Saturday, December 1, 2012
That latest news about Serena being recognized as WTA Player of the Year should lead to greater accolades, in my opinion.
Like her being named athlete of the year—across all sports.
Who really had a bigger year? LeBron James won Olympic Gold, his first NBA Championship, and was regular-season and finals MVP. Not to deny James' obvious talent, but you can't discount his teammates helping with those achievements. And that's something that has to be taken into account for other stars in team sports, such as Eli Manning or Miguel Cabrera.
If you were to look at performers in individual sports outside the tennis world, you would probably have to take a hard glance at Rory McIlroy (who actually isn't without his own tennis ties). A Major title, plus a few other titles along the way is definitely solid.
Nice, but that season by Serena … wow. She captured the four biggest tournaments of the year's second half and did so in such convincing fashion. Nobody in any sport displayed such dominance, especially against opponents considered their toughest challengers.
So AP, SI (Sports Illustrated) and any other letter-like organizations, please recognize what we were witness to in '12 and name her athlete of the year. TTA? is doing it!
(Photo: The Associated Press)