By my count, this is only the second time in blog history we've awarded the Sportsman of the Week in a losing effort. But sometimes, when a player puts his team on his back and still comes up short, it's worthy. The United States Men's National Team (#USMNT) put forth a valiant effort in the 2014 World Cup, but couldn't quite crack the Final 8. But not for the effort of goalkeep Tim Howard. Howard put forth 16 brilliant saves in a 2-1 loss to a persistent Belgian team. The game was scoreless after the first 90 minutes, then the peppering was too much in extra time. But the effort is definitely worthy of a nod from our Blog as Sportsman of the Week!