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  • #31
    Originally posted by steve View Post
    I'm not a baseball fan but remember this one from Derek Jeter. How he read that play and came all the way over from shortstop to make it is amazing.

    https://youtu.be/ApoJk9X7Vto
    That play may have required and certain degree of prescience but it was pretty ordinary in terms of skill and athleticism.

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    • #32
      Originally posted by jazzcyclist View Post
      That play may have required and certain degree of prescience but it was pretty ordinary in terms of skill and athleticism.
      It's no 8 foot high jump or olympic floor exercise, but none of those athletes could have read that play and then executed it with that precision in that time frame. I guess I have a different definition of athletic feats/skill/athleticism.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
        The announcer as usual is completely over the top....it's a nice play but hardly unbelievable...he just tosses to the catcher...who just a few feet away.....quick thinking and getting there but that's about it...
        Yikes, tough audience! To come from shortstop, field it on the first base path, and then backhand a perfect throw to the catcher? Yeah, that's super-impressive.

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        • #34
          Impresses me.

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          • #35
            The sky-high bounce pass from Stephen Curry to Giannis Antetokounmpo for a dunk in the NBA All-Star game this February will be remembered by NBA fans forever:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2hXbLvUWFg

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            • #36
              If they didn't practice that I would be amazed....

              Reminds me more of trick shots in billiards than a real play....

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              • #37
                Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
                If they didn't practice that I would be amazed....
                They didn't. Two players from rival teams 2000 miles apart aren't going to have the time or inclination to get together to practice a play that they're unlikely to find the opportunity to use during the one game of the year when they're playing on the same team. In a post-game interview Giannis said he wasn't even sure the pass was intended for him.

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                • #38
                  then there's this collection of other-worldly shots from Federer

                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScKohNh-1E8

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                  • #39
                    Speaking of Giannis Antetokounmpo and great athletic feats, it's considered a great athletic feat if you can pronounce his entire last name without pausing to breathe.

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by steve View Post
                      It's no 8 foot high jump or olympic floor exercise, but none of those athletes could have read that play and then executed it with that precision in that time frame. I guess I have a different definition of athletic feats/skill/athleticism.
                      Of course a track athlete couldn't do it but the baseball players that could do it are a dime a dozen, while even Messi couldn't have made the play that Ronaldo did.

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by jazzcyclist View Post
                        Of course a track athlete couldn't do it but the baseball players that could do it are a dime a dozen, while even Messi couldn't have made the play that Ronaldo did.
                        No doubt that Ronaldo play is a great one.

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                        • #42
                          I thought this thread was going to be about Renaldo Nehemiah.

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                          • #43
                            Originally posted by jazzcyclist View Post
                            Of course a track athlete couldn't do it but the baseball players that could do it are a dime a dozen, while even Messi couldn't have made the play that Ronaldo did.
                            I don't think Messi is an exceptional "athlete" for a world class soccer player. But he has better ball skills than Ronaldo.

                            And I thought this thread was about the former.

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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by TN1965 View Post
                              I don't think Messi is an exceptional "athlete" for a world class soccer player. But he has better ball skills than Ronaldo.

                              And I thought this thread was about the former.
                              According to the OP, this thread is about athletic feats that require both extraordinary skill and athleticism.
                              Last edited by jazzcyclist; 12-25-2019, 06:17 PM.

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                              • #45
                                I don't know why this has stuck with me for so long, but I always thought George Brett (pine tar!) had super-human reaction speed. The beginning of this video shows one incident.

                                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLqOPycN2RQ

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