Now that the World Series is over, it’s time once again to ask the question: who’s going to be Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year?
As usual, I’ll give two answers - who I think SI will choose, and who I would choose.
SI’s choice: I think Jordan Spieth gets it. SI and golf have a bond (after all, you don’t see an “SI tennis supplement”), and Spieth has two majors, a second, one stroke behind the leaders in the fourth, and the Tour (er, TOUR - it’s in all caps for some reason) Championship and FedEx Cup.
My choice: Victor Espinoza - five Triple Crown race wins out of the last six, including being the first in almost 40 years to ride a Triple Crown winner, plus a Breeders Cup Classic.
Other possibilities I can see for SI’s choice:
Bob Baffert, either by himself or with Espinoza (they could even throw in American Pharoah), mainly as a career award topped off by a Triple Crown and a Breeders Cup Classic. There’s precedent for horse racing winning this; Steve Cauthen was SOTY when Affirmed won.
Carli Lloyd - hat trick in the Women’s World Cup Soccer Final (and the first 15 minutes of the match at that) pretty much says it all.
2a. For that matter, I would not be surprised to see a group of women win it - Lloyd, Ronda Rousey, Serena Williams (it would have helped her cause to win the Grand Slam), and wheelchair marathoner Tatyana McFadden.
- Stephen Curry, for leading the Warriors to their first NBA title in about 40 years. One possible strike against him; SI gave it to somebody from the San Francisco Bay Area last year.