Your Nominations For The 2012 insideSTL Year-End Awards

Editor's Note: As the year wraps up, we'll do some looking back here on insideSTL.com. For the purpose of the discussion, even if you fucking hate Missouri or fucking hate Illinois, the scope of the St. Louis sports scene extends from as far west as Columbia, Missouri to as far to the east as Champaign, Illinois. We'll include the Cardinals, Rams, Blues, Missouri, Illinois, and Saint Louis University.

Last year…

…it was easy.

When it came to handing out the Worst Moment In St. Louis Sports, The Best Moment In St. Louis Sports, and The 2011 St. Louis Sportsperson of The Year, the country’s best baseball town had numerous moments from the best World Series in 10 years to choose from…many of which were performed by hometown hero and eventual obvious Sportsperson of The Year, David Freese.

This year…

…yeah, it’s not going to be too easy.

I’ve had this discussion with a few people, and perhaps---I want to emphasize the perhaps---with the exception of the Best Moment, there’s no clear winner for any of the categories.

At least I don’t think there is.

But, this is in your hands. You get to post your nominations below---please post five nominations for each category---or you can email them to me.

Maybe there will be an overwhelming amount of support for a moment---bad or good---and/or a person for Sportsperson of the Year.

For my money, it’s wide open.

A couple of things to make clear for the purpose of these “awards” is a moment is just that…a split second. Not a game. Not a series. It’s a moment. And, put yourself in that moment and remember how you felt…not knowing what the future would hold.

For example, last year’s Worst Moment was Josh Hamilton’s Game Six 10th inning home run. In hindsight, it was harmless. In the moment, it was the biggest kick to the balls in 2011.

And, deaths are out of the mix for any of the Worst Moments. To think, for example, that Phil Pressey’s desperation shot to avoid first-round elimination at the hands of Norfolk State should go ahead of the passing of Rick Majerus strikes me as absurd. So, for the purpose of the “awards,” deaths are out of the rankings.

Here’s a look at our past winners…since we started doing this in 2010:

Worst Moment-2010: Joe Thornton’s Hit On David Perron

Worst Moment-2011: Josh Hamilton’s 10th inning Home Run in Game Six

Best Moment-2010: Gahn McGaffie’s Kickoff Return Against #1 Oklahoma To Start The Game

Best Moment-2011: David Freese’s Game-Tying Triple in Game Six

insideSTL Sportsperson of The Year-2010:
Sam Bradford

insideSTL Sportsperson of The Year-2011: David Freese

So, with the deep history of these awards now out there for your viewing pleasure, please either submit your Top 5 in each category (Worst Moment, Best Moment, and Sportsperson of The Year and rank them one through five). You can do so by putting them in the comments section below, or you can email me at tmckernan@insidestl.com. You have through Wednesday to submit them, as the Worst Moments will go up on Thursday, Best Moments will go up on Friday, and the Sportsperson of The Year will go up a week from today.

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# s
Monday, December 24, 2012 9:54 AM
Sportsperson of the Year: 1. Jeff Fisher 2. Greg Zuerlein 3. Steven Jackson 4(tie). Kevin Demoff/Mike Matheny 5. Carlos Beltran

Best Moment-2012: 1. Daniel Descalso's hit in 9th inning of Game 5 of NLDS. 2. Pete Kozma's hit in 9th inning of Game 5 NLDS. 3. The "infield-fly" call in wild-card play-in game in Atlanta. 4. Marcus Denmon's 3-pointer with 56 seconds left to give MU a 1-point lead in Columbia against KU. 5. Greg Zuerlein's 53-yard FG in OT to beat the 49ers.

Worst Moment-2012: 1. Pressey's shot misses and Mizzou loses to Norfolk State. 2. Adam Wainwright gives up home run to Michael Morse in NLDS Game 5 3rd inning to go down 6-0. 3. Cardinals can't get Marco Fucking Scutaro out the whole fucking NLCS (Yes, I know not a "moment", but the whole thing was fucking frustrating as hell.) 4. Robert Quinn misses sack on Christian Ponder which allows him to score a TD on third and goal. 5. Danny Amendola injures his collarbone in Week 5.

Tim McKernan
# Tim McKernan
Monday, December 24, 2012 10:16 AM

With the exception of the Scutaro thing (which you acknowledged as not being eligible), that was quite well done, sir.

Even with my odd memory, I had forgotten about some of those.

Nicely done.

# erik_tristan2.0
Monday, December 24, 2012 10:47 AM
This may be just as easy...

Best (3)
9th inning of Game 5 of NLDS
Blues win first playoff series since 2002
Missouri wins Big XII tourney in final year as member of conf.

Worst (3)
Norfolk State v Missouri
Kansas' comeback v Missouri
Cardinals miss out on scoring runs off Barry Zito in Game 5 of LCS.

Sportsperson (4)
Carlos Beltran
Jeff Fisher
Brian Elliott
3rd base umpire off wildcard game.

Merry Christmas...shutter was full...
# stlkiss
Monday, December 24, 2012 10:49 AM
Sportsperson of the Year: 1. Jeff Fisher 2. Steven Jackson 3. Mike Matheny 4. Ken Hitchcock 5. Greg Zuerlein

Best Moment: 1. Kozma's hit in the 9th inning of Game 5. 2. Descalso's hit in Game 5. 3. Zuerlein's 53 yard field goal to beat the 49ers in OT. 4. Mizzou beating Kansas at Mizzou Arena 5. Motte gets Uggla to ground to 2nd, sending the Cardinals to the next round against the Nationals.

Worst Moment: 1. Pressey's shot missing and losing to Norfork State. 2. NLCS Game 5 (You knew it had 1996 written all over it after they lost that game.). 3. The Kings finishing the sweep of the Blues in round 2. 4. The Rams not getting the field goal off in time in San Fran. 5. The Rams illegal formation call after the first play of overtime goes for an 80 yard pass to Amendola
Tim McKernan
# Tim McKernan
Monday, December 24, 2012 10:50 AM
Nice play on the 3rd base umpire.
Tim McKernan
# Tim McKernan
Monday, December 24, 2012 10:51 AM
Very well done, stlkiss. That's what I'm looking for, sir.
Mike in South City
# Mike in South City
Monday, December 24, 2012 12:35 PM
Sports person 1) Frank Haith (from bum to genius in one season) 2) Carlos Beltran 3) Kim English 4) Ken Hitchcock 5) Pete Kozma

Best moment 1) 9th inning of game 5 against the Nationals 2) Angels not making the MLB playoffs 3) Mizzou joining the SEC 4) defeating the braves in the wildcard/ play in, game. 5) Beating IL for a 4th consecutive time in the braggin' rights game.

Worst moment 1) Carp not being Carp in game 7 of NLCS 2) Waino being no bueno in game 5 of NLCS 3) losing to Norfolk St. 4) Losing to Vandrbilt @ home 5) losing Berkman for the season
# drs6222
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 10:01 AM
Sportsperson of the Year: 1. Jeff Fisher 2. Doug Vaughn 3. Ken HitchCOCK 4. Mike Matheny 5. J-Rod

Best Moment: 1. Kozma's hit in the 9th inning of Game 5. 2. Descalso's hit in Game 5. 3. Roman Polak Absolutely Beating the crap out of the San Jose Sharks. 4. Mizzou beating Kansas at Mizzou Arena 5. Doug Vaughn's voyeur video leaked

Worst Moment: 1. Pressey's shot missing and losing to Norfork State. 2. Hunter Pence's weak hit. 3. The Kings finishing the sweep of the Blues in round 2. 4. KU not agreeing to play Mizzou on a neutral court in BBall. 5. Doug Vaughn's Hysterectomy

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