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November 5, 4:30 PM ET
Chat with John Brenkus

Buzzmaster
  (2:09 PM)

Hey everyone, John had something come up, so we're moving his chat to 4:30 p.m. ET today!

Chris (Denver)

Were you surprised with Michael Jordan winning the basketball vote?

John Brenkus
  (4:31 PM)

I was not surprised, but I think LeBron got short changed. 10 years from now, if we were to do the vote again, I think LeBron might be the favorite to win.

Chris (LA)

Hwo have you been able to balance the ss segments with the GOAT project?

John Brenkus
  (4:31 PM)

Balancing is what we do.

Kevin (ATL)

Were you surprised that LeBron didn't make it closer against Jordan?

John Brenkus
  (4:32 PM)

Yes. I am a bit surprised. There still seems to be some doubters out there. But in my mind, the vote should have been much, much closer.

Tom Lever (Denver, CO)

Are you concerned with recent players getting more votes because of the younger fans? Any thoughts to adding wild card entries to represent some of the legends that may get overlooked?

John Brenkus
  (4:34 PM)

I think the opposite is true. I think that the older legendary players have a leg up on the modern players. Look at Jordan v. LeBron. Jordan blew LeBron away, which I don't think accurately represents how it should have all played out. Legends of the game have the luxury of the audience hearing their names for decades. Modern day plaeyrs only have a few years.

Kelly (DC)

will you being working on the matchups now?

John Brenkus
  (4:35 PM)

There is no built in advantage to being chosen early. Equal weight is given to every bracket.

Derrick (Chicago)

I figured Tiger would win the golf vote, but I didn't think he'd get 57 percent of the vote. Were you surprised by how large of a margin he won by?

John Brenkus
  (4:35 PM)

I was not surprised by Tiger's wide margin of victory...just look at the guy!

Ryan (NYC)

Do you think Tiger could be a dark horse due to his physique?

John Brenkus
  (4:36 PM)

I think it's going to be interesting to see how it all shakes out. Stay tuned.

Andy (Monroe, LA)

Who were the honorable mentions in the Olympic category?

John Brenkus
  (4:37 PM)

We will be airing a show in February that goes over all honorable mentions, etc.

Brian (NC)

any thoughts about doing a 'best of the rest' competition with the losers?

John Brenkus
  (4:38 PM)

In our 1-hour special that will be airing in February, we're going to be showing you how it would all shake out if there were no popular voting at all.

Brian Hollingsworth (Houston, TX)

How will you grade the athletes in the playoff? Will there be scores in the categories that you are grading?

John Brenkus
  (4:41 PM)

There are 10 categories to the metric that are used to generate each players index number. We're keeping it as scientific as humanly possible.

Jeff (RI)

Be honest, did you vote in these first few polls?

John Brenkus
  (4:43 PM)

I'm going to allow the metric to be my vote!

Clay (Louisiana)

I just want to say kudos for this project. Of course, there will be controversy but I think it's a fun, interesting project and I am looking forward to the results

Bryan (MA)

how much of your job will be to dumb things down for us regular fans?

John Brenkus
  (4:44 PM)

No dumbing down needed. The Sport Science audience is brilliant. :)

Dale (CA)

Will there be a book released that shows all the final scores and rankings of this project? It would be interesting to see where Lebron, Wilt, etc get ranked

John Brenkus
  (4:44 PM)

Yes. At the very end, we will release everyone's index number.

Alex (CA)

what kind of SS segments are you working for the NBA season?

John Brenkus
  (4:45 PM)

Stay tuned!

John Brenkus
  (4:46 PM)

Super excited about the Greatest Athlete of All-Time! Stay tuned for more great Sport Science segments coming your way. Thanks for the support.