Pondy Awards History

Dome Pondering Year in Review - 2006
Dome Pondering Year in Review - 2007
Dome Pondering Year in Review - 2008
Dome Pondering Year in Review - 2009
Dome Pondering Year in Review - 2010
Dome Pondering Year in Review - 2011
Dome Pondering Year in Review - 2012
Dome Pondering Year in Review - 2013
Dome Pondering Year in Review - 2014
Dome Pondering Year in Review - 2015
Dome Pondering Year in Review - 2016

Crucial Moment of the Year:

2006 - Foiled Terrorist Plot in England
2007 - Virginia Tech Shootings
2008 - Collapse of Lehman Brothers and Buyout of AIG
2009 - US Airline Terrorist Attack Foiled
2010 - New York City Times Square Bomb Scare
2011 - Osama Bin Laden Killed
2012 - Sandy Hook Elementary School Mass Shooting Tragedy
2013 - Boston Marathon Bombing and Suspects Pursuit
2014 - The Rise of ISIS Militant Group
2015 - Paris Terrorist Attacks
2016 - Donald Trump Wins Presidency

World Affairs Issue of the Year: 

2006 - North Korea Missile Crisis
2007 - Death of Benazir Bhutto
2008 - Global Economy
2009 - Michael Jackson's Death
2010 - Pakistan Floods
2011 - Osama Bin Laden Killed
2012 - Assassination of United States Ambassador, Christopher Stevens, in Libya
2013 - Potential/Possible U.S. Attack on Syria
2014 - Gaza and Israel Conflict
2015 - Terrorism
2016 - Brexit

Inspirational Story of the Year: 

2006 - City of New Orleans
2007 - Virginia Tech Recovery
2008 - Barack Obama's Acceptance Speech
2009 - President Obama's Inauguration
2010 - Orayne Williams
2011 - Rebuilding of Joplin, Missouri
2012 - John Cena Make-A-Wish Milestone of 300
2013 - Recovery of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle McKnight
2014 - Lauren Hill Plays NCAA Game and Stuart Scott's ESPY Speech
2015 - Boy Studying in the Street in the Philippines
2016 - Craig Sager

Random Story of the Year:

2006 - Cory Lidle's Death
2007 - Minnesota Bridge Collapse
2008 - Myanmar Cyclone
2009 - Somali Pirates Take Hostage of U.S. Ships
2010 - Gulf of Mexico BP Oil Spill
2011 - Amanda Knox Trial
2012 - General David Petraeus Affair and Resignation
2013 - Manti Te'o Girlfriend Hoax
2014 - Missing MH370 Flight
2015 - Rachel Dolezal Story
2016 - Pulse Nightclub Shooting in Orlando

Most Controversial Story of the Year:

2006 - Illegal Immigration in the United States
2007 - The Jena 6
2008 - Government Bailouts
2009 - United States Healthcare Reform
2010 - Arizona's SB1070 Immigration Law
2011 - Casey Anthony Trial/Verdict
2012 - Trayvon Martin Case
2013 - George Zimmerman Trial (Trayvon Martin Justice)
2014 - Darren Wilson Non-Indictment/Mike Brown Killing (Ferguson)
2015 - Syrian Civil War and Refugee Crisis
2016 - Colin Kaepernick National Anthem Protest

Most Overrated Story of the Year:

2006 - Barbaro's Broken Leg
2007 - Paris Hilton in Jail
2008 - Madonna/A-Rod Romance
2009 - Bret Favre's "Comeback"
2010 - Rutger's Student, Tyler Clementi's Suicide
2011 - Kim Kardashian/Kris Humphries Wedding
2012 - Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes Divorce
2013 - Miley Cyrus MTV Performance
2014 - Draft Coverage of Michael Sam
2015 - Caitlyn Jenner
2016 - Black Lives Matter Movement

Tune of the Year: 

2010 - Lady Antebellum - "I Need You Now"
2011 - Lupe Fiasco - "Words I Never Said"
2012 - Carly Rae Jespen - "Call Me Maybe"
2013 - Avicii (and Aloe Blacc) - "Wake Me Up"
2014 - Pharrell Williams - "Happy"
2015 - Adele - "Hello"
2016 - Beyonce - "Formation"

Invention of the Year:

2006 - YouTube
2007 - iPhone
2008 - Nintendo Wii
2009 - Twitter
2010 - Facebook
2011 - Angry Birds
2012 - Instagram
2013 - ReWalk
2014 - Wireless Electricity
2015 - Hoverboard Scooter
2016 - Pokemon Go

Comeback of the Year:

2006 - Jay-Z
2007 - Alex Rodriguez
2008 - Britney Spears
2009 - Alex Rodriguez
2010 - Michael Vick
2011 - Jennifer Lopez
2012 - MTA Transit System After Sandy
2013 - Mariano Rivera
2014 - LeBron James Returns to Cleveland
2015 - Alex Rodriguez
2016 - Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Cavaliers

"Wishing Well" Award of the Year:

2006 - Playstation 3
2007 - New Management for New York Knicks
2008 - Hip Hop Music
2009 - Employment/Rebounding Economy
2010 - NBA and NFL Collective Bargaining Agreements
2011 - Quality Television
2012 - Washington D.C. Teamwork
2013 - Renewed Accountability in Society
2014 - Improved Option in Judicial System to try Police Officers
2015 - Fix Underlying Racism and Discrimination
2016 - Fix Underlying Racism and Discrimination

"Just Go Away" Award of the Year:

2006 - Britney Spears
2007 - Britney Spears
2008 - Anti-Obama/Democrat Supporters
2009 - Jon and Kate Gosselin
2010 - Lindsay Lohan
2011 - The Kardashian Family
2012 - Chris Brown and Rhianna
2013 - Justin Beiber
2014 - Kim Kardashian
2015 - Social Media Posting Protesters
2016 - Kanye West

"Largest Fortitude" Award of the Year:

2008 - Barack Obama
2009 - Chesley B. Sullenberg III (Sully)
2010 - Amar'e Stoudemire
2011 - Barack Obama
2012 - Hurricane Sandy First Responders
2013 - Diana Nyad
2014 - Brittany Maynard
2015 - Spencer Stone, Alex Skarlatos, and Anthony Sadler
2016 - Chicago Cubs

"We'll Miss You" Award of the Year:

2006 - The Dave Chapelle Show
2008 - Yankee Stadium
2009 - Michael Jackson
2010 - Bob Sheppard
2011 - "Macho Man" Randy Savage
2012 - Neil Armstrong
2013 - Nelson Mandella
2014 - Maya Angelou
2015 - Yogi-isms
2016 - Everyone in 2016

"What Were You Thinking" Award of the Year:

2006 - Michael Richards
2007 - Michael Vick
2008 - Governor Elliot Spitzer
2009 - Kanye West
2010 - LeBron James - "The Decision"
2011 - Anthony Weiner
2012 - Governor Mitt Romney Comments About 47 Percent of Nation
2013 - The Onion Disgusting Tweet (Towards Quvenzhane Wallis)
2014 - Adrian Peterson
2015 - Pete Carroll
2016 - Flint, Michigan Political Representatives

"What a Shame" Award of the Year:

2007 - Barry Bonds and the All-Time Homerun Record
2008 - Caribbean and Gulf Coast - Hurricanes Ike and Gustav
2009 - Taconic Parkway Crash
2010 - Armando Gallaraga's Blown Perfect Game
2011 - Penn State Sex Scandal
2012 - Lance Armstrong
2013 - Mass/Senseless Shootings
2014 - Boko Hiram Abducting 200 Nigerian Girls
2015 - Bill Cosby Rape and Sexual Assault Allegations
2016 - North Dakota Pipeline Protest

"Welcome to the Scene" Award of the Year: 

2006 - Global Warming
2007 - Boston Sports
2008 - Usain Bolt
2009 - Taylor Swift
2010 - Anti-Bullying Movement
2011 - Tim Tebow
2012 - Jeremy Lin
2013 - Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
2014 - Legalization of Marijuana
2015 - Daily Fantasy Sports
2016 - Black Lives Matter

"This Should Have Been Done Before" Award of the Year:

2007 - Writers Guild Strike of America
2008 - Regulation of Wall Street Executives
2009 - Public Outcry Against MTA
2010 - Focus On Education Reform
2011 - HGH Testing in MLB
2012 - Real Discussions on Gun Control Laws
2013 - Real Discussions on use of the "N" word
2014 - Action/Accountability From Leagues on Player Issues with the Law
2015 - Getting Serious on ISIS
2016 - NFL Scrutiny of Head Injuries

"The Incredibles" Award of the Year:

2009 - Usain Bolt
2010 - Roy Halladay
2011 - Albert Pujols (3HR in World Series Game)
2012 - Miguel Cabrera Triple Crown
2013 - Grand Theft Auto V
2014 - Madison Bumgarner (World Series Game 7 Performance)
2015 - LeBron James in NBA Finals
2016 - Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt

"We Need to Fix This" Award of the Year:

2006 - Genocide in Sudan
2007 - Homeowner Market and Mortgage Crisis
2008 - Global Economy
2009 - Global Economy
2010 - Global Economy
2011 - Job Creation
2012 - Gun Control Laws
2013 - Race Relations/Perceptions/Stereotypes
2014 - Relationship Between Minorities/Society and Police
2015 - Mass Shootings in Our Society
2016 - Divided America

Biggest Letdown of the Year:

2007 - 2007 United States Women's Soccer Team
2008 - Clay Bennet's Move of Supersonics to Oklahoma City
2009 - Dominican Republic National Baseball Team
2010 - LeBron James
2011 - 2011 United States Women's Soccer Team
2012 - National Hockey League
2013 - President Barack Obama
2014 - Bill Cosby Rape/Sexual Assault Stories
2015 - Social Justice
2016 - Kevin Durant

Idiot of the Year:


2007 - James Dolan
2008 - Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich
2009 - Bernie Madoff
2010 - James Dolan
2011 - Harold Camping
2012 - New York Jets Organization
2013 - Justin Beiber
2014 - Man Who Sued ESPN For Making Fun of Him Sleeping During Televised Game
2015 - Raven Symone
2016 - Non-Voters

Dome Pondering Person of the Year:

2006 - Stephon Marbury/Steve and Barry Co.
2007 - Every American Soldier
2008 - Barack Obama
2009 - Chesley B. Sullenberg III (Sully)
2010 - The Chilean Miners
2011 - Navy Seals Team Six
2012 - Sandy Hook Elementary Teachers and Faculty
2013 - Bostonians
2014 - Brittany Maynard
2015 - Anonymous Security Guard at Paris Stadium
2016 - You, The Activist

Pay Per View Event of the Year:

2007 - TNA Bound For Glory
2008 - WWE One Night Stand
2009 - TNA Turning Point
2010 - ROH Death Before Dishonor VIII
2011 - WWE Money in the Bank
2012 - TNA Bound For Glory
2013 - NJPW G1 Climax (Day 4)
2014 - NJPW G1 Climax (Day 12)
2015 - WWE Wrestlemania 31
2016 - NXT Takeover: Toronto

Pro Wrestling Match of the Year:

2007 - Bryan Danielson vs. Nigel McGuiness - ROH Driven
2008 - Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair - WWE Wrestlemania XXIV
2009 - AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe vs. Christopher Daniels - TNA Turning Point
2010 - Motor City Machine Guns vs. Beer Money Inc. (Best of Five Series)
2011 - CM Punk vs. John Cena - WWE Money in the Bank
2012 - Bobby Roode vs. Austin Aries - TNA Destination X
2013 - Katsuyori Shibata vs. Tomohiro Ishii - NJPW G1 Climax (Day 4)
2014 - Adrian Neville vs. Sami Zayn vs. Tyler Breeze vs. Tyson Kidd - NXT Takeover 2
2015 - Sasha Banks vs. Bayley - Iron Woman Match - NXT RESPECT
2016 - The Revival vs. Johnny Gargano/Tommaso Ciampa - NXT Takeover: Toronto - 2/3 Falls

Pro Wrestling Tag Team of the Year:

2006 - AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels (TNA)
2007 - The Briscoe Brothers (ROH)
2008 - The Miz and John Morrison (WWE)
2009 - Beer Money Inc. (TNA)
2010 - Motor City Machine Guns (TNA)
2011 - Beer Money Inc. (TNA)
2012 - Bad Influence (TNA)
2013 - The Shield (WWE)
2014 - Young Bucks (NJPW and ROH)
2015 - The New Day (WWE)
2016 - The New Day (WWE)

Female Pro Wrestler of the Year:

2009 - Awesome Kong (TNA)
2010 - Madison Rayne (TNA)
2011 - Mickie James (TNA)
2012 - AJ Lee (WWE)
2013 - Gail Kim (TNA)
2014 - Gail Kim (TNA)
2015 - Sasha Banks and Bayley (WWE-NXT)
2016 - Charlotte (WWE)

Male Pro Wrestler of the Year: 

2006 - Edge (WWE) and Samoa Joe (TNA)
2007 - Bryan Danielson (ROH)
2008 - Shawn Michaels (WWE) and Kurt Angle (TNA)
2009 - Randy Orton (WWE)
2010 - The Miz (WWE)
2011 - CM Punk (WWE)
2012 - Bully Ray (TNA)
2013 - Kazuchika Okada (NJPW)
2014 - Shinsuke Nakamura (NJPW)
2015 - John Cena (WWE)
2016 - AJ Styles (WWE) and Matt Hardy (TNA)

Sport Event of the Year:

2006 - FIFA World Cup '06
2007 - AFC Championship - New England Patriots vs. Indianapolis Colts
2008 - 2008 Olympic Summer Games
2009 - Super Bowl XLIII - Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Arizona Cardinals
2010 - NBA Finals - Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics
2011 - MLB World Series - St. Louis Cardinals vs. Texas Rangers
2012 - Super Bowl XLVI - New York Giants vs. New England Patriots
2013 - NBA Finals - Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs
2014 - Little League World Series
2015 - NBA Finals - Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors
2016 - MLB World Series - Chicago Cubs vs. Cleveland Indians

"The Derek Jeter Flip Play" Award of the Year: 

2010 - Landon Donovan's World Cup Goal vs. Algeria
2011 - David Freese Walk-Off World Series Game 6 Home Run
2012 - Eli Manning's Pass to Mario Manningham in Super Bowl XLVI
2013 - Ray Allen's Game-tying Three in Game Six
2014 - Derek Jeter's Walkoff Hit in Final Home Game
2015 - Eric Homser's World Series Dash
2016 - LeBron's James Block on Andre Iguodala

Coach of the Year: 

2008 - Joe Maddon
2009 - Joe Girardi
2010 - Mike Krzyzewski
2011 - Tony LaRussa
2012 - Tom Coughlin
2013 - Erik Spoelstra
2014 - Bruce Bochy
2015 - Jill Ellis
2016 - Joe Maddon

Team of the Year:

2006 - St. Louis Cardinals
2007 - New England Patriots
2008 - New York Giants
2009 - New York Yankees
2010 - Connecticut Huskies Women's Basketball Team
2011 - St. Louis Cardinals and Green Bay Packers
2012 - San Francisco Giants
2013 - Boston Red Sox
2014 - San Antonio Spurs
2015 - United States Women's National Soccer Team
2016 - Chicago Cubs

Dome Pondering Athlete of the Year:

2006 - Tiger Woods and LaDainian Tomlinson
2007 - Tom Brady
2008 - Michael Phelps
2009 - Mariano Rivera
2010 - Drew Brees
2011 - Dirk Nowitzki
2012 - LeBron James
2013 - Serena Williams
2014 - Madison Bumgarner
2015 - Stephen Curry
2016 - LeBron James