They've been praised. Fans were crazed. Perhaps trophies were raised... but were they really that good?
Being a participant in - and having such fun with - the tournament brackets run by folks like Section and Ifweonlyknew, I thought we might take a page from both of their books and combine the "absurd" side of things with the "hardcore sports" side.
Post your nominations here for which athletes you believe are the most overrated of all time. I know that it will be tempting for Giants fans to nominate Tony Romo & Emmitt Smith, or for Celtics fans to throw Patrick Ewing on the list.
A good example might be why we always seem to find Cal Ripken Jr's name (no offense intended to anyone) in the top five of most "Top 10 Greatest MLB Shortstops in History" lists - who is obviously put on a pedestal as the "Ironman" while sporting a career batting average of .276, and an average of about .260 the final 10 years of his career - that at the same time leaves off players like Pee Wee Reese & Nomar Garciaparra.
I'll let this stew for a while before setting the brackets.
You don't necessarily have to provide reasons for your choices, but I would suggest you do.
You already know one name that'll be on my list - I'll post my nominations in the near future.