Johnson is dominant, but most dominant?

Jay Hart
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Johnson is dominant, but most dominant?
Kelly Slater won his 10th world surfing championship in 2010

By the time I got to my hotel after Sunday night's race, my mailbox was jammed. Guess saying Jimmie Johnson is the most dominating athlete on the planet touched a nerve.

Let's get to it:

The dominance of Jimmie Johnson

I guess you missed Kelly Slater's 10th world title. No pit crew, no teammates, no help on the track. Just one of the harder physical sports in the world and complete domination for going on 20 years. It's ok. I understand.

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Tripp Mehew
Encinitas, Calif.

Of all the emails I received, Slater's name came up the most – which was surprising only because I didn't realize there was such a crossover between NASCAR and surfing fans.

Slater is amazing and certainly dominates what he does. But I made the distinction of including only athletes from "major" professional sports for a reason: so I wouldn't hear about everyone from Ken Climo (Disc Golf) to Kikan Randall (skiing) to Anky van Grunsven (Dressage).

Good article, but I disagree with your last sentence. Have you ever heard of Sebastien Loeb? 7 time WRC champion? He is by far better than JJ, and no locked chase points.

Omar Gonzalez
Parts unknown

No less than Carl Edwards considers Loeb the best driver he's ever ridden with. But here's my question about World Rally Championship, which I admittedly don't know a ton about: Aren't there only about eight or nine full-time drivers competing for a championship?

Johnson is not the most dominate! That title goes to Valentino Rossi. Ninth highest paid athlete in the world and 9 time world champion. He races in the most exciting form of racing in the world, MotoGP. Nascar is ok, but MotoGP is the best hands down.

A. Smith
Sacramento, Calif.

I actually considered Rossi, but Johnson gets the nod because his streak of five is still alive.

Your almost right about Jimmie Johnson. I agree with you that he is pretty dominant. But he is not the most dominant athlete in all of professional sports. There is one person that is more dominant than Jimmie Johnson and that is Manny Pacquiao. Since September of 2005, Manny Pacquiao has won 8 world title fights in a row, and won 6 title defenses. He is also the first boxer in history to win 10 world titles in 8 different divisions. He is also the first boxer in history to win the lineal championship in four different weight classes. That my friend is the most dominant athlete in all of professional sports!

Rod White
Tamuning, Guam

If he gets to fight Mayweather and beats him, I'll buy that argument 100 percent.

You may consider me as provincial as you wish, but I've never considered auto racers, bowlers, or golfers to be "athletes", there's no way I'd ever consider Jimmie Johnson to even be Kobe Bryant's athletic peer, much less superior to him.

Bruce Norbeck
San Jose, Calif.

OK, you're provincial.

You recently wrote an article about Jimmie Johnson being the most dominant figure in sports, then proceeded to talk about NASCAR for awhile. I'm curious, what sport does Johnson play? Last I checked the only thing he was famous for was driving extremely well. Does he play a little baseball on the side? Run a mean 100m sprint? Thanks for clearing this up for me.

Mathew Puskar
Lansing, Mich.

It was Hemingway who supposedly said, "There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing and mountaineering, all the others being games." The argument here, I think, being that there is more to lose in bullfighting, motor racing and mountaineering than just coming up on the short end of a score.

To understand what I'm talking about fully, take a trip to Talladega in April, then venture over to Atlanta for a Braves game. Get back to me and tell me which one is more intense.

Jay, I am huge NASCAR fan and have followed the sport closely for the past 15 years. Everyone wants to change the sport so other driver's have a chance at the championship. Although I am not a Johnson fan (I am an all things related to JGR Fan), the people in this sport need to realize what NASCAR has on its hands right now. ONE OF THE GREATEST FIGURES IN SPORTS EVER!!

In the beginning all any one could do was hand the credit to Chad Knaus, how funny is that? True, it may seem like J.J. always has a great car to drive but a lot of that has to do with the driver having the ability to drive what is underneath him, no matter how good or bad it maybe. His roots are in motocross where every lap the conditions change and you have to adapt every single lap or be passed. Probably a lot of his ability to adapt to his cars is in his background in MX.

I just hope people can relax and enjoy what could just possibly be the greatest racer ever.

Kevin Mullins
Flowood, Miss.

To expand on your point: Johnson won six races this year while his three teammates combined to win zero. That should make it pretty clear that it's not all about equipment.

How many races did Dale Sr. and Richard petty race before they earned their 5 championship?

Roger
Phillips, Maine

It took Johnson 327 races, Earnhardt 390 and Petty 654.

Um, I have no idea who you are, but I hope you intended to make yourself look like an idiot by saying Jimmie Johnson is the most dominant athlete on this planet. Hear that sound? That's the sound of Yahoo Sports readers laughing at you and reading someone else's column instead.

Ari
San Francisco

I appreciate you clicking the email link at the bottom of my story after "not" reading my column.

So Jay, do you think Jimmie Johnson will finally get the respect he deserves or do you think all of his critics will come up with more excuses as to why he's not as great as his 5 titles suggest? Personally, I think the excuses will continue but I think it's long overdue for Jimmie to get the credit he deserves. Jimmie and his 48 team continue to amaze me every year!

Phillip Booth
Sacramento, Calif.

I don't buy into the lack of respect thing. I think that's just the nature of the beast. When you're on top, people look for ways to tear you down.

When the Chicago Bulls were winning, the critics said it was because Jordan got all the calls. Whenever the Yankees dominate, it's because of money.

At this point, if you don't respect what Johnson's accomplished over the past five years, you're just hating and your opinion is based more on emotion than objectivity.

Hmmm … so Carl Edwards thinks he can stop Jimmie Johnson. One of the qualities cited in the success of the #48 team is Jimmie Johnson's focus. So does this mean that Carl Edwards won't be running in the Nationwide Series next year or does Carl simply discount the value of focus in winning FIVE CONSECUTIVE CHAMPIONSHIPS vs. the NONE that Carl currently has?

And what about Kevin Harvick? Would a singular focus on winning the Sprint Cup have perhaps given him the edge he needed to overcome his bridesmaid role this year? Certainly food for thought.

Mark D. Knight
New Salisbury, Ind.

It's a great point. The only moonlighting Johnson has done the last few years is running a truck race at Bristol – an effort made because he'd never won a Cup race there – and hopping in a Grand-Am car at Watkins Glen because it's one of his worst tracks.

How did it work out for him? Well, he wound up winning at Bristol in March. And while he didn't win at The Glen, he did earlier in the year at Sonoma.

Point is, Johnson's entire focus is on perfecting every aspect of racing in the Cup Series. To think you can beat him with a lesser focus is, well, a flawed approach in my opinion.

Last call …

Why do I have a feeling that I'm going to get blamed for this?

Brian France
La La, Land