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I'm a guy. I read SI. I read about Wade and I cried. I think Time should have made Dwyane Man of the Year.
I've been monitoring the Sportsman message board set up on SI.com, and I'm impressed by the groundswell of support for Roger Federer. The staggering numbers behind Federer's dominance over the past three years need not be recounted here and may never be matched. As accomplished as Federer is on the court, it's possible he deserves to be Sportsman of the Year even more for his efforts off the court and for who he is as a person. Federer is UNICEF's newest international goodwill ambassador and has established the Roger Federer Foundation to fund projects for disadvantaged children, with a focus on South Africa, his mother's native country. Furthermore, Federer is universally liked and respected among his peers, which can't be overlooked in such an individual sport.
As "Pastor" of the "First Church of Tiger Woods" (tigerwoodsisgod.com), I want to know how in "God's" name could you possibly ignore Tiger's 2006, which was clearly the greatest comeback season in golf history. In June, at the U.S. Open, it looked as if Tiger, burdened by his father's death, would lose his No. 1 ranking and perhaps never surpass Jack Nicklaus's records. Two majors and six straight PGA Tour wins later his ranking is as secure as it's ever been, and it seems that reaching Jack's majors mark is now a matter of when and not if.
Zin�dine Zidane was the Sportsman of the Year, no (head) butts about it.
Flush the Bowls?
Institute a playoff and guess what the Michigan-- Ohio State game would have meant? Nothing. That is what makes college football special and different. The regular season means everything. Ask anyone familiar with Division II playoffs and they will tell you it is more about surviving the onslaught of injuries than about crowning the best team.