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THE TIMES, DECEMBER 14, 2017 PAGE 4 FL Awards JOHN DUDEK Times Columnist With the playoffs seemingly right around the corner, it is time to hand out some hardware for this season. I'll kick things off with the Rookie of the Year. Had Texans quarterback De- Shaun Watson stayed healthy, he was the ob- vious choice. But he has missed more games than he played, so that kind of took him out of the competition. After the first month, Kan- sas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt would have been a great choice, but he has faded hard the last month. Which brings me to my choice, New Or- leans Saints jack of all trades, Alvin Kamara. If you watched him evolve into one of the most dy- namic backs in all of foot- ball this year, you got to see a special player. Ka- marc has been equally im- pressive as both a runner, and a receiver. And, unlike the other guys up for the award, he has gotten bet- ter as the season went on, and he has remained vir- tually injury free. The NFL Offensive Player of the Year goes to Pittsburgh's Le'veon Bell. Bell has been noth- ing short of spectacular on one of the league's top of- fenses. Le'veon has 75 re- ceptions already, which is more than most top flight receivers, and he leads the league in rushing yards. He is definitely the straw that stirs the drink in Pittsburgh, and has the Steelers in position to challenge the New Eng- land Patriots for the AFC championship. My choice for De- fensive Player of the Year wasn't as easy of a decision. After much deliberation, I chose Jacksonville defen- sive end Calais Campbell. Campbell is fourth in the [] league in sacks, and is the ~ leader of the league's most ferocious defense. The Jaguars defense has been the biggest reason behind their turnaround from per- petual cellar dweller, to leading their division this season. As for my Coach of the Year, I'm going with Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay. The Times Sports Columnist John Dudek turnaround that the Rams have experienced this year, has been one of, if not the biggest surprise of the 2017 season. He is also the youngest coach in the league, heck, he is younger than some of his players. Apparently he can relate well to them as a group. The work that he has done with quarterback Jared Goff has been a minor miracle, considering how Goff looked last season. The Rams went from being one of the worst teams in football, to the top of their division. Finally, the player that gets my vote for MVP, Tom Brady. Of all of the great seasons that he has had in his long, illustri- ous career, this one might be the most impressive. The Patriots have played musical chairs at running back, the wide receivers can't stay healthy, and the offensive line has been average, at best. He is 40 years old, and will finish the season well over 4,000 yards, 30 touchdowns, and not even 10 interceptions. Love him or loathe him, that is one heck of a stat line, for a 25 year old. I've said before, he is like the LeBron James of the NFL, if he is healthy, he is going to be in the conversation for MVP every year. This season was no exception, just another exceptional season by #12. Ponchatoula Trees Indepe nce Times Published by The Ponchatoula Times L.LC. Established October 1, 1981 Print Edition Published Thursday of every week at 170 North Seventh Street Internet Edition posted Friday of every week www'pnchatula'com/ptLmes Post Office Box 743--Ponchatoula, LA 70454-0743 SUBSCRIPTIONS $25 a Year In Tangipahoa Parish $30.a Year Outside Tangipahoa Parish ($5 Discount for Seniors) Gift subscriptions offered at same rates -- 24 Hour Telephone Line-- Subscriptions and News Tips 985/386-2877 INTERNET EDITION E-MAlL U.S. Periodicals Postal Permit No. 666730 Postmaster, address correspondence and changes of address orders to: P.O. Box 743, Ponchatoula, LA 70454-0743 Bryan T. McMahon -- Publisher Bryan T, McMahon - Editor Joel Ray-- Sports Editor Deirdre McMahon $anchez-- Houston Bureau Chief Bliss McMahon -- Chicago Bureau Chief Mark McMahon -- Detroit Bureau Chief Brendan McMahon -- New Orleans Bureau Chief Times Columnists and Photographers Die Hardhide The Alligator, John Dudek, Uncle Sam, John Johnson, John Beadle Parker Laydsson (Law),Jim Perrin (History), Prof. Dr. Randolph Howes M.D. PhD (Health) Times On Wheels Columnists Bryan T. McMahon NEWS RELEASES & ADVERTISING e-mail (preferred) editor@ponchatoulacom P.O. Box 743, Ponchatoula, LA 7045*0743 We accept VlSNMastercard OFFICIAL JOURNAL City of Ponchatoula, Town of Independence, South Tangipahoa Port Commission, Ponchatoula Area Recreation District, Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival MEMBER Louisiana Press Association HONORS Louisiana Press Association Freedom of Information Award, 1st Place Investigative Reporting, 1st place Editorial Writing, Gibbs Adams Award for Investigative Reporting, 1st Place Best Headline (Brooks O'Connor) Brown Pelican Award for Environmental Reporting OFFICE HOURS Please call for Appointment (985) 386-2877 Tulane high scorer Harlyn Wyatt. (Courtesy photo of Tulane) Tulane Women lose to LSU By JOEL RAY Times Sports Editor The Tulane Green Wave women's basket- ball team lost to the LSU Fighting Tigers 73-50 in non-conference action at Fogelman Arena inside Devlin Fieldhouse on the Tulane campus. With the loss, Tulane drops to a record of 5-5 overall. The victory im- proved LSU's record to 5-3 overall. Neither team has begun "conference play yet, both are 0-0 in their re- spective conferences. Tulane center Harlyn Wyatt led the Green Wave in scoring with 12 points. Itwas the fourth consecu- tive game that Wyatt has scored in double figures. Wyatt was the Green Wave's only double-digit scorer. The high scorer forLSU was guard Chloe Jackson with 20 points. Tulane guard Kolby Morgan, who entered the game averaging a little over 22 points per game, only scored 8 points and had four rebounds and three blocked shots. LSU led at halftime 29- 21 and never looked back. LSU increased its lead in the third quarter out- scoring Tulane 25-15. The Fighting Tigers did not let up in the fourth quar- ter where they again out- scored the Green Wave 19-14. The largest lead by LSU was 27 points. The Tulane women's basketball team plays at home this Sunday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. against Mid- dle Tennessee State. Times Sports Editor Joel Ray'is a member of the Louisiana Sports Writ- ers Association. 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