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The Virtue of Controversy

March 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

This post is not about mr. Controversy. Yes, I know that comes as a surprise as just about every post seems to be about him.

This is about differences of opinion and how dull things could be…

Imagine this post:

Morning chaps,

The Springboks are the best rugby team in the world.

COMMENTS

yes

yes

yes

etc

England will win the world cup.

COMMENTS

no

no

no

etc

The Bulls will be Super 14 Champions again.

COMMENTS

yes

yes

yes

etc

Several posts today underlined the value of opinion as the basis to spark lively and interesting debate. Met Uysh introduced a religious angle to his Michael Jones post. And religion leads to debate, widely different interpretations…and wars, but at least that was avoided. Nevertheless, a difference of opinion is always better that mere acquiescence.

Snakedoc and Jedi posted about Superbru “luck”. Speed, Oom Paul and Better Man as always could not agree. Would there even have been a post if all just said:” Yes, it’s just luck”?

This brings me to what hopefully will resemble sporting content: Are there absolutes in sport? Apart from the fact that I absolutely know that I will play many rounds of k@k golf, I think the following people would absolutely be considered the best there ever was/is:

Daly Thomson             Decathlon

Donald Bradman         Cricket

Michael Schumacher    F1

Lance Armstrong         Cycling

Mohammed Ali             Boxing

Michael Phelps             Swimming

Nadia Commaneci        Gymnastics

Haile Gabreselassi       10000m

Jack Nicklaus                Golf

Martina Navratilova      Women’s tennis

Pele                              Soccer

Sergei bubka                Pole vault

Rudolph nureyev            Ballet (yes, it is a sport)

Usain Bolt                    100/200m

Xavier Sottomayor       High Jump

Earl Rose                     Rugby

I am confident that opinions, for once, will not differ.

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