4) Paul Bryan: Bryan had been an assistant coach with the San Pedro High (CA) football team for 23 years. That came to an end in October. With his team trailing in the fourth quarter, Bryan, after a crucial fourth down play had been whistled dead, surreptitiously moved the first down marker back a few yards to ensure that his squad got the first. Little did he know the whole thing was being recorded. After being caught, Los Angeles school officials banned him from coaching for life. What? Why? We think the Coach should be applauded for giving that extra effort to help his team win. You have to wonder how many times in his 23 years Bryan pulled the same stunt without getting caught.
3) Nehemiah Ingram: There are plenty of reasons Ingram deserves recognition. The Temple University student is one of the few NCAA athletes to play Division I ball in two sports-football and basketball. Fortunately for Ingram, he'll never be remembered for that. Instead, he'll go down in history as the "goon" that Temple Basketball Coach
2) Fred Smoot: Smoot is accused of organizing the famous Minnesota Vikings sex boat cruise on Lake Minnetonka, where strippers allegedly performed oral sex on Vikings players in front of petrified teenage cruise ship employees. Smoot denies that he had a hand in organizing the event. What humility! Smoot saying he didn't lead his 16 teammates onto that boat is like John Elway saying he wasn't involved in engineering the Drive, or
And the 2005 CRACKED Sportsman of the year is"ÃÆÃ¯Â¿Â½ÃÂ¯ÃÂ¿ÃÂ½ÃÆÃ¯Â¿Â½ÃâÃÂ¦
1) JOSE CANSECO: 2005 may forever be remembered as the year of the steroid, and no one was more instrumental in bringing that about than Jose Canseco.
True, Rafael Palmeiro has become the face of the steroid scandal, and no player' reputation was more tarnished by roids than Raffy. Palmiero began the year as a surefire Hall of Famer, a member of the elite 3,000 hits / 500 home runs club. By year' end, he had been cut by the hapless Baltimore Orioles, had all-but perjured himself in front of Congress and had been exposed as a lying cheater.
But don't let that fool you. While steroid use has been the elephant in baseball' living room for years, it wasn't until the publication earlier this year of Canseco' book, Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big, that the issue of steroid use boiled over. In that seminal text, Canseco admitted to having used steroids during his career, claimed that he had injected steroids into
Canseco followed the successful publication of his book up with a stint on VH1' Surreal Life where, in one memorable moment, he stripped down to a G-String as part of a cast performance. Also this year, Jose-with twin brother Ozzie-was slapped with a 1.5 million dollar civil lawsuit, stemming from a 2001 Miami bar fight where Canseco allegedly broke a man' nose and assaulted the man' girlfriend.
And so, who can argue that Jose Canseco, more than any other athlete this year, stood up for what sports is all about-cheating, selling out your teammates for a quick buck, breaking the law and embarrassing himself off the field? Well done, Jose, and congratulations on being named CRACKED' 2005 Sportsman of the Year.
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