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THE TIMES, DECEMBER 18, 2014, PAGE 2 '- Like us on Facebook S orts John Dudek NFL Awards By JOHN DUDEK Times Columnist ::With just a few weeks left in t NFL's regular season, I de- cided it was time to hand out a few awards. The first award, is for Offensive player of the year. Dallas Cowboy running back DeMarco Murray is having a career year, and is on pace for right at 2,000 yards. Murray, w:o has been injury prone in tle past, has managed to stay hralthy this season. That is great news for Cowboy fans, as they try and ride him into the phyoffs. :The award for Defensive player of the year, goes to Hous- ton Texan defensive lineman, J.J Watt. Watt has had such a phenomenal season, that he will actually get votes for MVP. On top of constantly making game- ch'anging plays, he has a hand fl of touchdowns to boot. If his team wasn't so dreadful on of- fense, and had a better record, Watt would be the MVP. This year's Coach of the year, is Arizona cardinal front man, Bruce Arians. I know, it wasn't one of the big names that you were expecting, but he is the most deserving candidate, by far. Considering that the Car- dinals are down to their third string quarterback, and are still getting it done, this one is a no brainer. At the time of this printing, they are in 11-3, in one football's toughest divisions. All from a team, that most people didn't expect much from. One of the toughest awards to figure out, was Rookie of the year. This season has seen so many guys step Up, but one player, has stood out among the rest. Former LSU Tiger Odell Beckham Jr. has been wowing football fans all season, with his acrobatic grabs, and high- light reel plays. He also made a catch on Sunday Night Foot- ball a few weeks ago, that was hands down, the best play of the season. The sky is the limit for this guy. Finally, the MVP award. This award is the most prestigious award in the NFL. This season, they are a ton of candidates. But one player has stood up, above all others• Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has had a season for the ages. At press time, Rodgers has thrown 35 touchdowns, to only 5 inter- ceptions. The MVP award is all about how valuable a player is to their team. One way to mea- sure that, is to imagine how the team would play, without that particular player. In Rod- gers case, the Packers wouldn't even close to the team they are, without Rodgers. So, there you have it folks, in a few weeks, we will see just how accurate these picks turn out to be. Poncbatoula Times Independence Times ; _ •  P._ublhed by The Ponchatoula Times L.L.C. • ?,- ?: .2.. 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The pageant, which is a first for Tangipahoa par- ish, is only open to young ladies ages 0 months to 23 years with an intellectual disability, a cog- nitive delay, or a development disability. The event will serve as a fundraiser for TARC. The Very Special Miss Louisi- ann pageant is a fundraiser for the non-profit TARC. We want to make girls and young ladies with special needs dreams come true. This competition puts its con- testants on a memorable path; it will leave you with a memories and friendships that will last a life time. This will be a once in a life time experience. We ask that you give this pageant a try and set all your fears aside. We want you to give yourself a chance to try some- thing different. To try and do something some people may say you could not do. We, with the Very Miss Louisiana pageant think you can do and be what- ever your heart desires. (Pageant coordinator, Robin Abrams and Very Special Miss Louisiana ambassador Made- lyn Latino were interviewed by WWL News anchor Mike Hoss Monday December 15 at 8:45.) Ponchatoula Christmas lighting winners named By LIZ ANDERSON Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce The results of the 2014 Pon- chatoula Downtown Christmas Lighting competition are in; and the judges, even more so than in previous years, found it extremely difficult to choose one winner above another! The Chamber encourages everyone to take a slow and lei- surely walk down Pine Street, • opening their eyes to the beauty of each window display and de- tailed lighting of the season, k The theme of this year's com- petition was "Cartoon Charac- ters on Parade," and adhering to it was an integral part in the judging of the Window displays• This year, not only were win- dows filled with cartoon charac- ters past and present, but many : :ij (! were artistically painted in pri- ::ii mary colors, contributing to the downtown cheer. The anonymous panel of judges chosen by Sonia Henry, Ponchatoula Chamber of Com- merce, named the following winners: Favorite Decorated Building 1st Place Jani-King 2nd Place Paul's Cafe 3rd Place Xpressions Hair Salon & Boutique Favorite Window Display *1st Place Berrytown Cor- ner Cafe *2nd Place Trail's End An- tiques *3rd Place - Roussel's & Co Most of the shopkeepers and business owners from one end of downtown Ponchatoula to the other outdid themselves! Lords & Ladies Hair Salon had a glit- tering silver and white display, while Drake & Beckler contin- ued to wow with their glorious Nativity scene• Ben's French Bakery & Bistro even put out a tasty and visually appealing display of pastries to the delight of the judges and the young chil- dren following in their wake! The Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all the businesses and individu- als in Ponchatoula who spread Christmas cheer by contribut- ing to the holiday splendor! 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