Let's avoid that minefield and think for a second: Who would be benefiting from such a controversy? Why yes, that would be Sports Illustrated. As one of the videos trolling Pharoah supporters rightly points out, a readers' poll such as the one run by SI is designed for one thing—to get clicks. SI editors are the ones who put an equine up against a bunch of humans, even when the award clearly has "person" in the title. There are plenty of human connections to American Pharoah—Espinoza, trainer Bob Baffert, owner Ahmed Zayat, his son Justin—who could have been nominated. They were all essential parts of a story that, as the poll demonstrates, captured the hearts of many. Maybe SI should have used one of them, since they fit one of the basic-yet-essential requirements of the award: being a person. Instead, we're left with this distasteful bickering.