All right, well, after nearly two months of voting, we finally have a winner of the 2006 Sportshuman Of The Year tournament ... and, alas, it is not a human.
With a last-day surge that reeks of voting irregularities, the great Barbaro has overcome Chris Berman's October surprise and won the 2006 SHOTY Tournament. As with the Carl Monday voting, Barbaro came from behind late: Even with a bum leg, the fella can finish.
We think this vote might be a little bogus and have a feeling some creative scripting was done to stack the vote totals ... but we're not going to get worked up about it. As we said with the "Run Dinosaur Run" Hall of Fame induction: "Stuffing online ballot boxes for an obscure phrase about a furry dinosaur seems like the very definition of the Deadspin way." The same goes for a horse.
Congratulations, Barbaro. From champion, to potential glue, to the SHOTY Champ. Heckuva year.
SHOTY Final: Chris Berman Vs. Barbaro [Deadspin]
(Note: Contrary to what Barbaro's Wikipedia page might say, we do not, in fact, earn a ride on Barbaro because he won this tourney. But a man can dream!)