The topic of what it takes to be the GOAT is floating around on several threads right now. It deserves it's own.

For me being the GOAT means putting up big numbers AND winning the big competitions AND showing longevity. Additional credit comes from spanning multiple events. Winning big competitions under duress is also worth extra credit. I imagine we all weight numbers, competitions, and longevity a little differently making for fun arguments.

Given that I have to put Carl Lewis first as track GOAT. Bolt has the Big numbers down, one big meet under his belt, but needs to hang around for a while to be the GOAT. Al Oerter ranks high for me as does Edwin Moses. Bob Beamon and Bob Hayes do not.

As far as olympic GOATs go Eric Heiden didn't hang around too long but he did win EVERY speed skating race. Phelps has numbers and is getting there on longevity. I think if he comes back in 2012 and gets another handful he's gotta be on the list.

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For me being the GOAT means putting up big numbers AND winning the big competitions AND showing longevity. Additional credit comes from spanning multiple events. Winning big competitions under duress is also worth extra credit. I imagine we all weight numbers, competitions, and longevity a little differently making for fun arguments.

Given that I have to put Carl Lewis first as track GOAT. Bolt has the Big numbers down, one big meet under his belt, but needs to hang around for a while to be the GOAT. Al Oerter ranks high for me as does Edwin Moses. Bob Beamon and Bob Hayes do not.

As far as olympic GOATs go Eric Heiden didn't hang around too long but he did win EVERY speed skating race. Phelps has numbers and is getting there on longevity. I think if he comes back in 2012 and gets another handful he's gotta be on the list.

NEXT...

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