J.R. Martinez and Sara Ganim: My 2011 Sportsman & Sportswoman of the Year

Sportswoman of the Year: Sara Ganim

Sara Ganim started reporting on the Penn State scandal long before anyone else. Her journalism efforts weren’t otherworldly; they were just solid and unrelenting.

The story was going to break no matter what. But, she got to it first and didn’t let go. She had Sandusky covered from late March through April to the Fall.

Ganim represents honor and doing one’s job with integrity. Her story is kind of simple, but worthy of more mention. She went on TV talk shows when getting credit from heavyweights like CNN and spoke eloquently of being a crime reporter in the face of horrible crimes and following the story to the just end by including those most affected.


The Penn State story almost eclipses the O.J. story. It is that salacious and that disappointing. It probably beats the Tiger Woods story. Penn State will never be forgotten, like Kent State (now Kent).

The tragedy of Penn State was how this man could get away with his crimes for so long. Sara is in her early twenties. If she was born earlier and had become a crime reporter for the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania paper sooner, maybe Sandusky would have been put away much earlier.

With her reporting the story in the Pennsylvania area, Sara might have saved one more child or two from that monster. It’s impossible to say for sure.

sara-ganimImage source: PennLive.com

Sportsman of the Year: J.R. Martinez

After the war, after the burns and after the scars, there was motivational speaking and some acting to accomplish. Then, came an invitation to a competition.

He made himself a popular culture icon by winning a grueling athletic contest on arguably television’s biggest production, ‘Dancing With The Stars.’


J.R. Martinez did what no one could have predicted.

He survived an IED blast while serving in the Army.

Then, after 30 surgeries later and with his facial disfigurement, he showed more courage.

He showed a national audience what more discipline and desire can do.

He won DWTS and he did it in thrilling fashion.

He proves over and over everyday how important it is to be proud of who you are, no matter what you look like or what anyone might think of you. Again, a simple act in some respects, but one that deserves just a little more recognition.

jr-martinezImage source: EurWeb.com


Who is your Sportsman and Sportswoman of the year? Nominate below.

About Howard M Alperin

Husband, Father, Teacher, Planner, Advisor, Counselor, Social Worker, Businessman, Consultant, Blogger, Author, Entrepreneur, Inventor, YMCA Coach, Marketer, Innovator, Advertiser, Promoter, Court Appointed Special Advocate to children, Volunteer, Runner, Athlete, Spanish Speaker, Non-Sports Card Collector, Dog Agility Enthusiast and OIF Veteran.


  1. Hello Web Admin, I noticed that your On-Page SEO is is missing a few factors, for one you do not use all three H tags in your post, also I notice that you are not using bold or italics properly in your SEO optimization. On-Page SEO means more now than ever since the new Google update: Panda. No longer are backlinks and simply pinging or sending out a RSS feed the key to getting Google PageRank or Alexa Rankings, You now NEED On-Page SEO. So what is good On-Page SEO?First your keyword must appear in the title.Then it must appear in the URL.You have to optimize your keyword and make sure that it has a nice keyword density of 3-5% in your article with relevant LSI (Latent Semantic Indexing). Then you should spread all H1,H2,H3 tags in your article.Your Keyword should appear in your first paragraph and in the last sentence of the page. You should have relevant usage of Bold and italics of your keyword.There should be one internal link to a page on your blog and you should have one image with an alt tag that has your keyword….wait there’s even more Now what if i told you there was a simple WordPress plugin that does all the On-Page SEO, and automatically for you? That’s right AUTOMATICALLY, just watch this 4minute video for more information at. Seo Plugin

  2. 30OL1t Spot on with this write-up, I genuinely assume this site wants way a lot more consideration. IaаАа’б‚Т€ТšаЂаŒаАа’б‚Т€ТžаБТžll probably be once far more to read far much more, thanks for that info.

  3. Wow! This can be one particular of the most useful blogs We have ever arrive across on this subject. Actually Great. I am also an expert in this topic so I can understand your hard work.

  4. wonderful issues altogether, you simply gained a new reader. What would you recommend about your publish that you made some days in the past? Any sure?

  5. Very good blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Really Great.

  6. A big thank you for your blog.Thanks Again. Really Great.

  7. pretty practical stuff, overall I imagine this is worth a bookmark, thanks

  8. you have a great weblog right here! would you prefer to make some invite posts on my blog?

  9. Im obliged for the blog article. Cool.

  10. What Follows Is A Approach That as Also Enabling bag-gurus To Expand

  11. south korea jersey ??????30????????????????5??????????????? | ????????

  12. If you are going for best contents like me, only pay a quick visit this website every day as it offers quality contents, thanks

  13. I was very pleased to find this website. I wanted to thank you for your time for this wonderful post!! I definitely enjoy reading it and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you blog post.

  14. Awesome article.Thanks Again. Fantastic.

  15. I really like and appreciate your blog article.Thanks Again. Awesome.

  16. Great, thanks for sharing this blog article. Great.

  17. Thanks again for the article.Really thank you! Awesome.

  18. Thank you for your blog.Really thank you! Really Cool.

  19. It as just letting clientele are aware that we are nevertheless open up for home business.

  20. Very good article post.Thanks Again. Awesome.

  21. I really liked your blog. Will read on…

  22. This website was how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I ave found something that helped me. Thank you!

  23. That is a very good tip especially to those fresh to the blogosphere. Simple but very accurate info Thank you for sharing this one. A must read post!

  24. Thanks for sharing this great article. Very interesting ideas! (as always, btw)

  25. pretty valuable stuff, overall I consider this is worthy of a bookmark, thanks

  26. I appreciate you sharing this article post.Much thanks again. Much obliged.

  27. indeed, research is paying off. Great thoughts you possess here.. Particularly advantageous viewpoint, many thanks for blogging.. Good opinions you have here..

  28. Some really nice and utilitarian info on this website, as well I think the pattern has got fantastic features.

  29. Wow! This blog looks just like my old one! It as on a totally different subject but it has pretty much the same page layout and design. Superb choice of colors!

  30. just your articles? I mean, what you say is important and all.

  31. Muchos Gracias for your post.Really thank you! Awesome.

  32. This genuinely answered my predicament, thank you!

  33. Your style is so unique compared to other people I ave read stuff from. Many thanks for posting when you ave got the opportunity, Guess I will just book mark this page.

  34. Wow, great post.Really thank you! Fantastic.

  35. Fantastic article post. Really Cool.

  36. Appreciate you sharing, great blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Great.

  37. Really informative blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Want more.

  38. Some genuinely great content on this web site , thankyou for contribution.

  39. A round of applause for your blog.Thanks Again. Great.

  40. to find something more safe. Do you have any suggestions?

  41. Im thankful for the article post. Want more.

  42. Thanks for some other fantastic post. Where else may anyone get that kind of information in such an ideal method of writing? I have a presentation next week, and I am at the search for such info.

  43. Major thankies for the blog article.Much thanks again. Want more.

  44. Thanks-a-mundo for the article.Really thank you! Want more.

  45. I appreciate you sharing this blog post.Much thanks again. Really Cool.

  46. Say, you got a nice blog post. Keep writing.

  47. we came across a cool website that you just may possibly get pleasure from. Take a look in the event you want

  48. Very neat blog post.Really thank you! Fantastic.

  49. This very blog is no doubt awesome as well as diverting. I have found helluva helpful stuff out of this blog. I ad love to return again and again. Thanks!

  50. Major thankies for the blog.Much thanks again. Cool.

  51. Very good blog.

  52. There as definately a great deal to learn about this subject. I love all the points you made.

  53. we prefer to honor a lot of other world-wide-web web-sites around the web, even if they aren

  54. I think this is a real great post.Really thank you! Want more.

  55. Thanks for the blog. Great.

  56. It is my opinion other website proprietors ought to choose this blog being an model,really cool great straightforward style,Too since information.You are an expert inside this subject!

  57. I value the article.Thanks Again. Keep writing.

  58. Enjoyed every bit of your blog.Really looking forward to read more. Really Great.

  59. WONDERFUL Post.thanks for share..more wait.. ?

  60. Im thankful for the post.Really thank you! Will read on…

  61. “Great Blogpost! I couldn’t refrain from commenting. _Perfectly written!”

  62. I truly appreciate this article post.Really thank you! Really Cool.

  63. Thanks a lot for the post. Keep writing.

  64. Say, you got a nice blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Keep writing.

  65. Thanks-a-mundo for the blog post.Thanks Again. Really Cool.

  66. Very informative post.Thanks Again.

  67. I think this is a real great article.Thanks Again. Cool.

  68. Muchos Gracias for your post.Really looking forward to read more. Great.

  69. Really informative article.Thanks Again. Cool.

  70. Say, you got a nice article.Really thank you! Keep writing.

  71. Sweet blog! I found it while searching on Yahoo News. Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed in Yahoo News? I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Cheers

  72. I conceive you have remarked some very interesting details , appreciate it for the post.

  73. Merely wanna remark on few general things, The website style and design is perfect, the content material is very great. “Drop the question what tomorrow may bring, and count as profit every day that fate allows you.” by Horace.

  74. Hello. impressive job. I did not anticipate this. This is a splendid story. Thanks!

  75. Hi, I do think this is an excellent website. I stumbledupon it I am going to revisit once again since I book-marked it. Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to help others.

  76. I completely agree! I came over from google and am searching to subscribe. Where is your RSS feed?

  77. I all the time used to study piece of writing in news papers but now as I am a user of net so from now I am using net for posts, thanks to web.

  78. It’s very easy to find out any matter on net as compared to textbooks, as I found this piece of writing at this web site.Also visit my site: nike free run

  79. I was curious if you ever considered changing the page layout of your site? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better.

  80. Excellent publish! I’m just commencing out in community management/advertising media and attempting to discover how to do it properly – sources like this report are extremely helpful. As our firm is primarily based in the US, it’s all a bit new to us. The example over is a thing that I worry about as very well, how to indicate your individual genuine enthusiasm and share the fact that your product is valuable in that situation

  81. A person necessarily assist to make seriously articles I’d state. This is the first time I frequented your website page and so far? I surprised with the research you made to create this actual post incredible. Excellent process!

  82. Hello. Neat article. There is an issue with the website in chrome, and you might want to check this… The browser is the market chief and a big part of other folks will omit your great writing because of this problem.

  83. You could definitely see your expertise in the work you write. The sector hopes for even more passionate writers such as you who aren’t afraid to say how they believe. All the time follow your heart.

  84. Hello. splendid job. I did not expect this. This is a splendid story. Thanks!

  85. I’m still learning from you, but I’m improving myself. I certainly enjoy reading all that is written on your blog.Keep the stories coming. I enjoyed it!

  86. Keep up the wonderful piece of work, I read few posts on this site and I believe that your website is real interesting and holds bands of good info .

Speak Your Mind