To the shock and awe of approximately nobody, Vinny Curry walks away with the first piece of Hunt hardware, and it ain't even close. Practically from the get-go all the way to the polls closing, about half the votes submitted were for Curry, with the runner-up (Damion Square) only taking a paltry 13%. Emmanuel Acho, Jake Knott, and Chris McCoy all grabbed about 10% of the vote, which I guess is fair enough considering Acho or McCoy didn't even make the roster! When Cedric Thornton was reached for comment about his stunningly low 6% of the vote, he angrily replied:
That voting was bulls**t, man. I didn't even get on the ballot until that punk Curry had run away with the vote, and by that time all my "Thornies" had rightly decided to boycott any punk-a** award that didn't even nominate yours truly. Whoever is on that nomination committee better watch their neck, because I don't need no candy-a** Hunt trophy to break a man in half.
Yes, the inaugural Phillip Hunt Award for Preseason Defensive Excellence (PHAPDE, pronounced 'fap-dee') nomination and voting process was embroiled in so much controversy it made "moneybadger" Manziel's Heisman Shanghai look like child's play. Many felt that "Vindaloo" Curry shouldn't have even been eligible for the Hunt, considering his lofty draft status. However, the committee ruled that his lack of playing time and impact last season, combined with general pessimism concerning his fit in the Eagles' new 3-4 defense preserved his PHAPDE redshirt status and consequent eligibility.
There are so many people I'd like to thank... - Vinny Curry
But really folks, let's not let the eligibility controversy overshadow what the Hunt Award is really about-great preseason defensive play. VC lulled the entire BGN community into thinking he was going to be wearing another team's jersey all throughout training camp, and then balled out through 4 fantastic preseason games. He made Jimmy swoon with his lightning-quick first step, turning doubters into believers with every pressure applied. Guards were left in his destructive wake looking like kids who dropped their ice cream cones at the carnival. In a word, he dominated the preseason games, making people believe that this will be the year that Vindaloo will rise above his formerly bubble-threatened status and be an all-pro. And that, my friends, is what the PHAPDE is all about.
Well, I think I've said enough-let's let Mr. Curry shine as the first-ever winner of the Phillip Hunt Award. As always, we hope his success will transfer over into the regular (and post!) season...but if it doesn't, we just have to look back at the award's patron saint and say "hmmm...probably should have seen that coming".
Ladies and Gentlemen, give it up for Vinny Curry!