June 23rd, 2024

Who are the greatest? Here are the choices of our board

By Lethbridge Herald on January 15, 2022.


As we turn the calendar over to what promises to be a better year in 2022 (knock on wood), Alberta Newspaper Group is introducing a new entity: the ANG Editorial Board. 

The ANG Editorial Board’s (ANGEB) primary objective is to work together to provide a monthly editorial that will engage readers in what we believe will be healthy debate. The board consists of several individuals from Alta. Newspaper Group’s editorial division who carry a shared passion for everything related to journalism with a combined 180 years of experience in the industry:

Trevor Busch, Al Beeber and Brian Hancock  Lethbridge Herald; 

Ryan McCracken, Scott Schmidt and Jeff Sarich – Medicine Hat News;

Ryan Dahlman, Prairie Post; 

Cole Parkinson & Ryan McAdams -Alberta Weekly Group. 

We anticipate many spirited responses to the positions we present in our monthly editorials, and believe us when we say they won’t all be cheery. But that said, we thought we would start things off with a fun take on healthy debate — the top five athletes in their sports over the past 50 years.

The board has determined that the following athletes represent the best their sport had to offer over the span of 1971-2021 — not necessarily the greatest of all time, but in many cases it would be hard to unseat the top seed.

So here they are, the ANG Editorial Board’s top five athletes in basketball, baseball, football, hockey, golf and the Olympics over the past half century.

We welcome your feedback — good, bad or indifferent.


1. Michael Jordan, SG

2. LeBron James, SF

3. Kobe Bryant, SG

4. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, C

5. Larry Bird, F


1. Usain Bolt, Sprinting

2. Michael Phelps, Swimming

3. Simone Biles, Gymnastics

4. Nadia Comaneci, Gymnastics

5. Mark Spitz, Swimming


1. Nolan Ryan, P

2. Reggie Jackson, OF

3. Cal Ripken, Jr., SS

4. Ken Griffey Jr., OF

5. Mike Trout, OF


1. Tom Brady, QB

2. Jerry Rice, WR

3. Joe Montana, QB

4. Lawrence Taylor, LB

5. Peyton Manning, QB


1. Tiger Woods

2. Jack Nicklaus

3. Annika Sorenstam

4. Phil Mickelson

5. Vijay Singh


1. Wayne Gretzky, C

2. Mario Lemieux, C

3. Bobby Orr, D

4. Alex Ovechkin, RW

5. Sidney Crosby, C

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It would be a LOT more interesting if you had at least one woman involved, but at least Scott is progressive. Many will be looking for his influence….

John P Nightingale

Well for starters, you have missed the most widely played sport across the globe – you know the one played with a round ball by 11 players and oh yes, and played by increasing numbers of women…………ever heard of Christine Sinclair? Obviously not, or if you have, then why has ⚽️ not been included?
(Many on-line editions now require real names not noms de plume, so perhaps insisting on this requirement would be appropriate. In fact “comments” of any sort posted on-line should display given names!)

Last edited 2 years ago by John P Nightingale

What! No Women for the best of the best! You realize this is going to anger the radical (Man Hating) feminist types. You have been warned!