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DRUMROLL PLEASE...The TSS Reader of the Year For 2013 Is...

BY Michael Woods ON January 02, 2014
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tssreaderoftheyear a059eAmerican Idol taught me that there is no shortage of talented folks out there, working as waitresses in dive bars, or home health aides for cranky geriatrics, wishing they could show their stuff to the masses, if only they could quit slinging Buds to sadsacks or emptying the bedpans of oldsters.

And frequenting the Forum here at TSS reminds me of this fact, that this nation is littered with people who can articulate themselves extraordinarily well, with impressive insight, emotional depth, stark originality, make-your-gut-ache-from giggling humor...all the qualities which are represented in some of your more able journos.

But these cats, these Forum All-Stars, do it all as a sideline, a hobby. It's astounding, day in, day out, the contribution folks like Radam, DonPuto, Fe'Roz, Mortcola, and two-time winner Brown Sugar have made and continue to make on the Forum.

If I'm being fully honest here, I will admit that these guys sometimes piss me off, in the same way a real belter on "Idol" might irk a weak-piped but telegenic crooner who knows in his heart that the heart, soul, delivery and projection of that waitress from Sandusky, Ohio just put every and all of their efforts to pitiable shame. Yep, sometimes these cats are so good, I snap the computer shut, and resolve to get a job slinging Buds or emptying bedpans.

OK, that's a slight overstatement, as I see the contributions of these Forum giants as an integral part of what makes TSS different, and I dare say, better, than much of the other computer ink being spilled onto screens every day.

I'd like to spotlight one fella this year who irk...who impressed me tremendously.

Here is a recent post from a gent who joined up in Dec. 2010, and has offered substance, blended with a ferocious manner in defending a point with a spine of humility running through all his material. On Dec. 21, the 2013 TSS Reader of the Year wrote:


"This site is an unbelievable vault of knowledge and information. All I know is that I take in more than I provide. I throw out my opinion because I love this sport probably to a fault. However I feel I receive more knowledge than I could dream of providing. My mindset is to have a take and don't suck. Don't let your morals ever be conflicted by lust. Honor and humility will be the only thing you have to offer at some point in life, never lose them. I appreciate the shout out RG and if I don't win ROTY it will be of no consequence to me because there are so many phenomenal people on this site providing me with entertainment and knowledge I could never receive anywhere else. This site is better each year because the members continue to grow and improve."

Amen, Amayseng.

You, sir, are the phenomenal person we're putting the spotlight on this time around, though.

But of course, the nomination and balloting process featured more frenzied trading than the Bradley-Provodnikov fight, and about four or five persons could have won this award, and the outcry would have been nonexistent.

Regarding some of Amayseng's top traits...Don't be fooled into thinking that aforementioned "humility" equals naivete. I sometimes get caught up in the bubble, and drink the promotional Kool-Aid. Amayseng is one of the Forum faithful that can usher me back to reality, slip me a juiced dental swab, and wake me the heck up. Like he did when he commented on a certain PPV-bound bout that got placed on "free" cable as a "thank you".....

Maybe my vote was swayed some by some of that populist flavor Amayseng stirs into the mix, as when he put his foot down on the PPV model on Oct. 13. "Enough of the ridiculous PPVs anyways, fans need to take a stand. $75 is a joke," he wrote.

Now, it goes to show that somebody doesn't have to be lockstep with all of us nominators to get the W; Amayseng isn't considering a paid membership in the Tim Bradley fanclub, not judging by his Sept. 19 post: "Bradley will be running like a deer until he runs so much he burns his feet and ankles up," he wrote of the Cali boxers' forthcoming tussle with Juan Manuel Marquez, which I thought cemented TB in the top seven pound for pound.

Amayseng excels at both volume (2,304 posts and counting) and accuracy in the Forum.

Thanks, Amayseng, for being a pillar of the TSS Forum, and sharing your knowledge and passion with us, 2.07 times per day.

Sincerely,

Editor Mike

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Comment on this article

dino da vinci says:

Well deserved, Amazing One.

the Roast says:

Yes! The right man wins the award this year! Congratulations Ameyseng, You had a breakout year in 2013. Always a solid poster you really stepped it up this past year. I look forward to another great year of boxing in 2014 and back and forth debates my friend. Now about Carl Froch...

Shoulder Roll Defense says:

I wish I could post more, but time doesn't permit me to post everyday. However, my hat goes off to those that can and do, especially Ameyseng. Congrats, brother! Your post are imformative and classy. It is clear that you have a passion for the "sweet science." Happy new year, keep the post coming. Shalom!

Radam G says:

Hip! Hip! PARADE! A-seng is DA MAN! And he knows the boxing trade. Wearing TSS ROTY with the highest honor, he can. Up from behind those Pearly Gates, his POPS beams from deep pride. With A-seng being selected the top gun for 2013, shotgun I cheerfully ride.

Congrats, A-seng! Holla!

Carmine Cas says:

Congrats Amayseng, well deserved indeed

brownsugar says:

Congrats Amayseng, well deserved indeed



Carmine you were a breath of fresh air as well....

I agree Amayseng was the heart and soul of the forum this yesr . The title of ROTY is well deserved. Sometimes its not about only the writing skills... Its about the consistency, integrity and character of a person that's as readable as their written word.

Many other standouts ...Dave B... Grimm...RG.... The Good Doctor... Dino.... Hop.. Matthew.... Shadow...Storm... Ultimoshogun....Tlig.. Mortcola ( every once in a while) ...
the list goes on and on. I'm proud to be able to enjoy the impressions and opinions of the best readers on the net.

Grimm says:

Congratulations, Amayseng!

amayseng says:

Wow. Thanks editor Mike and the TSS faithful. What an outstanding honor. In a forum of so many great people I would have appreciated just being nominated let alone winning the ROTY. This has been quite a difficult year for me, unfortunately I abruptly lost my dad in April. My dad was a best friend and hero to me. In fact he introduced boxing to me when I was about 3 and in my early years I would watch fights with him while he educated me on fighters and styles and such. Boxing is a passion we shared my entire life. I am very happy to report that my dad, myself and my son had the opportunity to attend a few live cards together recently. During this difficult time of loss I found solace in TSS. During unbearable moments I would find myself logging on, reading articles and the comments from everyone and it truly gave me just a few minutes of normalcy, just a few minutes of peace. As odd as it may sound this site and all the great contributors became an outlet and helped with such a difficult mourning process. I appreciate that beyond what anyone can probably understand. That just shows what a great group of members and journalists there are on this site. Everyone here has something great to offer and like I mentioned before I receive more than I can ever provide myself. I am happy that what I do offer is appreciated. Thank you very much for such an honorable award. I am truly humbled.

Bernie Campbell says:

Thanyou my brother for guarding my back! I would take what woody says with a grain of salt! Your not getting paid, and the basta.., steered me right into a promotion with an Abraham glove rather than Stieglitz! I had to trace him up to Toronto to get a bone! all this makes him and his nonsence look and sound good! Well we see when we go to print! Adrian Broner! Free fcn true + Responsible speech! Just don't yell it in a CROWDED movie theatre! To the Fatherland Amysing!

brownsugar says:

Wow. Thanks editor Mike and the TSS faithful. What an outstanding honor. In a forum of so many great people I would have appreciated just being nominated let alone winning the ROTY. This has been quite a difficult year for me, unfortunately I abruptly lost my dad in April. My dad was a best friend and hero to me. In fact he introduced boxing to me when I was about 3 and in my early years I would watch fights with him while he educated me on fighters and styles and such. Boxing is a passion we shared my entire life. I am very happy to report that my dad, myself and my son had the opportunity to attend a few live cards together recently. During this difficult time of loss I found solace in TSS. During unbearable moments I would find myself logging on, reading articles and the comments from everyone and it truly gave me just a few minutes of normalcy, just a few minutes of peace. As odd as it may sound this site and all the great contributors became an outlet and helped with such a difficult mourning process. I appreciate that beyond what anyone can probably understand. That just shows what a great group of members and journalists there are on this site. Everyone here has something great to offer and like I mentioned before I receive more than I can ever provide myself. I am happy that what I do offer is appreciated. Thank you very much for such an honorable award. I am truly humbled.


You held up pretty well under the circumstances bro.... And even became the police, referree, and big brother when it was appropriate. .. .. Just remember to stay in fighting shape Amayseng ..2014 is going to be a hell of a year.

SouthPawFlo says:

Good Pick......

DaveB says:

I too have to tip my hat to Amayseng. I don't know you personally but you seem like a very nice, respectable person. You are no stranger to putting your opinions out there in way that not only makes your point but is always backed it up with good arguments and passion. I am amazed at all you guys that can continually write day after day without burning out - Radam, Brownsugar and you come to mind as well as a few others. You are the right man with the "write" plan. Congratulations. Well deserved. Amazing.

DaveB says:

Thanks B-Sug for the shout out. I appreciate it but you are too kind. Still though I appreciate it.

amayseng says:

You held up pretty well under the circumstances bro.... And even became the police, referree, and big brother when it was appropriate. .. .. Just remember to stay in fighting shape Amayseng ..2014 is going to be a hell of a year.


Thanks brother, and i am always in fighting shape, cant let these young'ins have a step on me!

amayseng says:

I too have to tip my hat to Amayseng. I don't know you personally but you seem like a very nice, respectable person. You are no stranger to putting your opinions out there in way that not only makes your point but is always backed it up with good arguments and passion. I am amazed at all you guys that can continually write day after day without burning out - Radam, Brownsugar and you come to mind as well as a few others. You are the right man with the "write" plan. Congratulations. Well deserved. Amazing.


Thanks Daveb, truly appreciate it.

Carmine Cas says:

Carmine you were a breath of fresh air as well....

Thanks B-Sug, I thoroughly enjoy your posts and depictions of fighters

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