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I realize our traffic here at Turf Show Times is still growing, but I really want to encourage you to jump right in, leave comments, write a diary. You're certainly not limited to the Rams as the primary subject, make picks, point out how much you loved TO this week, the lack of celebrations from Ocho Cinco, etc. the world of football is your muse.

There are lots of other great NFL sites in the SB Nation family of blogs as well, and I'd encourage you to visit those sites and jump in the discussion  there too; they need the Rams perspective!

Speaking of the other SBN football sites, we voted for NFL midseason awards earlier this week. I wrote in Bulger for MVP, but got no love. Oh well, someday the world will see! Here's how the SBN midseason awards shook out.


Forget this clunky thing. It's all about the Mid-Season Awards, Baby!
Photo: Wikipedia.org

Just in time for Election Season, the football writers at SB Nation were polled on their picks for the best and worst players, coaches, and teams at the midway point of the 2006 NFL season. Surprisingly, several races were blowouts, except for "Worst Coach" at the midway point, which ended up as a tie. Somehow, I doubt the "winners" of this category will ask for a re-count. For many, it's not surprising that the Rookie of the Midway Point plays for New Orleans. The surprising part is it's certainly not Reggie Bush. Bush did get a rookie award, but not the kind many at ESPN were expecting.

So, without further ado, here are the SB Nation NFL Mid-Season Awards:

The Studs:

NFL MVP: Peyton Manning, QB Colts

Offensive Player: Peyton Manning, QB Colts

Defensive Player: Champ Bailey, CB Broncos

Coach: Sean Payton, Saints

Rookie: Maurice Colston, WR Saints

The Duds:

Worst Player: Ben Roethlisberger, QB Steelers (Edgerrin James, RB Cardinals, pulled in a very close second)

Worst Coach: Tie between Dennis Green (Arizona Cardinals) and Nick Saban (Miami Dolphins)

Worst Rookie: Reggie Bush, RB Saints. Somewhere, Stewart Scott at ESPN is crying.

Some funny nuggets from the SB Nation writers as they turned in their ballots:

From WCG:

Biggest Thrill that they are so Bad: Redskins, so much money, so little wins.

I'm sure Skin Patrol appreciates that.

From saint:

Worst Coach: Saban... With a shout out to Tom Walsh!!!

Walsh is the offensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders, the team saint blogs for. Oakland was shut out again on Monday Night Football this week. As you can see, saint is a little upset.

Though not a category, the best write-in stuff game from Gonzo at Daily Norseman:

Best Defensive Player: I'm going to throw in a write-in for Pat Williams here. Yes, he's awesome. Yes, I'm a homer. No, I don't care.
Worst Player: Another write-in vote for a guy from my team... Troy Williamson... kid couldn't catch gonorrhea in a Vietnamese whorehouse.
Worst Rookie: Reggie Bush... and I wasted a second-round fantasy pick on the guy.

That concludes the 2006 Mid-Season awards. We'll do a 2006 Season Awards when the regular season concludes.