Lets Hand Out Some Weekly Awards …..

August 06, 2010 |

It’s Friday and another week is winding down to an end. With NFL Training Camps in full gear and the Orioles experiencing a miraculous short-term recovery, we’ve had plenty of subjects to discuss.

As always, there have been plenty of positive and negative-themed topics.

The good ….

The bad ….

The lucky ….

The insane ….

You get it, right? With the last five days in mind, lets recognize some of the week’s most recognizable personalities ….

Man Of The Week
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Can it possibly be anyone OTHER than Buck Showalter? In just 3 days time, he has skippered the Orioles to as many wins as they achieved in the first 20 days following the All-Star Break. And, don’t tell me Adam Jones, Matt Wieters and Felix Pie aren’t acting differently. I think they’re scared to death of their new boss. If so …. GOOD !!!!

Can he maintain order and semblance beyond the short-term boost of a new culture? We shall see …..

By the way, have you looked at the above photo? What the HELL are these guys eating? McDonalds ??? Cactus Willies ??? Small Farm Animals ??? C’mon boys, shape up. I’ll go out on a limb and say Major League Baseball doesn’t have to worry about managers and umpires using Performance Enhancing Drugs.
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Narcissist Of The Week
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Another slam dunk? Thanks to our good friend and dependable drama queen, Brett Favre, the epicenters of this week’s American sports media culture have been New York, Los Angeles and HATTIESBORO, MISSISSIPPI. It’s August, did we expect anything less?

Just wait until he finally decides to report to Vikings Training Camp. You wanna bet on this year’s mode of transportation? I’m guessing it will be a Boeing-747, painted to resemble Air Force One? I wonder if Jen Sterger will be onboard?
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Nobody Of The Week
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Have you ever seen a 600th homerun occur with the relevance of a fat manager sighting at your local homeplate? Poor Alex Rodriguez, he’s been reduced to a mere mortal man – who is credited with hitting alot of homeruns while using steroids. At least it’s now over …..

For their part, the Yankees were set to ensure A’Rod got the homerun ball back from the lucky dude who caught it. If the ball did land in the hand of a fan, the team was going to offer a dinner date with A’Rod and Cameron Diaz, in exchange for the ball. Can you imagine being that fan? I can. Aside from making a complete obnoxious ass of myself, I would’ve asked Cameron if Alex really resembles that Centaur hanging on his wall.
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Bimbo Of The Week
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While Jen Sterger deserves some serious consideration (just google “Sterger Favre”), I’ve gotta bestow this award upon Gisele Bundchen. Indeed, Mrs. Tom Brady caused a wave of reaction when she suggested that a world-wide law requiring that “ALL WOMEN BREASTFEED” should exist.

I couldn’t really care one way or another about breastfeeding. But GOD BLESS HER, if Gisele Bundchen ever mentions breasts, she’s automatically the winner of this award – period.
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Player Of The Week
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While a variety of competitors could rightfully deserve this award, I’ve gotta hand it to Doug Dutch. The newest member of the Baltimore Ravens secondary probably never imagined that he would be traded for a former starting quarterback, in the NFL. Then again, this time last week, nobody in Baltimore ever heard of Doug Dutch.

Yeah, I know he’s probably not going to break camp with the team. But, this is probably his best chance of being named PLAYER OF THE WEEK. By the way, doesn’t his name just roll off your tongue?
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Baby Of The Week
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I know you probably thought I’d give this award to Tom Brady’s little boy, right? WRONG. He’s got enough stuff already ….

This week’s BABY was a unanimous choice. Come on down, Rick Dempsey, you’re getting the GOLDEN KLEENEX TROPHY. Good grief …. could he possibly piss and moan a little more about not getting the manager’s gig? If nothing else, the self imposed pity party can probably serve as an inspiration to Rick’s follow-up effort to his first CD, “Homerun Holiday.”

While I can only imagine what he might title the next record, I’ll assume it contains such remake classics as ….. Tears On My Pillow (Little Anthony), Heartbreaker (Pat Benatar), Here I Go Again (Whitesnake), Don’t Stop Believin’ (Journey) and Tears Of A Clown (Smokey Robinson). Lets hope the new CD is available by Christmas.
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Jackass Of The Week
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Once again, plenty of souls are eligible for this distinction …. including ME. But, even I know better than to “bite the leg that’s attached to the butt I might need to kiss one day.”

That said, DeAngelo Hall evidently doesn’t have such a sense. After Commissioner Roger Goodell visited Redskins Training Camp, on Wednesday, Hall scoffed and termed the meeting a “TOTAL WASTE OF TIME.” It was certainly a ballsy gesture, but also pretty stupid.

Look, I’m not suggesting players should lather Mr. Goodell with faux compliments. But, I think showing some respect for the guy who might hold your future disciplinary outcome in his hands would be a smart idea. After all, its not like he’s a stranger to trouble. The funny thing? A week ago, I would’ve sworn the biggest jackass at Redskins Park would be Albert Haynesworth.
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Blogger Of The Week
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While I would like to cast this recognition for myself, I’ve gotta say Drew Forrester hit a homerun, this week. I usually enjoy all of his blogs, but Drew’s (pictured above with his best blogger award) piece on Rick Dempsey was such an accurate testament to a simple situation – that grew to an entangled abortion, due to both involved parties.

The Orioles, as an organization, are at fault. Andy MacPhail is at fault. Peter Angelos is at fault. And, Rick Dempsey is at fault. Can we possibly find a way to pin some blame on Nestor, too? He’s certainly accustomed to it ….

Great blog, Drew. Oh, and by the way, I’m pretty sure that David Lee Roth’s picture is found next to the term “lead singer” in Webster’s Dictionary.

Happy Weekend – I’ll chat with everybody at 2pm …..

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