While your fearless leader continues his transition to being a Kentucky resident once again, here’s a reminder of why this blog is such a fan of Blake ****ing Griffin. The word “beast” is overused in sports, much like most adjectives in the sports world, but it if there’s ever been a walking definition of what that word means in relation to athletes and their accomplishments, Blake Griffin does just that.
Posts Tagged ‘Rookie of the Year’
Brandon Jennings is once again rocking the high top fade he first broke out in the McDonald’s All-American game a couple of years ago. Much like last time, my reaction to the Jennings’ high top is “fantastic.” “Awesome” comes into play as well, but then again, there’s no need to gush. Bonus: The Bucks beat the New Jersey Nets last night, and while that’s already old-hat this season, it does mean “High Top” Jennings is 1-0. Conversely, Jennings didn’t have his best performance as a Buck, scoring nine points (3-9 shooting) with three assists and two turnovers.
The high top giveth and the high top taketh, apparently. Nevertheless, here’s hoping the current favorite for Rookie of the Year keeps that awesome cut for the rest of the season.
Introducing your newest NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year — one Percy Harvin. The former Florida Gator took the Minnesota Vikings by storm during his premiere season with plays like the one above. After a dubious start to his rookie year thanks to the Devil’s Weed, Harvin has been a legitimate offensive weapon who is threat to house it every time he touches the ball. You know? Just like he did here?
And while my post is essentially the equivalent of a SportsCenter highlight reel, Harvin seems to impress those who are around him on a day-to-day basis. Head coach Brad Childress is specifically impressed with his new award winner’s toughness:
“That may be as big of factor as anything,” Childress said. “His physical toughness as well as mental toughness particularly this time of year to fight on and then throw in the shoulder, throw in the migraines, throw in the fact he’s a rookie. To be strong willed and strong minded. I have a lot of respect for his toughness and then probably the second thing I would mention is his competitiveness. He has A [level] competes where it’s, ‘I’m not going to back down whether it’s Charles Woodson standing in the slot covering me.’ He’s extremely competitive. Like Brett [Favre] says, ‘He’s pretty good.’”
If ever there was a landslide win in postseason accolades, Harvin’s offensive ROY got one, garnering 41 of the 50 first-place votes. From ill-timed pot user to the NFL’s version of Rookie of the Year — that probably qualifies as one of those “paths less traveled” scenarios; but hey, whatever it takes, right?
Next up for Harvin and the rest of his Vikings? The NFC playoffs and the winner of the Philadelphia/Dallas game. To say the road gets easier from here on out is quite the understatement. If the Vikings do in fact make a run to the Super Bowl, their new award-winning rookie will have to play a big part.
Introducing your Rookie of the Year, Derrick Rose. The Chicago Bulls have a 2pm press conference where they are expected to announce their quickly-becoming-an-All-World point guard will receive the Rookie of the Year award, the first of many accolades Rose is bound to receive. Rose led all rookies in assists (6.3) and minutes played (37.0). He was second in rookie scoring to O.J. Mayo. Rose averaged 16.8, while Mayo averaged almost 19.
There’s little question Rose’s Game 1 performance against the Boston Celtics last Saturday left an undeniable impression on the voters — how can a 36 point, 11 assist outing not? The question is, can Rose bounce back from a less-than-stellar Game 2 performance on Thursday? Considering he’ll have some new hardware on his mantle, and the Bulls will be playing at home, chances are Rose is going to come out with something more to prove.
Add that potential motivation to the way Rajon Rondo has been playing, and we have ourselves the makings of another great throwdown between these two young, dynamic point guards. Thanks to NBA’s YouTube profile, we have the top 10 Derrick Rose moments in 2009.
After that, I’m quite satisfied the award was given to the right player.