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Calling all tennis fans for SI Sportsman of the year vote !!

Whistleway
11-09-2004, 02:36 PM
http://sisoy.secondthought.com/

Thanks to many fine folks, Roger Federer is NOW a finalist for the Sportsman of the Year award by Sports Illustrated (SI).

Everyone gotta VOTE again in the actual finalists poll for Roger Federer !!

Vote for Roger and Vote often !!

Top 3 popular sportsmen (as of now are) Lance Armstrong, Michael Phelps and Pat Tillman !! Lets move a tennis player right up there !!

Also posted in Federer forum

Purple Rainbow
11-09-2004, 02:47 PM
I don't even know Pat Tillman??! And I do know a fair deal of sports. Must be an American Football player.
Michael Phelps had two weeks in the spotlight and is now an underaged drunk driving convict.
Lance Armstrong only competed for three weeks this whole year.

SO, Federer it will be, then! ;)

Nikki♥
11-09-2004, 03:03 PM
I´m so evil. I voted for Lance Armstrong. :p

MissPovaFan
11-09-2004, 03:16 PM
Ive just voted for Roger Federer :hatoff:

Vass
11-09-2004, 03:22 PM
Voted.
Posted this on WTA, and other tennis forums.

lunahielo
11-09-2004, 03:43 PM
Done!
Go Rogi!~~~~:)

Purple Rainbow
11-09-2004, 04:50 PM
Geez, can a poll be more America-centered? Okafur? The USA softball team?
Where is Hicam al Guerrouj, for crying out loud??? Lame, lame poll...:(

MisterQ
11-09-2004, 05:00 PM
I´m so evil. I voted for Lance Armstrong. :p

You are hereby banished from MTF!!! :fiery: I sentence you to ride your bike for eternity around the perimeter of HELL! :devil: :silly: ;)

Pea
11-09-2004, 05:02 PM
WHOEVER YOU VOTE FOR, DO NOT VOTE FOR PHELPS!!!

Nikki♥
11-09-2004, 05:04 PM
You are hereby banished from MTF!!! :fiery: I sentence you to ride your bike for eternity around the perimeter of HELL! :devil: :silly: ;)

I don´t even have a bike but I assume you will buy me one. :devil:

MissKoubek1981
11-09-2004, 05:19 PM
Voted for Roger! :)

RonE
11-09-2004, 05:24 PM
Just voted, but Rogi is no longer in the top 3:sad:

*Ljubica*
11-09-2004, 05:27 PM
I voted for Roger - to be honest haven't really heard of many of the others! And where's David Beckham :angel:

Chloe le Bopper
11-09-2004, 05:48 PM
Geez, can a poll be more America-centered? Okafur? The USA softball team?
Where is Hicam al Guerrouj, for crying out loud??? Lame, lame poll...:(
Of course it's America centered... it's for an American magazine. To be honest, I'm not sure why they bother with foreigners at all.

SwissMister1
11-09-2004, 05:51 PM
I just did my part...voted for Roger about 25 times...now back to being productive...

Hopefully we can knock Phelps out - if i wanted to nominate a criminal from Baltimore to be Sportsman of the year, Ray Lewis would be a better choice anyway.

Raquel
11-09-2004, 06:07 PM
I voted for Roger a few times. It really has been a legendary year. Hopp Rogi :)

the cat
11-09-2004, 06:25 PM
Roger Federer is a fine choice as SI Sportsman of the Year for 2004 But Sport's Illustrated is a politically aware magazine and I think their Sportsman of the year will be either the late football player and Marine Pat Tillman or the Boston Red Sox who won their first World Series since 1918 this year.

Whistleway
11-09-2004, 07:34 PM
Yeah, tennis players are bit under-rated :( but lets try it !!

spread the word and post in other forums too !!

mitalidas
11-09-2004, 07:36 PM
i love Roger, voted him as many times as I have been able to between doing work here and there

However, Lance's achievement is enormous as well. Overturned a huge record held by Indurain, sort of like someone overhauling pete's GS record --wouldn't we go nuts if a tennis player did that?

All that notwithstanding, I voted for Roger. Because he is so handsome and I love him so.!!!!

MisterQ
11-09-2004, 07:38 PM
I just did my part...voted for Roger about 25 times...now back to being productive...

Hopefully we can knock Phelps out - if i wanted to nominate a criminal from Baltimore to be Sportsman of the year, Ray Lewis would be a better choice anyway.

Well, Roger is a criminal type, too. Remember, there was a very informative thread about it... ;) :lol:

http://menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=19109

lucashg
11-09-2004, 07:51 PM
Just voted for him, but it's difficult for him to win. How can I vote more times? Do I have to delete my cookies?

Whistleway
11-09-2004, 08:14 PM
Remember Lance won in '02. You can vote more than once.

Also post something good on the message board in the same link.. Good quotes get published in SI.com.. yeeah !!

Havok
11-09-2004, 08:44 PM
Voted for Phelps and Fed.:yippee:

Aurora
11-09-2004, 09:06 PM
However, Lance's achievement is enormous as well. Overturned a huge record held by Indurain, sort of like someone overhauling pete's GS record --wouldn't we go nuts if a tennis player did that?


Uhhm, huge respect for Indurain here, but aren't you forgetting some other people who were also holding that record? Namely someone called Eddy Merckx? :confused: I should go check his stats, but his number of Tours, Giros, Vueltas, world championships and classics are more worth of standing the comparison with Sampras. And go beyond in as far as you can make an analogy.

maratski
11-09-2004, 09:12 PM
I don't want to turn this into a cycling discussion, but why is Lance so great? I mean I know it's a huge achievement to win the Tour so many times, but there's more great races in cycling and he has never won any of them so imho he ain't that great. Kinda like some people thinking there's only one slam that matters...;)

Aurora
11-09-2004, 09:27 PM
He's gonna change his schedule especially for you, Ilhame ;)
Next year the classics are gonna be a goal and he's not sure about the Tour de France.
I'd like to see him try the Giro d'Italia, now that's the hard stuff!

Whistleway
11-10-2004, 02:06 PM
^bump de bump^

knight_ley
11-10-2004, 02:54 PM
voted for Rogi!!!!

Doris Loeffel
11-10-2004, 03:26 PM
Uhhm, huge respect for Indurain here, but aren't you forgetting some other people who were also holding that record? Namely someone called Eddy Merckx? :confused: I should go check his stats, but his number of Tours, Giros, Vueltas, world championships and classics are more worth of standing the comparison with Sampras. And go beyond in as far as you can make an analogy.

Laurent Fignion won it 5 times too when I'm not mistaken and Anteuil (sp??)


And yes I did vote for Roger ;)

Aurora
11-10-2004, 04:13 PM
Bernard Hinault, Jacques Anquetil, Miguel Indurain and Eddy Merckx won the Tour de France5 times. Armstrong 6, but he's still behind the others when it comes to the total of big "tours" won (TDF, Giro d'Italia and Vuelta d'España).

Meanwhile, I'm still voting for Roger. Must have been over a 100 times by now.

Vass
11-10-2004, 04:23 PM
Phelps will win it I think....
C'mon people! vote for Roger!

Whistleway
11-10-2004, 09:32 PM
with masters draw out,

*bumpily bump* let us vote folks !!!

Daniel
11-11-2004, 06:42 AM
Go Roger :D

superpinkone37
11-11-2004, 06:44 AM
i voted :)

Fedex
11-11-2004, 06:47 AM
You are hereby banished from MTF!!! :fiery: I sentence you to ride your bike for eternity around the perimeter of HELL! :devil: :silly: ;)
:lol:

Fedex
11-11-2004, 06:51 AM
I don't want to turn this into a cycling discussion, but why is Lance so great? I mean I know it's a huge achievement to win the Tour so many times, but there's more great races in cycling and he has never won any of them so imho he ain't that great. Kinda like some people thinking there's only one slam that matters...;)
He doesn't have time to participate in the other races, because he's always racing in the Tour every year. ;) As a matter of fact, I know next to nothing about cycling, (except that Lance has won 6 Tours in a row), so my information may not be 100% accurate. ;) :lol:

Fedex
11-11-2004, 06:53 AM
Phelps will win it I think....
C'mon people! vote for Roger!
Yes, despite the massive support he's getting from MTF, tennis is often looked down on, so Phelps or Tillmen will likely win this.

Yoda
11-11-2004, 09:51 AM
My votes are in...10 a day until results

CooCooCachoo
11-11-2004, 11:45 AM
I voted like 5 times for Roger :p (And one time for that Pat guy something by mistake :()

naiwen
11-11-2004, 03:28 PM
Go Roger...

Rogiman
11-11-2004, 03:32 PM
Who in the world is Tillmen...? :mad:

Just to show you how meaningless SI Sportsman of the year is if one of the main favourites isn't known anywhere out of the US. :rolleyes:

Purple Rainbow
11-11-2004, 03:52 PM
Who in the world is Tillmen...? :mad:

Just to show you how meaningless SI Sportsman of the year is if one of the main favourites isn't known anywhere out of the US. :rolleyes:

I read up on this guy. Tillman gave up a multimillion dollar NFL contract to fight for something he believed in. Unfortunately, he believed in Bush and had to pay for that with his life in Afghanistan.
That sort of thing goes down well with the American people.

Fedex
11-11-2004, 04:00 PM
Yes, I paid my respect to Tillman, for what he did. He deserves to be honored.

Rogiman
11-11-2004, 04:00 PM
I see, so he's not going to be rewarded for his achievements in sports, but for his military ambitions, how smart! :yeah:

Let's agree now that next year we'll hand the prize to a club-level player who happened to be a Doctor and found a cure for cancer...?! :rolleyes:

Rogiman
11-11-2004, 04:04 PM
Lance leads, how pathetic. :(

Purple Rainbow
11-11-2004, 04:11 PM
Some nominations are really funny! Okafor is a college basketballer who partially got his nomination for the fact that he graduated! :lol:

Rogiman
11-11-2004, 04:17 PM
Why don't we just ignore those silly contests instead of desperately trying to make any impact on them?

Purple Rainbow
11-11-2004, 04:18 PM
Why don't we just ignore those silly contests instead of desperately trying to make any impact on them?

Because it won't be such a silly contest if Roger wins! :p

Rogiman
11-11-2004, 04:25 PM
I say fuck'em!

If they don't include El Guerrouj, Kelly Holmes, Roman Sebrle, Ronaldinho and others then the whole thing is a political joke and had better be ignored!

Purple Rainbow
11-11-2004, 04:37 PM
Yay, good picks Rogiman! I mentioned El Guerrouj in this thread as well. It's inexcusable not to include at least him.

Fedex
11-11-2004, 05:38 PM
I say fuck'em!

If they don't include El Guerrouj, Kelly Holmes, Roman Sebrle, Ronaldinho and others then the whole thing is a political joke and had better be ignored!
Hey, Rogiman, have you seen Dirk lately?? Its been ages since he last posted here.

Rogiman
11-11-2004, 05:54 PM
Hey, Rogiman, have you seen Dirk lately?? Its been ages since he last posted here.

I thought about him too, although I haven't been visiting here very often lately either.

I guess, unlike us, he's eventually got a life... :lol: :bigcry:

maratski
11-11-2004, 07:47 PM
He doesn't have time to participate in the other races, because he's always racing in the Tour every year. ;) As a matter of fact, I know next to nothing about cycling, (except that Lance has won 6 Tours in a row), so my information may not be 100% accurate. ;) :lol:

your info isn't 100% accurate ;) :lol:
The other great cyclists used to participate in all the big cycling events AND managed to win the Tour de France ;)

Fedex
11-11-2004, 08:58 PM
your info isn't 100% accurate ;) :lol:
The other great cyclists used to participate in all the big cycling events AND managed to win the Tour de France ;)
Damn, I thought I had a chance of actually being right on this issue! ;) :lol:

Purple Rainbow
11-11-2004, 09:11 PM
Here's Eddy Merckx' main achievements:

Tour de France - 5 times
Giro d'Italia - 5 times
Vuelta - 1 time
World Champion - 3 times
World Hour Record holder - 12 years running

Add that to the many victories in 1 day events, and considering his total number of victories (445), I'd say this beats Armstrongs achievements.

maratski
11-11-2004, 09:14 PM
Paris-Roubaix, Paris-Tours, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Milan-San Remo, Amstel Gold race are just a few events Lance has never won ;)

Purple Rainbow
11-12-2004, 03:42 AM
But then again, Merckx never had cancer and recovered from it.

lina_seta
11-12-2004, 03:53 AM
there was an article talking about whos greater.. Lance Armstrong or Merckx... and its still Merckx cuz he did win the Tour de France 5 times and also participated in other events.. where Armstrong hasnt win. I think if Merckx had wanted, he could have beaten the record by concentrating only in the Tour de France, like Armstrong does. (Thats like Federer only playing and focusing in Wimbledon every year to beat a record...) Plus other cyclist could have beaten that 5 times in a row sooner if it wasnt for WWII

Whistleway
11-12-2004, 06:56 PM
$bump-ola$

wouldn't it be a nice way to spend a friday evening voting for federer ;)

<reminding fellas to vote> thanks..

MisterQ
11-12-2004, 07:16 PM
What impact do our votes actually have on this decision? It asks who the editors should choose: so it is the Editors who will ultimately choose anyway, correct?

If our votes actually count in some way, it seems a bit unethical to vote many times --- even if it is just a silly sports poll. ;)

MisterQ
11-12-2004, 07:18 PM
Jon Wertheim's pick for Sportsman of the Year:


My Sportsman Choice: Roger Federer
Posted: Thursday November 11, 2004 4:09PM; Updated: Thursday November 11, 2004 4:09PM
Tennis Player, ATP Tour
Basel, Switzerland
PETEWHO?@YAHOO.COM
Roger Federer
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Objective
To be named 2004 Sportsman of the Year. (And winning all four Grand Slams in 2005 wouldn?t suck either.)

Summary 2004 of qualifications
ACHIEVEMENTS
Winner: Wimbledon, U.S Open, Australian Open, six other titles (and counting). First player to win three Majors in 20 years.
MATCH RECORD
Currently 69-6, this at a time when the field in men's tennis has never been deeper.
SKILLS
Forehand, backhand, volleys, serves, returns, slices, cutters, half-volleys, offensive lobs, defensive lobs, running passing shots. He has basically every shot in the book -- and a good many which aren't. Oh yeah, he probably moves as well as any player in tennis history, too.
VERSATILITY
Won multiple titles on every major surface.
SELF-SUFFICIENCY
Plays without a coach. Doesn't even have an agent.
GRACE UNDER PRESSURE
Reached nine tournament finals; took winner's trophy every time.
LEVEL OF DOMINANCE
Has won past 17 matches against other players ranked in the top 10. Sewed up year-end No. 1 ranking for 2004 by mid-September.
SPORTSMANSHIP
You will be hard-pressed to find a more genuinely humble and genial professional athlete.
MISC. QUALIFICATIONS
Speaks four languages. Makes a mean fondue.

References
ROD LAVER: "He has all the ingredients in one body."
JOHN MCENROE: "The most gifted player I've ever laid my eyes on."
ANDY RODDICK: "The dude is sick." :lol:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2004/magazine/specials/sportsman/2004/11/11/federer.resume/index.html

Whistleway
11-14-2004, 06:17 PM
*bump bump*

Whistleway
11-16-2004, 02:56 PM
((bumop))

Whistleway
11-23-2004, 02:48 PM
**deadline is getting closer.. Yet another DROPKICK ...

miss skywalker
11-23-2004, 02:53 PM
roger! these other guys are competing in sooo boring sports(well swimming is ok). and they are all americans- am i right?

Doris Loeffel
11-23-2004, 03:14 PM
I'm voting and voting and voting but I'm getting nowhere...

MisterQ
11-28-2004, 09:35 PM
AND THE WINNER IS...


The Entire Boston Red Sox Team

http://i.a.cnn.net/si/2004/magazine/specials/sportsman/2004/11/27/wertheim/tx_1127_sportsman_si.jpg

Who else?
Red Sox and their fans make Sportsman of the Year choice an easy one
Posted: Sunday November 28, 2004 5:33PM; Updated: Sunday November 28, 2004 5:39PM

*Austin Murphy: Emmanuel Yeboah's quiet heroism
*Brian Cazenueve: What Phelps is really all about
*Chris Stone: Red Sox Nation, you've earned this one
*Tim Layden: Why Tillman is the ultimate Sportsman
*Mark Mravic: In world's spotlight, Greeks beamed
*Richard O'Brien: How one race can mean everything
*• Sportsman of the Year archive

Hard to believe, but a few weeks ago, our Sportsman of the Year selection hung in the balance. Oh, there were deserving candidates. A wealth of them. And that was the problem.

Would you bestow the honor on the human parable that is Lance Armstrong, winner of a sixth consecutive Tour de France? Or Roger Federer, who played peerless, lights-out tennis, all the while comporting himself like the consummate gentleman? What about Ichiro Suzuki, who used his bat with surgical precision as he set the all-time record for hits in a season? But was he really more deserving than Diana Taurasi, who became the standard bearer for basketball excellence (gender be damned)? Then there were Olympians such as Michael Phelps and Carly Patterson who prospected so much gold in Athens.

Just when the discussions started to rage, a group of self-professed idiots and their long-suffering and adorning fans made our decision clear cut. Already, the story has taken on a biblical ring, but we like retelling it anyway. It had been -- all together now -- 86 years since Red Sox Nation had won the World Series. During that time the Boston franchise found new and creative ways to perpetuate the Curse of the Bambino and tatter the soul of its followers. The Red Sox didn't merely reverse the curse in 2004 -- they made a mockery of it. Down 3-0 in the American League Championship Series against their pinstriped rivals from New York, the Sox mounted an unprecedented rally to win the pennant. By then the fates had written the script and Boston simply crushed St. Louis to win the World Series, consecrating the most stirring victory in New England since 1776.

Collectively, the Sox were Sportsmen in the truest sense --*professional, collegial, colorful athletes who were easy to root for. The word heroic might get tossed around too blithely in sports, but how else to describe Curt Schilling's surpassing pitching on a mangled ankle? David Ortiz, who played the role of the clubhouse cut-up, redefined the term clutch hitting. Keith Foulke -- previously known for postseason jitters in Oakland -- emerged as a reliable stopper. Lambasted by the Boston media, righty Derek Lowe pitched the clinching games in all the postseason series. Johnny Damon was the free-spirited lead-off hitter in terminal need of a haircut and shave.

"Since Red Sox fans are so intense and baseball's a long, 162-game season, it helped that this team was as loose as it was," says Theo Epstein, the team's 30-year-old general manager. "If this team was as intense as its fans, it could have been too serious, too overbearing for everyone."

After the final out of this unlikely season, as rapture was overtaking Red Sox Nation, a group of fans paraded around Boston with shirts reading "It's Over." The slogan, of course, referred to the exorcism of the curse. But, lucky for us, it also applied to any further Sportsman of the Year deliberations.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2004/magazine/specials/sportsman/2004/11/27/wertheim/index.html

star
11-28-2004, 09:51 PM
Even though Roger had a magnificent year, I'm voting for Lance because he did something this year that no one has ever done before. :)

Next year when Roger completes the Grand Slam, I will vote for him. :)

MisterQ
11-28-2004, 09:52 PM
Star, did you see that the winner has already been chosen? (red sox) ;)

star
11-28-2004, 09:53 PM
Hell no.

Silly me. That's what I get for scrolling.

Damm Red Sox. :p :lol:

Deboogle!.
11-28-2004, 10:00 PM
RED SOX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :woohoo: And rightfully so :D:D:D:D:D:D

MisterQ
11-28-2004, 10:05 PM
In terms of story, it's a good pick. But when it comes to pushing the limits of achievement in your sport, I think Federer, Armstrong and Phelps are more deserving.

star
11-28-2004, 10:08 PM
Yeah. Best sports story for sure.

But in terms of achievements........ It's not like it's the first time a long shot has won the world series.

I think Armstrong stands alone in terms of achievements. (unless he turns out to be like Tyler Hamilton. :tape: )

Purple Rainbow
11-28-2004, 11:15 PM
Congrats to the Red Sox! They had a magnificent (post)season of course!
I guess it takes a Grand Slam for a tennis player to win Spotsman of the Year honours.

dukeblue5
11-29-2004, 02:44 AM
I say fuck'em!

If they don't include El Guerrouj, Kelly Holmes, Roman Sebrle, Ronaldinho and others then the whole thing is a political joke and had better be ignored!

I have no idea who those people are...

And this is an American magazine, why should it interest people from other countries? Of course they're gonna pick mostly American athletes or athletes who made a difference mostly in the U.S...

Billabong
11-29-2004, 02:46 AM
Rogi:bowdown:

makro120
11-29-2004, 02:48 AM
Phelps can't even win a free style swimming competition where you can swim in anyway you want, which should be the absolutely most important cathegory. For me Thorpe is still the best swimmer around even if he can't swim with his back, or swim with the breast or that crazy butterfly style and that even more crazy cathegory where you have to mix all styles! Ofcourse the kid can win loads of gold medals that way, if he atleast would have won 1 free style cathegory he would be great, but until then he can't even be called the best swimmer in the world and definetly not the fastest. Imagine if Fed could win gold medals in several styles of playing tennis (clay, grass, hard court, indoor, big raquet, small raquet, big court, small court..).

Deboogle!.
11-29-2004, 03:27 AM
I suppose I'm horribly biased, but I don't think there is any bigger US Sports story this year than the Red Sox. Only thing I think that comes close is Armstrong. Roger's year was incredible, but it has nothing on the Sox winning the Series! :woohoo: :aparty: When tangy comes back, I'm sure she'll concur with me ;)

babsi
11-29-2004, 11:41 AM
They should do the honorable thing and call it the american sports man of the year,because that´s what it is - no one outside the US cares about the red sox -
that´s fine ,just be honest!

Clara Bow
11-29-2004, 02:58 PM
Well- I am not surprised or displeased by the choice. I thought tat when the Red Sox won they had the honor locked up- since they showed perseverance and their come from behind run in the ALCS was unprecedented in the history of baseball. It was an incredible post season- and I must admit that a large part of my honeymoon – we were in Maine –was spent watching baseball. A wonderful postseason- and the BoSox really showed what it meant to be a team as opposed to a group of high paid individuals with conflicting egos thrown together.

I’m glad that they mentioned Federer in the write-up- so that shows that he was considered. Armstrong got the award in 2002 – so I doubt that they would have given it to him just 2 years later. Phelps could have been a strong contender- but his DUI may have turned some people off. I think if Federer wins the grand slam next year he will win SMOTY.

ETA- one thing that I do think SI should have done while discussing their choice for this year, however, is to discuss how this year really helped to show the importance of teamwork in sports as a whole- for ex.- the Detroit Pistons, the Euros for the Ryder Cup, Argentina's basketball and soccer teams at the Olympics, the US women's softball team, etc.

soonha
12-01-2004, 09:01 AM
Here's a great article written by an "insightful" US journalist.

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Sportsman of the Year award misses the big picture

The Virginian-Pilot
© December 1, 2004

As if anyone’s apt to overlook the Boston Red Sox’s magical October run, Sports Illustrated has confirmed the team’s place in the annals of 2004 by naming the World Series champs Sportsman of the Year.

Make that Sportsmen of the Year.

It’s the magazine’s award; SI can do with it what it wants, even changing singular to plural and giving Trot Nixon and Johnny Damon a share of an award that has gone to Lance Armstrong, Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan. SI even factored into the Red Sox saga the team’s famously suffering fans, though I hope that doesn’t include Ben Affleck.

This sounds more like the feel-good Sports Story of the Year than your traditional athlete-of-the-year commemoration. Though the magazine has gone in this direction before, honoring the 1999 U.S. women’s World Cup soccer team, even SI’s readers were caught off guard. The top three vote-getters in an online poll were six-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, Olympic gold-medal swimmer Michael Phelps and Pat Tillman, the former NFL player who was killed in Afghanistan.

It takes a very special ensemble to trump an individual star or hero. Can we presume that the bronze-medal U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team wasn’t included in the conversation?

Year-end awards are meant to remind us of the best moments in sports and to spark debate. Like beauty contests, they shouldn’t be taken too seriously. Still, in the spirit of truthful advertising, why doesn’t SI just call its annual feature what it really is: the American Sportsman of the Year?

Had the Red Sox not come back after being down 0-3 to the Yankees, which athlete would have accepted SI’s award? Whoever it might have been, you can be sure that the primary criterion for selection would have been nationality. If you aren’t born and bred in the USA, at the very least in North America, you aren’t on the radar screen.

No athlete had a better 2004 than Roger Federer. Without question, the elegant Swiss tennis champion was the year’s most dominant athlete. He won 11 tournaments, including three of the four Grand Slams, and was undefeated against the top-10 players. And he did it all with great style.

But when it comes to netting his just deserts in the U.S., Roger’s resume would be a lot stronger if he had been born in Boca Raton, Fla., or Belleville, Ill. In America, most of the globe’s biggest stars are locked out of our year-end beauty contests.

Hicham el Guerrouj, the Moroccan middle distance king, has been named World Athlete of the Year more than once, but he hasn’t made the short list in the West. Neither has German Formula One champ Michael Schumacher, the world’s most dominant race car driver.

Think about it: In a global society, why limit the year-end baubles to citizens of a single continent? There was that international moment in 1994 when Norwegian speed skater Johann Olav Koss shared SI’s award with U.S. Olympian Bonnie Blair, but overall non-American winners have been rarer than a ski lift in Miami.

Sure, I understand, SI’s got magazines to sell. For sound business reasons, the word American before Sportsman of the Year is implied.

SI’s selections follow an American tradition of overlooking the rest of the world. The other most prestigious Athlete of the Year award is handed out by the Associated Press, which never even saw fit to honor the legendary Pele or the great Bjorn Borg.

A couple of North Americans — Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson in 1987, and Wayne Gretzky in ’82 — have won the AP’s nod. A few Europeans, most recently Annika Sorenstam, have received the female tribute. But you’ve got to go all the way back to 1959 to find a male athlete on the AP honor roll from the other side of the pond. That would be heavyweight Ingemar Johansson. A Swedish boxer, but not Pele?

Since Armstrong captured the AP award the last two years, my guess is that it will go to Phelps this time. He’s got the necessary essentials — including an American passport.

Reach Bob Molinaro at 446-2373 or bob.molinaro@pilotonline.com

babsi
12-01-2004, 10:35 AM
I worte Mr Molinaro an e-mail and thanked him for this great article - at least some one with an broader view.

It´s all in the name - ad "american" to the award and everything is fine.

Experimentee
12-01-2004, 12:44 PM
I voted for Federer, but theres really no point. An American will win, because like the writer says it is pretty much American Sportsman of the Year.

Whistleway
12-01-2004, 01:53 PM
Bravo !!!!

Great article by Bob Molinaro...