Rapture Nation, it’s about time for those of us on this side of the screen to name the winners of the first annual Ollie awards (more on the award’s name later). The NBA gives out post-season accolades to:
- Most Valuable Player
- Top Rookie
- Defensive Player
- Most Improved Player
- 6th Man
and we’ll do the same. All NBA players are eligible, except for those who play for teams other than the Toronto Raptors. Unlike the league, which give its award winners boring stuff like shiny trophies and worldwide recognition, we’re going to do it up big. Ollie winners will receive a free prop plane flight from Timmins to Kapuskasing in January (unless there’s too much snow on the runway, in which case you better hope your pilot can negotiate a highway landing) and a Tim’s card pre-loaded with $5.00 to spend on a double-double and any cruller you choose. (To our non-Canadian readers: please take the time to click on the links. I’m offering through words a back door into our culture.)
“What larks, eh, Pip, what larks!” Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
Why the Ollies? I want to recognize one of the most remarkable Raps ever – Oliver Miller, who made Charles Barkley, the Round Mound of Rebound, look anorexic. His image graces this post. However, I’m not married to that name, so that’s one reason I’m looking for your input, folks. What would you like to name the awards? More importantly, who should win each one? I’m going to begin this series once our season limps to its merciful end. In the meantime, please send me your nominees for each award, and your reasoning, in the Comments.
P.S. I’ll be at Real Sports tomorrow prior to the game for a Raps meet-&-greet. Please say Hi if you’re there too.