Why isn't Annika Sorenstam a cover girl?
After watching Annika Sorenstam steamroll the competition at last week’s Chick-fil-A, SI.com’s Seth Davis asked his employers to cancel the magazine’s Sportsman of the Year search. So what if it’s mid-May? Davis wants to give Sorenstam the honor right now.
Guess what? He’s absolutely right. At this point, Sorenstam’s lead is larger than her 10-stroke win last Sunday. As Davis correctly points out, Sorenstam should’ve won the award in 2003. This time, you’d think she’d be a shoo-in. You’d be wrong.
Curious to see how many times Sorenstam has been an SI cover girl, I accessed the magazine’s online archives. The search turned up two covers, but on both Sorenstam isn’t the main image; instead, she’s stuck in a small corner, easily overshadowed by the featured picture.
So this week you’d think Sorenstam would finally get her own cover, right? Hardly. Not when week 14 of the 30-week NBA playoff season is in full grind. As a result, we get Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns, who would’ve been a fine choice except for the fact that (a) the Suns’ Amare Stoudemire was on the cover just four weeks ago, and (b) the NBA finals don’t start until mid-June, at the earliest.
Before engraving Sorenstam’s name on this year’s SI award, Davis should first try to get a regular cover devoted to her. Sorenstam may not sell as many magazines as Nash, but her story is just as compelling.
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Who is this Nash fellow?
We may be witnessing the greatest athlete in his or her sport since before the 30-second sound bite and she'll be overlooked like the WNBA.
There's a women's professional basketball league?
Poker is a sport?
Annika's an amazing golfer and seems like a nice person, but she's about as hot as a Madeline Albright.
Annika dominates because she's put in the time and effort to separate herself from the others. She only has to beat whoever is in the field that week and she's done that pretty consistently. Is she perfect? No. Is Tiger perfect? No, but he's managed to make it on a bunch of covers, and has won the same number of majors on his tour that Annika has on hers. She will go down as one of the best ever, if not the standard that all others will be judged by. Give her her due, SI.
Arnold Palmer and Michael Jordan and Ali had it.....Nicklaus and Jabbar and Frazier didn't.....
Oh she's sexy enough for me I reckon. A bigger chest would help though.
The media was enthralled with Babe Didrickson Zaharias in her day.....not sexy..but VERY exciting with a great personality.
Annika has a ton of money and some great looking trophies...what's the problem??
People don't earn the right to be on the cover of a magazine. The editors decide who will sell more magazines.
I wish she'd get a cover, personally.
By the way, everyone in the world should rent "When Billie Beat Bobbi" with Holly Hunter. It's good, and this discussion just put me in mind of it.
Wake up guys...sexy is in the eyes of the beholder & this beholder knows she sizzles!!!!!
But all of that doesn't mean she should get a cover ahead of Tiger, Vijay, Phil, Ernie, Retief, etc. THEY are the best in the world.
Annika is class personified.
She's totally dedicated to her profession, motivated beyond what most of can imagine & keeps herself in the best physical shape.
My kind of woman & should be yours.
HOT, SEXY, DRIVEN (GET IT? DRIVEN)
& READY TO TAKE ON ALL COMERS!
She's one of a kind & the best female athlete in the world.
WAKE UP & SMELL THE GREENS!!!!!
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