On Monday (Dec. 14), tennis superstar Serena Williams was named the 2015 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year. That makes her the third woman to ever receive the title and the first in 32 years... since track athlete Mary Decker won in 1983. We'll let that one sit for a while. Look at that freaking perfect cover!
Mostly everyone is into it. Former U.S. Open champion Andy Roddick wrote on SI.com:
"The story of Serena Williams’s 2015 season is not new and it’s not shiny. It’s not a developing story a la Ronda Rousey or Carli Lloyd. There was a lot of sentiment around the U.S. women’s national team and Lloyd specifically this year — which there should have been — but that’s kind of what Serena does every year. That’s what she’s done for 16 years now. We can’t penalize Serena because she’s been winning everything for so long. Someone shouldn’t be punished because we’ve grown to expect it from them."
However, some folks are apparently mad that she beat a horse: American Pharoah, the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. The non-human won the SI reader's poll, and apparently folks are legit mad the publication would choose to honor one of the greatest athletes of our time over a four-legged animal. Here are tweets to fuel your anger. Women just can't catch a break.
But, like, none of that really matters because Serena is still the queen.
She shared her excitement on Instagram, writing, "This year was spectacular for me. For SportsIllustrated to recognize my hard work, my dedication, and my sheer determination gives me hope to continue on and do better. As I always say, it takes a village it’s not just one person. This is not just an accomplishment for me, but for my whole team. I am beyond honored. I love you guys! 2016? #letsdoit.”