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SoB Awards Show 2011 | Nominations

Who will take home the latest SoB Awards? (http://cdn.ifanboy.com)

2011 is almost over, which means it’s time to present the annual SoB Awards Show. The writers here at SoB have come together to select the biggest story of the year, the best game of the year and the best player of the year, all as they relate to Boston sports.

Last year, the Red Sox’ off-season signings of Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez were voted as most noteworthy, the Patriots’ 45-3 beatdown of the Jets was selected as the best game and Tom Brady himself was selected as the Boston player of the year. So which moments from 2011 will take the crown this time around? Here are the five nominations for each category (in no particular order):

Story of the Year

  • Red Sox fire Terry Francona
  • Red Sox’ September collapse
  • Bruins win Stanley Cup
  • Patriots acquire Chad Ochocinco and Albert Haynesworth
  • NBA Lockout

Game of the Year

  • Stanley Cup Finals Game 7
  • Bruins/Canadiens Game 7
  • Bruins/Lightning Game 7
  • Red Sox/Orioles on last day of season
  • Celtics/Lakers February 10

Player of the Year

  • Tom Brady
  • Jacoby Ellsbury
  • Adrian Gonzalez
  • Rob Gronkowski
  • Tim Thomas

Story of the Year

  • The Red Sox end their eight-year relationship with manager Terry Francona, which included two World Series titles.
  • A nine-game September lead for the Red Sox vanishes in the blink of an eye.
  • The Bruins finally bring the Stanley Cup back to Boston after 39 long years and a few recent playoff disappointments.
  • The Patriots make noise in the NFL by acquiring questionable personalities Chad Ochocinco and Albert Haynesworth. Ochocinco goes on to be a complete dud, while Haynesworth is released after six games.
  • The NBA locks out the player, finally lifting the ban on work upon Christmas.

Game of the Year

  • The Bruins shut out the Canucks in Vancouver 4-0 to claim the Stanley Cup.
  • After going down 2-0 in the series, the Bruins come back to beat the hated Habs 4-3 in overtime of Game 7.
  • The Bruins have the second of three epic Game 7s, downing the Lightning in a 1-0 thriller.
  • On the season’s final day, the Red Sox’ historic September collapse is finalized (in a 4-3 loss) against the very lowly Orioles.
  • On February 10, the Celtics lose 92-86 to the Lakers, but Ray Allen breaks Reggie Miller’s record for total career three pointers made.

Player of the Year

  • Tom Brady has led the Patriots to an AFC best 12-3 record. If it weren’t for him bailing the team out, the Patriots might be looking at the #1 pick.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury helped keep the Red Sox in the race, hitting .321 with 32 home runs, 39 stolen bases and 105 RBIs, from the leadoff spot.
  • Adrian Gonzalez also helped keep the Red Sox alive as long as possible, batting a very good .338 with 27 homers, 117 RBIs and even a stolen base.
  • Rob Gronkowski just literally plows right through defenders, with 15 touchdowns receiving on 82 receptions for 1219 yards. He even has one two-yard rush for a touchdown. And no fumbles helps.
  • Tim Thomas won the Stanley Cup for Boston, posting a 1.98 GAA and .940 save percentage with four shutouts in the postseason, after his record setting 2.00 GAA and .938 save percentage int the regular season. The new season is looking even better so far.

Stay tuned on 12/29, 12/30 and 12/31 for the winners of the story, game and player of the year respectively.

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