The NBA Pulled Some Silly Shit With Its Player Of The Month Award

Ordinarily, the NBA's Player of the Month awards aren't worth talking or writing about, even among people who talk and write about NBA stuff. Oh no—Player X didn't win Western Conference Player of the Month for November, even though his PER was a smidge higher than some other dude's! Winning one probably is a nice… »2/05/15 11:28am2/05/15 11:28am

Clayton Kershaw Picks Up MVP Too, Mike Trout Finally Snags One

Clayton Kershaw followed-up his NL Cy Young win by taking home the NL MVP trophy too, becoming the first person to sweep those awards since Bob Gibson did so while playing for the Cardinals in 1968. The Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton—whose candidacy might have been sunk when he took a fastball to the face and… »11/13/14 7:42pm11/13/14 7:42pm

NFL All-Non-Playoff Team: The Best Players Not In The Postseason

In the NFL, where many believe that winning supersedes stats, many outstanding players don't get the accolades or attention they deserve, just because the rest of their team was shit. We think that's dumb, so we've gathered up the best players out of the league who didn't make the playoffs this season. »1/03/14 1:29pm1/03/14 1:29pm

Now Accepting Nominations For The Deadspy Awards, Our Anti-ESPYs

If ESPN can spend the worst sports week of the year staging a monstrously wasteful and self-indulgent awards ceremony, we at Deadspin figured ... hey, why not us, too? Introducing the Deadspy Awards, our suitably half-assed anti-ESPYs. For every meaningless ESPY, there will be a corresponding anti-ESPY. A Golden… »7/19/13 12:09pm7/19/13 12:09pm

NHL Will Announce Most Awards Friday Evening, Does Not Understand How News Cycle Works

Because of the lockout, there will be no fancy NHL awards ceremony in Las Vegas this year. Instead they'll announce the winners in two live broadcasts, split over two nights. The first comes at 5 p.m. EDT this Friday, the precise time when every media-savvy company in the world is dumping bad news because no one is… »6/10/13 11:48am6/10/13 11:48am

Esquire Writer Is Sad He Won't Win A National Magazine Award, So We Made A Special Prize For Him

We at Deadspin can't bear the thought of hardworking, important, tell-it-like-it-is writers being denied the pleasure of winning major awards. That's why we were heartbroken to learn this week that Chris Jones, a former blogger and current writer for Esquire and ESPN and the winner of two (2) National Magazine… »4/03/13 2:40pm4/03/13 2:40pm

Rawlings Sues Wilson Over Brandon Phillips's "Gold" Glove

The Gold Gloves are mostly pointless, and largely a corporate gimmick. (They're officially the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, and have been since 1957, when they were thought up by a Rawlings sales manager for some free advertising.) They have cachet, because they're voted on by managers and coaches, and there's no other… »7/09/12 1:25pm7/09/12 1:25pm

LeBron James Wins MVP, Says Championship Is "All That Matters To Me." The Rest Of The World: "Rings"

LeBron won his third MVP, joining some pretty stellar company. He said all the right things, noting that the Miami has a bigger goal. Did that stop people from going the "No rings" route?
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Lebron is, as ever, an easy target but he really could not have handled this whole thing better. And, as ever, no one cared.

Here's The AOL Column That Got Bill Simmons Hired By ESPN, In Which He Calls The ESPYs A "TV Holocaust"

ESPN's initial courtship of Bill Simmons has the air of an urban legend. Simmons wrote a column excoriating the bloated and self-congratulatory ESPY Awards, and that column was rapidly forwarded around Bristol, putting the Boston Sports Guy on ESPN's radar. Much like Aeschylus's lost plays, the ESPY diary was known… »1/30/12 3:00pm1/30/12 3:00pm