The Casual Awards: Now The Real Fun Begins

After that easy WIN against the Loyola Greyhounds, we're extremely giddy on this Monday morning as we get ready for the big game at Memphis this week.  But before we move on from Loyola, there are some folks who deserve some hardware.  Away we go...

A blowout is an easy or one-sided victory.  It occurs when one athletic team or individual performer outscores another by a large margin or in such a fashion that allows the second team or individual little chance of a victory from a point early in a competition, game, contest or event. The term is often used in reference to athletic competition, but it is used in other contexts such as electoral politics.

During blowouts, sports play-by-play announcers are challenged to maintain viewing and listening audience interest and ratings. They attempt keep a stock of relevant informative discourse for such events.

Thank you, wikipedia!

The Chris Wright Heart of a Champion Award:
Henry Sims.  Chris Wright and Austin Freeman may have led Georgetown in scoring against Loyola, but it was Sims' play that has continued to uplift the souls of Hoyas fans across the planet.  Sims chipped in 12 points while hitting all five of his field goal attempts and more importantly, showed an impressive grasp of the offense with a whopping five assists which led to easy baskets.  Georgetown's strength is clearly its guards, but when Sims can step up and form a formidable beast underneath with Julian Vaughn, Georgetown is a very dangerous team.

More Awards after The Jump:

The Moses Abeyga is Going to be History's Greatest Basketball Player Award:
Moses Abeyga. Remember Roy Hibbert when he was a freshman? HE COULD NOT WALK. But now he is a dominant force in the NBA who trains in the offseason with mixed martial arts experts. Well, Moses is now a freshman. AND HE CAN WALK. I can only imagine what he will be like in two or three years (when he's a starting center for the Memphis Grizzlies).

The Jimmy The Greek Hot Money Award:
The Georgetown Hoyas. 20-plus-point spreads have traditionally been a dangerous game with The Hoyas. You could count on one cover, but typically, those games would end up 8-12 point victories and a crushing early season gambling loss. But not these Hoyas. When the line is 21 points they go out and cover. That is gold. Unfortunately we have figured that out exactly too late. Unless its DePaul +22 next week.

Keeping it Real Award:
Loyola Coach Jimmy Patsos.  After a questionable possession call went Georgetown's way midway through the first half Patsos heatedly stormed up to the referee yelled: "Are you kidding me?!?  It's a f-cking 20 point game."  Kudos crazy man, kudos.


TMZ Award
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Kudos to this paparazzo for capturing Casual Swag on a band member's saxophone.  We will be offering barrels of cash and swanky prizes for similar photographs taken throughout the season.

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Casual Saxophone.

Fickle Fan Award:
Barack Obama. A bunch of suckers stood in long security lines until the Commander-In-Chief decided he didn't feel like seeing LeBron James. What? The Loyola game didn't strike his fancy?

Georgetown's Got Talent Award:
The Georgetown Pep Band.  Lady Gaga?!  Beyonce?!  Is there anything these wizards can't play?

The Wild Things Award:
Dedicated to ultra-casual lesbian makeout scenes in movies, this award goes to Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis for their awe inspiring turn in The Black Swan.  I won't spoil it for you here, but it's worth the price of admission to see these two frolic in this very disturbing and entertaining film.  Neve Campbell and Denise Richards remain the gold standard, however.

The Henry Sims Award:
Given to the person who has taken a giant leap this year, this award goes to Mila Kunis.  Kunis went from hanging out with Fez in "That 70s Show" on Fox to playing the love interest of Jason Segal in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and now suddenly she's co-starring in Black Swan and making out with Natalie Portman.  Amazing turn of events.

Desean Jackson Showboat Award:
Aaron Bowen. That reverse dunk at the end of the game was brash. And guess what? I LOVED IT. I want our team to have an edge. Bowen has some swagger to him, and I like that. Same reason I like Chris Wright, he has a bit of attitude on the court. You aren't going to hustle back on a fast break to play D? Pow, our 12th man will throw a reverse dunk in your face.


Document Your Brunch Award:

An open biscuit layered with roasted chicken debris, sweet potato shoestring fries, poached eggs with hollandaise sauce at The Ruby Slipper Cafe in New Orleans FOR THE WIN.

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Darren McFadden Fantasy Football Award:
I'm in the playoffs of my work league. My team is 11-2, an absolute juggernaut. We lost by 6 points yesterday. I understand that fantasy football works in cruel ways, but then I checked the Oakland box score. Michael Bush took two one yard touchdowns from my man Darren. Those two touchdowns would have brought me a victory. My oh my does that get my blood flowing. Oh I am angry.

Crazy Irrational Pregnant Lady Award:
Georgetown fans. You'd think Julian Vaughn killed a bunch of puppies given the comments screaming to send him to the bench. He's still our most reliable big man, and he was awesome against Temple, the only team we've played so far with very talented bigs. We should all calm ourselves on the Lubick/Sims kool-aid for a bit and be reminded we just beat Loyola (MD). Let's wait until the BIg East starts before we are clamoring to send JV back to JV. Sick pun.

Merlin Wilson's Sister Award:
We haven't seen much from Merlin Wilson's Sister this year, but Hoya Annoya and SOMDHoya are putting in some serious effort on the JGD hate train. Congratulations fellas, keep it up.

Fitness Celebrity John Basedow Award:
Moses Ayegba. Have you seen the arms on that dude? Those things are the size of my head.

Don't Ask Don't Tell Award:
Austin Freeman's shot has looked off lately. In his last four games he's scored 9,14, 14, and 14 points while hitting only 2 of 12 from three point range. Granted, I am incredibly spoiled when it comes to Freeman because he's been such an assassin for the last two years. He still managed to score 14 points in 22 minutes of play on Saturday, but he needs to break out of this shooting slump and Thursday is the right time to do it.

Rest and Relaxation Award:
The Georgetown guards. Freeman played 22 minutes, Chris Wright played 20 minutes, and Jason Clark played 18 minutes. I was very glad they were able to have some time Saturday for some good R&R while studying for finals.

The Jim Nantz Commenter of the Game Award:
BeerBottlesToTheFaceOfSyracuseFans is this game's winner for the insight below
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Sunday Bloody Sunday Award:
Me and my hangover as a result of "closing down the Channel" festivities after the game. 

The What is the Deal With ESPN 980 Award:
ESPN 980.  I guess I should be thrilled that I can tune into a Georgetown Hoyas game over the internet and listen to the soothing sounds of Rich Chvotkin guide me through a blowout win, but not only was the feed at least three minutes slow, it also sounded as if Chvotkin was holed up in a closet somewhere.  Is it too much to ask to get some crowd noise or something? 

Old Balls Award (Named in Honor of the Winner of 2010 Casual Bracket Contest):
The New York Giants special teams unit.  It's pretty difficult to cough up a 21 point lead with under 8 minutes left in the game, but it's much easier when you give up onside kicks and then kick the ball right to the NFL's greatest punt returner WITH NO TIME LEFT ON THE CLOCK.  Well done, gents!  

National Geographic Award for In-Game Photography:
Numerous contenders:

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Gratuitous picture of Scarlett Johansson Award:
I'm single, boys!

The Georgetown Hoyas are a nationally ranked powerhouse.

Memphis is NeXt.

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