The power that runs sports isn’t physical, despite all those power hitters and power forwards, power plays and power alleys. It isn’t electrical, either, though when the lights go out at the Super Bowl, the most powerful man in sports is the guy with the “Electricians do it without shorts” bumper sticker. In the land of the half-lit, the light bulb salesman is king, a reminder that all power is contextual and ever-shifting.
Consider poor King Richard III, killed in battle in 1485 and recently discovered in eternal repose, buried beneath a parking lot in England, the back of his skull sheared off by an edged weapon. Physical power was prized in medieval times — as it remains today at Medieval Times — when jousting and swordplay could win men thrones.
43. Ed O’Bannon Retired basketball player 44. Barack Obama U.S. President 45. Dana White UFC president