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Posnanaski Nominates Davidson's Curry for Sportsman of the Year

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Deeper_Background, Nov 18, 2008.

  1. Deeper_Background

    Deeper_Background Active Member

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/magazine/specials/sportsman/2008/11/10/posnanski.curry/


    Here's what I remember most about watching Stephen Curry play basketball in the NCAA tournament. The smiles. No, not his smiles. I remember the way everyone around him smiled -- the adoring fans, the on-deadline sportswriters, the big-time announcers, the opposing cheerleaders, LeBron James, everyone.

    I smiled too. You couldn't help yourself.

    These weren't the normal smiles you see during March Madness, no, these were big, wide ones, the smiles of children at Disney World. Sure, every NCAA tournament has a hero, a player who emerges and scores a bunch of points or blocks a bunch of shots or makes one as the buzzer sounds. This guy was different, though. There was something about watching Steph Curry play basketball that just made everybody happy.
    Maybe it was because he looked so young, like a 12-year-old kid who had been called from out of the stands. Maybe it was because he played ball for Davidson, the little school in North Carolina with the game-show host name. Davidson had a history. Back in '64, the year the Beatles hit America, a young coach named Lefty Driesell stormed the Davidson sidelines, and Sports Illustrated picked the school No. 1. Something about Davidson sparked Beatles nostalgia from the days when little schools had a chance.

    Maybe it was Curry's story. College basketball, more and more, seems like a one-year layover for high school stars on their way to the NBA. None of the big schools wanted Stephen Curry. Even Virginia Tech, the place where his mother and father had both been athletic stars, only offered him a chance to walk on. He was considered too slight, too small, too delicate to play in the big time. He went to Davidson instead and, as a freshman, set the NCAA record for most three-pointers in a season. As a sophomore he led Davidson to 22 consecutive victories to end the year.

    Then, for two wonderful weeks in the tournament, he showed the big schools and America what too many had forgotten: Basketball is not a science; basketball is art.

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  2. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    Re: Posnanaski Nominates Davidson's Curry for Sporstman of the Year

    How is Phelps not a nominee?
     
  3. Deeper_Background

    Deeper_Background Active Member

    Re: Posnanaski Nominates Davidson's Curry for Sporstman of the Year

    Lightning Bolt as well. Double honorees? Maybe the drug stuff scared them off
     
  4. Dickens Cider

    Dickens Cider New Member

    Re: Posnanaski Nominates Davidson's Curry for Sporstman of the Year

    Who is Posnanaski?
     
  5. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    Re: Posnanaski Nominates Davidson's Curry for Sporstman of the Year

    How come no one has suggested Nick Saban as Sportsman of the Year?
     
  6. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Re: Posnanaski Nominates Davidson's Curry for Sporstman of the Year

    What is sporstman of the year? Deep makes an edit on his post - shocker! - and doesn't fix that?

    Phelps is a lock, by the way.
     
  7. broadway joe

    broadway joe Guest

    Re: Posnanaski Nominates Davidson's Curry for Sporstman of the Year

    The website trots out a couple more nominees each day, I believe. I'm sure they just haven't gotten to guys like Phelps and Bolt yet. Probably saving the big ones for last.
     
  8. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    Re: Posnanaski Nominates Davidson's Curry for Sporstman of the Year

    Gotcha. I thought it was odd Mr. Olympics wasn't on there.
     
  9. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    Re: Posnanaski Nominates Davidson's Curry for Sporstman of the Year

    I'm stunned at no love for Eli Manning.
     
  10. Highway 101

    Highway 101 Active Member

    Re: Posnanaski Nominates Davidson's Curry for Sporstman of the Year

    Curry is a PART of the 2008 sports history. He's just not THE part of 2008 sports history.
     
  11. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Active Member

    Re: Posnanaski Nominates Davidson's Curry for Sporstman of the Year

    Short of a devout Davidson alum, you might not find a bigger fan of Stephen Curry. But Michael Phelps is still a lock - or should be.
     
  12. broadway joe

    broadway joe Guest

    Re: Posnanaski Nominates Davidson's Curry for Sporstman of the Year

    I seriously doubt Posnanski really thinks Curry should be Sportsman of the Year. But if they ask all the writers to do a nomination piece, I don't think they're going to accept 40 stories about Michael Phelps. Everyone has to pick someone different. Deford or somebody like that will probably do the Phelps nomination.
     
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