Greatest Athlete in Connecticut History Tournament: Joey Logano vs. Ryan Gomes

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.




Joey Logano5. Joey Logano

NASCAR Racing 


1st Round: Defeated 12. Rick Mahorn 89.32% to 10.68%

The No. 22 Team Penske driver began his racing career at six years old, and he hasn’t looked back. Logano is the youngest driver to win a Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series race, and he was the 2009 Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year. In the Sprint Cup Series, he has nine wins, 95 top-10 finishes, and 12 poles.

The 25-year-old is in search for his first Sprint Cup Series championship as he is currently tied for second place with six-time Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson. Logano’s best finish in the Sprint Cup Series came last year when he finished in fourth place. Back in February, Logano won the 2015 Daytona 500, which is his only win so far this season. Along with that win, he has 12 top-five finishes and 15 top-10 finishes in 2015.

(AP Photo/Nick Wass)
(AP Photo/Nick Wass)

13. Ryan Gomes

NBA Forward.


1st Round: Upset 4. Kristine Lilly 55.38% to 44.62%

The Wilby grad is one of the greatest players in Providence College history. Gomes ranks first in scoring (2,138 points) and fifth in rebounding (1,028 boards) in PC history. He was also named first-team All-American in 2004, and led the Friars to an NCAA Tournament appearance that season.

The 6-7 forward has spent six years in the NBA with the Boston Cetlics, Minnesota Timberwolves and Los Angeles Clippers.

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