A while back, e-mailer Mike Dojc sent in a question that led to an e-mail exchange that's worth pondering this morning, with Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns tonight's opponent for the Raptors:
I think Jason Bay should be a nominee as well because he improved dramatically over his rookie of the year season and finished tenth in batting average in the NL but I think you have to give it to Nash because Crosby has many better years ahead, he hasn't finished developing yet. My darkhorse would be Christine Sinclair, who FIFA nominated as one of the best soccer players in the world."
Voting for the Lou Marsh, given to Canada's athlete of the year, will be held on Dec. 8. As to the question, I can't remember when there was as clear a front-runner as Nash. Put it this way -- if he doesn't win this year, he never will. Even if you don't think he was the NBA MVP, he was a first-team all-star and led his team to the best record in the league last season.
Usually this is an award that draws controversy -- Weir over Gagne in '03, Villeneuve over anyone, anytime. This time, Bay and Sinclair deserve some mention -- I wouldn't put Crosby up there, but from hockey I'd consider Hayley Wickenheiser and Rick Nash.
With no NHL and in a non-Olympic year, though, Steve Nash gets my vote unreservedly. If I had one, that is. I don't think they'll need it in this case.