While arguments about the various merits of all-time NBA greats can sometimes appear impossible to resolve, it's important to remember that comparing players across sports is several degrees more difficult. Whenever people decide to discuss the greatest athlete of all-time, Michael Jordan and Muhammad Ali are two of the first names mentioned. Invariably, no one can come to a coherent conclusion on the question, because it proves far too challenging to weigh various factors such as the different between competing in individual and team sports, contributions to the social fabric of American life, longevity, etc. It almost makes more sense to speak of Jordan and Ali separately.
However, we have now settled on the best possible method of determining a winner: fictitious rap battle. In the latest video from "Epic Rap Battles of History," Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele of Comedy Central's sketch series "Key and Peele" take on the parts of Jordan and Ali, respectively, to see which athlete comes out on top.
While Ali would appear to have the clear advantage, both because of his well-known way with words and because there's no clear avenue into a Michael Jordan impression, Key/MJ holds his own. Both men are so good, in fact, that no one will be asking Frank Caliendo to try his hand at Babe Ruth rhymes as a third participant any time soon.
You can vote for the winner on the "Epic Rap Battles of History" Facebook page. Or, you know, just enjoy some laughs!
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