Mitch Trubisky winning the NVP award.

Determining awards and selections via fan vote has led to some unusual picks over the years, including John Scott in the NHL All-Star Game, Johnny Manziel over Jim Brown as the Browns’ greatest player of all time, and The Dan Le Batard Show‘s attempt (ultimately unsuccessful) to send Lewis Brinson to the MLB All-Star Game. The latest along those lines was the Nickelodeon broadcast of the New Orleans Saints’ 21-9 win over the Chicago Bears in a NFL wild-card playoff game Sunday presenting Chicago quarterback Mitch Trubisky (who completed just 19 of 29 passes for 199 yards and a touchdown, with the touchdown and many of the yards coming in garbage time) with the fan-voted NVP as Nickelodeon Valuable Player, in a vote that wasn’t particularly close:

Some of that may have come from Barstool Sports’ Dan Katz’s repeatedly-used #Mitch4NVP hashtag and repeated encouragements for fans to vote:

Some of the issue here (if having people vote for a “valuable player” who’s anything but valuable is an issue) is that people could easily vote multiple times and just keep voting. So that leads to a poll outcome that’s much easier to manipulate than if you limit it to one vote per IP address or something of the sort. And it’s pretty funny when that outcome comes after an awful performance, and one that might be Trubisky’s last in a Bears’ uniform (his contract is up). At any rate, this all meant that Trubisky won the NVP, and that led to a lot of funny media coverage:

This also led to a funny moment when Nickelodeon star Lex Lumpkin (doing “sideline reporting” on this broadcast) got Trubisky’s name wrong during the announcement:

Sadly, it does not appear that Trubisky was actually presented with this award. Nor was he slimed. But hey, Saints’ coach Sean Payton took the slime after the win:

At any rate, this selection may have not been reflective of “value,” but we can’t say it’s out of keeping with the history of the NVP, as this is the first time that award has ever been handed out. So perhaps the NVP will always be given to an embarrassing performance rather than a valuable one.

[Photo via @Nickelodeon on Twitter]

About Andrew Bucholtz

Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.