List of 2009 all-decade Sports Illustrated awards and honors

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This is a list of Sports Illustrated magazine's all-decade awards and honors for 2000–2009. [1]


Top 20 Male Athletes of the Decade

Top 20 Male Athletes of the Decade were: [2]

  1. Tiger Woods (U.S.), golf
  2. Roger Federer (Switzerland), tennis
  3. Michael Phelps (U.S.), swimming
  4. Lance Armstrong (U.S.), cycling
  5. Usain Bolt (Jamaica), track and field
  6. Tom Brady (U.S.), American football
  7. Kobe Bryant (U.S.), basketball
  8. Peyton Manning (U.S.), American football
  9. Albert Pujols (U.S.), baseball
  10. Michael Schumacher (Germany), auto racing
  11. Mariano Rivera (Panama), baseball
  12. Tim Duncan (U.S.), basketball
  13. Zinedine Zidane (France), football
  14. Shaquille O'Neal (U.S.), basketball
  15. Jimmie Johnson (U.S.), NASCAR
  16. LeBron James (U.S.), basketball
  17. Manny Pacquiao (Philippines), boxing
  18. Derek Jeter (U.S.), baseball
  19. Nicklas Lidström (Sweden), ice hockey
  20. Alex Rodriguez (U.S.), baseball

Top 20 Female Athletes of the Decade

Top 20 Female Athletes of the Decade were: [3]

  1. Serena Williams (U.S.), tennis
  2. Annika Sörenstam (Sweden), golf
  3. Yelena Isinbayeva (Russia), pole vault
  4. Justine Henin (Belgium), tennis
  5. Lisa Leslie (U.S.), basketball
  6. Venus Williams (U.S.), tennis
  7. Marta (Brazil), football
  8. Lorena Ochoa (Mexico), golf
  9. Diana Taurasi (U.S.), basketball
  10. Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh (U.S.), beach volleyball
  11. Candace Parker (U.S.), basketball
  12. Paula Radcliffe (U.K.), marathon
  13. Janica Kostelić (Croatia), alpine skiing
  14. Carolina Klüft (Sweden), heptathlon
  15. Sheryl Swoopes (U.S.), basketball
  16. Hayley Wickenheiser (Canada), ice hockey
  17. Cat Osterman (U.S.), softball
  18. Cathy Freeman (Australia), track and field
  19. Dara Torres (U.S.), swimming
  20. Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia), distance running

All-Decade Team (in eight sports)

MLB All-Decade Team

MLB All-Decade Team: [4]

NBA All-Decade Team

NBA All-Decade Team: [5]

NFL All-Decade Team

NFL All-Decade Team: [6]

NHL All-Decade Team

NHL All-Decade Team: [7]

College basketball All-Decade Team

College basketball All-Decade Team: [8]

College football All-Decade Team

College football All-Decade Team: [9]

Soccer All-Decade Team

Soccer All-Decade Team: [10]

Golf All-Decade Team

Golf All-Decade Team: [11]

Top 10 Coaches/Managers of the Decade

Top 10 Coaches/Managers of the Decade: [12]

  1. Phil Jackson, Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)
  2. Bill Belichick, New England Patriots (NFL)
  3. Joe Torre, New York Yankees–Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB)
  4. Terry Francona, Boston Red Sox (MLB)
  5. Tony Dungy, Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Indianapolis Colts (NFL)
  6. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs (NBA)
  7. Geno Auriemma, University of Connecticut women's basketball
  8. Roy Williams, University of North Carolina men's basketball
  9. Urban Meyer, Bowling Green football – Utah football – Florida football
  10. Tom Izzo, Michigan State men's basketball

Top 10 GMs/Executives of the Decade

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Pioli in 2007

Top 10 GMs/Executives of the Decade: [13]

  1. Scott Pioli, New England Patriots (NFL)
  2. Ken Holland, Detroit Red Wings (NHL)
  3. Theo Epstein, Boston Red Sox (MLB)
  4. Kevin Colbert, Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL)
  5. R. C. Buford, San Antonio Spurs (NBA)
  6. Rick Hendrick, Hendrick Motorsports (NASCAR)
  7. Pat Gillick, Toronto Blue Jays/Seattle Mariners/Philadelphia Phillies (MLB)
  8. Jeremy Foley, University of Florida (NCAA)
  9. Joe Dumars, Detroit Pistons (NBA)
  10. Billy Beane, Oakland Athletics (MLB)

Top Team of the Decade (in six sports)

Top Team of the Decade: [14]

Top 25 Franchises of the Decade

Top 25 Franchises of the Decade [15] including professional and college teams.

Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball: [16]

National Basketball Association

National Basketball Association: [17]

National Football League

National Football League: [18]

National Hockey League

National Hockey League: [19]


Soccer: [20]


Golf: [11]

College basketball honors

College basketball: [21]

College football honors

College football: [22]

Top 24 one-hit wonders of the decade

Top 24 one-hit wonders: [23]

  1. David Tyree (NFL) (see also Helmet Catch)
  2. George Mason Patriots men's basketball (2006)
  3. Hasim Rahman (boxing)
  4. Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL)
  5. Maurice Clarett (NCAA football)
  6. Greece national football team (UEFA Euro 2004)
  7. Hilary Lunke (golf)
  8. Aaron Small (MLB)
  9. Giacomo (horse)
  10. Golden State Warriors (NBA)
  11. Derek Anderson (NFL)
  12. Gastón Gaudio and Anastasia Myskina (tennis)
  13. Michael Waltrip (NASCAR)
  14. Florida Marlins (MLB) (2003)
  15. José Théodore (NHL)
  16. Los Angeles Clippers (NBA)
  17. Jonathan Cheechoo (NHL)
  18. Bud Smith (MLB)
  19. Playmakers
  20. Bob May (golf)
  21. Senegal national football team
  22. Jerome James (NBA)
  23. Edmonton Oilers (NHL)

Top 24 blockbuster trades of the decade

Top 24 blockbuster trades: [24]

Top 10 new stadiums of the decade

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Busch Stadium in 2014

Top 10 new stadiums: [25]

  1. Busch Stadium (St. Louis Cardinals)
  2. CenturyLink Field (Seattle Seahawks)
  3. Miller Park (Milwaukee Brewers)
  4. Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia Phillies)
  5. NRG Stadium (Houston Texans)
  6. PNC Park (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  7. Yankee Stadium (New York Yankees)
  8. AT&T Stadium (Dallas Cowboys)
  9. AT&T Park (San Francisco Giants)
  10. University of Phoenix Stadium (Arizona Cardinals)

Top 21 milestones of the decade

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Lance Armstrong celebrating at the 2003 Tour de France

Top 21 milestones: [26]

  1. Lance Armstrong's seven Tour de France titles
  2. Michael Phelps winning eight gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics
  3. Barry Bonds hitting 756 home runs
  4. Roger Federer winning 14 majors
  5. Emmitt Smith breaking the all-time NFL rushing record
  6. Tiger Woods winning all four golfing majors in a single 12-month period
  7. Jimmie Johnson winning five consecutive NASCAR championships
  8. Florida Gators men's basketball winning consecutive NCAA championships
  9. Tiger Woods winning the 2000 U.S. Open by a 15-stroke margin
  10. 2007 New England Patriots' 18-0 record
  11. Martin Brodeur winning 552 games
  12. Brett Favre throwing 421 touchdowns
  13. Usain Bolt breaking the 100 meter and 200 meter dash world records
  14. Kelly Slater winning 34 surfing events, receiving a perfect score and nine ASP championships
  15. Ronaldo scoring 15 World Cup goals
  16. Ichiro Suzuki breaking the single-season hit record
  17. Pat Summitt becoming the most victorious basketball coach in NCAA history
  18. Bob Knight winning his 880th game
  19. Tom Brady breaking the single-season passing touchdown record
  20. John Gagliardi breaking the record for NCAA football wins

Top 21 rivalries of the decade

Top 21 rivalries: [27]

  1. New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox (baseball)
  2. Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal (tennis)
  3. New England Patriots vs. Indianapolis Colts (American football)
  4. Shaquille O'Neal vs. Kobe Bryant (basketball)
  5. North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Duke Blue Devils (college basketball)
  6. Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas Longhorns (college football)
  7. Sidney Crosby vs. Alexander Ovechkin (hockey)
  8. Manchester United vs. Arsenal (football)
  9. Tennessee Lady Volunteers vs. Connecticut Huskies (women's college basketball)
  10. Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson (golf)
  11. Micky Ward vs. Arturo Gatti (boxing)
  12. Tony Stewart vs. Kurt Busch (NASCAR)
  13. Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens (American football)
  14. JJ Redick vs. Adam Morrison (college basketball)
  15. Ken Shamrock vs. Tito Ortiz (UFC)
  16. France vs. Italy (soccer)
  17. Los Angeles Lakers vs. San Antonio Spurs (basketball)
  18. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers (hockey)
  19. Moneyball vs. Tradition (baseball)
  20. United States vs. Canada (women's ice hockey)

Ten "overlooked" performances

Ten "overlooked" performances: [28]

Ten memorable acts of sportsmanship

Ten memorable acts of sportsmanship: [29]

Top 10 stories of the decade

Top 10 stories of the decade: [30]

Top 10 flops of the decade

Top 10 flops: [31]

  1. Duke Blue Devils men's basketball — Unlike the other entries in this list, Duke was highly successful on the court throughout the decade. The Blue Devils were "honored" because of their alleged tendency to flop in order to draw offensive fouls.
  2. 2004 USA men's basketball team — Amid a breakdown of team chemistry, Team USA lost more games in the 2004 Olympics (three) than it had in all previous Olympic tournaments combined (two).
  3. Barry Zito — After considerable success with the Oakland Athletics, the left-handed pitcher crossed San Francisco Bay after the 2006 season to play for the San Francisco Giants, signing what was then the richest contract for a pitcher in baseball history. He proceeded to go 31–43 in the next three seasons, never posting an ERA below 4.00.
  4. Monday Night Football announcers, mainly Dennis Miller and Tony Kornheiser
  5. Charlie Weis at Notre Dame — A successful assistant coach in the NFL, Weis was 35–27 in 5 seasons at Notre Dame, including a record of 16–21 in his last 3 seasons.
  6. Darko Miličić — Drafted #2 overall in the 2003 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons, immediately before Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, but never averaged more than 8 points in any season.
  7. Steve Spurrier with the Washington Redskins — A successful coach in the NCAA, Spurrier was 12-20 in his 2 years with the Redskins, and did not make the playoffs in those years.
  8. Ron Zook, first at Florida and then at Illinois — Zook coached Florida for 3 seasons, with a record of 23–14, and did not beat a ranked opponent at home in those years. He was then hired by Illinois and compiled a record of 34–51 in his 7 seasons there.
  9. Matt Millen — In Millen's seven-plus seasons as the general manager of the Detroit Lions, the team went 31–84. He was fired three games into the 2008 season, which would end with the Lions becoming the first NFL team ever to go 0–16.
  10. NFL Network — At the end of 2009, after six years of operation, the NFL's in-house TV network still had not reached carriage deals with many of the nation's biggest cable providers.

Top 10 scandals of the decade

Top 10 scandals: [32]

  1. BALCO doping scandal (2003) – see also Barry Bonds perjury case and Marion Jones
  2. Mitchell Report (2007) and leaked 2003 MLB list of PED users (2009)
  3. Michael Vick dogfighting case (2007)
  4. Duke lacrosse case (2006)
  5. Tim Donaghy NBA betting scandal (2007)
  6. Tiger Woods sex scandal (2009)
  7. Danny Almonte age fraud (2001 Little League World Series)
  8. Tour de France doping scandals, 2006 and 2007
  9. Baylor University basketball scandal (2003)
  10. Spygate (2007)

See also



  1. Most of these awards and honors were published in the December 28, 2009, print issue of Sports Illustrated and on-line. Some were published only on the Sports Illustrated website.
  2. Rolfe, John (December 22, 2009). "2000s: Top 20 Male Athletes". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2009-12-29.
  3. Lawrence, Andrew (December 22, 2009). "2000s: Top 20 Female Athletes". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2009-12-29.
  4. Posnanski, Joe (December 9, 2009). "2000s: The Decade in Sports; All-Decade Team: MLB". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2010-09-20.
  5. Thomsen, Ian (December 15, 2009). "2000s: The Decade in Sports; All-Decade Team: NBA". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2010-09-20.
  6. King, Peter (December 8, 2009). "2000s: The Decade in Sports; All-Decade Team: NFL". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2010-09-20.
  7. Farber, Michael (December 14, 2009). "2000s: The Decade in Sports; All-Decade Team: NHL". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2010-09-20.
  8. Wahl, Grant (December 28, 2009). "The All-Decade Teams (College basketball)". Sports Illustrated. p. 47.
  9. Mandel, Stewart (December 28, 2009). "The All-Decade Teams (College football)". Sports Illustrated. p. 47.
  10. Wahl, Grant (December 21, 2009). "2000s: The Decade in Sports; All-Decade Team: Soccer". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on November 13, 2012. Retrieved 2017-10-01.
  11. 1 2 Van Sickle, Gary (December 17, 2009). "2000s: The Decade in Sports; Golf's All-Decade Team". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on November 3, 2012. Retrieved 2017-10-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  12. Hack, Damon (December 22, 2009). "2000s: Top 10 Coaches/Managers". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2009-12-29.
  13. Friedman, Dick (December 22, 2009). "2000s: Top 10 GMs/Executives". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2009-12-29.
  14. Wertheim, L. Jon (December 28, 2009). "The Top Teams". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2009-12-29.
  15. Hunt, Ryan (December 22, 2009). "2000s: Top 25 Franchises". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2009-12-29. Just Missed The Cut: Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, Boise State football, Connecticut men's basketball, Dallas Mavericks, Anaheim Ducks, Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Phillies.
  16. Posnanski, Joe (December 9, 2009). "2000s: The Decade in Sports; MLB: Highlights and lowlights". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2010-09-19.
  17. Thomsen, Ian (December 15, 2009). "2000s: The Decade in Sports; NBA: Highlights and lowlights". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2010-09-20.
  18. King, Peter (December 8, 2009). "2000s: The Decade in Sports; NFL: Highlights and lowlights". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2010-09-20.
  19. Farber, Michael (December 14, 2009). "2000s: The Decade in Sports; NHL: Highlights and lowlights". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2010-09-20.
  20. "2000s: The Decade in Sports; Soccer: Highlights and lowlights". Sports Illustrated. December 21, 2009. Retrieved 2017-10-01.
  21. Davis, Seth (December 16, 2009). "Best (And Worst) Of 2000s: College Basketball". (Sports Illustrated). Archived from the original on July 15, 2012. Retrieved 2010-10-30.
  22. Mandel, Stewart (December 17, 2009). "2000s: The Decade in Sports; College football: Highlights and lowlights of the decade". (Sports Illustrated). Retrieved 2010-12-03.
  23. "2000s: One-Hit Wonders". Sports Illustrated. December 22, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-29.
  24. "2000s: Blockbuster Trades". Sports Illustrated. December 22, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-29.
  25. "2000s: Best New Stadiums". Sports Illustrated. December 22, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-29.
  26. "2000s: Biggest Milestones". Sports Illustrated. December 22, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-29.
  27. "2000s: Best Rivalries". Sports Illustrated. December 22, 2009.
  28. Graham, Bryan Armen (December 22, 2009). "2000s: Performances You Might Have Missed". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2009-12-29.
  29. Lemire, Joe (December 22, 2009). "2000s: The Decade in Sports; The decade in sportsmanship". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2009-12-29.
  30. Jenkins, Lee (December 22, 2009). "2000s: Top 10 Stories". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2009-12-29.
  31. Luft, Jacob (December 22, 2009). "2000s: Top 10 Flops". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2009-12-29.
  32. Luft, Jacob (December 22, 2009). "2000s: Top 10 Scandals". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2009-12-29.
  33. In an "End of the Century" article, listed the following teams as the ten greatest: 1. 1927 New York Yankees; 2. 1977 Montreal Canadiens; 3. 1985 Chicago Bears; 4. 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers football; 5. 1972 Los Angeles Lakers; 6. 1939 New York Yankees; 7. 1968 UCLA Bruins basketball; 8. 1956 Oklahoma Sooners football; 9. 1996 Chicago Bulls; 10. 1972 Miami Dolphins. "The 10 greatest teams". ESPN. December 31, 1999. Retrieved 2017-01-01.

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