Brooks Laich: SI Sportsman of the Year Nominee

Posted by Cheryl Nichols | Wednesday, November 10, 2010 | , , , | 0 comments »


It was so refreshing to see the list of this year's Sports Illusrated Sportsman of the Year nominees.  No Brett Favre.  No Tiger Woods. No Derek Jeter.  Many of the nominees are great athletes, however, not known as "superstars" or play the "popular" sport.  Kudos to Sports Illustrated for honoring athletes outside the box.

Brooks Laich is Michael Farber's nomination for Sportsman of the Year.  Laich is an underrated player who is great on and off the ice.  He is hard working, humble, and gracious.  Caps fans know that he is the first to practice and last to leave and is always at the optional skates.  Brooks is a leader on the ice and often wears the "A" on his sweater if Poti or Knuble is out.

"Since the inception of the honor in 1954, SI's Sportsman of the Year generally has been a stand-up guy." Farber continues, "This year my nominee is a guy who stooped."  Farber nominated Laich for his work off the ice when he stopped to change a tire for Caps fans shortly after being eliminated from the playoffs at the end of April.

They say that things happen for a reason so thanks to Mary Ann and Lorraine Wangemann for getting a flat tire and Dan Steinberg for telling us about it. And of course, thanks to Brooks Laich for being your kind self to stop and help folks in need of assistance. It appears that "paying it forward" earned Laich the nomination.

CAPS FANS LIKE LAICH!  Good luck Brooks.  Sports Illustrated will announce the winner on November 30. 

Bobby Orr (1970), Wayne Gretzky (1982), and Bob Bourne (co-winner, 1987) represent the NHL Sportsman of the Year winners. The 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team was honored as a group in 1980.

Full list of SI Sportman of the Year Winners since 1954.

Brooks Laich, Hockey-Capitals
Rafael Nadal, Tennis
Kevin Durant, Basketball-Thunder
Roy Halladay, Baseball-Phillies
Butler Bulldogs Basketball
Lorena Ochoa, Golfer
Greg McElroy-Football QB-Alabama

Brooks signing autographs for fans

Brooks Scoring Goal

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