TSS Mainstay Bernard Fernandez Captures Three BWAA Writing Awards

BERNIE AWARDS — The Boxing Writers Association of America has announced the winners of the 16th annual Bernie awards. The awards acknowledge outstanding writing in six categories.

The Sweet Science garnered two second place awards and a third place award, all thanks to Bernard Fernandez. A New Orleans native, Fernandez has covered the boxing beat for more than four decades. He retired from the Philadelphia Daily News in April of 2012 after a 28-year run with that newspaper.

The stories for which Fernandez was honored were published here on March 6, March 29, and Aug. 25. In chronological order they were:

Squatty and Inelegant, Khurtsidze Steals the Show” (second place in the category of Boxing Event Coverage).

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Referee Mills Lane: Still Fighting at Age 78” (second place in the category of Boxing Feature under 1,500 words).

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Rio Olympics Redux: When Will the Corruption End?” (third place in the category of Investigative Reporting).

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In addition, TSS editor-in-chief Arne K. Lang received an honorable mention for his story “Herb ‘Herbie Hoops’ Lambeck (1932-2015): Boxing’s Peerless Pricemaker.” The story ran on May 25.

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Lang was in tough in the category “Boxing Feature over 1,500 Words.” Multi-decorated Thomas Hauser, a frequent TSS contributor, copped first place for “The Long, Sad Goodbye,” a previously unpublished essay that appeared in Hauser’s 2016 book “Muhammad Ali: A Tribute to the Greatest.” An excerpted version of the essay was published by the New York Times a week after Ali’s death.

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The Bernie awards were named for Bernard Fernandez. A former five-time president of the Boxing Writers Association of America, Fernandez’s list of honors includes the 1998 Nat Fleischer Award for Excellence in Boxing Journalism.

Lest anyone think that it isn’t kosher for Fernandez to win an award named for himself, it should be noted that the judging is done on the blind, meaning that all bylines and other identifying marks, including the publication or web site for which the story was written, are omitted from the copies that the judges receive. The panel for the 2016 Bernie awards consisted of the following individuals:

TOMMY DEAS, Executive Sports Editor, Tuscaloosa News; President, Associated Press Sports Editors

TOM CUSHMAN, San Diego Union-Tribune (retired)

JIM JENKINS, Sacramento Bee (retired)

BRYCE MILLER, Sports Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune

ED SCHUYLER, Jr., The Associated Press (retired)

RICK TELANDER, Sports Columnist, Chicago Sun-Times

The honorees will be acknowledged at the 91st renewal of the annual dinner of the Boxing Writers Association of America on March 16 at Capitale in New York City. The Sweet Science extends congratulations to all the winners. For a complete list, visit the organization’s web site at www.bwaa.org.

 

Pictured: Our very own Bernard Fernandez (far right) with Bernard Hopkins.

COMMENTS

-Kid Blast :

Good on you Bernie


-Radam G :

Way to go B-Fern! U da MAN, boksing scholar, all dat and a bag of chips. Holla!


-oubobcat :

Congrats to all, very well deserved


-stormcentre :

Yep - well deserved.
Storm. :) :) :)


-brownsugar :

Fernandez is one of my faves ... Congrats.


-stormcentre :

Fernandez is one of my faves ... Congrats.
Welcome back Big Fella. Just as I predicted (need I provide hyperlinks to substantiate? :) ); and despite the negativity and (some) doomsayers; I knew you'd be back after you resolved some matters. Hey, . . . It's been lonely kicking azz on my own. Sure . . . If I have to, I will do it alone. But - truth be told - I'd always prefer to leave some meat on the bones for you to finish off on. You know it's true. Cheers,
Storm. :) :) :)


-brownsugar :

I'm sure you're holding it down and that you are soundly floxing (as in ciprofloxing) the opposition.....(see side effects) ..... I still get time to read once or twice a month when the warden lets me come out for fresh air and sunshine. Trust me - dont ever talk politics in a bar unless you know the patron's political affiliation. .....by the time the police arrived there were 4 Trump supporters lying in a lifeless bloody heap and for some odd reason I was the only one holding a knife.... I told the judge it wasnt me and he said he may be able to pull some strings and arrange my release if I can dig up some dirt that'll stick to Al Hayman. Been listening to podcasts by folks like Editor Mike Woods, Flo' Lo, Lukey Boxing, Morning Punch-in, and ThaBoxingVoice..... (Among others) So I can stay connected to boxing while tackling personal issues like credit repair and comprehending the meaning of life. ...while watching my grandson and his team build a Rube Goldburg machine that auto - initiates over 70 processes just to complete one thing...they just left for Chicago today to compete in a highschool science tounament (I told him to visit the of the wealthy tennis 🎾 courts and say hi to the Roast, just look for the guy giving tennis instructions to the beautiful babe)... I hope Deep is happy now that Trump got elected ...congrats man for supporting the beginning of the Apocalypse.. ... No worries though...I have ten years worth of supplies stashed in a nearby cave. Actually I dont think about Trump too much....the criticism and accusations are reaching such a record volume that I simply dont have time to take in the sideshow. I hope to have the time to at least check in monthly to discuss burning topics like 1. Was Thurman too green to understand the grand opportunity he had to bring boxing back to the masses when he didnt close the show against Garcia? Or was that just the best he could do? #dissapointed....and now that he's finally hit the bigtime ....how will he spend his last 15 min of fame before Eroll Spence removes him from the lime light? 2. Will Tyson Fury ever be the same again...is he ready for Wilder? (also why is Wilder bothering with Bellew?) 3. And Finally can the ultra swift, hard punching and savvy Daniel Jacobs make 3G break a serious sweat? And whats up with boxing savant Lomanchenko and the rubber ducks? Why is Ward being so difficult? ...and is Erickson Lubin ready for Charlo? So many questions during this massive season of transition in boxing... See ya in a couple weeks....TSS ROCKS!!!!


-brownsugar :

Hey Storm.....I'm sure you're holding it down and that you are soundly floxing (as in ciprofloxing) the opposition.....(see side effects) ..... I still get time to read once or twice a month when the warden lets me come out for fresh air and sunshine. Trust me - dont ever talk politics in a bar unless you know the patron's political affiliation. .....by the time the police arrived there were 4 Trump supporters lying in a lifeless bloody heap and for some odd reason I was the only one holding a knife.... I told the judge it wasnt me and he said he may be able to pull some strings and arrange my release if I can dig up some dirt that'll stick to Al Hayman. Been listening to podcasts by folks like Editor Mike Woods, Flo' Lo, Lukey Boxing, Morning Punch-in, and ThaBoxingVoice..... (Among others) So I can stay connected to boxing while tackling personal issues like credit repair and comprehending the meaning of life. ...while watching my grandson and his team build a Rube Goldburg machine that auto - initiates over 70 processes just to complete one thing...they just left for Chicago today to compete in a highschool science tounament (I told him to visit the of the wealthy tennis 🎾 courts and say hi to the Roast, just look for the guy giving tennis instructions to the beautiful babe)... I hope Deep is happy now that Trump got elected ...congrats man for supporting the beginning of the Apocalypse.. ... No worries though...I have ten years worth of supplies stashed in a nearby cave. Actually I dont think about Trump too much....the criticism and accusations are reaching such a record volume that I simply dont have time to take in the sideshow. I hope to have the time to at least check in monthly to discuss burning topics like 1. Was Thurman too green to understand the grand opportunity he had to bring boxing back to the masses when he didnt close the show against Garcia? Or was that just the best he could do? #dissapointed....and now that he's finally hit the bigtime ....how will he spend his last 15 min of fame before Eroll Spence removes him from the lime light? 2. Will Tyson Fury ever be the same again...is he ready for Wilder? (also why is Wilder bothering with Bellew?) 3. And Finally can the ultra swift, hard punching and savvy Daniel Jacobs make 3G break a serious sweat? And whats up with boxing savant Lomanchenko and the rubber ducks? Why is Ward being so difficult? ...and is Erickson Lubin ready for Charlo? So many questions during this massive season of transition in boxing... See ya in a couple weeks....TSS ROCKS!!!!


-KO Digest :

Congrats to Mr. Fernandez, TSS's top dog for sure. If I could write that well sir, I sure as hell would. I'd like to get in the BWAA and go for some awards.


-Kid Blast :

Congrats to Mr. Fernandez, TSS's top dog for sure. If I could write that well sir, I sure as hell would. I'd like to get in the BWAA and go for some awards.
Give it a rest KO


-Kid Blast :

Congrats to Mr. Fernandez, TSS's top dog for sure. If I could write that well sir, I sure as hell would. I'd like to get in the BWAA and go for some awards.
Give it a rest KO


-KO Digest :

Give it a rest KO
My ambitions or just my dreams?


-KO Digest :

Give it a rest KO
My ambitions or just my dreams?


-Kid Blast :

It's no big deal. Lots of BWAA writers are outstanding, but lots are God awful. Way too cliquey for me. I could tell you things that would make your hair stand on end, your eyes pop out, and your forehead furrow, but to what avail. This is about Bernard and Arne for whom I am super happy. That makes me proud to write for TSS. That's more than enough for me.


-KO Digest :

Me too. Resting now Ted.


-Brad :

My ambitions or just my dreams?
your wallowing in self pity


-Brad :

My ambitions or just my dreams?
your wallowing in self pity


-KO Digest :

You're wallowing in stupidity. That's worse.


-Brad :

That reply is more evidence of what you lack as a writer...you're a simply minded, overly sensitive fan. Nothing more.


-KO Digest :

And you're a forum troll. Nothing more.


-Brad :

And you're a forum troll. Nothing more.
My bad, I'll leave now and let you go back to pining on about your "ambitions and dreams" to the boxing forum readers.


-Brad :

And you're a forum troll. Nothing more.
My bad, I'll leave now and let you go back to pining on about your "ambitions and dreams" to the boxing forum readers.


-KO Digest :

Go back in your moms basement champ.


-Brad :

KO...the delicate little flower. Sorry to injure your fragile little ego.


-dollar bond :

TSS rocks


-deepwater2 :

Hey Storm.....I'm sure you're holding it down and that you are soundly floxing (as in ciprofloxing) the opposition.....(see side effects) ..... I still get time to read once or twice a month when the warden lets me come out for fresh air and sunshine. Trust me - dont ever talk politics in a bar unless you know the patron's political affiliation. .....by the time the police arrived there were 4 Trump supporters lying in a lifeless bloody heap and for some odd reason I was the only one holding a knife.... I told the judge it wasnt me and he said he may be able to pull some strings and arrange my release if I can dig up some dirt that'll stick to Al Hayman. Been listening to podcasts by folks like Editor Mike Woods, Flo' Lo, Lukey Boxing, Morning Punch-in, and ThaBoxingVoice..... (Among others) So I can stay connected to boxing while tackling personal issues like credit repair and comprehending the meaning of life. ...while watching my grandson and his team build a Rube Goldburg machine that auto - initiates over 70 processes just to complete one thing...they just left for Chicago today to compete in a highschool science tounament (I told him to visit the of the wealthy tennis 🎾 courts and say hi to the Roast, just look for the guy giving tennis instructions to the beautiful babe)... I hope Deep is happy now that Trump got elected ...congrats man for supporting the beginning of the Apocalypse.. ... No worries though...I have ten years worth of supplies stashed in a nearby cave. Actually I dont think about Trump too much....the criticism and accusations are reaching such a record volume that I simply dont have time to take in the sideshow. I hope to have the time to at least check in monthly to discuss burning topics like 1. Was Thurman too green to understand the grand opportunity he had to bring boxing back to the masses when he didnt close the show against Garcia? Or was that just the best he could do? #dissapointed....and now that he's finally hit the bigtime ....how will he spend his last 15 min of fame before Eroll Spence removes him from the lime light? 2. Will Tyson Fury ever be the same again...is he ready for Wilder? (also why is Wilder bothering with Bellew?) 3. And Finally can the ultra swift, hard punching and savvy Daniel Jacobs make 3G break a serious sweat? And whats up with boxing savant Lomanchenko and the rubber ducks? Why is Ward being so difficult? ...and is Erickson Lubin ready for Charlo? So many questions during this massive season of transition in boxing... See ya in a couple weeks....TSS ROCKS!!!!
Good to see you!


-kmcc505 :

Congrats to all winners, especially our TSS writers.


-Radam G :

Good to see you!
However he is surely joking about the knife and Trump supporters lying blood? Holla!


-Radam G :

Good to see you!
However he is surely joking about the knife and Trump supporters lying blood? Holla!


-stormcentre :

However he is surely joking about the knife and Trump supporters lying blood? Holla!
You have to be fair to him. After all . . . .


->http://www.thesweetscience.com/forums/showthread.php?272163517-Trump&p=110205&viewfull=1#post110205

Unlike your good self, he probably hasn't had the privilege of knowing the President of America all his life. And, one can only dream of what joy and riches that experience would bring to one's life. Cheers,
Storm. :) :) :)


-stormcentre :

Hey Storm.....I'm sure you're holding it down and that you are soundly floxing (as in ciprofloxing) the opposition.....(see side effects) .....
Understood, agreed, and appreciated. :) [QUOTE=brownsugar;110145]I still get time to read once or twice a month when the warden lets me come out for fresh air and sunshine. Trust me - dont ever talk politics in a bar unless you know the patron's political affiliation. .....by the time the police arrived there were 4 Trump supporters lying in a lifeless bloody heap and for some odd reason I was the only one holding a knife.... I told the judge it wasnt me and he said he may be able to pull some strings and arrange my release if I can dig up some dirt that'll stick to Al Hayman.[/QUOTE] Well, as you know (from Arum's writ against Al and how that was discussed) we have the best people here to dig up dirt on Hayman. Problem is, they rarely stick around for the truth and aftermath; so you generally have to chase them down - even it is just to sink 2 (well deserved) steel capped boots into their rump. As far as that bar situation that you mention is concerned, I have 3 things to say;


1) Always pull it out of "their" sternum, non-terminally slice yourself with it, and then place it in "their" hand/blood, before the authorities arrive.
2) Get yourself a lawyer that hates cops as much as he loves money.
3) If you need a witness whom saw everything and knows you're innocent, just let me know; I know heaps that saw the whole incident and how unfair it was for you, that are prepared to come forward for a "brother".

[QUOTE=brownsugar;110145]Been listening to podcasts by folks like Editor Mike Woods, Flo' Lo, Lukey Boxing, Morning Punch-in, and ThaBoxingVoice..... (Among others) So I can stay connected to boxing while tackling personal issues like credit repair and comprehending the meaning of life. ...while watching my grandson and his team build a Rube Goldburg machine that auto - initiates over 70 processes just to complete one thing...they just left for Chicago today to compete in a highschool science tounament (I told him to visit the of the wealthy tennis �� courts and say hi to the Roast, just look for the guy giving tennis instructions to the beautiful babe)... [/QUOTE] Yep, always good to stay connected. Joe Frazier once said; ""I got me some of that bad credit . . . . ""
Storm says; ""If it's good enough for Frazier - then it's good enough for others . . . . "" Roast gone and got himself the wrong tennis babe. Here's the right one . . .


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Go on . . . Someone/anyone, tell me I am wrong. :) [QUOTE=brownsugar;110145]I hope Deep is happy now that Trump got elected ...congrats man for supporting the beginning of the Apocalypse.. ... No worries though...I have ten years worth of supplies stashed in a nearby cave. Actually I dont think about Trump too much....the criticism and accusations are reaching such a record volume that I simply dont have time to take in the sideshow. [/QUOTE] Nope; D2 hates being right. ha ha ha. So, when Trump won, naturally he was eternally depressed. So much so that some say D2 (iniitally) even provided comfort to (Trump's biggest detractor) Brad - whom (in one form or another) appears to have gone through various cycles of acceptance, rejection, and tantrum throwing, about and/or since Trump became President. Me? I say bring on the "Night-Franken-Mare-Stien-Kim-Jong-Un-Vs-Trump Apocalypse, now !!!!! Bring it !!!!! The soldiers are hungry for fresh meat, plus we have Joint Strike Fighters and allegiances to test. Actually, I'd better be careful what I wish for there . . . . so . . . just kidding. Still love Trump though for (i) calling out the news organisations for what they are and banning them from conferences . . . . (ii) telling heaps of people to sit on the bird (or get trucked) whilst making them all cry (as soon as it was validated that they all lost), after they had - for months - severely bagged both him and his election campaign. Plus I loved his controversial comments about women on the bus too. As, amongst all the scandal and fake drama that ensued, I noticed no-one advanced an argument to substantiate that what he said about women was completely false; preferring, instead, to hate him for telling the truth. There you go feminists; tackle that one. When you have picked yourself up from Emma Watson's counter-punch, that is. [QUOTE=brownsugar;110145]I hope to have the time to at least check in monthly to discuss burning topics like 1. Was Thurman too green to understand the grand opportunity he had to bring boxing back to the masses when he didnt close the show against Garcia? Or was that just the best he could do? #dissapointed....and now that he's finally hit the bigtime ....how will he spend his last 15 min of fame before Eroll Spence removes him from the lime light? 2. Will Tyson Fury ever be the same again...is he ready for Wilder? (also why is Wilder bothering with Bellew?) 3. And Finally can the ultra swift, hard punching and savvy Daniel Jacobs make 3G break a serious sweat? And whats up with boxing savant Lomanchenko and the rubber ducks? Why is Ward being so difficult? ...and is Erickson Lubin ready for Charlo? So many questions during this massive season of transition in boxing... See ya in a couple weeks....TSS ROCKS!!!![/QUOTE] Fair questions. Here are my responses;


1) You could say Green. In any regard he didn't want to take the risk, and think that was because he (within reason) knew he had Danny's number.
2) Leave that to you and the guys that invested in Tyson Fury; as I was never one of them.
3) Yes, but he cant beat him. Even aside from skills and experience, where Triple probably is better also; core strength and mentally, Triple is far superior.

Danny will have to hurt Triple and take his shots to even be in the game; and - at best - Jacobs probably will only be able to properly fulfill one of those criteria.


4) Lomenchencko; not sure about the rubber ducks.
5) Ward; the short answer is that with Kovalev he got both, a scare and one of his better paydays.

Perhaps, now (that the "delta" between who he used to be and now is, is defined in a language he can understand) he doesn't care so much for competition where achieving the desired outcome means working outside of his comfort zone. As I have always said; it wont be any easier against Beterbiev, and it looks like Beterbiev is inline for the winner of any Ward V Kovalev rematch. If I was Ward, I would prefer to fight Sergey than Artur.



Cheers,
Storm. :)
PS: you know I always drop wicked electronic trance/dance muzic . . . .
There you go.