Best Athlete, YouTube Video, Quote of the Year and More…

By Sadie Bass

Dec 16, 2009 6:37pm

It is that time of year again — for honors and ranking and lists.  And in one of the biggest year-end nods, Time Magazine today named Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke its "Person of the Year."  Time cited Bernanke's bold moves to deal with the recession, saying he didn't just reshape U.S. monetary policy, he led an effort to save the world economy.  As runners up the magazine chose General Stanley McChrystal, the Chinese Worker, Nancy Pelosi, and Usain Bolt.

While Tiger Woods has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons lately, his  lasting brilliance on the golf course has just earned him another honor.  The Associated Press has named Woods "Athlete of the Decade" — 10 years in which he won 64 tournaments — including 12 majors.  More than half the ballots for Woods were cast after his Thanksgiving weekend car crash.  The runners up were Lance Armstrong, Roger Federer, Michael Phelps, Tom Brady, and Usain Bolt.

And YouTube is out with its list of the top videos of the year.  Number one by a wide margin is Susan Boyle.  The Scottish singer's star-making turn on a British talent show has been seen on You Tube more than 120 million times this year — more than videos 2, 3 and 4 combined.  Boyle’s video was followed by "David After Dentist" (37 million views), "JK Wedding Entrance Dance" (33 million views), "New Moon Movie Trailer" (31 million views), and "Evian Roller Babies" (27 million views).

And a Yale University librarian who publishes “The Yale Book of Quotations” came out with a list of this year’s memorable quotes.  Topping the list is a quote from a speaker at a health care reform town hall meeting in South Carolina: “Keep your government hands off my Medicare,” the speaker said.  Second place went to Captain Chesley Sullenberger:  “We’re going to be in the Hudson.”  Ranking in at third was Apple’s slogan: “There’s an app for that,” and rounding out the top four was Joe Wilson’s infamous “You lie!” outburst before a joint session of Congress in September. 

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