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This week, Sports Illustrated named Peyton Manning their Sportsman of the Year. I’m 33 years old and I have never once thought about this distinction. It means nothing to me. It shouldn’t mean anything to you. The only people who care about this work for SI or are over 60 years old and have fond memories of print journalism. I have no idea why Peyton was given this “honor”. He won nothing. He shilled everything. The SI Guy said that it was basically a lifetime achievement award. If that is the case, then—uh—Mr. Mariano Rivera should have gotten it. I would have had no issue with Big Papi being this year’s Sportsman though. Anyone but Manning who, again, accomplished nothing but endorsements. Dammit, if I don't care then why do I have an opinion?
Let’s localize that idea today though. Most of us live in “The Heart of It All” or whatever the state catchphrase is these days (or have at some point so you understand the landscape and the importance of sports here). If Ohio named a Sportsman of the Year, who would it be? Great question, G$! This is my unbiased top 5. You will notice that no one from the Ohio Buckeyes Football program appears here because they proved to be failures and a huge embarrassment to this great state.
Dead Last. The Football Coach at Steubenville – You sir, are the fucking worst.
5. Jack Nicklaus – He should always be in the top 5 but he did bring The President’s Cup to Dublin this year as well as dropping the first puck for the 2013-14 CBJ season. Plus, his grandson is about to win a national championship.
4. Terry Francona – He did the impossible. He almost got the Indians to the playoffs. Granted, no one knew about this because LOL empty seats, but that is no small achievement. This is a horrible franchise that is openly looking at “guys coming off of arm issues”. Who does that? Plus, I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone say that they didn’t respect or like Tito.
3. G$ - I mean, come on. 2012 Money Shot Man of the Year and a favorite to repeat. ELITE athlete (ask Iceman). Numerous fantasy football titles. Snappy dresser and self-described Huguenot. It is an impressive resume. Plus, his troll job on Ohio Football will be discussed for generations.
2. Sergei Bobrovsky – I would have put him #1 but it wouldn’t be fair and balanced. It is no small task for a goalie on the least accomplished franchise in all of pro sports to win one of the biggest awards and come within a pubic hair of sweeping the Blackhawks in the first round. The city loves this guy. Please come back soon, Bob, we miss your Russian musk.
1. Aaron Craft – There is no doubt in my mind that he is the most celebrated and respected athlete in the state and no one comes close. I may not like him because he gets away with a lot, BUT the dude busts his ass and I respect that. You won’t see him take plays off unlike some of his more pigment-ed teammates no offense.
There is my list for Ohio Sportsman of the Year. It will hopefully lead to some decent debate. I honestly could not think of anyone from Cincinnati which makes sense because Kentucky can have that shithole. I’m positive that there will be a knuckle-dragging ground swell of support for Urban Frank Meyer III but I just can’t respect a guy who needs a golf cart to eat shitty pizza. And there will also probably be a big push for G$ to be #1. I mean, OBVZ.