The Alpha team had a lot of fun putting this list together. But we added a bit of science in there, too. Considering the merits of every sports star in the history of the world gets more daunting the more you think about it, so we had to set some rules. To make this uber-list, you couldn’t simply be great; you had to be even better than that. A star’s “score” is affected by how dominant they were, over how long. How many medals they won, and how big the sport is globally. There are “softer” categories, such as charisma, and how much impact they had on their sport (thank you, Ivan Lendl , and goodnight). The brightest and best on this list are known and loved by people who don’t even follow sport that much. By default, we picked no one in action before 1900: if anyone wants to suggest a couple of ancient Greek wrestlers, go ahead, but properly organised sport on a wide scale is a modern luxury. The other rule we set was “no animals, no pastimes”, so don’t go writing in about Phar Lap , or Phil “The Power” Taylor . But, please, do tell us we got it wrong. Just remember those rules…
Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag made bank on The Hills , then blew it all on plastic surgery and weird crystals. Still, he insists the couple's drama was worth it. "We were fame whores, getting literally a million-plus a year in photos and being hated for it," Pratt told Vice in February 2016. "It's frustrating for me that people don't recognize that this was genius. This was innovating!"
The couple went on to write the book How to Be Famous and appear on reality TV shows like Celebrity Big Brother , Celebrity Wife Swap , Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars , and I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! Pratt explained to Complex , "Mercenaries is pretty much what we are. Call us in when you are ready for some action. That keeps the bills paid." Montag added, "Reacclimating off that high of that fame and lifestyle was really hard. We had these expectations of, 'Oh, we're going to have our own show.' My expectation of life and where I thought we were going to be is so different from our reality."
Yeesh. Is it too late for these two to learn a trade?