Event of theYear (TIE):
ZoBro Ernesto Cortes' graduation from JB Alexander High School in Laredo, TX takes top honors along with the wedding of Livy Keithley (C'98) and Sharlene Sidhu (C'00).
The Game Changer of the Year (ZoNotes' Person Of The Year):
President Bush risked his "political capital" to lead the GOP to the big win in the 2002 midterm elections. If the Dems had been so bold, perhaps they still might have the Senate.
Sporting Moment of the Year
The New England Patriots' win over the St. Louis Rams in the Super Bowl is the runaway winner here. The Anaheim Angels' World Series win would have made it if it weren't for that rally monkey.
Political Breakthrough of the Year
Actually, two here. First and foremost -- the GOP's stunning election day showing in the midterms is the clear first choice. The GOP now controls every segment of the government for the first time in the modern communications era. The second is the democratic transition of power to a leftist government in Brazil, with the election of Luiz Lula. For a country with a long history of military involvement in politics, this was a big deal.
The "He Said WHAT?" Award
Clearly, Sen. Trent Lott's (R-Miss.) laudatory commentary about Strom Thrumond's 1948 segregationist candidacy for President is the winner. But the far leftists also threw in their lot when Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) hailed Osama bin Laden's alleged charitable acts.
Wordplay of the Year
No votes received.
Song of the Year
Averil Lavigne's "Complicated." I sing it in the shower, in the gym, and at breakfast. You do too.
Album of the Year
The Dixie Chicks -- "Home". The Chicks' third big album is a musical triumph, a decisive score.
The Popcorn Butter Award: Best Movie (TIE)
"Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring," and "Spider-Man". Yes, I am a geek. Live with it.
The "I'm Reading it Too," Book of the Year
Robert Caro's "Master of the Senate," about LBJ's time as Senate Majority Leader.
The "Fire Him -- NOW!" Award
Trent Lott was in line for this one when he was driven out as Majority Leader. And then Cowboys head coach Dave Campo was in line for it until Jerry Jones did the deed before the year completed. So, no real winner here, but there really isn't one when you get to this category anyway, is there?