Hall of Game Awards 2013: Date, Time, Nominees, TV Info and More

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Hall of Game Awards 2013: Date, Time, Nominees, TV Info and More
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Take the Network that invented Adventure Time—a show that, as an adult, I admittedly love—combine it with the man that brought the World Kazaam, and what do you get?

That's right, the 2013 Cartoon Network Hall of Game Awards hosted by Shaquille O'Neal.

If that's not enough to wet your whistle, check out this year's promo—which involves a training montage with Shaq in short-shorts.

 

When: Monday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. EDT

Watch: Cartoon Network

Host: Shaquille O'Neal

Co-Host: Nick Cannon

 

Here's a breakdown of this year's categories and nominees.

 

Award & Nominees

HE'S GOT GAME
 Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
 Arian Foster, Houston Texans
 Usain Bolt, Jamaica Men's Track and Field
 LeBron James, Miami Heat

Prediction: Miguel Cabrera

Plenty of deserving candidates on this list—though I don't understand Arian Foster over Adrian Peterson—but in the end you have to give it to the first Triple Crown winner since 1967.

 

SHE'S GOT GAME
 Serena Williams, Tennis
 Gabby Douglas, Gymnastics
 Alex Morgan, USA Women's Soccer
 Tamika Catchings, Indiana Fever

Prediction: Gabby Douglas

How can you not give the nod to Gabby Douglas? She not only anchored the USA Women's Olympic Gymnastic team, but also took home the gold in the All-Around.

 

WE GOT GAME
 Miami Heat
 USA Women's Gymnastic Team
 LA Kings
 San Francisco Giants

Prediction: San Francisco Giants

The Fierce Five and Big Three are tough to top, but the Giants were facing elimination six times in October and stormed back to win the World Series.

 

Best Foes Forever
 Jimmie Johnson vs. Brad Keselowski, NASCAR
 Rory McIlroy vs. Tiger Woods, PGA Tour
 Duke vs. UNC, NCAA Basketball
 San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB

Prediction: San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

One of baseball's oldest—and greatest rivalries—got that much better this summer.

 

DYNAMIC DUO
 Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, USA Women's Volleyball
 Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte, USA Men's Swimming
 Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
 Eli Manning and Victor Cruz, New York Giants

Prediction: Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook

These two are unstoppable on the court and combined for 51.6 points per game during the 2011-12 season—both were in the top five in scoring.

 

MOST AWESOME MASCOT
 Denver Nuggets' "Rocky the Mountain Lion"
 San Francisco Giants' "Lou Seal"
 Kansas City Chiefs' "K.C. Wolf
 St. Louis Blues' "Louie the Bear"

Prediction: Lou Seal

The Giants wouldn't give up in the 2012 playoffs, and something tells me if had something to do with good mascot mojo.

 

ALTI-DUDE
 Shaun White, Snowboarding
 Nyjah Houston, Skateboarding
 Kelly Clark, Snowboarding
 Kelly Slater, Surfing

Prediction: Shaun White

He's the best at what he does and continues to dominate his sport. His perfect 100-point superpipe score in last years Winter X-Games was a complete showstopper.

 

GNARLIEST NEWB
 Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
 Missy Franklin, USA Women's Swimming
 Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

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Prediction: Mike Trout

RG3 was phenomenal, but due to injures we didn't see enough of him to really take it all in. Meanwhile, Mike Trout put together arguably the best rookie season of all time.

 

DANCE MACHINE (BEST CELEBRATION)
 Jason Pierre Paul, New York Giants
 Ezekiel Kemboi, Kenya Men's Track and Field
 Denny Hamlin, NASCAR
 Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens

Prediction: Ray Lewis

All these guys are capable dancers, but the award has to go to Ray Lewis. At 37 years old the guy still knows how to move after a big play.

 

THAT'S HOW I ROLL
 Brett Keisel, Pittsburgh Steelers
 Ryan Lochte, USA Men's Swimming
 Serena Williams, Tennis
 Jonny Gomes, Boston Red Sox

Prediction: Ryan Lochte

I don't like the blinged-out grill, but you know Lochte's going to win just off of pure flash. If I took my pick—and went for substance—I'd go with Brett Keisel and his glorious beard.

 

Amped Up Anthem
 PSY- Gangnam Style
 Carly Rae Jepsen - Call me Maybe
 The Script - Hall of Fame
 Philip Phillips - Home

Prediction: PSY - Gangnam Style

I'm not even sure what this category means... all I know is that I want PSY to win it.

 

Fanatic Fanstars
 Dallas Cowboys
 New York Yankees
 Oklahoma City Thunder
 Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Prediction: Notre Dame

At first glance this award almost seems like it goes to the biggest band wagoners. But Notre Dame rode it's home field magic to a perfect 12-0 regular season, so I'm giving them the nod.

 

Most Viral Player
9-Year-Old Girl Running Back
Game-Winning Catch
Amazing One-Handed Catch
67 Yard Field Goal

Prediction: 9-Year-Old Running Back

All these videos are amazing—and if you haven't watched them yet, do so—but that 9-year-old is by-far the best-of-the-best.

She cuts like Adrian Peterson and tackles like Ray Lewis. And what's not to like about furthering equality in sports?

 

Super Siblings
Peyton and Eli Manning, NFL
Pau and Marc Gasol, NBA
Staal Brothers, NHL
Serena and Venus Williams, Tennis

Prediction: Peyton and Eli Manning

Eli Manning won the Super Bowl to kick off the year, and Peyton Manning made a phenomenal comeback in the 2012-13 season. How can you overlook all of that?

 

Woah-Ment
Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers
USA Olympic Women's Swim Team
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
Mitchie Brusco, Skateboarding

Prediction: Adrian Peterson

Coming off a devastating knee injury, Adrian Peterson stormed back and had the best season of his career.

If that wasn't enough, the running back came within nine yards of the single-season rushing record. Absolutely phenomenal stuff from Purple Jesus.

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