"We call this the Bears Necessity Award!" via static.flickr.com
Many have said there are too many awards shows. Awards shows for actors voted on by other actors. Awards shows for inane reality TV shows. Hell, even award shows for other awards shows.
So, they say that these days the concept of being honored doesn't mean much anymore. Anybody and everybody gets an award for something. Even if you suck, you still get a ribbon for "BearsNecessity".
But me, well, I don't accept that. Not at all, hussy! I'm incredibly competitive as is. I bring it, no matter what! You should see me in yoga, heckling people left and right. "YOU CALL THAT CHILD'S POSE!?!?!? LET HURRICANE TWISTNHOOK SHOW YOU HOW CHILD'S POSE IS DONE!"
You might think that its a bit inane of me to mock people over child's pose. But that's only because you've never seen me DOMINATE it. And don't get me started on my tree pose! Seriously, don't, I'll ramble for like 30 minutes about the mystifying differences between Bikram Tree Pose and non-Bikram Tree Pose.
So, when we saw this endless array of utterly inane college football honors (except for the Draddy Award, that counts for something), we knew we had to do something. We had to help cut through the cutter. So, I hung up on my bookie as I tried to place a 3 team parlay bet on the Special Olympics (I.................have a problem) and worked with my fellow California Golden Bloggers to help draft the best and brightest in the Pac-10.
Firstly, don't question me. I'll cut you. I will. Secondly, to create the newest, most prestigious honor out there, the California Golden Blogs All-Pac10 Team. All recipients of this honor will win little more than our appreciation, but hey we figure if it was good enough for Illinois governer Rod Blogoawfjajftoupee, it's good enough for these fine football players.
After the fold, we discuss the best player at their positions.
1st- Willie Tuitama
That "other" Will T. finally flashes the skill and ability that we have been waiting for all along. He leads one of the most potent passing attacks in the Pac10. Although, to be fair, it was a real down year for Pac10 QBs. His only other real competition was Mark Sanchez. We went with Tuitama because we really hate USC a lot and figure that spite and enmity should be important factors in determining year end awards.
1st - Mike Thomas
Thomas actually had a better year statistically in 2007 than 2008. But even though he might have put up better numbers in 2007, he was still brutally dangerous in 2008. Remember in his game against Cal, he'd get those shadow passes on the sideline, shed 3 tackles and be 14 yards downfield before you could breathlessly curse the name of "ANTOLINNNNNNNNNNN!"
Thomas is a beast of an athlete and could break a TD from anywhere on the field anytime. Everytime he caught a pass against our beloved Golden Bears, I was impressed if we held him to anything less than a TD. Thankfully, he is gone after this year.
1st - Sammie Stroughter
Stroughter was finally healthy this year. He has had a LOT of injury problems in the past. Last year he suffered from a lacerated soul. But he was back and in a BIG way this year. OSU had a lot of weapons this year with the Brothers Rodgers and Pete Alamar, but Stroughter might have been the most dangerous. He had more TDs and yards than Thomas. And he did it with some uncertainty at QB with two different QBs playing for OSU during the year.
1st - Jahvid Best
You might have heard of this guy. And, unless you are Rishi, you think he's a good running back. I don't think I really need to run down his numbers.
1st - Rob Gronkowski
Oh My science, did this guy kill us or what? He's huge! He is a beast out there. I saw him destroying other teams, too. He is a big reason why Mike Thomas' numbers were down a bit this year. He catches all these things underneath and then just bowls people over. Worst part? He's listed as a sophmore. Ai! Keep an eye on this TE next year.
1st - Stanley Havili
RUSHING GP Att Gain Loss Net Avg TD Long Avg/G
Total.......... 13 503 2808 275 2533 5.0 27 55 194.8
1st - Nick Reed
1st - Victor Butler
1st - Stephen Paea
Remember, OSU had to replace its entire front 7 on the defensive side. Paea stepped in quite ably. He was a load up front to take double teams and help players like Slade Norris rack up sacks.
"part of his decision to attend OSU was the Polynesian culture that exists"
1st - Brian Price
1st - Rey Maualuga
Nobody is safe from this menace!
1st - Pain Train!
1st - SydGOD
1st - Cary Harris
1st -Taylor Mays
1st - Mike Thomas
Thomas was not only a great WR, but a great PR, too. He returned punts for almost 400 yards, including 2 touchdowns.
1st - Jahvid Best
For cereal. This kid is good. Almost Jacquiz Rodgers good!
So, there you go. Our most prestigious CGB All-Pac10 Team. You don't get more prestigious than this. It makes the NBC Page Program looks like Arizona State. But I'm sure you, dear reader, in your perfect imperfection feel that we might have an innacuracy here. A slight one, I'm sure. But still, if there were to be a slight innacuracy, what might it be? What would your All Pac10 Team look?