It started off with a simple question: Who's the most famous athlete in the world?Ben Alamar, ESPN's director of sports analytics, devised a formula that combines salary and endorsements with social media following and Google search popularity to create the ESPN World Fame 100 rankings.Winning two titles in Miami was vital for his legacy, but James' personal story will go from great to spectacular if he can finally snap the city of Cleveland's 52-year drought without a pro championship.
Before long, other golf clubs started re-doing their courses to make them "Tiger proof.""I think he's tired.
I think he really wishes he could retire, but he doesn't know how to do it yet, and I don't think he wants to leave it where it is right now.
Life's been tougher trying to live up to expectations since his move to Real Madrid, but his rare talent means he's neither been shaken nor stirred.
Global perspective on Rodriguez's fame »Colombia vs.
He's become a true champion at Barcelona, selflessly in the shadow of Leo Messi, and you know how good he is when Pele starts muttering that no way can he become the new Pele.
Global perspective on Neymar's fame »Once he was knocked out of the World Cup with a back injury, the lights went out for Brazil -- but don't forget that until then, he had carried the impossible weight of expectation brilliantly with four goals, including two beauties against Cameroon."Neymar's football is artistic, because he can join his superior technique with his playful imagination.
And all the time, you can only think to yourself in four languages: "You know, they're probably right."Winning the 15th of his record 17 Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon in 2009.
Not just because the Fed surpassed Pete Sampras's record when "Pistol" himself was watching in the Royal Box, but because even when not playing his sublime best, he demonstrated in the 16-14 final set against his favorite old punchbag Andy Roddick that he had rare guts to accompany the genius."The metaphysical explanation is that Roger Federer is one of those rare, preternatural athletes who appear to be exempt, at least in part, from certain physical laws." -- Author David Foster Wallace in a 2006 New York Times essay titled "Federer as Religious Experience"-- Ian Chadband The top available free agent in the NBA's 2016 class, with a chance to decide where you'd have your best shot for your first title.
It is something original, beautiful and effective." -- Jorge Valdano, Argentine World Cup winner and soccer sage-- Ian Chadband Whenever you play, you are worshipped by those who think that watching one of your matches is like seeing Nureyev or Olivier on stage.
You can wear gold-trimmed white blazers to walk on court and still carry it off.
Writers pen love letters to you, saying that seeing you play tennis is like a religious experience.