Announcing the 2014 Water Cooler Sports Awards!

Updated: April 16, 2014

Critics expect the acceptance speech of Water Cooler Sports columnist Johnathan Wood to be both emotional and memorable.

I was  doing some mental calculations in my head today — don’t laugh, it’s been known to happen — and I came to a startling realization.

Today is the second anniversary of the glorious birth of Water Cooler Sports.

Yes, indeed. This venerable hangout of impassioned sports fanatics opened its doors to the world 731 days ago (there was a leap day in there somewhere).

Pondering this remarkable fact is almost enough to feel old. Or it would, If I had feelings.

It’s also entirely humbling, because it reminds me once again that none of this could ever have happened without the contributions of all of you.

No matter what happens — unannounced server outages, random glitches in the comment stream, knock-down-drag-out battles between warring factions, petulant defections, mysterious absences of website administrators — you keep coming back and making this a fun place to hang out.

Our authors brave the certain pain of public scorn and ridicule to express their opinions and offer us their analyses, even (or especially) when they know no one will agree with them. Even when they have a sneaking suspicion that no one probably cares.

In the last 24 months, through your hard work and dedication, we have

  • recruited over 35 regular and occasional authors;
  • published over 2,041 articles;
  • unleashed well over a million words of content on the world;
  • cluttered the blogosphere with over 1,632,491 nonsensical and utterly useless comments;
  • appeared over 20 times on local ratio station affiliates; and
  • interviewed several awesome sports celebrities

And, of course, we’ve handed out some of the coolest awards known to man.

Our 2014 Water Cooler Sports awardees will be looking their best at the Coolies.

2014 Coolies

Yes, that’s right. It’s that time of the year again.

Believe it or not, the 2014 Water Cooler Sports Awards — better known as The Coolies — are upon us, and you are invited to be there for all the action!

Anyone who has ever written an article for WCS is eligible to nominate articles for awards. Any article that has been published in the past 12 months can be nominated for a Coolie.

Just to make things a little easier, we have designated articles other members have deemed worthy of Coolie consideration with the handy Coolie Nominee tag. Simply bookmark for quick access to the current collection of Coolie hopefuls.

There will be cheers, there will be tears, and there will be what passes for humor at the 2014 Coolies.

We will be accepting nominations in the following categories:

  • Best Opinion
  • Best Commentary and Analysis
  • Best Humor
  • Best News
  • Best Statistical Study
  • Best Interactive Feature
  • Best Weekly Column
  • Best Tribute
  • Best Writer

We might also have one or two surprise categories if our nominating committee comes up with some good ones.

Please submit your nominations no later than Monday, April 21st, so that we can publish the slate of nominees on Tuesday, April 22nd. Votes will be due in by 8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 24th, paving the way for our 2014 Coolie Awards ceremony to be held at 2:07 p.m. CT.

I will be presiding as master of ceremonies, with our very own Nate Slama hosting with his offbeat sense of humor.

Thanks for hanging with us for the last two tumultuous years, and be sure to join us as we pay tribute to the talented writers who help make Water Cooler Sports the coolest sports site on this side of Super Bowl II.

About the author(s)

Rourke Douglas Decker covers the Green Bay Packers beat for Water Cooler Sports. He resides with his family in the Twin Cities. He can be reached for questions or comments at . Connect with .


SKA's back. Keal posted bail.

rocketman6969 moderator

We really need one of the earlier birds to have publishing rights...

Chocolate Honey O's
Chocolate Honey O's

Here's something weird. The only acceptable way to wear camo is on a hat.

natesweet moderator

I'm a Blazers fan. If someone told me at the beginning of the season the Blazers would finish the season with the same record as Miami I would have said they were nucking futs. 82 games later and the Blazers have the same 54-28 record the Heat do and in a much more difficult conference.

Cam Of Steel
Cam Of Steel

Battle of the sox tied at 4 bottom of the 11th.. What a game!


So I guess I get best commenter this year...


I forgot to write mine this week. But it is really pointless right now. There is nothing of even modest interest going on right now.

Le Français André
Le Français André

i nominated you for opinion, humor and commentary/analysis for the 9ers article.  


Just make up names of guys that the team might have visited or had in. Bet no one catches it.

No they would. But still Who Cares.


"The NFCS teams evaluated players to take in the draft giving guys grades we will never learn." There is the entire article