1st Annual Keg Stand Awards: The Nomination Process

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

So sure it's cliche'. But we love end-of-the-year awards as much as anyone. I watch all the VH-1 countdown specials, I'm a sucker for Food Network shows...on and on.
We (the collective "we") have decided to do our own end of the year awards, so welcome to the First Annual Keg Stand Awards!

Around the Keg covers a lot of ground: beer, politics, pop-culture, beer, and politics. Thus, our awards will cover the same amount of ground. And this is just the beginning of the process. Below is a list of categoeries for which we need nominees. Nominations can be placed in the comments section, or emailed to me at thatsMYguinness@gmail.com. Please be sure to inclue a link to the page or post in question.


Without further ado:


Rickey's Wildest Ride
Rickey Henderson over at Riding With Rickey is nothing if not hilarious, with a real gift to make the mundane absolutely riotous. What's the Wildest Ride on Riding With Rickey?


Most Furious Rant
Mr. Furious is a blogging staple here, and many of us make his rants a daily stop. His furiosity is matched by Mike over at Mike's Neighborhod, who parallels Mr. F's ability to package solid arguments with righteous indignation. What was the Most Furious Rant of the year?


To George or Not To George
George over at I'm Not One To Blog But is a gifted writer, with his series of Tiwsted Histories, his various trips to parts of the globe and food reviews best putting his skills on display. What was his best prose this year?


Wingnuttiest Wingnut Post
What was this year's most gratuitous defense of blatantly right-wing nonsense? The most drooling defense of Bush Administration policies, or lamest lauditory of the Republican 08 election team?


Bleedingest Heart Post
Somewhere out there is indignant liberal outrage so far left as to make Che Guevara proud. Somewhere out there is sniveling about Obama cabinet picks or insipid arguments in defense of Marxist policies. Where is it?


Wingnuttiest Wingnut
Which blogger or anchor is the shining example of wingnuttery?


Bleedingest Heart
Which blogger or anchor openly bleeds from a gaping wound in his or her chest?


Desert Rose
What was the most cogent, well-reasoned post worthy of real thought or discussion?


Best Beer
What 2008 release could you drink forever and be totaly happy?


Worst Beer
What in 2008 made you regret the money you spent?


If there are any categories I forgot or should add, let me know in the commenst section. Again, please add links to posts or videos, as well as to whm to attribute it to and which category they belong to. We wil compile the nominees, and post the second-round near the end of the week. Round 2 will be a few picks from all nominees submitted to then further narrow to the winners of the prestigious Keg Stand Awards.


Happy submitting!

32 comments:

George 12:41 PM  

I am honored to have my own category.

(I will send you more beer, pronto, Smitty.)

Mike 2:13 PM  

So Furious and I are competing? Yikes.

And how can I compete in the "Most Furious" category with a guy whose name is . . . Furious?!

;-)

B Mac 5:26 PM  

Some early nominees:

I believe this to be Rickey's finest ride.

In a close one, I'll give the angry rant to Mr. Furious and his McCain rant over Mike's Palin Rant (last post on the page). Again, close competition.

George's series of Paris touring posts was excellent.

And while I hate to do it, the wingnuttiest wingnut defend award goes to Steves in a close call over, well, Steves.

steves 6:36 PM  

And while I hate to do it, the wingnuttiest wingnut defend award goes to Steves in a close call over, well, Steves.

Oh c'mon, there is way better stuff than that out there. I pointed out some hypocrisy and offered a relatively resoned critique of Biden. I don't think it rises to the level of what the category is asking any more than Jethro Tull deserved a Grammy for best metal performance back in the 80's.

steves 7:03 PM  

I especially enjoyed two of Rickey'sentries from December. NFL Roundup and grievances. I typically hate blogs on what annoy people, but his was somehow very funny.

Mike 7:09 PM  

I'm not digging up the link, but Rickey's post on Palin's visit to NY (which the NY Times picked up, if I'm not mistaken) was comic gold.

Thanks for the suggestion, B Mac. I'd forgotten about that post.

B Mac 10:04 PM  

Oh c'mon, there is way better stuff than that out there.

Absolutely... but everyone else posts crazy-ass Hippie Liberal drivel. My understanding of the category was that it had to be right-wing stuff to qualify.

By being a mildly-right-of-center independent, you automatically win this category. The competition in the bleeding heart category will be much tougher...

steves 12:32 AM  

B Mac, I thought the nomination was for the entire blogosphere, not just this site. I just don't want to be lumped in with Malkin and wingnut conspiracy theorists.

Smitty, help us out here.

B Mac 9:12 AM  

That would change everything... We need guidance, damnit!!!

Rickey Henderson 8:46 PM  

Hah, thanks for thanks for the nod Smitty. So does Rickey nominate his own posts or is this considered uncouth?

Rickey Henderson 9:48 AM  

No answer being given, Rickey shall proceed onwards! Two other posts that Rickey had a lot of fun writing were

http://ridingwithricky.blogspot.com/2008/09/rickey-presents-sarah-palins-new-york.html

and

http://ridingwithricky.blogspot.com/2008/10/rickey-presents-vice-presidential.html

Fascists make for great comedy fodder.

Bob 12:57 PM  

http://ridingwithricky.blogspot.com/2008/09/rickey-presents-sarah-palins-new-york.html

The NYTimes liked it, so what the heck.

Smitty 4:56 PM  

Smitty, help us out here.

Steves is right on this one: it's from the Greater Blogosphere, not necessarily specific to ATK. And I generally view steves as well-thought, not drooling sycophant.

So does Rickey nominate his own posts or is this considered uncouth

There is very little that is uncouth here on ATK. I really can't think of anything. Nominate away!

B Mac 5:27 PM  

In that case, I retract my nomination (with apologies to Steve for the blasphemy), and submit for your consideration E.D. Hill.

She isn't a blogger, but she's close enough... and this little classic cannot be overlooked.

steves 6:53 PM  

This gets my nomination for Bleedingest Heart Post. There have been plenty to touch on the subject of guns over the past year and I am sure this isn't even the worst, but it includes all the elements of an anti-gun screed, including hyperbole, lying, bull shit, appealing to emotion, and scaring people.

B Mac 11:58 PM  

hyperbole, lying, bull shit, appealing to emotion, and scaring people

Sounds like the makings of a wonderful whack-o posting. All that was missing was a reference to the necessity of tin foil hats or those pesky black helicopters...

steves 5:48 PM  

All that was missing was a reference to the necessity of tin foil hats or those pesky black helicopters...

Those elements, along with UN troops invading the midwest, seem to only be found in wacko conservative posts.

In that case, I retract my nomination (with apologies to Steve for the blasphemy), and submit for your consideration E.D. Hill.

She isn't a blogger, but she's close enough... and this little classic cannot be overlooked.


I'll second that nomination. How did I miss that when it first came out?!?!?

Mr Furious 12:16 PM  

Wow, an honor indeed...B Mac, I just went back and read that McCain post—I am pumping with resurgent anger-adrenaline as I type. I actually think my comment in that thread might have been the absolute peak of my anger and disgust in politics and the country.

At least for that week...

Mr Furious 12:20 PM  

I'm going to have to go with Olbermann as "Bleedingest Heart." I love him, but at this point I think he'd do an eight-minute "Special Comment" bemoaning the fact that President Bush left his fly down, "SIR!"

Mr Furious 12:23 PM  

I like to think I hit some funny notes here and there, but I know I can't hold Rickey's jock in that department.

Mike is right there with me in anger—perhaps his long-term bottling-up technique (aka rarely posting) helps him channel it effectively...He's got me beat on stubbornness, though. ;-)

Mr Furious 12:52 PM  

Does this guy have a blog? Because he'd win the Furious category in a walk.

steves 8:07 PM  

Bleedingest heart/worst lefty blog, IMO, has to go to Daily Kos for their gossipy post on Palin's kid who they said was her grandkid. Instead of focusing on something substantive, they took off on that tangent...and never even published a retraction or apology.

I don't think ATK should even be linking to Kos, especially when there are plenty of other intelligent left leaning blogs.

Mr Furious 8:22 PM  

Much as I regard that whole story as the flip side of Obama's birth certificate, the circumstances around that baby's birth are anything but normal, and Palin could have cleared it up easily and didn't.

Andrew Sullivan is a pretty reasonable guy, and he stuck with it for a while.

Mike 6:49 AM  

Mike . . . got me beat on stubbornness, though.

Shall I rename myself Mr. Stubborn? I think Mrs. Mike would be with you on that one!

(Which would make her Mrs. Stubborn, I suppose. I think of her more as Mrs. Persistent rather than Mrs. Stubborn.)

Bob 8:40 AM  

"I don't think ATK should even be linking to Kos, especially when there are plenty of other intelligent left leaning blogs."

I got slammed once by Smitty for suggesting something similar. Don't count on it.

That said, I agree that Kos is a freak. I am not sure I would put that post under the "bleeding heart" catagory, but maybe it should get the lefty-wingnut award.

I think I will nominate Kos as the left's wingnuttiest, wingnut of the year. A runner-up is Thomas Freidman of the NY Times.

Sopor 10:37 AM  

There's something missing from all of these nominations... oh that's right, beer!

Well I don't yet have a nomination for Best beer of 2008, partially b/c I have not had too many 2008 special releases this year! The best new beers I've drank this year have been Pizza Port's Moonlit Sessions, and Rochefort 10. I'll try to think of something that was released this year though...

but I DO have a nomination for worst beer of 2008! And this is kind of a funny one... because the beer itself was perfectly fine! But the brewery who made it was WAY off on style designation, produced the beer as a special release for an inappropriate (if I may be so bold) time of year. Perhaps more appropriate than "worst" beer of the year is to call this the "most dissapointing" beer of 2008: Bell's Christmas Ale. As I was suspicious of, and Smitty helped to confirm, this beer is as FAR from a Scotch Ale as beer can be. Was it pandering to a palateless public? A screwed up recipe? Making do with the ingredients they had that wouldn't make a good Scotch Ale even though the label was already printed? I don't know... all I know is that this beer is sure to disappoint any decently knowledgeable beer fan out there.

steves 8:37 PM  

I am not sure I would put that post under the "bleeding heart" catagory, but maybe it should get the lefty-wingnut award.

I agree that would make more sense.

Much as I regard that whole story as the flip side of Obama's birth certificate, the circumstances around that baby's birth are anything but normal, and Palin could have cleared it up easily and didn't.

The circumstances of the birth had been covered a great deal in Alaska, but Kos didn't bother to even make a cursory search of what had already been reported on a variety of media outlets. At worst, nasty rumormongering. At best, fucking lazy journalism.

Mr Furious 1:40 PM  

Steves, I haven't seen anything close to dispelling the rumors about the Palin baby. I have just chosen to treat them as speculation and rumor in the absence of definitive evidence that it's NOT her baby.

There was nothing routine about that birth or the pregnancy, and it has been handled very much like there is something to hide.

Like I said, until/unless there's a smoking gun, I give Palin the benefit of the doubt and her privacy.

steves 6:09 PM  

Mr. F, it had been well documented in Alaska. I don't know why it wasn't when she reached the national stage. It is possible that she thought it was old news and chose to ignore the rumors or that it was just another example of the shitty way the McCain team handled the press.

Bob 1:35 PM  

What about best beer review of the year?

Mr Furious 11:16 AM  

You gotta give me a link, steves, because even the Anchorage paper had nothing. That said, it's old news and I don't really care.

For the record, I don't think it would have gotten any mileage if she hadn't established herself as a pathological liar once she hit the national stage.

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