As you would could have guessed, Tiger Woods was the runaway winner of the 2009 Sports Human Of The Year award. Even though his breakthrough came late, it's difficult to argue he didn't earn it.
OK, you've seen all the nominees. It's now time to vote. Polls will be open until Thursday at 12:01 a.m. Vote like the wind. Vote like your soul depends on it.
A fortnight ago, no one would have ever expected Tiger Woods — Tiger freaking Woods! — to ever be a SHOTY nominee. Now, the poor guy might win.
Why did we include him?
In March, A-Rod seemed like a sure bet to be a SHOTY nominee. Yes, here he is ... but the journey to this point was a circuitous one.
It is this reporter's opinion that if you say "Roger Ebert can kiss my ass," you are a bad person. It's just my philosophy.
Sometimes, SHOTY nominees are so honored because of sustained excellence. Other times, like in this example, it's just one amazing, transcendent moment. That moment can be enough.
I was in Las Vegas celebrating my father's 60th birthday when Daulerio called to tell me he had drunk pictures of Josh Hamilton. It made me angry. No one wanted to believe that.