Hall of Game Awards 2013: Date, Time, Nominees, TV Info and More
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.
| 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.
| 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.
| Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins|
| Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels|
| Missy Franklin, USA Women's Swimming|
| Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts|
Who had the bigger rookie season?
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.
| 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|
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?
|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?
|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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