THE BUCPOWER.COM AWARDS I tried to get Jimmy Kimmel to prepare for the Oscars to present these awards and tried contacting Cousin Sal and Bill Simmons to make it happen but alas it will have to be the traditional annual announcement on this site of the 2017 BUCPOWER awards.   All the usual categories and of course the usual agreements and disagreements over the selections wil follow on social media, OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR -  CAMERON BRATE Lots of almost worthy candidates with Jameis, Peyton Barber, Mike Evans, OJ Howard and Adam Humphries all having good if not outstanding seasons.   So the award goes the undrafted tight end who has become such a weapon in the red zone for the Buccaneers over the past two seasons. DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR - GERALD McCOY You can always spot the person who knows nothing about football on social media as they are the ones advocating trading the best player the Bucs have had this decade.  Another Pro Bowl and this one with absolutely no help around him on the line.  Honorable mentions to the three linebackers behind him. BOB TIMONEY MEMORIAL AWARD FOR BUCCANEER OF THE YEAR This award is named for the long-time spirit behind the Clearwater Bucs Bunch and is given to the person who most sums up the spirit of being a Buc in any role.  And as much for his three decades with the franchise and many memorable calls, this year GENE DECKERHOFF is the person recognised. ALLAN LEES MEMORIAL AWARD FOR THE WRITER OF THE YEAR - RICK STROUD A lot of inside news and great lead writing for the St.Petersburg Times’ primary Buccaneer writer who has been doing this for as long as Gene has been commentating.  Notable mentions to The Ringer’s Bill Simmons, the Times’ Greg Auman, Pewter Report’s Scott Reynolds and Neil Reynolds here in the UK. SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR - JOSH ROBINSON Well it was not going to be a kicker.  Robinson is an absolute beast on the coverage units. ROOKIE OF THE YEAR - OJ HOWARD The former Alabama standout can catch and block and tied for the team lead in touchdowns and looks like a future star.   Justin Evans and Kendell Beckwith were pretty good 2nd and 3rd round picks too. NFL PLAYER OF THE YEAR - CARSON WENTZ With Jared Goff close behind in second place. Where did this sophomore passing leaders come from?  They may yet be one-year wonders but the award is justified.  And besides, I really hate Tom Brady and the Patriots. DICKHEAD(S) OF THE YEAR - THE WINLESS CLEVELAND BROWNS It would have been all too easy to recognise the usual pair of suspects based outside of the United States.