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Sports Illustrated nominates Brooks Laich for Sportsman of the Year

Brooks Laich, Sportsman of the Year, Washington Capitals,(Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

"Many of the men and women who have earned the award have changed their sports, their communities and sometimes even the world," begins Sports Illustrated's Michael Farber in his nomination for the magazine's Sportsman of the Year. "This year there should be consideration for a man who changed a tire."

Capitals forward Brooks Laich, a well-known athlete here in D.C. who has scored 20-plus goals in his last three seasons but isn't quite a household name elsewhere, made headlines last spring after he changed a fan's flat tire the night of Washington's Game 7 playoff defeat.

"Too often professional athletes seem to live by separate rules if not on completely different planets.," Farber writes. "They behave as if they are above us. But on a sad spring night in D.C., a small-town Saskatchewan guy lowered himself to the pavement."

Sports Illustrated will announce its choice for Sportsman of the Year on Nov. 30. The other nominees are the Philiies' Roy Halladay, golfer Lorena Ochoa, the Butler men's basketball team and Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy.

By Lindsay Applebaum  | November 4, 2010; 12:31 PM ET
Categories:  Brooks Laich  
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this is just all kinds of wonderful =) congrats to brooks!

Posted by: bcatron11 | November 4, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Wow, that was some kind of roadside assistance.

WAY TO GO BROOKSIE!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 4, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Way to go, Brooksie! Even if he doesn't get it, I'm still bust-my-buttons proud! :-D

If the Butler Men's Basketball Team gets it, I'll throw a fit, though. Those essobees waited a whole two weeks after my friend who'd been campaigning against the sale her entire career at Butler graduated to sell their radio station and use the proceeds to buy a basketball team. Not. Happy. Even though it was nearly 20 years ago now (or more)...

Posted by: irockthered | November 4, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Brooksie is a classy guy and it's great to see him get nominated for SI Sportsmen of the Year even if he doesn't want it. It's great to see him recognized for being a fine person as opposed to just a hockey player. He would have made a great captain if Ovie hadn't been selected.

Posted by: wizfan89 | November 4, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

@IRTR

Sorry but Butlers team deserves that award. They as a whole program exemplify everything that is good about sports, specifically college sports. They embody the student athlete, go to class and get it done on the floor and off the floor in that community. So as cool as it would be for Laich to win it, it's gonna go to the Bulldogs.

Posted by: ThePat | November 4, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

congrats brooksie! you're one of a kind of a gentleman. hope you win the award. praying for your team to win the stanley this year. go caps!

Posted by: capsfan2007 | November 4, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

What comes with the award? And why would we just throw the towel in for these Butler guys? No offense, but the way I was raised, what they're getting credit for and the hub-bub and the ooo's and ahh's are stuff I was expected to do. No special awards for doing my homework. No special awards for judo practice and tournaments. Laich didn't have to change the tire. Like the writer said, most sports personalities think they're above the fans but here's our Brooksie, on a night we wouldn't blame any of the Capitals for just driving straight home, changing a tire for some ladies. The world is a messed up place if we'll be giving an award to a college team that is expected to do well on and off the court, than recognizing the humility and strength of moral character that is embodied by our own Brooks Laich.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | November 4, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Brooks is pure class. Here's hoping he wins the award.

Posted by: eric22 | November 4, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

I LAICH Brooks!
Go Caps Go!

Posted by: dorseylaw | November 4, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Brooksie appears to be an all-around great guy, and he deserves to be recognized not only for changing a tire, but for his role as a hard-working, reliable, self-sacrificing, loyal, and conscientious player, leader, and human being. He's a worthy example for us all, not just for other athletes.

Posted by: naha8 | November 4, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Brooksie, you da man!

Posted by: TJDemo | November 4, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

"This year there should be consideration for a man who changed a tire."
Great line

Posted by: real8 | November 4, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Brooksie appears to be an all-around great guy, and he deserves to be recognized not only for changing a tire, but for his role as a hard-working, reliable, self-sacrificing, loyal, and conscientious player, leader, and human being. He's a worthy example for us all, not just for other athletes.

Posted by: naha8 | November 4, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Wow.....beautifully said!! Congrats Brooks

Posted by: vermontcaps | November 4, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Brooksie appears to be an all-around great guy, and he deserves to be recognized not only for changing a tire, but for his role as a hard-working, reliable, self-sacrificing, loyal, and conscientious player, leader, and human being. He's a worthy example for us all, not just for other athletes.

Posted by: naha8 | November 4, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Wow.....beautifully said!! Congrats Brooks

Posted by: vermontcaps | November 4, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Brooksie had my favorite local sports quote of the last decade in a Mike Wise column a few months back.


"I've been chasing the Stanley Cup since I was born. That was 27 years ago. Every year it just keeps getting more and more frustrating. You get more and more hungry. You want it so bad. But that's why I stick around here. I believe in our players. I believe in our coach. There's too much belief to just let it go away." - Brooks Laich


Love it. It's the perfect quote from a player on a team sport. It's poetry. Brooksie For Sportsman Of The Year.

Posted by: CommieX | November 4, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Since their inception most of The Caps have never taken to the entitlement other athletes in this town feel once they put on a Washington-anything jersey. They really do appreciate the fact that in this town where the other teams get all the notoriety, their fans really do appreciate them and they too better likewise in return.
I remember a snowy Feb night at the old Capital Centre after a brutal loss to the Habs, I got Bernie Wolfe to sign my jersey. Even though it was cold and snowing and he couldn't wear his scarf because the back of his neck was so sunburned from the red light going off behind him all night, he stayed until every kid got an autograph knowing we stayed for the duration as well. He said "We really appreciate you coming out" and I remember his small children who were about the age of my youngest sibblings gushingly hugging him when he got into his car.

Posted by: RodLangwayFan | November 4, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Congrats Brooks. You show great character on and off the field. This is a great choice.

Posted by: theAnswerIs42 | November 4, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

On the bizarre chance that he actually wins, here are the individual hockey players who will have won the award: (1) Bobby Orr (2) Wayne Gretzky (3) Brooks Laich. 2 of the 3 are always at the top of the list when it comes to naming the greatest hockey player of all time. The other might not be one of the top half dozen players on his own team, but he can operate a jack.

Posted by: randysbailin | November 4, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Not that I have anything against Brooksie, but doesn't the list of nominees seem like mighty slim pickings?

Posted by: capsfan77 | November 4, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Not only is Brooksie full of heart, handsome, and an all-around great guy - he is the most thoughtful, articulate, quotable guy on the team. Reminds me of Jeff Halpern, but Halpie went to Princeton!

Posted by: KlayKey | November 4, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

I agree the list is slim pickings and even abit more odd. Are they confusing it with "Sportsmanship" and even if they did, still. I'm happy for Brooks as a win over Pitt/Phil but slightly confusingly, which is never the case as a win over Pitt/Phil.

If I had to make a choice of the 690 plus players in the NHL in the 2010 calendar year, I can only think of Ryan Miller for his Olympic play as anyone that really comes to mind. Not even any player on the Canadian team jumps out at me. But that's just me. Way to go Brooksie, but hope this whole thing is not just a tease like the playoffs.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 4, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

One of my favorite writers once said that every American ought to travel to western Canada at least once every ten years to be reminded how to behave. Having spent time in Sasketchewan and Alberta, he's right, and Brooksie exemplifies that.

Congrats, Brooksie. Even if you don't win it, it's a great honor.

Posted by: NorthFork1 | November 5, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Well deserved, such a great guy!

Posted by: nicko | November 5, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

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