B/R's Clutch Player Of The Week

David ArreolaSenior Analyst IMarch 22, 2009

AALBORG, DENMARK - MARCH 19:  Shay Given of Manchester City celebrates with teamates after making a penalty save after extra time in the UEFA Cup, Round of 16, Second Leg match between Aalborg and Manchester City on March 19, 2009 in Aalborg, Denmark.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Welcome friends to a brand new weekly segment that I call "B/R's Clutch Player Of The Week."

It is exactly what the title says it is.

Every week, I will make a list of five players that made "clutch plays," or even clutch games, and then the B/R writers will vote for who they thought was the Clutch Player of the Week.

I will announce the winner on the next article.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask...not that you weren't going to already...

Let's start the show.


Clutch Player of the Week Nominees for Mar 15-21

David Wright, USA Baseball

David Wright had a great elimination game against Puerto Rico, posting three hits and two RBI. But, he is not on this list for having a good game.

At the bottom of the 9th with two outs, down 6-5, and the bases loaded, Wright stepped up to the plate.

With the pressure of a nation (or whoever from the USA that cares) squarely on his shoulders, he produced the biggest hit of his career.

Wright shot a beauty right down the foul line as US runners scored to beat Puerto Rico.

David Wright, you are clutch.


Ronald Moore, Siena Basketball

Ronald Moore of Siena had an overall terrible day on the court. Only 4-13 from the field and 2-6 from behind the arc.

But, those two three pointers he hit would end up being the biggest three pointers of his life.

Down 65-62 late in the first OT, Moore pulled up and hit a deep three pointer to tie the game and eventually send Siena and Ohio State to a second overtime.

Then, with his team down again, Moore hit the three pointer that would send Siena to the second round for the second consecutive year.

Not too bad when half of your shots made, and all of your three pointers, are shots that win games.

Ronald Moore, you are clutch.


Shay Given, Manchester City Keeper

The City keeper was almost the goat, rather than the hero.

City had a 2-0 advantage coming into the second leg of their UEFA Cup tie. Aalborg had a mountain to climb as City just had to score one more goal for an insurmountable lead.

After full time was called, the scoreboard read Aalborg 2, Manchester City 0.

Penalites would be the fate of this tie.

Shay Given cooly shaved two penalties in the shoot-out, including a save against Aalborg Captain Thomas Augustinusen.

No better way to make up for two conceded goals than saving two penalties.

Shay Given, you are clutch.


Ben Woodside, North Dakota State Basketball

Normally I will NOT include players who were on the losing side, but in Woodside's case...He deserves it.

Woodside is a member of the 14th seeded North Dakota State Bison.

They were facing the defending National Champions in the Kansas Jayhawks.

Woodside played all 40 minutes and put up 37 points on the defending National Champions.

He is clutch because nobody expected the little guy from the little school to almost pull of the upset of the third seeded Kansas Jayhawks.

He almost did it by himself.

Ben Woodside, you are clutch.


Demetri Goodson, Gonzaga Basketball

You can expect quite a few college basketball players on this list for the next few weeks, and Goodson has earned his place on this list.

The freshman had only FOUR points in Gonzaga's second round matchup against Western Kentucky.

But, two of those four points were the biggest of his life.

With time winding down and the game tied at 81, Goodson drove to the basket hard. Just before reaching Western Kentucky's big men, he pulled up and hit a running bank shot with 0.9 seconds left.

Needless to say, the game was over.

Demetri Goodson, you are clutch.


Well, there you have it! The five nominees for this week's clutch player of the week. Vote and check back next week for the winner!