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J.J. Watt and Josť Altuve are SI's 2017 Sportsperson of the Year Honorees
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Posted on 12/05/2017 11:39:25 AM PST by drewh

We will remember 2017 as much for what athletes strove to achieve off the field as for what they achieved on it. And that was no small bar to clear. New champions were crowned, notably the Houston Astros, who ended the second-longest World Series drought by winning the first in the franchise’s history, while old champions (the Patriots, the Warriors, the Lynx, the Penguins) solidified their places in the pantheon.

Even in a year of sublime individual performances—Brady and KD, Deshaun and Fed, all of them considered for this award—athletes spoke loudest in their actions and words off the field. .

This issue is intended to celebrate a new generation of athletes who care, in all senses of the word: caring about humanitarian efforts, about social and political justice, about their communities and about their crafts.

Which brings us to the 2017 Sportsperson of the Year honorees, J.J. Watt and José Altuve. By the third week of September, less than a month after Hurricane Harvey had devastated Houston and its surrounding region, Watt had raised more than $37 million in relief aid. The SOTY candidacy of the Texans’ defensive end was unaffected by the gruesome, season-ending leg injury he suffered in Week 5. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year—the best defensive player of his generation, really—could have had the best season of his career, or the worst. His place as a Sportsperson of the Year had already been engraved. “Nothing J.J. Watt has achieved in his career, or might still achieve, will measure up to what he did for Houston,” says MMQB Editor-in-Chief Peter King.

(Excerpt) Read more at si.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 2017review; hurricaneharvey; jjwatt; josealtuve; manoftheyear
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1 posted on 12/05/2017 11:39:25 AM PST by drewh
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Blind pig finds a a truffle.

JJ Watt is a great choice! He should also be Texan Of The Year.

Never heard of the Jose guy.


2 posted on 12/05/2017 11:42:33 AM PST by freedumb2003 (Conservatives should do daily affirmations: reading/repeating the 9th and 10th Amendments)
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He’s a Houston Astro.


3 posted on 12/05/2017 11:44:59 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it.)
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To: drewh

Not Colin Kapernick? Stunning...


4 posted on 12/05/2017 11:45:45 AM PST by Gman
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To: drewh

Great choice on Watt, well deserved.

Altuve is a fine player but other than that I don’t know much about him.

I don’t know, though....neither one is black. SI is obviously racist.


5 posted on 12/05/2017 11:50:23 AM PST by clintonh8r (I've been banned from TheHill.com. #Proud)
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To: drewh

Maybe the editors at SI are looking to please their future bosses....the Evil Koch Brothers.

duhnt-dunht-DUUUUUUUUUUUHHHHHHHH!!!!


6 posted on 12/05/2017 11:52:30 AM PST by clintonh8r (I've been banned from TheHill.com. #Proud)
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To: drewh

What happened? No anti-American BS? these are great choices. Regular staff off for holidays?


7 posted on 12/05/2017 11:52:51 AM PST by ColdOne ((I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11~ Best Election Ever! It is offical, we are at war!)
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>>He’s a Houston Astro.<<

That explains it. I don’t follow Cricket.


8 posted on 12/05/2017 12:00:31 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Conservatives should do daily affirmations: reading/repeating the 9th and 10th Amendments)
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To: freedumb2003
won the world series with the Astros.


9 posted on 12/05/2017 12:05:57 PM PST by drewh
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To: drewh

I see Cricket outfits have gotten snappier.

:)


10 posted on 12/05/2017 12:09:35 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Conservatives should do daily affirmations: reading/repeating the 9th and 10th Amendments)
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Jose Altuve:
American League MVP this year. AL Batting Champion 3 of the past 4 years. Best player on my new World Series Champion Houston Astros. Little guy, humble as can be, big bat, big heart. He’s an excellent choice to stand next to Watt.

Really, the whole Astros team could have been chosen, because they were fun, charismatic, inspiring, deeply invested in helping Houston recover from Hurricane Harvey, and total class acts when it seemed like professional sports was about as classless as it has ever been.

Also, I know Sports Illustrated isn’t the dominant thing it used to be, but it’s actually really good. It seems quite a bit more mature and on the level contrasted with just about every other sports rag that’s as liberal as can be and can’t help showing it.


11 posted on 12/05/2017 12:11:42 PM PST by According2RecentPollsAirIsGood
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To: freedumb2003

JJ Watt deserves it. He raised like 40 million for Hurricane relief, easily better than the faux social jusitce warriors of the NFL....


12 posted on 12/05/2017 12:15:54 PM PST by drewh
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To: freedumb2003

Country star King George Strait was named Texan of the Year - raised $50M for Hurricane relief....either he or JJ Watt would have been a great choice....Houston Strong!


13 posted on 12/05/2017 12:23:11 PM PST by BamaDi ("The definition of a racist today is anyone who is winning an argument with a liberal.")
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To: drewh

Houston, we don’t have a problem.


14 posted on 12/05/2017 12:23:21 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: clintonh8r

Why Watt this year? He’s a great player, but isn’t he injured?


15 posted on 12/05/2017 12:24:01 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: freedumb2003

Jose Altuve was a great choice. I’ve never heard of JJ Watt.


16 posted on 12/05/2017 12:29:22 PM PST by upsdriver (I support Sarah Palin.)
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Watt’s got a heart as big as his whole body. Fearsome competitor. Sportsman in the classical sense.


17 posted on 12/05/2017 12:31:41 PM PST by RinaseaofDs (Truth, in a time of universal deceit, is courage)
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To: drewh

Good picks!


18 posted on 12/05/2017 12:36:02 PM PST by Squidpup ("Fight the Good Fight of Faith")
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To: RinaseaofDs

Yeah, I just looked him up. I’d heard the fund raising story, just didn’t know the name. I don’t follow football but this also looks like a good choice.


19 posted on 12/05/2017 12:37:14 PM PST by upsdriver (I support Sarah Palin.)
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To: nickcarraway

Presumably because of the money he raised for victims of Hurricane Harvey.


20 posted on 12/05/2017 12:41:30 PM PST by clintonh8r (I've been banned from TheHill.com. #Proud)
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