Sports Illustrated announced Monday morning that tennis star Serena Williams would be its “Sportsperson of the Year” for 2015. In many ways she is a worthy choice—she logged her 700th career victory this year, and was ranked the number one tennis player in the world for the second year in a row (and the fifth year overall). She came close to a Grand Slam before losing to Roberta Vinci at the US Open.
Some, however, were angry that American Pharaoh did not receive the honor. The thoroughbred, who won horse racing’s “Grand Slam” (the Triple Crown and the Breeder’s Cup) this year, was the favorite in Sports Illustrated‘s online readers’ poll, winning 47 percent of the vote.
One writer on a horse racing fansite penned a whole article about American Pharaoh’s worthiness, and many other fans on Twitter deplored Sports Illustrated’s decision:
Most other users, however, sarcastically pointed out that it wouldn’t really make sense to name American Pharaoh “Sportsperson of the Year,” since the horse wouldn’t understand the honor:
Looks like after a couple hours of Horse Twitter, most people want it to go back in the barn.