Monday, December 21, 2009

Johnson Male "Athlete" of the Year?

Congratulations to Jimmie Johnson of NASCAR racing. He has won an unprecedented 4 NASCAR championships in a row, truly a monumental and noteworthy accomplishment.

The Associated Press named Johnson the 2009 Male Athlete of the year.


He deserves all sorts of accolades for sure, but recognition as an athlete? What am I missing? I'm sure many of my beloved redneck readers are going to rip me with "you try driving one of those cars 160 mph for 2 hours" for dissing their boy, but this is just crazy. OK, I'll grant you it takes physical strength to car race, but so does navigating the aisle with a shopping cart at Wal-mart during the holidays.

Car racing is in the category of "Motor Sports", not athletics. Jimmie Johnson as "Sportsman of the Year", maybe. But definitely not athlete of the year. Come on already!


Woody Woodward said...

Maybe since Tiger lost his way in proper driving and popular wife etiquette, they gave the Male Athlete Award to someone who could drive fast without steppen in something?

Ken said...

According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary toolbar, he's an "athlete" in the broadest sense of the term. I'll go with that.

Lloyd said...

Did Garry Kasparov every make athlete of the year? or Bobby Fisher? Moving chess pieces under time constraints is exhausting. An official set is weighted after all, where not talking about cheap plastic stuff.