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2010 PSW Awards Athletes of the Year

December 22nd 2010 16:21
With 2010 winding down to a close, I am about to recap the year by listing the best of the year in sports. There are several categories, and I hope everybody comments and enjoys.

Athlete of the Year: Roy Halladay

This was a tough choice, and I honestly did not want to pick Doc; but I had to give the guy some props. Halladay not only pitched a perfect game, but he also pitched the first postseason no-hitter since Don Larsen did it in 1956. Doc threw two no-hitter's in a season since Nolan Ryan did it in 1973. He had 219 K's, an unrealistic 1.04 WHIP, a 2.44 ERA, 9 complete games, 4 shutouts, 21 wins- meaningless as he pitched for a great team, and 250.2 innings pitched. Halladay is one of the few pitchers left that continue the lost art of true pitching. Complete games. Doc finishes off games, something few pitchers do in this league anymore. Only Halladay and fellow ace CC Sabathia can call themselves true workhoses.

NFL Athlete of the Year (2009-2010 Season): Drew Brees

Do I have to explain this choice? Brees was robbed of the MVP. Who won the Super Bowl? Who completed 70.6 percent of his passes? Who had a nearly unachievable 109.6 QB Rating? Not Peyton, it was Breezy. He tossed 34 TDs compared to 11 INTs and hurled 4,388 yards with 292.5 yards per game.

NBA Athlete of the Year (2009-2010 Season): Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant did what he always does. Scored. He drove, shot, and free-throwed his way to 30.2 points per game, the league lead. He did have a lot of free throws, but that was because he did what every scout tells you to do. Throw your shoulders in and draw those fouls. He didn't waste his FTs, shooting 90 percent from the line. The Durantula shot 47.6 percent from the floor while also racking 1.4 steals per game and leading the Thunder to a playoff spot. They were a surprise team, but they weren't such a surprise to those who looked at their talent. A team led by Durant with Westbrook, Green, and Harden as sidekicks shouldn't be a surprise.

Soccer Athlete of the Year (2009-2010 Season with World Cup): Xavi

A lot of people read the box score from the baseball game last night and get a good idea of what happened about that game. Those same people look at soccer box scores and think they know what happened. Looking at goals scored does you no good. You need to take into account who distributed and provided those goals. Not even assists can tell you that. The only way to watch who was most influential in those goals, you have to watch the game. It's usually not the goal scorer who meant the most.

There are too many "Box Score Guys" out there, and that's why Xavi doesn't get recognized as one of the best soccer players out there in countries filled with BSG's like America. Xavi's elegant and pinpoint passes were instrumental in the successes of Spain and Barca. It is unquestionable that without Xavi, Spain wouldn't have won the World Cup. He provided all that was needed to David Villa and the others. He fed players and created chances, and everybody knows that chances are the most important things in the game of soccer.

Baseball will not be done, because you already can tell who won.

NHL Athlete of the Year (09-10 Season): Henrik Sedin

I was elated when the MVP voters did not select Ovechkin or Crosby. I despise Ovechkin, but Crosby is my favorite player as his Pens are my favorite team. They were both great, but Sedin was the best player during the season. He led his Canucks through everything. Sure they had a supporting cast, but it wasn't as good as the powerhouses like the Caps and Pens. Sedin led the league in points with 112 and led in assists- it wasn't close- with 83. Sedin has proven to be the second best passer in the league, with only Crosby being better. If one of the greatest talents of All-Time is the only player better than you, then you obviously are a prolific passer.
PSW 2010 Athlete of the Year
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Comment by Rick Gillispie

December 22nd 2010 20:05
Great Article Joe, Never been called a BSG before but agree completely soccer is one of those sports you have to watch to know what really happened

Comment by nbageek

December 23rd 2010 00:54
Good stuff! Thanks for putting Kevin Durant as athlete of the year and not someone else! He has been huge as was Brees! Good choice with Halladay!

Comment by Joe Soriano

December 23rd 2010 06:35
Haha, I didn't call you a BSG Rick. You give props to guys like Jagielka, and BSG's don't even know who that is. Yeah, LeBron scored so much because he had so many shots. He also always takes low percentage shots. I think that Brees is just so good. He never complains to refs about calls that don't go his away, he gets right back up after every hit, he's just so poised in the pocket, and he is by far the most accurate QB in the NFL. You can even make the case for him being the most accurate in NFL history.

Comment by Matt Saltmer

December 23rd 2010 11:00
nice article man. wonder if fifa will agree with your decision to back xavi!

Comment by sports freak

December 23rd 2010 15:48
but in soccer xavi is not but messi when it comes to assisting and goal scoring messi had done every thing from goals to assists.

Comment by Joe Soriano

December 23rd 2010 16:10
Messi was great this year- as he is every year- but Xavi's performances oozed class. He had such an amazing year. Messi was the fourth best behind Sneijder and Iniesta respectively while barely being ahead of Robben.

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