So the Associated Press voted Tiger Woods Athlete of the Decade, ahead of Lance Armstrong and Roger Federer. In the Athletes who aren’t jerks thread, Mahaloth mentioned that he thought Federer should have won, and I agree: Golf and tennis are roughly similar sports in international importance (and both well ahead of cycling, sorry Lance), both players were similarly dominant, but Federer’s dominance was all within the last decade, while Tiger had two majors in the 90s.
The article mentioned that people voted Woods over the other two because of the cultural impact he made, in making golf more popular. I can’t help but think that as a standard this is unfairly biased towards Americans; if Woods had been Swiss and Federer American, I have little doubt that Federer would have gotten a lot more press, adulation, et cetera.
Anyway, thoughts? Other nominees?