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mintacular 05-27-2011 09:40 PM

Who was the most INTIMIDATING athlete of all time?
 
My vote is Mike Tyson, can anyone beat that? Thanks.

Writehooks 05-27-2011 10:57 PM

Tyson's a good pick, but I'd go with Sonny Liston.
Iron Mike's "IQ" (intimidation quotient) was shattered after Buster Douglas KO'd him in Japan; it was a classic example of the schoolyard bully turning into a creampuff once he ran into somebody who wasn't scared and actually fought back. His subsequent meltdowns against Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis underlined just how far he'd slipped.
Liston, on the other hand, never lost his aura of murderous ferocity even after the two losses to Ali. In fact, Ali is on record as saying the only opponent he was physically afraid of was "The Big Ugly Bear." Even George Foreman no shrinking violet when it came to intimidating other fighters has said he was "terrified" during sparring sessions with Liston.

TUM301 05-28-2011 05:26 PM

Gordie Howe, Jim Brown or maybe Nolan Ryan.

dherm360 05-28-2011 09:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mintacular (Post 897289)
My vote is Mike Tyson, can anyone beat that? Thanks.

when I saw your thread this is who I immediately thought of, early in his career he was dominating and feared.

Also thought of Tiger Woods during his run

White Borders 05-28-2011 11:23 PM

Dale Earnhardt, Sr. He was known as "The Intimidator".

djrhanover 05-29-2011 05:42 AM

For me, the first name I thought of when I saw this question was Dick Butkus.

39special 05-29-2011 08:00 AM

How about Don Drysdale or Bob Gibson.

Wihawk 05-29-2011 12:07 PM

Tommy "Hit Man" Hearns didn't exactly look like a charm school grad with that evil pre fight stare:mad:

CW 05-29-2011 12:17 PM

Wow, I'm amazed it took post #7 for Bob Gibson to be mentioned. He was the first that came to mind. I would also have to imagine that Michael Jordan was intimidating in his prime.

novakjr 05-29-2011 01:05 PM

Boxing:Sam Langford...

Baseball: Batting- Barry Bonds. Steroids aside, from '01-'04 nobody wanted to pitch to the guy, and when they did, we all know what happened..

Baseball: Pitching- I have to agree about Gibson, but Randy Johnson is right there with him.

Football:I think I'll have to agree about Butkus, but on a different note, I think just about every receiver or TE had to cringe at the thought of a crossing route when John Lynch was on the field..

UFC/Wrestling: For a while there, I'd say that Brock Lesnar was one scary dude...


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