Personally, I can't argue with #4 - but to ignore Robles, Jaggers, Perry, Kyle Maynard and a hundred others - Pi$$ poor journalism.
Once again a lack of understanding of the sport leads to lack of coverage and the inability to accurately put together a list of the top 25 TOUGHEST athletes. There are few writers that understand the sport of wrestling and the blood, sweat and tears that it takes to push youself on the mat to be the best. Seeing the list makes me want to puke and makes me even more determined to explain the sport of wrestling to people. Golf, Basketball, Driving cars,,,unbelievable. I hope I live to see the day where the sport of wrestling moves into the main stream and can shine as a true test of athletic ability, guts and determination. What is it going to take? Can anyone answer that?
I gave up on SI years ago. As a kid they very much gave almost all sports their due. Wrestling may not have made the cover a lot, but during the season the NCAA's were always covered, with at least a couple of other articles on individuals. Olympic wrestlers were covered extensively in 72 and 76. Back then SI had a more "Wide World of Sports" mind set (old folks know what I am talking about) where all the sports were covered. But nowadays they are just another version of their two main competitors.
FWIW though..... just because SI has a narrow view of sports doesn't mean that other sports should be trashed as a result. Anybody who has every raced in any sort of competitive motor sports knows how tough that is. The mental aspects of racing match any sport, and the physical challenge of keeping on top of everything around you, in physically taxing conditions, for long periods of time, with the consequences being you serious injury/death or you causing somebody elses serious injury/death are not to be underestimated. I have never been so brain dead tired than after a long race.
Trashing other sports is not my goal. I would like to hear about wrestling. That's it, that's all I ask. Give the sport of wrestling some coverage. If it is going to take the "wide world of sports" mentality then where do I sign.
How can they list any wrestlers when they don't even cover the sport? I was quite surprised not see any Texas Hold-em "athletes."