Tag:Greatest Sportsperson Tournament
Posted on: June 30, 2009 11:28 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2009 11:31 pm

Sportsperson of the decade: 32 team field vote

Help Determine the Field by Voting Here! (Also suggest anyone you think is left out!)

Which "sportsperson" is the greatest of the last decade, from 2000 to 2009? The word sportsperson clears up any confusion that the word "athlete" causes. This tournament isn't just about finding just the greatest athlete of the last decade. We want to find the most accomplished player that has dominated the decade and truly deserves to be called the true "Sportsperson of the Decade: 2000-2009."

What is Happening Now:
Now that we have narrowed down our search for the best search person to around 45 "athletes" we now need to set the field of 32. After the field is set I will break the field now into a tournament bracket where each player will go head to head with another looking for this crown.

How to Vote:
The vote is going on on my personal website. Please make sure if you believe someone is missing from the list to mention them here or on my site where it will be seen.  Votes for that person can continue in the comments section until the field is decided. Do not feel like you have to vote for ALL 32 spots. This is just an OPTION because that is how many spots are available! Vote for as many as you like.

The link to the vote is here .

Tomorrow night I will check the status of the vote-off. If enough votes are cast then we can move on to the tournament bracket. I expect the voting to take longer than just one day though. The tournament bracket will be based on my seeding but the voting will be a factor in determining the seeding.

How can you help?
1) Review the list. See if anyone you think deserves to be on the list is missing.
2) Spread the word. This CBS blog can only do so much and we want a majority of fans to vote, if possible.
3) And of course.....VOTE!

How this all works:
I want to identify the top individual player of the last decade. Everyone has a different criteria for defining who that player is. Some individuals are not considered athletes by others while to other people they are. The key here is to somehow find the middle ground between the two. When it's all said and done we will have a winner that everyone here can be proud of.

How to Pick the Best:
That's entirely up to you. I think athletes that win championships, especially multiple championships, deserve more credit than those who don't. You may have a different criteria than I do and that's completely fine.

Here are the players up for the vote to make the field: (Hoping to add in info the last bit of players soon!)
Tiger Woods: 12 Major Championships
Shaquille O' Neal: 4 NBA Championships, 2 Time NBA MVP, 6 NBA Finals Appearances
Kobe Bryant: 4 NBA Championships, NBA MVP, 6 NBA Finals Appearances
Roger Federrer: 14 Major Championships
Tom Brady: 3 Times Super Bowl Champion, NFL MVP, 50 TDs in a season
Peyton Manning: Super Bowl Champion, 3 Time NFL MVP
Michael Phelps: 13 Gold Medals
Rafael Nadal: 7 Major Championships
Serena Williams: 9 Major Championships
Ladanian Tomlinson: NFL Record for TDs in a Season
Brett Favre: 5 Pro Bowls
Lebron James: NBA MVP, NBA Finals Appearance
Lance Armstrong: 6 Tour De France Titles
Alex Rodriguez: 9 Consecutive All-Star Appearances, 3 Time AL MVP
Barry Bonds: 4 NL MVPs, 6 All-Star Game Appearances
Sidney Crosby: NHL Champion
Alexander Ovechkin: NHL MVP
Phil Mickelson: 3 Major Championships
Padraig Harrington: 3 Major Championships
Tim Tebow: 2 National Championships, Heisman Trophy Winner
Jimmie Johnson: 3 Consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championships
Randy Moss
Terrell Owens
Tim Duncan
Dwayne Wade
Albert Pujols
Christiano Ronaldo
Martin Broduer
Usain Bolt
Ken Griffey Jr.
Reggie Bush
Vince Young
Misty May
Ray Lewis
Zinedine Zidane
Michael Schumacher
David Beckham
Annika Sorenstam
Kevin Garnett
Ichiro Suzuki
Tony Stewart
Venus Williams
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