For the second straight season, the NFL will present its' annual awards in a made-for-TV spectacle broadcasting from the Mahalia Jackson Theatre in New Orleans tonight at 9:00 pm eastern time on CBS.
Alec Baldwin (late of 30 Rock) will be the host again, and while I enjoy this Baldwin brother, I won't actually watch the program, and I really only care about half of the 16 prizes slated to be given away.
To help you prepare for this event, I present to you the official NFL Honors site, and Bill Barnwell's partially-slightly irreverent but clever and well-informed NFL awards piece from a couple of days ago.
Below is my 2013 NFL Awards of Interest list, along with the names of some of the 'notable' contenders.
Check it out and then drop your predictions of the winners in these eight categories into the comment section and I'll score them and announce the winner next weekend. That's right, IT'S ANOTHER PREDICTIONS CONTEST!!!
You can also use the comment section to share your opinion on these awards, these awards as a needlessly-broadcast event, any or all of the players and coaches who are in the discussion to win them, or anything else associated with this topic.
OK, enough procrastinating, HansDat - on with the list...
Most Valuable Player/Offensive Player of the Year/Comeback Player of the Year
Seems that for the first time ever, two players start and end the short list of candidates for these three prizes. Roboknee Adrian Peterson and Roboneck Peyton Manning. I'll go with that. Dunno who'll get what, but I actually think, based on what exactly, I don't know, that Adrian Peterson deserves all of them more than Peyton.
Defensive Player of the Year
With all the time I spent either covering my eyes or actually watching the horrible Saints defense in 2012, I don't think I'd even recognize a good defensive player if he came up and bit me on the nose. For this reason, I'm going to sit this one out.
Offensive Rookie of the Year
For this one, I see Robert Griffin, Russell Wilson, and Alfred Morris as the real contenders, but I'm giving it to RGIII because he was more of a multi-faceted threat than Morris, and because he threw less picks than RWI.
Defensive Rookie of the Year
Looks like I'm boycotting all the defensive awards this year on account of how crappy the Saints D was. I'm petty that way.
Coach of the Year
In the spirit of Peyton Manning "winning" the 2011 MVP award last year, I'm putting a bounty on this whole proceeding and giving our own Sean Payton this trophy, plaque, framed certificate, or whatever it is that this prize actually is. The 2012 Saints were a roller coaster of a train wreck that alternately crushed and inflated our hopes and dreams all year long without Sean, and obviously, the Saints would be 18-0 and in "day before gameday" mode if he had coached them this year. 'Nuff said.
Play of the Year
I'm on a spiteful, rage-fueled homer-ific Saints lovefest right now, so I'll only give you a few hints as to my play of the year.
It was the Saints' first score in the first game against the previously-unbeaten Falcons, which eventually became the Dirty Birds' first loss of the 2012 season. Click here to watch it again, and again.
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Sigh. The draft and the 2013 season can't come soon enough for me. Go Saints!
Don't forget to make your predictions - real, or funny, or both - and sound off on these awards and my picks in the comment section.
I'll be back again early in the evening to let you know who made it into the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Class.
Have a great Saturday, everyone!