Best of the decade: you like Olie
It's not a surprise to see users like you voting for Alex Ovechkin as the D.C. area's top athlete of the 2000s. A bit more suprirsing: as of 2 p.m. today, Olie Kolzig was slightly ahead of Gilbert Arenas for second place.
Lower down the results are athletes such as Sean Taylor, Chris Cooley and Juan Dixon. Interesting.
Perhaps this has to do with Caps fans' well-known internet savvy. Or maybe we have a lot of users like Mia Lueth-Galilei of Jarrettsville, Md. Read her explanation -- and some other choice comments on the jump.
And if you have a case you'd like to make, state your case in the comments or email us. We'll publish more user takes this week as long as you include your full name and city and state in the comment/email.
Also, please check out World Wide Wilbon's choices for best of the decade in national/international sports.
As a 25-plus-year fan of NHL hockey and a particularly rabid fan of the Washington Capitals, I simply could not resist the chance to put Olie "the Goalie" Kolzig in the No. 1 spot.
While it appears Alexander Ovechkin is leading the charge by leaps and bounds, I would like to remind those with short memories that it wasn't until later in the decade that the "Great 8" become an established, household name in the world of D.C. sports, as well as recognized on a national level.
Don't get me wrong, I am thrilled and excited by the fact that the Washington Capitals have Ovechkin as a long-time D.C. staple, but Olie Kolzig deserves this decade as far as I am concerned. He started his career with the Washington Capitals and stayed with the Capitals through almost the entirety of his career. His ability to lead and inspire his teammates is well documented, and his off-ice contributions to the D.C. area and local charities were beyond phenomenal.
He stayed loyal to the Washington Capitals through many tumultuous years prior to the NHL lockout and continued his steady and reliable tenure through the difficult years of a complete team rebuild. Yes, it's true "Godzilla" was no Martin Brodeur, and it's also true that Alexander Ovechkin is a recognizable hockey force to be reckoned with these days - but considering the extent of Kolzig's loyalty and charitable nature - I vote we give this decade to Olie "The Goalie."
Here's a take on the top stories list by Julie Schejbal of Dunkirk, Md.:
Regardless of what any poll says, there is no conceivable way that the Terps winning the 2002 NCAA title can be anything other than the No. 1 sports story of the decade. George Mason was a great story and probably should be No. 2 but they didn't win the whole thing so they shouldn't be No. 1.
Sports is about titles and getting to the championship game. For this reason, the Terps' women's title and the Georgetown Final Four should also be much higher on the list.
And while we're talking Terps, Ian Gleason of Greenbelt had something to say about athlete of the decade nominee Kristi Toliver:
If Kristi Toliver is included on the list, then Marissa Coleman, Laura Harper, and Crystal Langhorne should all be considered as well. I understand it is hard to include everyone on a list with so many great athletes, but you must consider the fact that Toliver never would have accomplished what she did without so many great players around her.
Furthermore, it isn't fair to put her on the list simply because she is the most marketable player who happened to hit the biggest shot in Maryland women's basketball history. She is certainly worthy of being on the list but her teammates should not be overlooked.
Similarly, Steve Blake should be considered for the list as much as Juan Dixon and Lonny Baxter; he played just as big of a role on the great Terps teams of the early 2000s.
Thanks for the feedback, and keep those cards and letters coming ...
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