The Girl’s Guide to the NCAA Tourney

Lately, like everyone else, we’ve been caught up in the Madness of March. Don’t fret…we’ll be back to lampoon all things Chicago sports before you know it. In the meantime, however, our own Britt Sanborn provides a tip-a-paloosa for her fellow ladies affected by the NCAA tournament.

And in case you missed it, Kevin and Kyle let you know just how much better their brackets are than yours…

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The Review’s 2009 NCAA Tournament Bracket Breakdown Selection Show Extravaganza

It’s been a while since we posted to the blog.  Like three months.  For that, we apologize.

But for this, we say “you’re welcome”…

Vote Now for Nominees in the 2008 Grossman Awards Fan Choice Categories

The Chicago Sports Week in Review is proud (read: ashamed, disappointed, frustrated, etc) to announce the nominees for the 2008 Grossman Awards, celebrating the worst Chicago sports had to offer this year.  You can see the complete list here.  Given the fact that there were so many terrible, awkward and disappointing moments, it has been an exhausting process to compile all the categories and nominees, and now we need your help.

All you need to do is cast your vote in the fan choice categories below to help us determine the winners, including our highest award of all, Grossman of the Year.  Vote as often as you like and be sure to check back on Monday, December 29th, when we’ll post the winners.  And you can find a quick history and commentary on the 1st Annual Grossman Awards here.

Have we forgotten to recognize anyone?  Send us an email and let us know.

And the nominees for the 2008 Grossman Awards are…

2008 Grossman Awards

The Chicago Sports Week in Review is proud (read: ashamed, disappointed, frustrated, etc) to announce the nominees for the 2008 Grossman Awards, celebrating the worst Chicago sports had to offer this year.  For every decent, uplifting, postive, awe-inspiring moment in 2008, there were probably three or four moments that made us cringe, curse, cry and vomit with rage.  But instead of focusing on the positives and looking to the future, we chose to live in the past and “honor” those Chicago athletes who really stuck it to us during the season.

So without further adieu, we present the categories and nominees for the 1st Annual Grossman Awards.  Included below are descriptions when the award name isn’t self-explanatory enough…and be sure to cast your vote in the Fan Choice Categories.

AWARD CATEGORIES & NOMINEES

Worst Fan Attire Award

Nominees: the Horry Cow shirts, the headbands only douche bags wore, and these guys.

Worst Celebrity Fan Award

Nominees: IL Gov Rod Blagojevich (Cubs), no other nominees

Award for the Best Performance From a PR Department

Nominees: The Chicago Bears for their use of a “QB competition” in training camp as a polite means to cut ties with Rex Grossman and The Chicago Cubs for keeping the Chad Gaudin/dumpster story under wraps.

Award for the Worst Performance From a PR Department

Nominees: The Chicago White Sox for their inability to keep DollGate out of the media spotlight, no other nominees.

The Homespun Axiom Award

Description: Awarded to the broadcaster who possesses the highest level of homerism coupled with signature jargon.  Also reports to the booth regardless of the state of his hangover.

Nominees: Hawk Harrelson, White Sox TV play-by-play man (Key jargon: “Dad-gummit!”, “He Gone!”, “You can put it on the booooard, YES!”, and “there’s a little duck fart double.”) and Ron Santo, Cubs radio analyst (Key jargon: “Awwww come on!”, “Yes!” , other muffeled grunts, general talk about the weather)

Most Depressing Reminder that the Cubs Haven’t Won the World Series in 101 Years Award

Nominees: Your neighbor the Sox fan and Eddie Vedder’s All the Way


FAN CHOICE CATEGORIES (vote here)

The Wish We Had Him When He Was Good Award

Description: Awarded to the individual whose arrival in Chicago was met with excitement, yet their actual play was disappointing.

Nominees: Nick Swisher (.219 BA, 24 HR, 69 RBI, 135 SO), Ken Griffey, Jr. (.260 BA, 3 HR, 18 RBI, 25 SO in 41 games), Kosuke Fukudome (.257 BA, 10 HR, 58 RBI, 104 SO)

The Unleash the Dragon…of Futility Award

Description: Awarded to the individual or team who, despite their best efforts, can’t do what they’re paid to do.

Nominees: Devin Hester (no kickoff or punt returns this year), Derrick Rose (it sucks to be surrounded by mediocrity), Chicago Cubs (it’ll never happen), Chicago Blackhawks (just because they’re the Blackhawks)

The 70-Yard Bomb Award

Description: Awarded to the individual who best displayed delusional over-confidence and/or buffonery to the detriment of their team.

Nominees: Joakim Noah (he can’t score, but he sure can run his mouth), Cedric Benson (thinks the O-line was the only reason he didn’t succeed in Chicago), Charlie Weis (where does rebuilding stop and bad coaching begin?), Alfonso Soriano (are the home runs worth his atrocious fielding? The answer is yes, but still…)

The 2008 Grossman Award

Description: Our highest award. Awarded to the individual or team who, despite an abundance of talent and second chances, let fans down when it mattered most.

Nominees: Paul Konerko (.240 BA, 22 HR, 62 RBI), Kosuke Fukudome (.257 BA, 10 HR, 58 RBI), Cedric Benson (3.4 yards per carry, 3 fumbles, 4 TDs in 11 games for Bears in 2007-08), The Chicago Cubs (swept from playoffs for a 2nd year in a row)


Have we left anything/anyone out?  Email us and let us know!

December 8th – 14th Review now online

Bulls rookie Derrick Rose gets stabbed by an apple, Bears kicker Robbie Gould saves the day for the Bears, and Kevin Allen praises the Baseball Hall of Fame for passing on Cubs third baseman Ron Santo yet again in another installment of “Alone Time with Kevin.”