So who is your hero?

tailwindhome
tailwindhome Posts: 19,292
edited December 2009 in The bottom bracket
Inspired by the generally negative reaction to Ryan Giggs winning SPOTY and the suggestion on that same thread that highly paid sports stars can't be considered heroes, I pose the simple question.

Who is your hero and why?
“New York has the haircuts, London has the trousers, but Belfast has the reason!
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  • rake
    rake Posts: 3,204
    jedward.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    Joe Mc Elderberry. :twisted:
  • redddraggon
    redddraggon Posts: 10,862
    Douglas Bader
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  • tailwindhome
    tailwindhome Posts: 19,292
    Now isn't this thread going well :lol:
    “New York has the haircuts, London has the trousers, but Belfast has the reason!
  • Funnily enough I found myself pondering this very question during this year's SPOTY.

    Mind you that was because as a kid Seve was a great hero of mine and it's so sad to see him so unwell. Let's hope he recovers soon, it would be great to see him at St Andrews next year - even if he duffed it all the way round. The man's a genuine legend in my eyes.

    Also Maj Phil Packer is a remarkable man as far as I can see. I have no idea how a person goes through what he has endured and yet focuses seemingly exclusively on living his life for the benefit of others. Awesome. If he's not a hero then frankly I don't know who is.

    Although interestingly I don't know whether I find myself inspired by Maj Packer or inclined to new depths of self loathing in comparison :?
  • on the road
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  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    my_hero.jpg

    waaaahhhhahahahaa, great. :D
  • my dad
  • LeighB
    LeighB Posts: 326
    In the sporting world my hero would have to be a tie between Lance Armstrong and Valentino Rossi. Armstrong’s accomplishments are well documented here and if you follow Moto GP you will have seen some of the skill, determination and ruthlessness of Rossi.
  • Anonymous
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    Oh no, there may be trouble ahead.....
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  • GavH
    GavH Posts: 933
    A thread with no doubt genuine intentions ruined by one post (with no doubt equally genuine intent) mentioning a certain cyclist. No doubt it was going to happen sooner or later though... :roll:
  • andy162
    andy162 Posts: 634
    Douglas Bader

    Read a book a while ago about RAF pilots experiences. Bader's colleagues said he was fearless & was always first into the dogfights.

    What really stuck out was the story of a Pilot Sergeant. He was an ace & many kills on his score sheet. Anyhow he got himself shot up over the Channel but stayed out to help out as best he could. He flew back to his airfield then waited in turn before landing his damaged Hurricane. It was when the groundcrew went to help him out they found him dead. Both legs shot to bits, arm & eye missing. Yet he stayed in the thick of it & didn't jump his place in the landing order.

    Hero...& then some.
  • Napoleon D.

    A fine example to all men, style, charm charisma and a wicked sense of humour. And his coffee maker is bob on.

    He rocks.
  • iain_j
    iain_j Posts: 1,941
    GavH wrote:
    A thread with no doubt genuine intentions ruined by one post (with no doubt equally genuine intent) mentioning a certain cyclist. No doubt it was going to happen sooner or later though... :roll:

    Can't see any reason for hijacking the thread. Don't know about heroes, but lots of people inspire me. Although his attitudes since p!ss me off, his comeback from cancer inspires me. Likewise, a friend who has recently beaten cancer herself.

    Might post some more inspirational people tonight.
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    stfc1 Posts: 505
    Following his efforts last night with the Tiffany Cromwell pics in the Girls in Lycra Shorts thread… reddragon! :D
  • Smokin Joe
    Smokin Joe Posts: 2,706
    Jeremy Clarkson.
  • In no particular order...

    My Dad
    Winston Churchill
    Alexander the Great

    In sporting terms...

    Brian Dawkins
    Reuben Wiki
    Gilberto Simoni
    Chrsitophe Bassons
    "In many ways, my story was that of a raging, Christ-like figure who hauled himself off the cross, looked up at the Romans with blood in his eyes and said 'My turn, sock cookers'"

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  • usain bolt and mark cavendish :D
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  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    Evil Russian Dude from American Flyers.
  • Garry H
    Garry H Posts: 6,639
    In sport; Joss Naylor
  • volvine
    volvine Posts: 409
    Marvelous Marvin Hagler
    Lance Armstrong
    Bruce Lee
  • eh
    eh Posts: 4,854
    Dunno about heros, but in terms of how I think about stuff Newton and Darwin.

    Sporting wise neither of these are heros but they certainly stood out for flair and style:

    Marco Pantani and Glen Hoddle
  • my friends dad.

    he rides and is pretty much my definition of a man 8)
    nicest guy, fast, knows how to do everything, literally
    eats apples with a sharp knife ect...
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    NapoleonD wrote:
    Evil Russian Dude from American Flyers.

    AArrgh, Blackbeard with a dodgy red helmet :wink:
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    dmclite wrote:
    NapoleonD wrote:
    Evil Russian Dude from American Flyers.

    AArrgh, Blackbeard with a dodgy red helmet :wink:

    2450617698_7aeb3eff60.jpg
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    NapoleonD wrote:
    dmclite wrote:
    NapoleonD wrote:
    Evil Russian Dude from American Flyers.

    AArrgh, Blackbeard with a dodgy red helmet :wink:

    2450617698_7aeb3eff60.jpg

    CURSES. Fell for the change colour memory self delusion brain mis-alignment malady. Thank you for correcting my mistake.

    Does the younger brother still wear a cowboy hat and cycle into his apartment at the start. If he does, legend. :wink:
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    dmclite wrote:
    NapoleonD wrote:
    dmclite wrote:
    NapoleonD wrote:
    Evil Russian Dude from American Flyers.

    AArrgh, Blackbeard with a dodgy red helmet :wink:

    2450617698_7aeb3eff60.jpg

    CURSES. Fell for the change colour memory self delusion brain mis-alignment malady. Thank you for correcting my mistake.

    Does the younger brother still wear a cowboy hat and cycle into his apartment at the start. If he does, legend. :wink:

    It's the red top that confuses you!

    Yes he does...