The Water Cooler – The Greatest Athlete of All Time – Who Is It?

April 6, 2021 12:00 pm · 45 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon.

Today’s question:

QUESTION: Who do you think is the greatest athlete of all time, in any sport?

Talk about it….

addlepate April 6, 2021 at 12:12 PM


Dawg April 6, 2021 at 12:26 PM

One of my all time favorites is Thomas Rocco Barbella, AKA Rocky Graziano. One punch and it was lights out for his opponent. They even made a movie about him, Somebody up There Likes Me, starring Paul Newman. Even though Graziano was Italian with brown eyes, and Newman had blue eyes, it was a pretty good movie.

JRocks April 6, 2021 at 12:33 PM

Bo Jackson

April April 6, 2021 at 3:27 PM

A resounding YES!!!!!

Kyburz66 April 6, 2021 at 12:34 PM


Stove April 6, 2021 at 12:53 PM

Bo Jackson. hand down.

Gititogether April 6, 2021 at 1:01 PM

Terry Fox…most marathoners train for months to run a marathon…and then require week(s) to recover. Without any special training…whilst fighting cancer…after 1 leg was amputated…he ran a marathon a day…for 143 days straight.

Bella April 6, 2021 at 1:05 PM

Yogi Berra. As my father shared with me, who was nick named after him, “the catcher has the primary responsibility of all situational awareness” and more. I remember him telling me all this and more as a child.

Eva April 6, 2021 at 1:09 PM

Easy – Secreteriat!

MoJo April 6, 2021 at 1:29 PM

Bo Jackson.

Pops April 6, 2021 at 2:09 PM

Sammy Baugh

Fan April 6, 2021 at 2:25 PM

Freddy Adu!

Roadblock April 6, 2021 at 3:05 PM

Jim Thorpe

Otis Campbell April 6, 2021 at 3:11 PM

Jim Thorpe

I'll gladly pay you on Tuesday for the Hamburgers I eat today April 6, 2021 at 3:36 PM

Caityn Jenner

The Fearless Spectator April 6, 2021 at 7:16 PM

Several news outlets are reporting “she” has hired consultants to evaluate a potential run for California Governor. The vultures are starting to circle……. Newsom has his hands full, so to speak.

PO'd April 6, 2021 at 4:09 PM

Gotta be Bo Jackson. Ask Brian Bosworth.

Cyn April 6, 2021 at 6:41 PM

I know exactly what you’re talking about. I watched that game and it was one of the greatest moments in all of Raiders football. “Bo Knows” how to run over Seahawks, that’s for sure.

BOB April 6, 2021 at 4:22 PM

Ben Hogan. A friend who was very good in his own right, played Hogan just after graduating from college and it was no contest. He claimed Hogan would still be winning if he could have ridden in a cart due to his bad knees.

Hogan’s golf advice was “hit balls.” I recall a TV show that said Hogan would hit balls until his hands were raw and then stick them in saltwater.

Bob April 6, 2021 at 5:10 PM

Bo Jackson, and it’s not close

Caskydiver April 6, 2021 at 5:36 PM

Jim Thorpe

OldSchool April 6, 2021 at 5:45 PM

Hard to argue with Bo Jackson. I’d say Michael Jordan though.

ChuckStir April 6, 2021 at 5:50 PM

Roadblock and Otis got it right, JIm Thorpe. Watch the 1951 movie with Burt Lancaster, Jim Thorpe, All Amereican.

ChuckStir April 6, 2021 at 5:51 PM

Of course Forrest Gump is a close second

Cellophane April 6, 2021 at 6:48 PM

I don’t know any particular names, but,

those guys who participated in the first Olympic competition in Greece had to be really great athletes.

They did everything naked and barefoot.

Nobody can match that today.

Jeff (the other one?) April 6, 2021 at 6:51 PM

Sweetness, my fave.

tulaby April 6, 2021 at 8:01 PM

Jim Thorpe

Ripley April 6, 2021 at 8:22 PM

In 1966, Al Bundy scored four touchdowns in a single game while playing for the Polk High School Panthers in the 1966 city championship game versus Andrew Johnson High School, including the game-winning touchdown in the final seconds against his old nemesis, Bubba “Spare Tire” Dixon.

I'm The Urban Spaceman April 6, 2021 at 10:36 PM


Losdog April 6, 2021 at 8:54 PM

Who I think is the best player of all time is,here we go,Madison
Bumgarner,he played a key role in the SF Giants winning 3 world series in just 5 years,with pitching a full 9 inning game just
A few days prior,he relieve pitched a game to win another world series victory.

Whoe Jim April 6, 2021 at 8:55 PM

Cassius Clay who later became Muhammad Ali went into the boxing ring to fight the most fiercest fighters in the world. They nicknamed him the Greatest for a reason…..

ClayDen April 6, 2021 at 9:26 PM

Michael Schumacher, Mark Webber, Jenson Button or Lewis Hamilton.

Johnny Drama April 6, 2021 at 9:36 PM

Michael Fred Phelps II and it’s not even close.

28 Olympic medals. 13 gold in individual events. Bong rips in between Olympic Games.

WC Resident April 6, 2021 at 9:38 PM

Babe Didrikson Zaharias was a well known all around athlete in the early 1900s. I’d never heard of her until I spotted a biography in the library.

JG27AD April 6, 2021 at 10:16 PM

Hercules. So great they put him in the sky.


Dawg April 7, 2021 at 11:52 AM

So great they named a city after him. No joke, Hercules California was home to The Hercules Powder Company where they made dynamite. The company was named after the Greek god, Hercules, and the city was also named Hercules after the god.

DaveT April 7, 2021 at 1:16 AM

I don’t like him…but it’s Lebron James.

J April 7, 2021 at 7:06 AM

Bruce Lee

Bean Burner April 7, 2021 at 8:07 AM

Defining great because of physical prowess? Michael Phelps

Defining great because of legacy to humanity? Jesse Owens

stevie April 7, 2021 at 10:24 AM

1) Dylan
2) Dylan
3) Dylan
4) Dylan
5) Dylan

He spits hot fire…

American Citizen April 7, 2021 at 11:18 AM

Bo Jackson or Barry Sanders.

Jojo Potato April 7, 2021 at 1:15 PM

Jacques Anquetil : “To prepare for a race there is nothing better than a good pheasant, some champagne and a woman.”
Five time Tour de France winner.

The Professor April 7, 2021 at 1:51 PM

“Pheasant, champagne and women are great, but it’s pretty hard to beat ‘roids.”

– Lance Armstrong.

WhoDat Gurl April 7, 2021 at 5:46 PM

Drew Brees.

GOAT and First Time Future Hall of Famer for his role as Quarterback for my Saints. Also an incredible tennis player, which is why his footwork out of the pocket is so swift.

Not only is he a star athlete, he and his wife have donated over $25,000,000 to their charity Brees Dream, which built an all abilities playground for New Orleanians, donated NICU cameras so parents with ill newborns can watch their babies when the parents aren’t in the hospital and donated several million to food banks during the COVID pandemic.

So glad I was able to witness this humble man do great things.

Jack Benning April 7, 2021 at 6:36 PM

Bo Jackson…

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