Thursday, June 30, 2011

The 14 Most Dominant Sports Performances by Individuals

A list like this is almost always going to cause controversy as you can't get too much more subjective than this. That being said, all I know is they got Number 1 correct IMHO!

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So, this is an attempt to come up with my 14 most dominant performances in sports history. The idea — thought up by my friend Tommy Tomlinson* — began with the simple question: Was Tiger Woods’ amazing performance at Pebble Beach in 2000 more impressive than Rory McIlroy’s amazing performance at the U.S. Open this year? This led to the question: What are the most dominating performances ever?

Unranked: Rory McIlroy shoots 16-under at the U.S. Open

No. 14: Bobby Fischer at the 1963-64 U.S. Chess Championship

Fischer's perfection will likely never be matched. (AP)

No. 13: John McEnroe wins the 1984 Wimbledon Final

No. 12: Bo Jackson on Monday Night in 1987

No. 11: Nebraska’s Tommie Frazier in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl

No. 10: George Brett in Game 3 of the 1985 ALCS

Brett propelled the Royals to an improbable championship in '85. (Manny Millan/SI)

No. 9: Steve Young in Super Bowl XXIX

No. 8: Kerry Wood’s 20-strikeout game

Wood allowed just one hit in his '98 masterpiece. (AP)

No. 7: George Foreman knocks out Joe Frazier in 2

No. 6: Usain Bolt in the 100-meter dash in Beijing

No. 5: Tiger Woods at the 2000 U.S. Open

No. 4: Wilt scores 100

No. 3: Joe Louis knocks out Max Schmeling

Louis put Schmeling on the ropes at Yankee Stadium in '38. (Bettmann/Corbis)

No. 2: Tiger Woods at Augusta, 1997

No. 1: Secretariat at the Belmont

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