In December 2008, Sports of Boston launched the first SoB Awards Show, issuing awards to those involved with Boston sports for their exceptional performance in the year 2008. The Sports of Boston staff has continued this tradition, voting in three categories for the year 2009: Player of the Year, Game of the Year, and Story of the Year.
We here at Sports of Boston are looking back at the year that was in 2009, and will be issuing honors for Boston’s Player of the Year, Game of the Year, and Story of the Year, in the 2009 Sports of Boston Awards Show. In 2008’s inaugural Show, Dustin Pedroia took home Player of the Year honors after his MVP season. Another 5′9″ overachieving player took home the prize this year: Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker.
How good was Wes Welker in 2009? We’ll run through his numbers in a second, but consider this: he won the SoB’s 2009 Player of the Year with the 2009 season not yet complete, and he also missed two games. That’s correct, he won a Player of the Year award based on 13 games of service.
We here at Sports of Boston are looking back at the year that was in 2009, and will be issuing honors for Boston’s Player of the Year, Game of the Year, and Story of the Year, in the 2009 Sports of Boston Awards Show. In 2008’s inaugural Show, one of the most painful losses in Boston sports history was honored, as the Giants ended the perfect season and took down the Patriots in our 2008 Game of the Year.
In 2009, the Celtics and Chicago Bulls locked horns in an epic playoff series that was the clear winner of the 2009 Game(s) of the Year award. I say “games” because it was hard to pick just one game without including the rest of the series. Remarkably, the Celtics won the series 4-3 without Kevin Garnett.
A lot of what we do at Sports of Boston relies on big stories during the year. We create the articles so that major topics can be scrutinized, debated, and/or praised. 2009 was no different as there were many major sports stories that garnered tons of local attention, and national attention as well. Last year’s winner was a heartbreaking event that took place September 7, 2008: Tom Brady’s torn ACL injury.
Moving on to 2009, and a very different story — in a different sport — was splattered over newspapers, on TV screens, and even on this very blog on multiple occasions: Major League Baseball’s steroids scandal, specifically involving New York’s Alex Rodriguez, L.A.’s Manny Ramirez, and (gulp) Boston’s David Ortiz.
There you have it. As we slam the door shut on the previous year and previous decade, let us look ahead to another year and decade of Boston sports success.