Mike Bryan, of the United States hits a return shot to the Slovakia doubles team of Norbert Gombos and Lukas Lacko, during the first set of a Davis Cup doubles match Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. The doubles team of Mike and Bob Bryan won their match 6-1, 6-2, 6-1. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 13: Bruno Soares (L) and Marcelo Melo (R) of Brazil play against Marc Lopez and David Marrero of Spain during their play-off doubles match on Day Two of the Davis Cup at Ibirapuera Gymnasium on September 13, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
India's Rohan Bopanna, left, and his partner Leander Paes celebrate scoring a point against Serbia's Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac during their Davis Cup tennis World Group play-off tie between India and Serbia, in Bangalore, India, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. Paes and Bopanna won the match 1-6, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-3, 8-6. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
The French tennis players celebrate defeating Czech Republic and winning the semifinal of the Davis Cup at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Radek Stepanek, left, and Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic return the ball against France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet during their doubles match in the semifinal of the Davis Cup at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Sweden's Johan Brunstrom, left, ducks as Isak Arvidsson returns a ball to Romania's double team Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau during the doubles tennis match of a first round Davis Cup play-off tie between Romania and Sweden in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. Romania took the lead 2-1 in the encounter after winning the doubles match in three sets.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
NARITA, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 13: US Open 2014 runner-up Kei Nishikori speaks during the press conference upon arrival from the US Open at ANA Crown Plaza Narita on September 13, 2014 in Narita, Japan. (Photo by Ken Ishii/Getty Images)
U.S. Davis Cup captain Jim Courier, left, talks to Sam Querrey during the third set of a Davis Cup tennis match against Martin Klizan, of Slovakia, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, in Hoffman Estates, Ill. Querrey won 7-6 (6), 6-3, 6-3. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil celebrates after defeating Pablo Andujar of Spain at the end of their single tennis match of the Davis Cup World Group playoff in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
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John Isner, of the United States, pumps his fist after breaking the serve of Norbert Gombos, of Slovakia, during the third set of a Davis Cup tennis match Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
You are MORE likely to be motivated to follow someone if the ENTIRE package responsible for their phenomenal success is at least remotely duplicatable.
The process of choosing a sport once you have qualified with respect to basics like size, weight, mass etc. could look more like this:
1. Look at the GOAT of each sport.
2. Analyse how much fame, money, adulation etc. did he achieve.
3. Start at the one who 'achieved' the most and go down the list.
4. Identify the package that's MOST 'deployable' and realistic to bag given honest assessment of your own skill set - and interest.
5. Pick the sport.
If the best in a certain sport barely meets your 'booty' criteria like say Wayne Gretzky (if you are in the US) despite it being duplicable, you are not likely to even give it a second glance.
On the other end of the spectrum if the booty matches perfectly with what you consider awesome BUT the package appears impossible to duplicate, you are moving on.
Could it be the reason boxing lost it's appeal after Ali because what he produced seemed impossible to replicate despite beyond awesome booty? Maybe, maybe not - but it certainly may not have been an ABSOLUTELY irrelevant 'stat'.
Jordan can be cloned BOTH on and off the court. Heck, he barely escaped Kobe and LeJames Bron is already 'reaching'.
Pele, Maradona, Messi etc. maybe GOAT material but because there isn't ONE overwhelming clown standing out ALONE, there's still hope for a beginner.
Peyton, Brady.....same principle.
But with Federer you are 'defeated' BOTH on and off the court. AND despite that, the booty STILL isn't unique in ANY respect specially when you can get that and more at far more replicatable vocations.
Even Sampras is 'possible' despite his 'hard to pull off' squeaky clean image off the court.
Nadal with all his imperfections - some bordering on being unsportsmanlike, heck illegal - is far more imitable and thus far more likely to 'hit' a nerve.
Not convinced? Try this FACT:
Greg Louganis, the legendary diver, was SO freaking good, SO freaking good, SO freaking good that it resulted in fewer youngsters opting to take up diving as their choice of sport. Sure, that had more to do with their not having a chance to win with him still active and the numbers rebounded once he was done but the episode was smeared with 'some' of the above BS.
Whether Nadal gets to No. 17 or doesn't depends ENTIRELY on Toni. Nadal knows how difficult the task is - Roland Garros or whatever else notwithstanding - and that degree of difficulty can only be 'made to appear' far less daunting by what the pupil is fed - intangibly - from the source he trusts MOST and wholeheartedly.
Major reason Phil Jackson is considered THE greatest basketball coach, if not the best in ALL sports, is his credibility. The rapport he is able to establish with his players - partly because of his past record and partly because of his persona - leaves them with NO choice but to take his EVERY word as sacred - regardless of whether the chips are up or down.
It's not a coincidence that Jordan began winning one title after another AFTER teaming up with Phil. NO other coach was able to win Jordan's trust and confidence even though he had been the top notch player for seven years. Once Phil got on board, Jordan won SIX titles and if not for the self imposed exile for a year, those titles would have been STRAIGHT. Jordan won three STRAIGHT titles, took a year off, came back and won three more - STRAIGHT.
You think that's freaking luck? Get freaking real!!!!!!!!!!!!
Toni, while 'owning' EVERYTHING Jackson claims to possess, carries another impossibly unique carrot that makes the union even more lethal. It's called being a freaking CLOSE family member who has dedicated his entire life to ensuring Nadal is successful. I mean, Toni could have done so many other things - with far greater possibility of stability and success. Instead he chose Nadal AND has delivered.
Think that produces an emotional bank balance that can 'buy' ANYTHING? You bet!!!! Coaches DREAM of attaining that magical 'state'.
How Toni makes Nadal 'think' as he approaches the MOST delicate part of his career could tilt the scales emphatically - just as it did for Jordan.
Nadal today is not too far from Wozniacki. He is extremely vulnerable considering how fluid the landscape looks from his perspective. He is physically broken, age has crept up, competition from youngsters can be held back for only so long, Djokovic may be down but you cannot count him out completely, Federer has risen from the dead to threaten to move the target once again and maybe decisively............
It's Toni's job to not only calm those fears but replace it with un-shakeable confidence that crushes ALL doubt in getting to certain immortality. From whatever he engages to that end the final resolution may look like boats burning on reaching the island.
Heck, IF Nadal gets to No. 17 now, Toni may pass Nadal with respect to stature as a coach - and a crafty professional - who has mixed in 'relative' status (something most people dread) seamlessly and to an advantage unlike say in the case of Bartoli or even Judy.
Bottom line: Goal will be achieved mentally REGARDLESS of how severely and how many times the physical domain intervenes.