It’s summertime, and that means it’s time for another SportzEdge ® Bracket-style, 64-team tournament! Feel the excitement!!!
Last year, we changed the course of modern human civilization with the Coolest NCAA Logo Tournament, which became a national phenomenon along the lines of a presidential election, Caitlyn Jenner’s ESPY speech, or DeAndre Jordan changing his mind about where he wants to play basketball.
This year, we decided to take on a question scholars have been debating since the 1800’s, maybe.
Who is the greatest athlete in Connecticut history?
There are plenty of outstanding candidates, from Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young, to four-time Boston Marathon champion Bill Rogers, to all-time great featherweight boxer Willie Pep.
The athletes we considered must have grown up in Connecticut, and we counted only their prowess on the playing field, so coaches, executives and contributors like Walter Camp were not considered.
VOTING FOR SECOND ROUND ENDS MONDAY AT 3 P.M.
JIM CALHOUN REGION
3. Dorothy Hamill
Women’s figure skater
1st Round: Defeated 14. AJ Pollock 61.74% to 38.26%
Born in Chicago and raised in Greenwich, Hamill began ice skating in 1965 at the age of 8. She began her professional career only three years later. In 1969, she won the novice ladies’ title at the U.S. Championships at 12-years-old.
Hamill, who created her own move called the Hamill camel, has won the U.S. National Championship three times (1974-1976). She’s also an Olympic Champion (1976) and a World Champion (1976).
6. Bob Skoronski
NFL tackle, Green Bay Packers: 1956-1968
1st Round: Defeated 11. Rob Dibble 61.54% to 38.46%
Skoronski went to high school at Fairfield College Preparatory School and, then, atteneded Indiana Univeristy. He played 12 NFL seasons, all with the Green Bay Packers. With them, Skoronski won five NFL Championships. He was a Pro Bowler and he was selected to the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.