2009 Third of Season AwardsBy: timmyg | December 4th, 2009
Last year I introduced the “Third-of-Season” Awards. Well, they are back.
So put on your rented tuxedo, grab your gold-digging date and head down the red carpet in style.
The Milk Carton Extraordinaire Award — Andranik Teymourian
Months Andranik has been with Fulham: 18.
Minutes Andranik has played with Fulham: 99 (90 of those in a Carling Cup match at Burnley in 2008).
True, Andranik didn’t cost the club anything. But my god what happened? Last season he injured his knee while (I believe) on international duty, and upon recovering was sent on loan to Barnsley in the Championship. This season is anyone’s guess. He made the bench, once, on opening day against Portsmouth and has since periodically appeared with the reserves. On a semi-unrelated note, want to know another difference between Roy and Coleman? Coleman would have given Andranik a contract extension.
The “Like a Rock” Bob Seger Award -– Clint Dempsey
Clint Dempsey is tied with Brede Hangeland and Aaron Hughes for the league most appearances so far this season (14), and tied with many others for overall appearances (17). So why Clint?
Because he’s played a myriad of positions (left wing, right wing, solo striker, withdrawn striker) and leads the team with 5 goals, including two multi-goal games already this season. Clint has been both versatile (56 shots!), but also rugged. He’s taken a beating, but has been booked just three times this calendar year; none this season.
The Slim Charles Award — Chris Baird
Last year this was named the Wedge Antilles Award, but I am renaming it after Slim Charles from The Wire; longevity dealer bar none. Why the change? Well, George Lucas demanded royalties for using a copyrighted name of his (not true) and Marlo Stanfield could probably kick Darth Vader’s ass (true).
Much like Wedge, Slim was a minor character that still managed to survive through thick and thin. Plus his voice is amazing.
This season Chris Baird has gone above and beyond, while still not lighting up the highlight reel. Most fans of other teams probably have never heard of him, and our fans are just getting over hating him. But he is producing in as low a profile manner one could ask for. Of his 15 total appearances, just three have been in defense.
The Brian McBride Award -– Damien Duff
Not only does the Duffman show guile (and sorta looks like him), heart and endeavor; he scores goals. Lots of timely ones. Three goals in 14 appearances is a good ratio.
And like the caliph of class McGod, Duff is rarely booked (zero so far). He also plays as intensely for his country than his club. Signing of the summer, hands down.
The Rex Grossman/Matt Cassell award — Jonathan Greening
This award is for someone who performs well, but still manages to piss off/disappoint the fans.
Although he hasn’t angered me much at all, he has been slated on the boards a bit. So much so that Dan and Rich have penned pieces in his defense.
Greening might turn out to be a total bust (like Grossman) or make big money in the offseason (like Cassell). But his contribution cannot be discounted.