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Actress Elizabeth Banks receives high WatchDog honor

Actresses Kate Mara, Elizabeth Banks, olympic gymnast Nastia

Actresses Kate Mara, Elizabeth Banks, olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin, and tennis player Maria Sharapov attend the Peter Som Spring 2009 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Promenade, Bryant Park on September 8, 2008 in New York City. (Credit: Andrew H. Walker, Getty Images for IMG)

Today WatchDog Nation Enterprises is proud to announce a new feature for the blog, the "Kate Mara WatchDog Woman of the Year Award."

Ms. Mara herself is not eligible because I first met her when she was 12 and because I don't want to get her father and uncle mad at me.

But the ideals for which she stands are a guideline for qualified candidates:

The winner must not be directly employed in the sports business but should be a sports fan and have sports-related experience - i.e. sports movies, TV shows - on her resume.

She must be smart. She must be funny. And, yes, physical attractiveness is helpful.

So is having an entertaining Twitter feed.

Having established the criteria, I am proud to announce that our first winner is Ms. Elizabeth Banks, a star of the football film "Invincible," former tomboy, clever Twitterer, Penn alum and wife of a guy named Max who blogs about the Trail Blazers and wrote a book about fantasy football.


Runnerup: Alison Becker of ESPN.com's "Mayne Street."

Photo: Getty (that's Mara on the far left and Banks next to her)


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