Sports Illustrated is giving fans the opportunity to select the Most Inspiring Performer of 2012. Beginning today fans can go to Facebook.com/SportsIllustrated and rank their favorites among 15 candidates selected by SI’s editors. The Fans’ Choice will be included in the Dec. 17 issue of the magazine. Fans have through Wednesday, November 28 to vote.
The Top 15 candidates include ten Olympians from the London 2012 Olympic Games, six whom are women.
- Peyton Manning (Denver Broncos Quarterback)
- Chuck Pagano (Indianapolis Colts Head Coach)
- Jeremy Lin (Houston Rockets Point Gaurd)
- Alex Zanardi (Italian racing driver and paracyclist)
- Missy Franklin (Team USA Olympic Swimmer)
- Gabby Douglas (Team USA Olympic Gymnast)
- Andy Murray (Tennis Player)
- Megan Rapinoe (Team USA Women’s Soccer Midfielder)
- Jessica Ennis (British track and field athlete)
- R.A. Dickey (New York Mets Pitcher)
- Manti Te’o (Notre Dame Linebacker)
- Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings (Team USA Women’s Volleyball)
- Bradley Wiggins (British Cyclist)
- Mo Farah (British track and field athlete)
- Oscar Pistorius (South African sprinter)
In the following weeks SI will be asking fans to vote on Picture of the Year (balloting begins Nov. 29 for the Dec. 24 issue) and Moment of the Year (Dec. 6 for the cover of the Dec. 31 year-end issue).
Also from Sports Illustrated: A new stat to measure individual defense, hometown hero Skylar Diggins, a leap of faith by USC’s gifted center and the fallout from Penn StatePosted: November 10, 2011
In addition to the College Basketball Preview Men’s Top 20 and Women’s Top 10 and this week’s NFL Players Poll, here’s what readers can expect in the Nov. 14 issue of Sports Illustrated, on newsstands now.
THE CASE FOR THE DEFENSE – LUKE WINN (@lukewinn)
Using methods that statistician Dean Oliver lay out in his 2003 book Basketball on Paper, SI conducted the most comprehensive study of individual defense ever done in college basketball. The defensive rating produced answers the following question: If a player were on the floor for 100 defensive possessions, engaging in his normal rate of plays, how many points would an opposing team score? (page 52)
The 2010–11 defenses for five of this year’s championship contenders were analyzed. The subjects comprised the nation’s most efficient defensive team from ’10 –11 (Florida State); the two preseason title favorites with the majority of their rotations returning (Ohio State and North Carolina); the defending champion (UConn); and, for contrast, an offensive powerhouse undone last season by its struggles on D (Vanderbilt). SI’s adjusted defensive rating is the byproduct of the following statistics:
- Percentage of plays involved with
- Individual stop percentage (per 100 possessions)
- Field goal percentage against
- Percentage of a player’s possessions resulting in a turnover
- Free throw rate (ratio of free throw attempts allowed versus field goal attempts allowed)
On the Tablets: Winn discusses SI’s defensive efficiency formula in a podcast interview.