The Stars Come Out For The 2011 Players View Awards!
Regardless of how prestigious an award maybe it’s still based on someone or some group’s opinion(s). So here are ours. We present to you the first annual 2011 PV Awards. We like to call them the ” Peavies.”
Sportsman of the Year: Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
Why: Over here we believe in innocent until proven guilty, so we won’t let his recent scandal taint the current facts. The NL MVP had a year for the ages and proved that loyalty to one’s franchise is not a lost ideal.
Who Almost Won: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Team of the Year: Dallas Mavericks
Why: In what in basketball terms amounts to a rebel alliance defeating an evil empire, the Mavericks beat the odds, knocked a monkey off their back and pretty much shocked the world on their way to an NBA title.
Who Almost Won: St. Louis Cardinals
Coach of the Year: Lane Kiffin, USC Trojans Football
Why: This spot was one of the most highly contested around the office per se. What earned Kiffin the nod is his ability to redeem himself, repair what was believed to be broken and position his team to be dominant in the long-run.
Who Almost Won: Tony LaRussa
Comeback of the Year: Tiger Woods
Why: After winning the Chevron World Challenge, Tiger has finally put all of his injuries and that rather sorted mess behind him. 2012 promises to place him back on the throne.
Who Almost Won: Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions.
Rookie of the Year: Cam Newton
Why: The records, the swagger and most importantly the work ethic allowed Newton to prove almost everyone wrong during his rookie year. If he can step his leadership game up and elevate the play of his team mates, he could easily earn MVP honors sooner than anybody expects.
Who Almost Won: Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers
People’s Champ: Victor Cruz, New York Giants
Why: Cruz is a cross between Randy Moss and Wayne Cherbet. This translates into an incredible playmaker that came out of nowhere with a blue collar work ethic.
Who Almost Won: Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Commentator of the Year: Deion “Prime Time” Sanders
Why: Sanders is the primary reason why the NFL Network’s programming has dominated the competition for the past two years. His stand-up approach to realistic commentary has redefined how it’s done. Ask anyone in the 21 Club or Tampa Bay running back LeGarrette Blount.
Who Almost Won: Warren Sapp
Game of the Year: Tony Stewart’s Ford 400 race to win the NASCAR Championship.
Why: There’s something about a contest that comes down to the wire that’s for all of the marbles. There’s also something about a race that makes you say ‘maybe NASCAR is a legit sport after all.’
What Almost Won: Game six of the World Series.
Fight of the Year: Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard, UFC Lightweight Championship
Why: It came down to a draw after the most intense action seen in mixed martial arts or boxing all year long.
What Almost Won: Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort
Moment of the Year: David Freese’s home run in the bottom of the 11th inning in game 6 of the World Series.
Why: It was the to coin an over-used phrase, the shot heard round the world. We watched in awe as the ball left the park and regardless of team affiliation, celebrated pure baseball at its finest hour.
What Almost Won: Nothing…
Arrest of the Year: Jerry Sandusky, ex-Penn State
Why: Jerry Sandusky took down an icon, the reputation of one of the greatest college programs of all time and most importantly the lives of boys who will be forever destroyed by his hideous actions.
What Almost Won: Sam Hurd, Chicago Bears
Tweet of the Year: “Hey I think the Urban Meyer rule is in effect right now. When the going gets tough…QUIT.” Maurice Jones Drew (@Jones_Drew32) on Bears QB Jay Cutler not finishing the 2011 NFC Championship Game.
Why: When a “tweet” generates death threats, you know you hit a nerve. MJD simply said what we all thought and I am sure that applies to Bears players that were at the game that lost their shot at immortality.
What Almost Won: The Rashard Mendenhall, Osama Bin Laden, we should not be so happy that he’s dead fiasco.
Beef of the Year: Brandon Jacobs vs. Rex Ryan, Kris Humphries vs. Kim Kardashian (tie)
Why: It’s hard to figure out what was more entertaining, the fact that Brandon Jacobs was seconds away from screaming ‘put a jersey on!’ or the fact that Kim Kardashian found a way to sink her teeth into and out of another professional athlete.
Who Almost Won: In the event of a tie, they’re all winners!
Could Have, Would Have, Should Have: The Miami Heat’s 2010-2011 season.
Why: In another lesson in regards to why you just can’t buy a championship team, the Miami Heat came so close to glory it was disgusting. It will most likely happen and probably this year but still…
Who Almost Won: Philadelphia Eagles
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