James Leroy Wilson's blog

Monday, December 12, 2005

Why I like the Heisman Trophy

One thing I like about the Heisman Trophy is it's one of the few awards in team sports awarded to the "outstanding" player rather than the "most valuable player."

Take Reggie Bush off of the USC team, and Matt Leinart and Lendale White can easily carry the load. Bush is like Wayne Gretzky on the 80's Edmonton teams: the flashiest player on a roster filled with all-stars, capable of winning it all without him (as they did in 1990).

Vince Young, Matt Leinart, and Brady Quinn were all probably more "valuable" to their respective teams. But none of them can go 8.9 yards per carry.

Perhaps pro sports are already stat-conscious enough that they'd rather give out a "value to club" award as their most prestigious. Understandable, but it's also cool to see the best player in the game receive an award that acknowledges such.

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