It's time to give out some awards. Everything from the local sports equivalent of the Razzy to a prestigious Emmy. Here are this year's winners and losers of some awards we just totally made up. Without further ado, let's get to the cards.
Newcomer of the Year: Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat. Jimmy Butler's first 20-odd games in a Miami Heat jersey have been something out of a rom-com. He's always smiling, laughing, and, in the end, head-over-heels in love. It's the cutest thing ever.
Why is Jimmy Butler always smiling these days? Simple: He loves Miami and loves everything about the Heat. pic.twitter.com/mcjKGkH4SV— Clay Ferraro (@ClayWPLG) December 12, 2019
After years of loveless relationships with other teams, where both sides claimed the other was crazy, Butler has found a home in Miami. The Heat is off to one of the best starts in franchise history and is clearly a much healthier franchise now with a Top 15 player like Butler anchoring the lineup.
Averaging 20 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists a game is almost unheard of, but it's what Butler has done so far this season. He's clearly the best addition to Miami sports since LeBron James took his talents to South Beach.
The Miami Hurricanes were a monumental disappointment in 2019. Downright embarrassing. Diaz was supposed to fix things in Coral Gables after Mark Richt retired, but he somehow made them worse. Now Miami will play in another meaningless low-tier bowl game, hope for recruits to commit, and pray, again, that next season things get turned in the right direction. If they don't, Diaz might not be around this time next year.
After all that, Waiters still doesn't get it — he was recently suspended for six more games for further shenanigans deemed detrimental to the team. He's now closing in on $2 million lost owing to suspensions and even more in the way of lost bonuses for playing time. Waiters will likely never see the floor for the Heat again, no matter how much it costs him.
This season, Parker cemented himself as a top-tier NFL player. Saying that sentence this time last year would have resulted in being thrown out of whatever bar in which you said it.
Heat center Bam Adebayo comes in a close runnerup for this award.
Whether he's smashing his way into the end zone face-first and then screaming like a crazy man, or zigzag scrambling on the field and pitching it to a Dolphins wide receiver before he's tackled, Fitzpatrick is always an adventure. The Dolphins stink, but with him under center, games are infinitely more entertaining than they would be without him.
It still makes no sense why the Fins would want a veteran quarterback to lead their horrific initial rebuild years, but here we are. We might as well enjoy it while it lasts. Like it or not, it's been a circus that has kept us entertained while the losses piled up all season.