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Joel Sherman: A-Rod was robbed!

Dec 1, 2009, 10:00 AM EDT

Via my buddy Jay at Fack Youk! comes a link to a wonderfully awful column from Jay Sherman at the New York Post. His beef: A-Rod, and not Jeter, should have won SI’s Sportsman of the Year Award:

What’s next for Jeter? An Oscar? An Emmy? The Nobel Peace Prize? This is not to dump on Jeter, again a great champion while — as always
— representing the Yankees and himself with dignity. But that is
familiar for him. So, once more, why now? This feels like lifetime
achievement . . . Rodriguez should win this award. He embodies where sports are now. He
is the intersection of illegal performance enhancers, advancements in
sports medicine, celebrity and on-field genius.

I just love how the New York tabloid media spends five years dumping on A-Rod for everything under the sun and then, just when he stops giving them fuel with which to burn him, they decide to turn him into some redemption story, the relative lack of fatal flaws now standing as a justification for him being honored.

Here’s a mental exercise to consider: if SI had given A-Rod the Sportsman of the Year Award, can you feature Sherman writing a “good call by SI!” column? I sure can’t, and that renders today’s piece nothing more than disingenuous garbage.

  1. EvilEmpireE2009 - Dec 1, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    The Post, really, The Post, NO TRUE NEW YORKER- BORN AND RAISED-
    WOULD PAY FOR THAT RAG.
    LAST WEEK CHARLES BARKLEY SAID ON TNT ” THE NEW YORK SPORTS MEDIA ARE PRICKS “, HE WAS CORRECT.

  2. EvilEmpireE2009 - Dec 1, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    The Post, really, The Post, NO TRUE NEW YORKER- BORN AND RAISED-
    WOULD PAY FOR THAT RAG.
    LAST WEEK CHARLES BARKLEY SAID ON TNT ” THE NEW YORK SPORTS MEDIA ARE PRICKS “, HE WAS CORRECT.

  3. Spice - Dec 1, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    I hate the Post as much as anyone but I have to think this was tongue in cheek

  4. Spice - Dec 1, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Yeah, read the column, it is obviously sarcastic

  5. Matt @ Fack Youk - Dec 1, 2009 at 9:13 PM

    Thanks for the link Craig.
    “Jay” Sherman? Have you been watching re-runs of “The Critic” while you write?

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