Awards time! It’s the 2011 bEasties!!!

Offensive MVP: Eli Manning, Giants

His 4933 yards were good for 6th on the all-time list.  He’s not Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, or Tom Brady, but so what?  He’s a great QB that played behind a creaky OL with no run game whatsoever, and put the team on his back the entire season.  Big boy performances against the Eagles (first matchup), Packers (even if it was a loss), Cardinals, Dolphins, Patriots, Cowboys (twice), and yesterday in their first playoff game against the Falcons.  I’m pretty sure Eli dipped the football in cinnamon sugar butter before delivering this perfect ball to Mario Manningham yesterday.

Apologies to: LeSean McCoy, Victor Cruz, Tony Romo, Jason Peters

Defensive MVP: Jason Pierre-Paul, Giants

Just a special player.  He had 16.5 sacks, so we know he can rush the passer, but he’s also great against the run and may have come up with the play of the season when he blocked Dan Bailey’s game-tying FG attempt in the first Cowboys matchup.  Best of all, he produced the image of the mysterious Jerry Jones white afro tag-along kid doing a facepalm in the owners box (0:58 mark):

Apologies to: Jason Babin, DeMarcus Ware.

Offensive Rookie of the Year: DeMarco Murray

It’s a shame we didn’t get to see him for an entire season, but the parts that he played in he was a clear upgrade over former 1st round pick Felix Jones.  164 for 897 (5.5 YPA) and a couple TDs.  Also caught 26 for 183.  Here’s his first TD as a pro, a 91 yard run:

Apologies to: Tyron Smith, Roy Helu, Jason Kelce

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Ryan Kerrigan

There isn’t anyone close.  The guy simply doesn’t come off the field (he led the defense with 1056 snaps) and he makes plays: 7.5 sacks, 4 FF, and this monster interception Week 1 against the Giants:

Apologies to: Brian Rolle

Best TD celebration: LeSean McCoy’s chest bump with Howard Mudd

Just awesome.

Worst TD celebration: Brandon Jacobs acting like a jackass despite the scoreboard.

Conveniently not pictured in the screen on this video (presumably shot by a Giants fan of his TV)… is the score.  The Giants were down 21-3 before the TD run, and would eventually lose 24-49.

Apologies to: Laurent Robinson spiking the ball despite previously being down 34-0 to the Eagles, and Miles Austin for doing the same to avoid a shutout in another blowout by the birds.

Biggest surprise: Victor Cruz

Again, no-brainer.  82-1536-9.  His 99 yarder:

Apologies to: Jake Ballard, Laurent Robinson, Jabar Gaffney.

Biggest disappointment: The Philadelphia Eagles (team effort)

Talented players galore.  4th ranked offense.   8th ranked defense.

8-8, and no date to the prom.

(All video was either lost or destroyed)

Apologies to: Eagles fans.

Best highlight of the season: Victor Cruz’s 99 yard TD catch and run (see above)

Worst highlight of the season:  Ronnie.  Brown.

Apologies to: Chas Henry’s noodle-armed fake punt throw, stev smit stopping short of a 1st down, Tony Romo getting breathed on and stumbling back like Piston Honda into the end zone for a safety.

Best sideline conversation: John Beck, Kyle Shanahan, and Rex Grossman

I don’t know what these three were talking about here, but I’m sure it was smart:

Beast Badass: Brent Celek

Apparently, he played all season long with a torn labrum in his hip and a sports hernia.  Badass.  Watch the volume at work on this vid:

Apologies to: London Fletcher (just because).

The Mike Jenkins Award for excellence in not wanting anything to do with tackling somebody: DeAngelo Hall

DeJon Gomes and Reed Doughty look silly trying to bring down the Gronk here, but at least they tried.  Check out D Hall:

Best radio interview: Antrel Rolle (all of them… at the end of the day)

The guy was a content gold mine for me this season.  Thanks, Antrel.

The Old Yeller Award: Terence Newman

I imagine that when Jerry Jones cuts Newman this offseason, it’ll go something like this:

Apologies to: Keith Brooking

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  13. ameer says:

    I was wondering what us cowboys fans were gonna win and the old yeller award is the best of the bunch. also shady for mvp

  14. Dr. Doolittle says:

    The Antrel Rolle stuff was epic! “At the end of the day” 40 times in a interview haha

  15. Mr.Electric10 says:

    Hahah great post agree with all but one. Eli over McCoy. McCoy had 20 TDs and was arguably the best RB in football on a team that had the reputation to not run the ball. Eli had a great year but I still would rather McCoy over Eli.

    1. Tracer Bullet says:

      THIS. Eli had a fine season. McCoy re-wrote records.

  16. tuna83 says:

    +1 at the piston honda comment… Customers in the showroom think I’m an idiot for laughs I just had.

    I’m a big fan of Shady’s Soda Popinski Jab into Andy Reid’s excess flesh..

  17. Reggie says:

    Best sideline convo is pure win

  18. paulyG says:

    Rodgers should give the money he got for the discount double check commercials to The People’s Champ! Fred Ex! That’s right ,Freddie “I’d like to thank my hands for being so great” Mitchell. He was doing the champioship belt move when Rodgers was in high school! That has bugged the s**t out of me all season.!Get your own move, you wannabe!

  19. Matth313 says:

    No love for the Cruz Salsa, not even an honerable mention?

    And while not the best i think this deserves a mention. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=HOc9ubfFcs4

    1. Yeah, I figured someone would bring up the salsa dance. He got to do it a lot (9 times to be exact), but it’s not really all that good, or creative. Ochocinco did it years ago. It’s kinda like Aaron Rodgers’ belt. People have been doing the belt for years. Rodgers just does it A LOT, so everyone knows it. He even got the discount double check commercial out of it. But it’s not really all that creative/good. If we had a dance award for marketing purposes, Cruz would win.

      1. giants fan says:

        I mean, regardless of how many times cruz did the salsa – shady’s chest bump with mudd was absolutely epic.

  20. andiamo says:

    hilarious. and dead @ Piston Honda

    1. Ha, was wondering if anyone would get that (Piston Honda).

    2. Joe says:

      agreed, great stuff and anytime you can work in a Punch Out Ref, makes it OUTSTANDING….

      Where is the most bone headed call by a HC category ? The Freezing your own kicker would have to be a shoe in, wouldn’t it ?

      and Congrats to the Gmen for their playoff win, good luck vs the Packers, I will be routing for you (HATE THE PACKERS)

      1. All sorts of great categories I missed, I’m sure. But yeah, Garrett’s freezing the kicker would probably win that one.

    3. brisulph says:

      Good old Punch-Out!!

      Still my favourite NES game ever (spent tens of thousands of hours on that game, joke).

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