The best and the worst: and other dubious awards — for the 2010 sports year.
Worst Comeback: Brett Favre. There are rumors that the quarterback is going to write a book called, "How to Ruin a Legacy." His co-authors will be LeBron James and Tiger Woods.
Worst Press Conference (Or Most Entertaining): After a lopsided loss to BYU, Utah basketball coach Jim Boylen chewed out a reporter for not covering more of his team's games and refused to answer questions. Gee, who expects to answer questions in a press conference? Still, reporters hadn't had this much fun since Rick Majerus left town.
Worst Trend: Concussions on the gridiron. What makes it worse is that there are limits to what can be done to prevent them since the real damage is inflicted by the brain bouncing around inside the skull. No helmet can stop that.
Silliest Trend (besides flopping in soccer): Icing the kicker. Stupid, ridiculous, boring, maddening. First we have to wait around while officials look at replays and tell us if what we saw is really what we think we saw. Now this?
Best Story Coming Soon to a Theater Near You: How about a movie that chronicles the life of an under-achieving but supremely gifted quarterback who loses his fortune and reputation, goes to prison, misses two seasons, then returns and becomes the best player in the NFL. Or, what about a movie that chronicles the career of a baseball player who misses two seasons to alcoholism and drug addiction, then recovers with help from Grandma and God and comes back to win baseball's MVP award? Nah, never mind; it's completely unbelievable.
Best Comeback Not Involving Prison or Drug Addiction: Utahn Kevin Curtis, who played in only four NFL games the last two seasons because of injuries and missed the first 13 games this season to undergo surgery for testicular cancer. He signed with the Dolphins last week and caught a pass.
Co-Hypocrite of the Year: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The league is in the midst of a concussion epidemic and Goodell is pushing for an 18-game schedule that will expose players to more wear and tear and shorten careers. All that blather about protecting players is secondary to monetary considerations.
Co-Hypocrite of the Year: BCS coordinator Bill Hancock, a complete sellout, continues to tell us the current bowl system is the best thing for college football. Hancock is the biggest shoveler of crapola since the cigarette companies and Juan Antonio Samaranch.
Black & Decker Tool of the Year: LeBron "LeDecision" James uses a tedious one-hour ESPN special to announce that he is "taking his talents" to Miami, jilting his hometown in the process. Nice. Memo to BronBron: Enough with the pregame chalk-throwing routine already; the rest of us aren't feelin' the love.
Most Misdirected Sanctions: Pete Carroll flees to the safety of the NFL just before USC is hit with major sanctions for NCAA violations. Reggie Bush, the cause of the sanctions, is long gone to the NFL. It's a great system of justice — do the crime and someone else does the time.
The Learning Curve Award: The Heisman Trophy is presented to Cam Newton, who has been under NCAA investigation, in the same year the Heisman was taken away from Reggie Bush for NCAA violations. BTW, is it just a coincidence that the NCAA spared Cam Newton punishment because he was the Heisman frontrunner and star of the nation's No. 1 team?
Best Case of Poetic Justice: Carlos Boozer, the ultimate NBA mercenary, flees the Utah Jazz, who paid him $70 million while he missed one out of every 3 1/2 games for six years, to sign with the Bulls, where he has missed 15 of 25 games so far.
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