It's an elusive thing, this business of trying to explain what makes
Yes, Johnson has off-the-charts hand-eye-foot coordination and freakish peripheral vision, but all the good ones in NASCAR possess these traits. What separates Johnson from everyone else in the sport, I believe, is one thing: His mind.
This isn't the sexiest skill -- surely not as hold-your-breath riveting as, say,
Of course, there are other things that make Johnson, who in November will become the first driver in NASCAR history to win four straight championships, so terrific behind the wheel:
So really, it's a no-brainer picking Johnson as my 2009 Sportsman of the Year. After all, no team or individual in any sport--not the Yankees, not the Patriots, hell, not even