with other like-minded young people. Obviously eight gold medals and worldwide acclaim do not guarantee wisdom and common sense. But does Phelps’ marijuana misstep deserve widespread condemnation? Is this really […]

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Michael Phelps Join the Crowd

Posted: 19th August 2008 by David Burnett in Gold Medals, Olympics
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Having earned eight gold medals in Beijing and 14 total golds over two Games, we are asking whether super swimmer Michael Phelps is the greatest Olympian of all-time. Some are answering that question with a resounding yes! But I say – what difference does it make? Why do we have to say he’s the best? […]

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The 100 meters. It used to be the signature event at the Olympics. This is the event that Jesse Owens raced in 1936 in Berlin in front of Hitler. There was even a title for the men who won the race: “World’s Fastest Human”. But much of the allure of the Olympic 100 meter dash […]

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