Hey, guess what? There's a newly-formed New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame, and yours truly has been named "Media Personality of the Year" for the inaugural class. According to the event's website (http://njmmaawards.com/?page_id=2), the awards dinner will be held at the Crowne Plaza hotel complex in the Meadowlands on December 7. I am both flattered and honored to have been considered, but now that I've won, I have this to say to my fellow journalists: KNEEL BEFORE ME. KNEEL BEFORE YOUR NEW GOD. Ahem. The other categories and their winners include a lifetime achievement award for Lou Neglia, MMA Fighter of the Year for Frankie Edgar, MMA Trainer of the Year for Mike Constantino, MMA Referee of the Year for Dan Miragliotta - all told, there's actually twenty categories and winners.
Here's a sweet quote from the organization's website: "This truly is a historical moment in our State's combat sports history as our intent is to have the New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame continue for many years and serve as a record for those outstanding individuals involved in martial arts in our State."