Will the Real GOAT Please Stand Up?

It’s no secret that I’m not a Tom Brady fan, and if you’ve been a reader here for a while, you’ll know that I can give you 10 reasons why! He lies, he whines, he cheats, and just all-around gives sportsmanship a bad name. And of course, who could forget Deflategate?

Of course, Tom Brady is on my mind because last week was the Super Bowl and now I’ve got one more reason to hate Tom Brady: everyone keeps calling him the GOAT. But I’ve got this to say about that: He’s not my GOAT!

Now, for those of you that don’t know, the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) is a hot topic for debate in the sports world. What kind of athlete can be called the GOAT? Does it matter if they play an individual or a team sport? How do you compare different championships and titles?  And is it just a matter of wins? Or does character matter, too?

And as much as I hate to say it, I guess you could say that Tom Brady makes a strong case for the GOAT. He’s a five-time Super Bowl MVP and has taken home the Lombardi 7 times.

Then again, this also happened:

There you go! Just winning championships does not a GOAT make. So, you might be asking, then, who is the GOAT? I won’t settle the debate once and for all here, but I’ve got five people in mind who might be the GOAT who aren’t Tom Brady.

Could it be the Original GOAT, Muhammad Ali? Not only was he a legend in the ring, but his wife set up the original Greatest of All Time, Incorporated (G.O.A.T. Inc.) in 1992 to incorporate Ali’s intellectual and commercial property.

Or what about Bear Bryant? I might be a bit biased here (my blood runs Crimson Tide red), but 6 national titles and a 232-46-9 record, just at Alabama? Seems pretty GOATish to me.

And let’s talk about Michael Jordan and Lebron James. There’s still an ongoing debate in the NBA about which of the two is the GOAT of basketball, but combined they’ve won 10 national titles and inspired countless kids to take up the game.

We can’t leave out the ladies either–Serena Williams has 23 Grand Slam titles to her name, in addition to 72 Women’s Tennis Association titles and four Olympic gold medals. Does Tom Brady have any Olympic medals around his neck? Didn’t think so!

And those are just a few of the options we could consider. But seriously, out of all of these options to choose from and people still want to call someone the GOAT when he’s known just as much for his recipe for avocado ice cream as he is for winning championships?

So, what about you? Would you eat avocado ice cream?  Who’s the GOAT, in your opinion? I’d love to know. Just as long as it’s not Tom Brady!

Happy Monday,