Sunday January 31st, 2010

Welcome to the 2009 TSU (Today’s Sports Update) Awards.  This awards show looks back at the best and worst events that took place in 2009. Here are your nominees, award selections, and winners:

2009 MVP of the year:

Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals- 2009 NL MVP

Derek Jeter, New York Yankees- led the Yankees to their 27th World Series and broke the all-time record for most hits in franchise history

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins- led the Penguins to a Stanley Cup title

Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils- broke the record for most shutouts by a goalie

Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts- won his 4th NFL MVP, a record for all players.

Manny Pacquiao- defeated Miguel Cotto and now holds his 7th world title in seven weight classes

Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers- led his team to an NBA Finals victory and won his first NBA Finals MVP award

Tim Tebow, Florida Gators- the former Heisman Trophy winner led the Gators to the BCS 2009 National Championship

Winner: The athlete of the year is for those that show class, honor, and pride in their sport and team. No one exemplified that more than Derek Jeter. This was one of his best seasons yet, and he doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. He has a shot at 3,000 hits, which would shoe him in an already Hall of Fame career.

2009 Female Athlete of the year

Candice Parker, Los Angeles Sparks

Serena Williams

Lorena Ochoa

Kim Clijsters

Diana Taurasi

Winner: Taurasi had an MVP season with the Phoenix Mercury. She helped her team win their second WNBA Championship, her first.

2009 Team of the year:

Florida Gators
(BCS National Champions)

North Carolina Tar Heels (NCAA Champions)

Los Angeles Lakers (NBA Finals Champions)

Pittsburgh Steelers (Super Bowl Champions)

New York Yankees (World Series Champions)

Pittsburgh Penguins (Stanley Cup Champions)

Winner: The best team exemplifies a complete team effort. No team has shown that more than the New York Yankees. The majority of their wins were comeback victories, and have of those were walk-off wins.

2009 Best Runner-up Team:

Philadelphia Phillies

Boston Red Sox

New England Patriots

San Antonio Spurs

Orlando Magic

Arizona Cardinals

Winner: The Cardinals were known for being a losing team. Yet their improbable run to the Super Bowl was inspiring. They played in one of the best Super Bowl games in history. They could have faltered like so many runner-ups, but they actually did better than the Steelers.

2009 Most Favorite Underdog:

Tennessee Titans

Cleveland Cavaliers

New York Jets

Orlando Magic

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Winner: The Cavaliers are emerging from their underdog status. LeBron James has a supporting cast that includes Shaquille O’Neal, the man of a thousand nicknames. They might have a huge year in 2010. All they have to do is re-sign James.

2009 Best Supporting Player:

Darrelle Revis, New York Jets

Hideki Matsui, New York Yankees

Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees

Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers

Charles Woodson, Green Bay Packers

Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans

Winner: Where would the Yankees be without Hideki Matsui? The World Series MVP took part in everything but jogging on the field. “Godzilla” tied the Yankee record for most RBIs in a game (6-Bobby Richardson, second base). Look up the word clutch; his name is there!

Most Emotional Moment:

Derek Jeter breaks the all-time Yankee hits franchise record on September 11th.

Chad Ochocinco prays for fallen teammate Chris Henry after his TD against San Diego in Week 15.

Randy Couture gets a standing ovation in his own hometown before his fight against Antonio Noguerra.

Rickey Henderson gives a heart-felt speech at his Hall of Fame induction.

Winner: One of the most enigmatic personalities in the NFL gave a subtle, heart-felt tribute to his fallen friend. He took the news of Henry’s death hard, but his prayer was heartfelt and a class act.

Worst Character/Teammate:

Manny Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers

Serena Williams

Albert Haynesworth, Washington Redskins

Tiger Woods

Winner: No one has had a fall from grace more than Tiger Woods. After coming back from knee surgery, reports of Woods cheating on his wife forced the golfer to take an indefinite leave of absence. Woods is currently attending sex rehab.

Dishonorable Organization of Shame Award:

New York Mets

Cleveland Browns

Winner: The Mets’ year consisted injuries and front office troubles. One official challenged minor leaguers to a fight. Mets GM Omar Minaya called out Daily News reporter Adam Rubin, claiming he wanted a spot in the Mets organization. The team itself played AA minor leaguers on a daily basis.

Honorary Goodwill Award (All nominees receive this award):

NBA Players Kevin Garnett & Alonzo Mourning

MLB Players Derek Jeter & David Wright

NFL Players Drew Brees & DeMarcus Ware

This honorary award goes to all nominees as all six men showed an incredible effort to support their charities.

2009 Best Coach/Manager:

Joe Girardi, New York Yankees

Mike Scioscia, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Charlie Manuel, Philadelphia Phillies

Phil Jackson, Los Angeles Lakers

Ken Whisenhunt, Arizona Cardinals

Urban Meyer, Florida Gators

Nick Saban, Alabama Crimson Tide

Winner: Scioscia rallied the team after the death of Angels P Nick Adenheart. They clinched another AL West title and swept the Red Sox in the playoffs. They also played most of their games without Vladimir Guerrero and Torii Hunter. That’s the type of leader Scioscia is: play hard and small, come up big.

2009 Rookie of the Year:

Brandon Jennings, Milwaukee Bucks

J.A. Happ, Philadelphia Phillies

Chris Coghlan, Florida Marlins

Andrew Bailey, Oakland Athletics

Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings

Brian Cushing, Houston Texans


2009 Comeback Player of the Year:

Brett Favre, Minnesota Vikings

Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees

Chad Ochocinco, Cincinnati Bengals

Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Zack Greinke, Kansas City Royals

Winner: Greinke won the AL Cy Young with the lowest era on a struggling Royals team (2.16). Not bad for a pitcher who thought about leaving the baseball business. Here’s hoping Greinke has a great career from here on out.

2009 Best Sports Show:

The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights (Spike TV)

Inside The NFL (Showtime)

Sportsnation (ESPN)

The Ultimate Fighter: Team USA vs. Team UK (Spike TV)

Centerstage with Michael Kay (YES Network)

Real Sports (HBO)

Winner: Inside The NFL has stepped up their program. The group gels with a friendly feud between Phil Simms and Cris Collinsworth. It also benefited from one of the most exciting years in football history.

2009 Most Overrated Player:

Eddy Curry, New York Knicks

Joba Chamberlain, New York Yankees

Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

Dre Bly, San Francisco 49ers

Barry Zito, San Francisco Giants

Winner: It’s not entirely Chamberlain’s fault for being a starter, or reliever, or starter; wait a minute, what is he? His velocity’s down, which led to unproductive results as a starter. He did do good as a reliever during the playoffs. Yet the Joba debate rages on.

2009 Most Underrated Player:

Phillip Rivers, San Diego Chargers

Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

Darrelle Revis, New York Jets

Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics

Lamar Odom, Los Angeles Lakers

Winner: The most underrated player is getting the most press with decent stats. Darrelle Revis’ track work features a who’s who of shutting down receivers (Randy Moss, Chad Ochocinco, Andre Johnson, and Reggie Wayne to name a few) throughout the season.

2009 Tough-Man Award:

Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans

Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys

Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals

Manny Pacquiao

Charles Woodson, Green Bay Packers

Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics

Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic

Winner: Johnson became the 6th player in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season. He was one of the main reasons the Titans were in the playoff hunt.

2009 Best MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) Champion:

Lyoto “Dragon” Machida (UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion)

Anderson “Spider” Silva (UFC Middleweight Champion)

Fedor Emelianenko (Heavyweight Champion)

George “Rush” St. Pierre (UFC Welterweight Champion)

B.J. Penn (UFC Lightweight Champion)

Winner: Penn kept his belt in dominating fashion. In fact, the lightweight division could be named after Penn.

2009 Top MMA Contender:

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (light-heavyweight)

Frank Mir (heavyweight)

Dan “Hollywood” Henderson (middleweight)

Dan Hardy (welterweight)

Vitor Belfort (middleweight)

Winner: Henderson may be in Strikeforce, but he made his case by beating Rich Franklin and Michael Bisping in back-to-back bouts. He could be in line for their middleweight title.

2009 Most shocking moment:

Brett Favre returns to play for two more years with the Minnesota Vikings.

Lyoto Machida beats Rashad Evans for the UFC Light-Heavyweight Title.

Manny Ramirez serves a 50-game suspension for violating the MLB’s drug policy.

David Ortiz is one of the 104 names that failed a drug test in 2003, which was released to the press.

A serious illness forces UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar to take time off since last year.

Tiger Woods takes an indefinite leave of absence from golf.

Nate Robinson beats Dwight Howard to win the Sprite Rising Star Slam Dunk Competition.

Winner: No one thought Lesnar would sit out due to diverticulitis. Lesnar returns this summer looking to solidify himself as the UFC Heavyweight Champion.

Last, but not Least, the Most Impressive Performance Award (by a Player or Team):

The New York Yankees even the season series against the Red Sox after falling behind a 0-8 start.

The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Arizona Cardinals in a 4th Quarter drive which was capped by Ben Roethlisberger’s TD pass to Santonio Holmes.

B.J. Penn demolishes both Kenny Florian and Diego Sanchez to keep his UFC Lightweight title in resounding fashions.

Manny Pacquiao beats Miguel Cotto in a ten-round TKO victory to claim the WBO Welterweight Title.

The Orlando Magic survives a 7-game playoff matchup against the Boston Celtics.

Winner: Penn pulled off back-to-back victories against formidable challengers and made them look out of their league. Who can stop B.J. Penn at this point in his career?

That does it for the 2009 TSU Awards. 2009 was a superb year. How will 2010 to top that? We’ll just have to wait and see. Until then, see you later you KNUCKLEHEADS!!!

Yours truly,

Sebastian Maldonado

Copyright © 2007 by Sebastian Maldonado


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