Jimmie Johnson-NASCAR Driver-Athlete of the Year.

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  1. jamesblakefan#1

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    Yes it is.
     
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    Racing drivers are part of a team and the disparities among the various teams in quality of equipment design and execution are such that a driver often has an enormous adantage as a result of his "ride." Makes it very hard to evaluate him as an "athlete."
     
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    In an athletic sense, no. The equipment does 90% of the work. Horse jockeys are more athletic than racecar drivers.
     
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    It's a sport where you turn left for four hours.
     
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    I wouldn't exactly say that. You have to be incredibly fit to drive those things. The G forces they encounter while in he driving seat is quite substantial.
     
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    Then why don't they award it to the men and women serving in the US Air Force? I'm pretty sure the guys flying the US's planes experience a heck of a lot more G's than Nascar drivers... and they do it all the time too.
     
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    What a slap in a face to real athletes, to give this award to a freaking car driver. CAR DRIVERS are NOT athletes. And no matter how much ESPN tries to shove it down our throats, NASCAR is not a sport. It's a lot better for him to look good when he has the best equipment, best teammates (Gordon & Martin), etc in the sport. Hendricks is borderline monopoly, and damn near single handedly killing NASCAR. Not to mention Johnson has the charisma of a rock. Total BS to give this award to a car driver.

    Someone, explain one athletic aspect of car driving, when a man damn near his 50s can come out of retirement and nearly win the championship, a fat slob (Tony Stewart) is one of the faces of the 'sport', trust me, NASCAR is not a sport.
     
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  12. Don't feel bad, lol.

    Poker is a sport according to ESPN.

    I guess ESPN isn't really a sports channel anymore. :(
     
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    i wonder how much of an athlete you have to be to drive a car.

    This guy looks like an athlete too, i think he could be in the running next year.

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    JIMMIE JOHNSON IS A GREAT ATHLETE!!!!!!

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    YO JIMMY I'M REALLY HAPPY FOR YOU, IMMA LET YOU FINISH, but ROGER FEDERER IS ONE OF THE GREATEST ATHLETES OF ALL TIME!!!

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    OF ALL TIME!!!!!!!!

    (Sorry if that sucks, I'm really no good at photo editing. Maybe they should name me athlete of the year. :p)
     
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    Lewis Hamilton FTW!

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    i have no clue about NASCAR, but F1 drivers are some of the best, fittest athletes in the world.
     
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    You can be very fit and be an athlete, that doesn't make the activity you are doing a sport.
     
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    Exactly. Have you seen Carrot Top lately? That guy's pretty fit. And I'm sure all those props he uses takes a lot of effort. We should name him Athlete of the Year for 2010.

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    Wait, he actually plays real sports. Maybe he can't win the award then. :lol:
     
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    I'm more upset by the fact that Tiger was named athlete of the decade. I'd say the athleticism to drive a race car or swing a golf club is pretty similar. These guys are skilled but not necessarily athletes. I don't think Tiger can dunk a basketball. I seriously doubt he runs a 4.4 40yard. He never played competetive football or soccer.
     
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    The funny thing is that NASCAR leads all professional sports in the US in attendance. He deserves it. It is an amazing accomplishment to do what he does
     
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    Winning 4 in a row still doesn't make him an athlete. I'd be ok if the award was titled sportsman of the year, most accomplished of the year, but athlete of the year? He's not an athlete. The car does the majority of the work. I guarantee you if he wasn't on Hendricks, if he was on some lesser team, he wouldn't be winning championships. The equipment is the reason he wins. He's not an athlete.
     
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    Does driving a race car really qualify as being an athlete? I love auto racing but I think there's more athleticism in golf. :)
    Anyway, congratulations Jimmie J.
     
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    So you're saying if you were driving for Hendricks, you would be winning championships?

    Being on Hendricks doesn't make one a championship driver. Heck it doesn't even make you a competitive driver, #88
     
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    I'd say theres a pretty big difference in F1 driving and NASCAR driving. The G's F1 drivers subject themselves to taking hairpin turns at 60mph have to be insane, where as NASCAR drivers run all but like 4 races on super speedway ovals where they never hardly let off the gas. its almost 1 big turn (exaggeration, I know). The physicality is has to be totally different. Im no F1 expert, but needless to say, I've never seen an F1 driver that had the girth of Tony Stewart or the age of Mark Martin that was still competing at the top level.
     
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    I agree. It is ridiculous these guys who participate in such unathletic sports are somehow winning awards as "best athlete". They deserve huge praise and credit of course. They are simply amazing at what they do, essentialy the activities they excel at, probably the greatest of all time at those activities participated and watched by so many around the World. However those activites barely scrape the surface of a true "sport".
     
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    In fairness he is the best driver out there by far. In some stupid hypothetical they all had the same team cloned and the exact same car I am pretty sure he would be the one to beat. Still I agree with all you said pretty much.
     
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    Jimmy Johnson is a legend. He has achieved in Nascar what no man in history has.
     
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    Do you even know what ESPN stands for?

    ENTERTAINMENT and Sports Programming Network.

    Poker is entertainment. ESPN has never said its a sport.

    I agree NASCAR is not a sport. It should be officially classified as "mindless activity".
     
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  29. Oh, I didn't know that, lol. I'm such an idiot.....:)

    Whoops, never mind! :)
     
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    And what did he achieve in Nascar what no other man in history has? Did he once turn the steering wheel to the right? :D

    99% of all people outside the states haver never heard of him, including me.
     
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    Someone asks you: last year's Wimbledon men's winner? Easy: Fed

    Ok, who here can name last year's A.P. "male jock" award winner :?:

    That sucker ranks right up there with the ESPY's. ;-)
     
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    Winning the Seasons Drivers title 4 years in a row.
     
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    Speaking of the ESPYs...

    Once again JJ is nominated as an 'athlete', Best Male Athlete at the ESPYs this year. Among Brees, Kobe, LeBron, and Pujols, a freaking car driver is selected. Instead of a Federer, Nadal, Bolt, a racecar driver.

    I know the ESPYs are a joke and meaningless, and I know ESPN is so far up NASCAR's arse it's not even funny, but once and for all, car drivers are NOT athletes! Thank you.
     
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    the ESPY award...hahahaha...:lol: the actual winning prize is a biggo piece of paperweight...
    what's next? NBC weatherman of the year award? USA Network B-movie of the year? HBO best actor award? Weather Channel most awsome forecast of the year award? :mrgreen:
     
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    They are fit people and drivers, not the same as athletes.
     
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