2014 Man of the Year: Will Williams

Lesser men would have thrown up instantly. But Will Williams is not a lesser man. “I was pretty much instantly hammered,” he said after impressing the world by downing a bottle of Jack Daniels in 15 seconds in August. “I carried on and stayed out until 3 a.m. the following morning. My mates were astonished."

2014 Man of the Year: James Taylor

In an era where personal responsibility is lacking, Michigan resident James Taylor is a beam of hope for our nation’s youth. “I didn’t force anything down anyone’s throat,” he said, after throwing the biggest party Western Michigan has ever seen. “I didn’t make anyone stay here until 7 a.m. or 11 a.m. or whenever it is that everyone finally left.”

2014 Man of the Year: T.J. Oshie

There was 4:40 to go in the third period of Team USA’s preliminary round game against the host nation at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Russian defenseman Fedor Tyutin blasted a slap shot from the point past American goalie Jonathan Quick to put his team up by one. But the goal was disallowed. The net was off its moorings. They headed to overtime.

2014 Man of the Year: Secretaries of Defense

Some of the most forceful criticism of President Obama’s foreign policy in 2014 has come from his former Secretaries of Defense: Robert Gates, Leon Panetta, and the (outgoing) Chuck Hagel. While their moments of clarity may have come too late, their belated honesty should still be commended. And their willingness to publicly challenge the White House’s disastrous foreign policy distinguishes them as Men of the Year.