Who In Sports World Could Be Goulet?

JoeSportsFanSenior Analyst IAugust 25, 2009

In the last two years, the sports world has done much for the Mustached American people.

Last year Jason Giambi still had a job when he had a lower nose garden and the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Eric Byrnes used the lip sweater to become relevant….for a short period.

This year the St. Louis Cardinals’ Rick Ankiel had a healthier batting average and stronger neck with his mouth canvas in full bloom. How about the entire Cardinals roster? Do you think they’d be in first place without the crop of fuzzy ticklers upon the upper lips of most members of the team? And Clay Zavada has become a solid member of the Diamondbacks relief corps thanks in part to his fertile lip fur.###MORE###

Or what of ESPN producer Gabe Goodwin? A bare-faced mortal, yes, but one who has helped the American Mustache Institute gain access to ESPN programming over the past two years and thus allowed AMI to spread our Gospel of flavor saving, such as this appearance about Zavada.

I bring this up because the American Mustache Institute (AMI) is accepting nominations for the second annual “Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year,” recognizing the most impactful Mustached American of the past twelve months. The winner will tentatively be announced Oct. 30 at ‘Stache Bash 2009, a benefit for Challenger Baseball, a baseball league for children and adults with disabilities.

Last year’s winner of the prestigious ‘Goulet’ award – considered on par with the Nobel Prize – was retired New York City police detective Tim Galvin, who had received three medals of valor and retiring as a captain after being shot in the face and leg while working undercover. He had bested Giambi, who arguably did more in 2008 for Mustached Americans than anyone outside of AMI.

Clearly, a nominee does not have to be a celebrity athlete. It could be a furry lipped teacher or coach who was an important influence; the brave and lip curtained U.S. Airways pilot Sully Sullenberger; a neighbor with a cookie duster who’s always been a generous volunteer;  a mustached fireman who was willing to sacrifice his or her life to protect others; or a brave member of the U.S. military defending our freedoms overseas.

But of course, it could also be the entire Cardinals team. They are worthy, among others.

To submit a candidate for “The Goulet” award, click here.  Submissions will be accepted until Friday, Oct. 2, and beginning Monday, Oct. 5, online voting will open for a group of finalists selected by AMI’s certified mustacheologists. Voting will close Friday, Oct. 16. The winner will be named at ‘Stache Bash 2009, tentatively scheduled for Friday, Oct. 30 in St. Louis.

Thanks for your participation.

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