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Post by Adam D Mon 23 Apr 2012, 8:43 pm

Evening all.

With the continued growth of 606v2 and the v2 Journal, we have decided to start an official v2 Hall of Fame.

What does this mean, you might be asking.

Well, basically, we are going to honour the great sports persons in history by inducting them into the v2 record books. As time goes on, we will add more and more inductees, so that eventually it becomes a who's who of great sports stars.

We will endeavour to let the recipients know of their awards and try to get an official response (where possible).

Some sections have already started their own HoF but for the official v2 one, we wanted it to incorporate every sport.

So how is it going to work?

Well this thread is designed to act as a nomination thread, where for the next week (closing Sunday), we will take peoples nominations as to who they would like to see inducted. If you are going to nominate someone (or second a nomination) then please give us a reason why they should be considered. After this process has finished, we will announce a shortlist of the people we are considering, at which point, once again you will all be able to show your support and backing of the shortlisted candidates.

After this second round of debating, the admin and mod teams will decide who will be the first inductees.

In this first lot of inductees, we are looking to initiate 6 people. We will then add 6 more every 6 months in a similar process.

So get nominating - any sportsman, dead or alive. Just give us a name and a reason why they should be considered.


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Post by Notch Mon 23 Apr 2012, 8:49 pm

Paddy Wallace. Services to raising awareness of head injuries in rugby OK
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Post by The Special Juan Mon 23 Apr 2012, 8:50 pm

Stephen Hendry. Proving he's still got it when everyone else said he'd lost it.
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Post by Guest Mon 23 Apr 2012, 8:54 pm

David Beckham

One of the most influential footballers of the modern era, for what he accomplished at Man Utd and representing England at the highest level.

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Post by Beer Mon 23 Apr 2012, 8:58 pm

Gav wrote:David Beckham

One of the most influential footballers of the modern era, for what he accomplished at Man Utd and representing England at the highest level.

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Post by Biltong Mon 23 Apr 2012, 9:03 pm

Seeing that this is V2 hall of fame I nominate myself firstly, having to be the sole ambassador for South african sportsmen like Jaques Kallis (Best allrounder EVER), John Smit (most capped international captain EVER), Jaque Fourie (Greatest current international 13), Victor Matfield (greatest lineout exponent EVER) and fighting the lone often unwinnable battle, I need this.

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Post by No1yankee Mon 23 Apr 2012, 9:04 pm

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Post by Biltong Mon 23 Apr 2012, 9:05 pm

I asked first. boxing
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Post by Derbyblue Mon 23 Apr 2012, 9:12 pm

Jim Brown- for being the best running back to ever grace the NFL.

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Post by Biltong Mon 23 Apr 2012, 9:15 pm

Emmet Smith from the dallas Cowboys.
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Post by Gregers Mon 23 Apr 2012, 9:18 pm

Sachin Tendulkar, first man to score 100 100's. Enough said

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Post by Mad for Chelsea Mon 23 Apr 2012, 9:19 pm

David Beckham is a decent shout, not sure he should be one of the first six though.

Mohammad Ali surely? Changed the boxing scene for ever. Similarly Roger Federer with tennis. Pele & Maradonna for football. Sir Don Bradman for cricket. Rugby is maybe a bit harder to pinpoint one name whick changed the game, so I'll pass on that for now. Athletics is similarly hard, it's maybe a bit early to say Bolt changed the game. Carl Lewis? Michael Johnson? Having thought about it long and hard I think Jesse Owens is deserving of the accolade. Therefore my 6 nominations:

Ali - boxing
Pele & Maradonna - football
Federer - tennis
Bradman - cricket
Owens - athletics

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Post by The Womble Mon 23 Apr 2012, 9:22 pm

Can I nominate a few?

If so, I'd like to nominate the following:

John Barnes - greatest footballer ever
Babe Ruth - greatest baseball player ever
Ronnie O'Sullivan - greatest snooker player ever
Bobby Moore - captain of our greatest footballing achievement
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Post by A Fine Folk. Mon 23 Apr 2012, 9:34 pm

Michael Jordan
Tiger Woods
Roger Federer
Mohammed Ali
Pele
Shawn Michaels

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Post by 6oldenbhoy Mon 23 Apr 2012, 9:38 pm

Bit of a left field choice, but if we are looking across a range of sports, then Jim Stynes is a must for me. Was an All Ireland winning minor with Dublin, he changed codes and moved to Australia at the age of 18. Having never played Australian rules football before, he rose to the pinnacle of the sport, winning the Brownlow medal in 1991. Feats like this make him a more than worthy nominee for the Hall.

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Post by GG Mon 23 Apr 2012, 9:45 pm

Don Bradman
Mohammed Ali
Jack Nicklaus
Wayne Gretsky
Michael Jordan
Gerd Muller


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Post by Gregers Mon 23 Apr 2012, 10:00 pm

Vince McMahon

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Post by Corporalhumblebucket Mon 23 Apr 2012, 10:04 pm

crazygangwomble wrote:Can I nominate a few?
.....John Barnes - greatest footballer ever

Good player, but.....Laugh

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Post by Good Golly I'm Olly Mon 23 Apr 2012, 10:07 pm

I would have these players:

Tom Brady (American Football) - Argueably the best Quarterback of all time and he was picked 199th in the draft!
Grant Holt (Football) - Services to the city of Norwich.
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Post by Enforcer Mon 23 Apr 2012, 10:13 pm

Gregers wrote:Vince McMahon
+1

Phil Taylor, the greatest darts player ever.

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Post by A-Darts Mon 23 Apr 2012, 10:25 pm

Enforcer wrote:
Gregers wrote:Vince McMahon
+1

Phil Taylor, the greatest darts player ever.
Indeed, that has my vote.
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Post by ncfc_Tooze Mon 23 Apr 2012, 10:29 pm

John Lowe- First 9 darter

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Post by kwinigolfer Mon 23 Apr 2012, 10:38 pm

Bannister
Owens
Ali
Pele
Jordan
Bradman

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Post by ChequeredJersey Mon 23 Apr 2012, 10:53 pm

Bannister

Any of the following- JPR Williams, Christian Cullen, Jonah Lomu, Brian O'Driscoll, Tim Horan, Philippe Sella, David Campese, Dan Carter, Gareth Edwards, Joost van der Westhuizen, Zinzan Brooke, Michael Jones, Ritchie McCaw, Richard Hill, Martin Johnson, John Eales, Willie-John McBride, Os Du Randt, Graham Price, Sean Fitzpatrick, Keith Wood, Jason Leonard.

Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal

Sir Seb Coe, Steve Jones, Paula Radcliff, Dame Kelly Holmes

Mario Lemieux, Wayne Gretski

Jordan

Ali, sugar Ray Robson

Chris Hoy

Sir Steve Redgrave, Matthew Pinsent, Katherine Grainger


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Post by ChequeredJersey Mon 23 Apr 2012, 10:54 pm

Johnny Wilkinson too, and Jason Robinson
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Post by A Fine Folk. Mon 23 Apr 2012, 11:37 pm

Usain Bolt

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Post by Mad for Chelsea Mon 23 Apr 2012, 11:49 pm

Michael Jordan is a great shout, can't believe I didn't think of him.

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Post by PenfroPete Tue 24 Apr 2012, 12:16 am

RUGBY = Gareth Edwards
FOOTBALL = John Charles
BOXING = 'Sugar' Ray Robinson
ATHLETICS = Ed Moses
GOLD = Jack Nicklaus
CRICKET = Sir Viv Richards
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Post by ChequeredJersey Tue 24 Apr 2012, 12:24 am

Oh, I need reasons. Ok, here they are in the text of my post
ChequeredJersey wrote:Bannister- not only did he set an amazing milestone with his 4 min mile, which also changed running for ever, he was also a very well respected doctor.

Any of the following- JPR Williams, Christian Cullen, Jonah Lomu, Brian O'Driscoll, Tim Horan, Philippe Sella, David Campese, Dan Carter, Gareth Edwards, Joost van der Westhuizen, Zinzan Brooke, Michael Jones, Ritchie McCaw, Richard Hill, Martin Johnson, John Eales, Willie-John McBride, Os Du Randt, Graham Price, Sean Fitzpatrick, Keith Wood, Jason Leonard. Each was voted by this forum in a greatest ever rugby team, each was on the candidates for that poll against dozens of others because of the vast amounts they did for their sport. Each has been iconic.

Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal. The first, arguably the greatest tennis player of all time, the latter the man who came after and both career slam holders with double figure major titles. Both gracious ambassadors of their sport.

Lord Seb Coe, Steve Jones, Paula Radcliff, Dame Kelly Holmes. Seb Coe is my athletics inspiration due to his fantastic gold medals in a strong field in another's best event in two successive Olympics. He also broke world records, some lasting years and is the only human to have ever run both sub 3.30 for the 1500m and sub 1.45 in the 800m. His involvement in bringing the Olympics to Britain is the icing on the metaphorical cake.
Jones was a fantastic marathon runner, setting world records and also producing a fantastic display right here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZ-_3Ug3wqU&feature=youtube_gdata_player.

Paula is an equally fantastic marathon runner, and Dame Kelly's Olympic Golds inspired children to take up sport and the addition of her army career is even more inspirational.


Mario Lemieux, Wayne Gretski. The two greatest Ice Hockey players of all time.

Jordan- ditto for Basketball

Ali, sugar Ray Robson- not only legendary and fantastic boxers but also inspiration to many and Involved in some of sport's most distinctive images ever.

Chris Hoy- The most successful male cyclist of all time with 4 Olympic Golds, 3 in 2008 making him the only British man to do so in one Games in 100 years and still going strong. Wiggins is also a good shout.

Sir Steve Redgrave, Matthew Pinsent, Katherine Grainger- Redgrave's 5 successive Olympic Golds is amazing. He won medals on both sides of the boat, plus all the Championships he won, with 2 major illnesses. His record at Henley is impressive too. Pinsent is barely behind with 4 Golds and Grainger may only have (3) Olympic Silvers to go with her World Championship Golds but looks set to win one this year I hope!

As for Johnny, his RWC winning kick is legendary in England as is his dedication to English rugby and his position as a role model for English children. Jason Robinson was a special player in both codes of Rugby, in multiple positions, a Union RWC medal winner, an attacking player in defensive times times for England, and a great try scorer, ambassador for Union and frankly World class



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Post by ChequeredJersey Tue 24 Apr 2012, 1:21 am

Now I see only 6... In which case -

Federer
Ali
Coe
Redgrave
Hoy
Michael Jones
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Post by Tattie Scones RRN Tue 24 Apr 2012, 8:44 am

Bill McLaren - services to rugby
Robert Millar - greatest British road cyclist to date

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Post by Guest Tue 24 Apr 2012, 8:59 am

For me I will base it on players/participants who are retired or inactive from their sports.

Football - Pele, Diego Maradona
Golf - Jack Nicklaus
Cricket - Shane Warne
Rugby - Jonah Lomu
Tennis - Rod Laver, Martina Navratilova
Boxing - Muhammad Ali, Jack Dempsey
F1 - Sir Stirling Moss
Athletics - Sir Steve Redgrave, Michael Johnson, Nadia Comaneci
Cycling - Lance Armstrong

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Post by cherriesfna Tue 24 Apr 2012, 9:08 am

heskey and Tubbs
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Post by Stella Tue 24 Apr 2012, 9:39 am

Derbyblue wrote:Jim Brown- for being the best running back to ever grace the NFL.

Gotta disagree

Barry Sanders IMO!
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Post by Adam D Tue 24 Apr 2012, 9:42 am

I would have thought Jerry Rice and Joe Montana would have been the NFL picks.

I want to nominate Joe Frazier as the boxing pick. He was the man that made Ali great in my opinion. Without him, Ali might never have reached his full potential.

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Post by Stella Tue 24 Apr 2012, 9:44 am

Rice, definitely.

Michael Johnson? He is IMO one of the greatest athletes of all time.
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Post by mystiroakey Tue 24 Apr 2012, 9:45 am

tiger woods
jack nicklaus
roger fedderer
michael schumaker
jonny wilkinson
phil taylor.
ian botham
bradman




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Post by cherriesfna Tue 24 Apr 2012, 9:54 am

Walter Jones !!!
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Post by LondonTiger Tue 24 Apr 2012, 10:13 am

legendkillarV2 wrote:Athletics - Sir Steve Redgrave, Michael Johnson, Nadia Comaneci

Really?


For me I will nominate people who have changed the face of their sport (in a positive way) for ever:

Jessie Owens - partly for going to his back yard and proving Hitler to be wrong, also for the dignified way he behaved following the 36 Olympics and the behaviour of the US authorities.

Rod Laver - dominated Tennis in both the amateur and open eras.

Tiger Woods - still the most famous sportsman in the world, just a shame his ex-wife is more accurate with the long irons than he is.

Mark Spitz - almost made taches sexy

Pele - Greatest player ever, lousy politician

Carwyn James - the father of rugby coaching

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Post by Mad for Chelsea Tue 24 Apr 2012, 10:25 am

There was a good BBC blog the other day about how Ronnie O'Sullivan had changed the face of snooker, and Ben Dirs proposed some other game-changing moments (rather than people), he went for:

Bolt's 9.69 in Beijing
Adam Gilchrist's 149 not out in his second test against Pakistan
Tiger Woods's Masters at Augusta (the one he won by 12)
Lomu vs England 1995
Cassius Clay vs Sonny Liston 64.

On the whole I agree with LT's approach, we should be going for guys who changed the face of their sport in the first ballot, rather than some very fine sportsmen who perhaps didn't have the same impact.

If we're looking for cyclists, Eddie Merckx IMO is head and shoulders above the rest.

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Post by Hoggy_Bear Tue 24 Apr 2012, 10:30 am

A few possibilities I don't think have been mentioned yet:


WG Grace
Stanley Matthews
Fred Perry
Emil Zatopek
Juan Fangio
Joe Louis
Dhyan Chand

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Post by Guest Tue 24 Apr 2012, 10:31 am

LondonTiger wrote:
legendkillarV2 wrote:Athletics - Sir Steve Redgrave, Michael Johnson, Nadia Comaneci

Really?


For me I will nominate people who have changed the face of their sport (in a positive way) for ever:

Jessie Owens - partly for going to his back yard and proving Hitler to be wrong, also for the dignified way he behaved following the 36 Olympics and the behaviour of the US authorities.

Rod Laver - dominated Tennis in both the amateur and open eras.

Tiger Woods - still the most famous sportsman in the world, just a shame his ex-wife is more accurate with the long irons than he is.

Mark Spitz - almost made taches sexy

Pele - Greatest player ever, lousy politician

Carwyn James - the father of rugby coaching

Are you saying that Redgrave and Johnson did not transcend their sports? Without Johnson there would be no Greene/Bolt. Redgrave has inspired British athletes up and coming.

Woods above Nicklaus is plain daft. Just ask what the peers say!

Best made football more popular than Pele in the late 60's when Pele was in his pomp.

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Post by mystiroakey Tue 24 Apr 2012, 10:35 am

"Woods above Nicklaus is plain daft. Just ask what the peers say!"

i put them both up there- however most peers would understand the situation and why both should be on close to level footing.

Nicklaus did not dominate in the same way woods did in his peak. Woods in his prime was way above the next best.

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Post by ChequeredJersey Tue 24 Apr 2012, 10:36 am

I think he was arguing whether Rowing counts under Athletics? I dont see how Redgrave can be seen as not transcending his sport- 5 consecutive Olympic Golds across 24 years and pretty much the only rower that most people on the planet can name. 24 years of absolute dominance in his sport! Federer gets all the props for managing 5 in his!
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Post by Guest Tue 24 Apr 2012, 10:40 am

I can't see how Owens can be put in there. That is much more of a political stance. It is up there with the 1968 Black Power protest. It is not transcending sport, it is about political rebellion.

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Post by Stella Tue 24 Apr 2012, 10:43 am

Redgrave has to up be there with Carl Lewis etc when talking Olympics.


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Post by LondonTiger Tue 24 Apr 2012, 10:54 am

legendkillarV2 wrote:
LondonTiger wrote:
legendkillarV2 wrote:Athletics - Sir Steve Redgrave, Michael Johnson, Nadia Comaneci

Really?



Are you saying that Redgrave and Johnson did not transcend their sports? Without Johnson there would be no Greene/Bolt. Redgrave has inspired British athletes up and coming..

Not at all - I am doubting whether they paricipated in Athletics. Pretty sure they were a rower, basketball star and gymnast.

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Post by Stella Tue 24 Apr 2012, 10:56 am

Johnson was the 200 and 400 metre runner!
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Post by Guest Tue 24 Apr 2012, 10:56 am

Michael Johnson was athletics!!!

Not Michael Jordan!

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Post by ChequeredJersey Tue 24 Apr 2012, 11:00 am

There was also a BBall player called Michael (Micky) Johnson. It's hardly an uncommon name
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