Actress Elizabeth Banks receives high WatchDog honor
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)