THE ELEVENTH ANNUAL GENERAL MANAGER AWARDS
THE "AUSTIN POWERS" AWARD
No Super Bowl appearance this year??
After two in a row?? And being there five times in the last six years??
Is the mojo gone???
Anybody see an overweight bald guy in a lab coat running around
with a container of mojo???
Rrrrrrrright.........Steve wants his mojo back!
(For the record, Dr Evil stole Austin Power's mojo - but Austin Powers got it back.
Beware the Steve team in 2009)
THE "DEAWARD" AWARD
T / J
DeAngelo Williams - 3rd year running back on Carolina.
Did little for 2 1/2 of those first three years.
But then T/J acquires him in a trade.
And DeAngelo channels Marshall, Priest, LaDanian, AND Terrell,
and scores FOURTEEN times in the last seven games of the season!
(In the last SIX if you leave out the zero in week 17!)
Four times each in two of those games!
And some of those were of the bonus kind!!
Throw in a couple of two point conversions.......
And no RB may have ever had a better 1/2 season than DeAngelo!
THE "FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME" AWARD
P / T
For many of the players on Patrick and Todd's roster,
it was exactly like that Foreigner song from the 70's......
Matt Ryan, Matt Forte, Darren McFadden, Ray Rice......rookies all.
And despite finishing last in points this year, it certainly wasn't due to the rookies....
at least not to the two Matt's!
Matt Forte finished 8th overall among rb's - and at least equal to names such as
LaDanian Tomlinson and Adrian Peterson!
THE "WHO'S ON FIRST" AWARD
Who's on first, What's on second, I don't know's on third, and.......
What's the name of my other kicker again????
No, What is the second basemen, GOSTKOWSKI is the name of the other kicker!
The only way to do this justice is to repeat verbatim Chris's lineup note for Week 16:
The only change in my line up is kickers. The guy from New England is
starting, i can't think of his name
THE "BOTTOM'S UP!" AWARD
J / M
From the Toilet Bowl last year to the second best record
and a first round playoff bye this year!
And just imagine if Tom Brady didn't go out for the season
in the first game of the year!
Well, with Aaron Rodgers having the year he had,
maybe even Tom Brady wouldn't have improved that much on it!
THE "DAG-NABB-IT" AWARD
C / R
From the urban dictionary:
Another way to say "doggone it" or "damn it"
(or "If Only!")
OK, so I made up that last part. But it COULD say that!
And DagNABBit could have been said many times this year by C/R,
watching those Philly receivers drop Donovan McNabb's passes!
(or McNabb missing those receivers!)
Or DeSean Jackson tossing away what would have been a 60 yard TD catch
one yard before the goal line!
THE "THIGPEN" AWARD
M / F
Tyler Thigpen - it may be the most alliterative name in football.
(Its probably not, but prove me wrong.)
A third string QB on Kansas City at the start of the season,
Thigpen got the starting job after injuries took out the first two QB's
and was picked up by M/F in the Week 9 Waiver.
He ended up the season as a top ten IOFFL QB!
(And silenced all those bullies who called him Pigpen as a kid!)
Should I have mentioned Santonio Holmes as the first official Police Blotter loser instead?
THE "RANDY NO MORE" AWARD
R / J / L
After his record breaking performance in 2007,
Tom Brady goes out for the season in the first week of the year.
Other than Tom Brady, nobody felt that pain as much as Randy Moss,
who followed up his own record breaking season in 2007
- as the primary recipient of Tom Brady's TD passes -
with a much more mundane 2008 season.
And nobody felt Randy's pain more than......well, Randy!
(And Jim and Lenny!)
THE "HAPPY ENDING" AWARD
After 16 weeks of being near the bottom in total points (and wins),
Ed takes the weekly in Week 17 to put a happy ending
on the 2008 IOFFL fantasy football season!
Oh, if only everything ended with a happy ending!
(And see how everything comes back to If Only???)
THE "RE-PETE" AWARD
P / J
OK, so this award is itself a repeat, as Pete got the Re-Pete award in 2003.
But at that time ir was for repeating as a Super Bowl LOSER.
This time, its for repeating as the Super Bowl CHAMPION!
All hail the new sheriff in town!
THE "HINEY" AWARD
B / G
Drafting DeAngelo Williams this year - a stroke of genius!!
Trading him away after week 10, when he had four rushing TD's?
Well, it didn't look so bad at the time.........
Getting back Hines Ward in return - who had 5 receiving TD's at the time?
That didn't look too bad either - at the time.......
Fast forward seven weeks.........
DeAngelo scores FOURTEEN more times, Hines - twice!!
No trade since the Nolan Ryan for Jim Fregosi trade by the Mets in 1971
has ever worked out so favorably for one team!
and last but not least.............................
THE "I'M ALWHITE" AWARD
Like the Kenny Loggin's song, but as sung by Elmer Fudd........
I'm alwhite, nobody worry 'bout me!
Led by two Whites - LenDale and Roddy - (and a non-White named Brandon!)
I finally won my first points championship!!
If Only I had a better defensive coordinator,
I might have made the playoffs!