Joe Ovies

Twitter, Le Batard shine light on absurdity of MVP voting

Posted May 6, 2013

LeBron James was voted as the NBA's Most Valuable Player, but he wasn't a unanimous choice. The centerpiece of the Miami Heat's All-Star trio received 120 of the 121 first-place votes, with New York's Carmelo Anthony getting the lone vote of dissent.  

This did not sit well with people and set off an absurdist display of social media mob mentality. Welcome to 2013.

The reaction was more interesting than the actual vote itself since no player has ever won the award unanimously. Folks wanted to out and shame the voter for being contrarian, which lead to a rush of media members claiming they were not the culprit. Frank Isola of the New York Daily News floated on Twitter that a "Miami media guy" voted for Anthony.

 

Somehow the "Miami media guy" accusation morphed in Dan Le Batard, columnist for The Miami Herald and radio host for 790 The Ticket. Never mind that Le Batard had actually written earlier on Sunday that James was "the most valuable basketball player running and jumping and dribbling atop this globe." Never mind that Le Batard doesn't get an MVP vote. Twitter ran with it, so he figured it would be fun to run with it too.

Le Batard proceeded to retweet selected mentions that put him on blast. It was even more hysterical when he posted screengrabs of text messages from various national radio shows looking to book him as a guest to discuss his vote. Whether intentional or not, Le Batard showed just how ridiculously easy it is to troll social media.

So who actually voted for Anthony? Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe outed himself as the lone wolf, arguing Anthony "meant more" to the Knicks and the main reason why New York made the playoffs in the first place. It's a classic "take this player off the team and see how awful they are" theory, where Washburn believes the Heat would still be in the postseason thanks to Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. 

Washburn is entitled to his opinion and everyone else is entitled to disagree. It makes the sports world go round. 

Besides, there could have been a worse fallout had Washburn stepped in line with the rest of the voters. Had James been the first unanimous NBA MVP, it would have set off another series of angry debates. The Michael Jordan contingent already has enough problems accepting James' four awards by age 28 compared to His Airness' two. Jordan has five total MVP trophies, but it could be debated that fatigue prevented him from adding a couple more. James will likely match that total and surpass Jordan by the time his career is over. 

All of this highlights the awkwardness of most valuable player voting in general. Media members tasked with proclaiming a winner get bogged down in overthinking the entire process. Even when value is taken out of the equation, such as awards for "most outstanding" or simply "player of the year," it has a sneaky way of creeping back into the brain. 

That's how the ACC Player of the Year became a hot debate topic. Virginia Tech's Erick Green had a season for the ages, but voters weighed other factors like Shane Larkin's value to Miami and whether or not a player of the year could come from the worst team in the conference. 

It's the same reason why Mike Krzyzewski has only won ACC Coach of the Year five times and hasn't been awarded the honor since the1999-2000 season. In the meantime, Duke has finished first in the conference four times and won eight ACC Tournament titles.

Voting for the obvious choice isn't sexy and fun, but sometimes it's the only choice. James was that only choice this season in the NBA. 

15 Comments

Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Newest First
View all
  • eyepeefreelee May 6, 2013

    Le Batard for President '16

  • BuglessDuster May 6, 2013

    It was a throw-away vote. There's no way LeBron wasn't going to win the MVP.

  • rushbot May 6, 2013

    I was not a fan when he left cleveland, but his off court behaviors down in MIA have made me one..none of the other multi-zillionaires ride their BIKE home after the game...

  • Packman24 May 6, 2013

    Congrats Lebron...many more to come!!

  • StunGunn May 6, 2013

    View quoted thread


    While I appreciated that LeBron honored his contract with Cleveland, I hated "The Decision" and held a grudge against King James - until last year's NBA playoffs. After watching how hard he worked, what a great teammate he is and the tremendous talent James has, I've become a fan. LeBron deserves all the accolades and awards he receives.

  • heelsforever May 6, 2013

    He seems to be a much nicer guy than most of have won multiple MVP's.

  • corey3rd2 May 6, 2013

    Carmelo had to play knowing that fans were going to chant Honey Nut Cheerios during the game. He deserved a vote for dragging the Knicks into the playoffs.

  • Toddler10-21 May 6, 2013

    I hated the Cleveland leave also. It was the way it happened. LeBron has grown a lot. Talked to john wall last week. He also rides a bike to and from the arena.

  • StunGunn May 6, 2013

    View quoted thread


    Toddler - gotta say you meet the coolest sports people! How is John Wall doing?

  • mittnfriends May 6, 2013

    This man gets paid to entertain, so it always confused me when someone got upset over the whole "Decision" spectacle. He is the new Greatest of All Time, no one can stop him, he came straight out of high school and took Cleveland from the basement to the NBA finals. He didn't have a Scottie Pippen, a Dennis Rodman or even a Shaq. He gave Cleveland more than it could've asked for, but yet they would not surround him with the pieces to win championships.

    But really, what is the issue with the best player in the sport announcing, on live tv, where he is going to play next? The anticipation was there, people tuned in. I guess we need to tell ESPNU to drop the whole National Signing day - those selfish high schoolers want to parade their decision all over national tv like someone wants to know.

More...

 

 

  • CFB: Oklahoma vs. TCU

    Tonight at 5:00 on FOX50

  • CFB: Arizona State at USC

    Tonight at 8:00 on FOX50

  • The Logan Zone

    Tomorrow at 11:00 am on WRAL-TV

  • The Ryder Cup

    Tomorrow at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Panthers at Atlanta

    Tomorrow at 1:00 pm on FOX50

  • NFL: Kansas City at Pittsburgh

    Tomorrow at 8:20 pm on WRAL-TV

  • CFB: NC State vs. Wake Forest

    Today at 3:30 pm on WRAL-FM

  • CFB: Tennessee at Georgia

    Today at 3:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • CFB: Louisville at Clemson

    Tonight at 7:30 on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Panthers at Atlanta

    Tomorrow at 1:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

AP Top 25
Thu, Sept 29
14Final
6
42
Fri, Sept 30
7
6Final
10
44
Sat, Oct 1
72:52
2nd
20
24
 
14
285:04
2nd
7
 
13
712:19
2nd
14
 
04:35
2nd
2
16
 
22
198:33
2nd
23
 
23
75:31
2nd
0
 
12:30 PT1:30 MT2:30 CT3:30 ET7:30 GMT3:30 北京时间12:30 MST2:30 EST
Preview
12
 
11
12:30 PT1:30 MT2:30 CT3:30 ET7:30 GMT3:30 北京时间12:30 MST2:30 EST
Preview
25
 
8
12:30 PT1:30 MT2:30 CT3:30 ET7:30 GMT3:30 北京时间12:30 MST2:30 EST
Preview
4
 
12:30 PT1:30 MT2:30 CT3:30 ET7:30 GMT3:30 北京时间12:30 MST2:30 EST
Preview
15
 
9
1:00 PT2:00 MT3:00 CT4:00 ET8:00 GMT4:00 北京时间1:00 MST3:00 EST
Preview
 
2:00 PT3:00 MT4:00 CT5:00 ET9:00 GMT5:00 北京时间2:00 MST4:00 EST
Preview
21
 
18
3:00 PT4:00 MT5:00 CT6:00 ET10:00 GMT6:00 北京时间3:00 MST5:00 EST
Preview
 
4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET11:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST
Preview
1
 
4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET11:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST
Preview
16
 
3
5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET12:00 GMT8:00 北京时间5:00 MST7:00 EST
Preview
5
 
17
5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET12:00 GMT8:00 北京时间5:00 MST7:00 EST
Preview
 
19
5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET12:00 GMT8:00 北京时间5:00 MST7:00 EST
Preview
 
7:15 PT8:15 MT9:15 CT10:15 ET2:15 GMT10:15 北京时间7:15 MST9:15 EST
Preview
24
 
NFL Scoreboard
Thursday, Sep. 29
Miami7Final
Cincinnati22
Sunday, Oct. 2
Indianapolis 6:30 PT7:30 MT8:30 CT9:30 ET13:30 GMT9:30 北京时间6:30 MST8:30 EST8:30 CT17:30 UAE9:30 ET12:30
Jacksonville 
 
Carolina 10:00 PT11:00 MT12:00 CT1:00 ET17:00 GMT1:00 北京时间10:00 MST12:00 EST12:00 CT21:00 UAE13:00 ET16:00
Atlanta 
 
Oakland 10:00 PT11:00 MT12:00 CT1:00 ET17:00 GMT1:00 北京时间10:00 MST12:00 EST12:00 CT21:00 UAE13:00 ET16:00
Baltimore 
 
Detroit 10:00 PT11:00 MT12:00 CT1:00 ET17:00 GMT1:00 北京时间10:00 MST12:00 EST12:00 CT21:00 UAE13:00 ET16:00
Chicago 
 
Tennessee 10:00 PT11:00 MT12:00 CT1:00 ET17:00 GMT1:00 北京时间10:00 MST12:00 EST12:00 CT21:00 UAE13:00 ET16:00
Houston 
 
Buffalo 10:00 PT11:00 MT12:00 CT1:00 ET17:00 GMT1:00 北京时间10:00 MST12:00 EST12:00 CT21:00 UAE13:00 ET16:00
New England 
 
Seattle 10:00 PT11:00 MT12:00 CT1:00 ET17:00 GMT1:00 北京时间10:00 MST12:00 EST12:00 CT21:00 UAE13:00 ET16:00
NY Jets 
 
Cleveland 10:00 PT11:00 MT12:00 CT1:00 ET17:00 GMT1:00 北京时间10:00 MST12:00 EST12:00 CT21:00 UAE13:00 ET16:00
Washington 
 
Denver 1:05 PT2:05 MT3:05 CT4:05 ET20:05 GMT4:05 北京时间1:05 MST3:05 EST3:05 CT0:05 UAE (+1)16:05 ET19:05
Tampa Bay 
 
Los Angeles 1:25 PT2:25 MT3:25 CT4:25 ET20:25 GMT4:25 北京时间1:25 MST3:25 EST3:25 CT0:25 UAE (+1)16:25 ET19:25
Arizona 
 
New Orleans 1:25 PT2:25 MT3:25 CT4:25 ET20:25 GMT4:25 北京时间1:25 MST3:25 EST3:25 CT0:25 UAE (+1)16:25 ET19:25
San Diego 
 
Dallas 1:25 PT2:25 MT3:25 CT4:25 ET20:25 GMT4:25 北京时间1:25 MST3:25 EST3:25 CT0:25 UAE (+1)16:25 ET19:25
San Francisco 
 
Kansas City 5:30 PT6:30 MT7:30 CT8:30 ET0:30 GMT8:30 北京时间5:30 MST7:30 EST7:30 CT4:30 UAE (+1)20:30 ET23:30
Pittsburgh 
Monday, Oct. 3
NY Giants 5:30 PT6:30 MT7:30 CT8:30 ET0:30 GMT8:30 北京时间5:30 MST7:30 EST7:30 CT4:30 UAE (+1)20:30 ET23:30
Minnesota 
 
NBA Preseason
Golden State 4:30 PT5:30 MT6:30 CT7:30 ET23:30 GMT7:30 4:30 MST6:30 EST3:30 UAE (+1)01:3019:30 ET6:30 CT22:30
Toronto 
 
Dallas 5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 MST7:00 EST4:00 UAE (+1)02:0020:00 ET7:00 CT23:00
New Orleans 
 
NHL Preseason
Montreal 12:00 PT1:00 MT2:00 CT3:00 ET19:00 GMT3:00 北京时间12:00 MST2:00 EST23:00 UAE15:00 ET16:00 BRT
Ottawa 
 
NY Rangers 4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET23:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST3:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET20:00 BRT
New Jersey 
 
Washington 4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET23:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST3:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET20:00 BRT
NY Islanders 
 
Boston 4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET23:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST3:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET20:00 BRT
Philadelphia 
 
Tampa Bay 5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET0:00 GMT8:00 北京时间5:00 MST7:00 EST4:00 UAE (+1)20:00 ET21:00 BRT
Nashville 
 
St. Louis 5:30 PT6:30 MT7:30 CT8:30 ET0:30 GMT8:30 北京时间5:30 MST7:30 EST4:30 UAE (+1)20:30 ET21:30 BRT
Chicago 
 
Anaheim 6:00 PT7:00 MT8:00 CT9:00 ET1:00 GMT9:00 北京时间6:00 MST8:00 EST5:00 UAE (+1)21:00 ET22:00 BRT
Arizona 
 
MLB Scoreboard
Interleague
Detroit 4:10 PT5:10 MT6:10 CT7:10 ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 MST6:10 EST6:40 VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 CT
Preview
Atlanta 
American League
Baltimore 1:05 PT2:05 MT3:05 CT4:05 ET16:05 ET20:05 GMT4:05 1:05 MST3:05 EST3:35 VEN0:05 UAE (+1)3:05 CT
Preview
NY Yankees 
 
Cleveland 1:15 PT2:15 MT3:15 CT4:15 ET16:15 ET20:15 GMT4:15 1:15 MST3:15 EST3:45 VEN0:15 UAE (+1)3:15 CT
Preview
Kansas City 
 
Toronto 4:10 PT5:10 MT6:10 CT7:10 ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 MST6:10 EST6:40 VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 CT
Preview
Boston 
 
Minnesota 4:10 PT5:10 MT6:10 CT7:10 ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 MST6:10 EST6:40 VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 CT
Preview
Chi White Sox 
 
Tampa Bay 5:05 PT6:05 MT7:05 CT8:05 ET20:05 ET0:05 GMT8:05 5:05 MST7:05 EST7:35 VEN4:05 UAE (+1)7:05 CT
Preview
Texas 
 
Houston 6:05 PT7:05 MT8:05 CT9:05 ET21:05 ET1:05 GMT9:05 6:05 MST8:05 EST8:35 VEN5:05 UAE (+1)8:05 CT
Preview
LA Angels 
 
Oakland 6:10 PT7:10 MT8:10 CT9:10 ET21:10 ET1:10 GMT9:10 6:10 MST8:10 EST8:40 VEN5:10 UAE (+1)8:10 CT
Preview
Seattle 
National League
NY Mets0Top
1st
Philadelphia0
 
Pittsburgh0Top
1st
St. Louis0
 
Miami 1:05 PT2:05 MT3:05 CT4:05 ET16:05 ET20:05 GMT4:05 1:05 MST3:05 EST3:35 VEN0:05 UAE (+1)3:05 CT
Preview
Washington 
 
LA Dodgers 1:05 PT2:05 MT3:05 CT4:05 ET16:05 ET20:05 GMT4:05 1:05 MST3:05 EST3:35 VEN0:05 UAE (+1)3:05 CT
Preview
San Francisco 
 
Chi Cubs 1:10 PT2:10 MT3:10 CT4:10 ET16:10 ET20:10 GMT4:10 1:10 MST3:10 EST3:40 VEN0:10 UAE (+1)3:10 CT
Preview
Cincinnati 
 
Milwaukee 5:10 PT6:10 MT7:10 CT8:10 ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 MST7:10 EST7:40 VEN4:10 UAE (+1)7:10 CT
Preview
Colorado 
 
San Diego 5:10 PT6:10 MT7:10 CT8:10 ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 MST7:10 EST7:40 VEN4:10 UAE (+1)7:10 CT
Preview
Arizona 
 
Minor League Baseball
International League
El Paso 4:05 PT5:05 MT6:05 CT7:05 ET12:05 GMT
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 
 
Ryder Cup (PGA)
USA: 6 | Europe: 4
Four Balls - Day 2
MatchScore
Holmes / Moore
Willett / Westwood
 
Koepka / Johnson
McIlroy / Pieters
 
Mickelson / Kuchar
Kaymer / Garcia
 
Reed / Spieth
Rose / Stenson
Foursomes - Day 2
MatchScore
Rose / Wood1 up
Walker / Johnsonafter 17
 
Reed / Spieth1 up
Garcia / Cabrera Belloafter 16
 
Snedeker / Koepka3 and 2
Stenson / FitzpatrickF (16)
 
McIlroy / Pieters4 and 2
Fowler / MickelsonF (16)
View Full Leaderboard
 
Reignwood LPGA (LPGA)
PosNameScoreThru
1M. Hur-2018
2B. Henderson-1918
3tM. Lee-1718
3tI. Kim-1718
3tS. Feng-1718
6tS. Feng-1218
6tA. Yang-1218
8I. Lee-1118
9tS. Kim-1018
9tE. Ji-1018
View Full Leaderboard
 
Ryder Cup (EURO)
USA: 6 | Europe: 5
Four Balls - Day 2
MatchScore
Holmes / Moore
Willett / Westwood
 
Koepka / Johnson
McIlroy / Pieters
 
Mickelson / Kuchar
Kaymer / Garcia
 
Reed / Spieth
Rose / Stenson
Foursomes - Day 2
MatchScore
Rose / Wood1 up
Walker / JohnsonF (18)
 
Reed / Spiethall square
Garcia / Cabrera Belloafter 17
 
Snedeker / Koepka3 and 2
Stenson / FitzpatrickF (16)
 
McIlroy / Pieters4 and 2
Fowler / MickelsonF (16)
View Full Leaderboard
 
Pacific Links (CHMP)
PosNameScoreThru
1C. Montgomerie - z-15F
2S. McCarron - y-15F
3tM. Jimenez-13F
3tJ. Sluman-13F
3tS. Dunlap-13F
3tD. Garwood-13F
7tB. Langer-12F
7tM. Dawson-12F
7tO. Browne-12F
10tF. Funk-11F
View Full Leaderboard
z = Won in Playoff   y = Lost in Playoff
 
ATP Scoreboard
Saturday, Oct. 1
Chengdu Open (ATP)
Semifinals
(6) V. Troicki3 5    
K. Khachanov6 7    
(3) G. Dimitrov66 6 63   
(5) A. Ramos-Vino78 1 77   
 
Shenzhen Open (ATP)
Semifinals
(3) R. Gasquet6 4    
J. Tipsarevic2 1    
(1) T. Berdych6 7    
T. Bellucci2 5    
 
WTA Scoreboard
Saturday, Oct. 1
Wuhan Tennis Open (WTA)
Final
(10) D. Cibulkova1 1    
(14) P. Kvitova6 6    
 
Tashkent Open (WTA)
Final
(4) N. Hibino3 6 3   
K. Pliskova6 2 6   
 
China Open (ATP/WTA)
First Round
A. Beck3 2    
B. Bencic6 6    
J. Ostapenko1 6 5   
Y. Putintseva6 3 7   
E. Vesnina2 1    
E. Makarova6 6    
M. Puig2 0    
Y. Wickmayer6 6    
M. Lucic-Baro2 2    
S. Lisicki6 6    
(2) G. Muguruza2 6 6   
I. Begu6 2 3   
A. Cornet4 6 6   
S. Rogers6 2 2