Bonds hit his HRs in a hugely difficult environment, Pac Bell. Maris had the short porch (even shorter than after the renovation at Yankee Stadium in the 1970s). Bonds faced much tougher pitching, with all kinds of relief specialists instead of tiring starters. Maris hit his in an expansion year. Bonds was intentionally walked 35 times and had 177 walks, Maris had 94 walks, none intentional.
Points for Maris:
Bonds cheated. As did everyone else who cleared 61. Maris wins.
It's not like he won a bunch of championships in the ultimate team sport by 3 pts or in OT...
Yes. It's a complete coincidence that he is the only player on all 5 SB winning teams. It's a complete coincidence that in 36 and 38 he led the team to the winning field goal in the closing minutes of the 4th quarter. It's a complete coincidence that he closed a 14 point gap to one of the historically great defenses in 49. It's a complete coincidence that his team was down 28-3 and won a Super Bowl in February.
How come none of the other "teams" have had as much success this century as his?
One of the first things I thought of in February at the end of the game was, "LABT is somewhere losing his mind right now."