Vote: Which Boston Sports Figures Should Win the NESN Daily Sports Awards?


NESN Daily Academy AwardsWhile the stars of the silver screen are honored Sunday night in Hollywood, we’re taking the opportunity to honor the top performances in Boston sports with the NESN Daily Academy Awards.

The awards offer us a chance to look back at all that’s transpired in the last year, while we select and celebrate some of the best sports moments of 2012.

The “Best Director” category is full of coaches who have excelled with their teams in the past year. Doc Rivers has led the Celtics through thick and thin, while Bill Belichick continues to roll through the record books down in Foxboro. In the college game, Boston College hockey coach Jerry York is a dark horse in the category, but likely shouldn’t be after he winning yet another national championship.

When it comes to “Best Actor in a Supporting Role” nominees, the choice for a winner doesn’t become any easier. Rajon Rondo led the league in assists for the second straight year in 2012, while Patrice Bergeron led the Bruins in assists on the ice. However, the Los Angeles Dodgers might have lent the biggest helping hand by agreeing to take Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford from the Red Sox in a megatrade back in August.

“Best Actor in a Leading Role” is filled with familiar faces, as well. Tom Brady earned a nomination by throwing for nearly 5,000 yards, but has some stiff competition from two up-and-coming stars. Tyler Seguin broke out as a legitimate star after leading the B’s with 67 points, while Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman made New England proud by taking home the gold in London.

However, when selecting a “Best Picture” in the Boston sports scene, there are plenty of solid options, as well. Whether dealing with Boston College hockey capturing its third championship in four years or Ray Allen leaving Boston, there’s plenty of action to choose from. Then again, it might be hard to top the Bobby Valentine era when it comes to drama.

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