Five weeks ago, Better Off Red polls opened for the prestigious Cincinnati Reds end-of-the-season awards known as “The Burt Awards.” Every Monday since, a new collection of categories was unveiled for BOR readers to vote upon.  Over a month and 21,000 votes later, it’s now finally time to announce the winners of “The Burts“…

Today we will announce the winners of the Week Five categories.  For Week One results, CLICK HERE.  For Week Two results, CLICK HERE.  For Week Three results, CLICK HERE.  For Week Four results, CLICK HERE.

Envelopes please…


We kick off our final week of The Burt Awards with the results of the Best Nickname poll.  A year ago, The Toddfather swept the nation and took home the “Burt” with 37% of the vote.  Coincidentally, this year’s winner also netted 37% of the vote.

The winner, with 157 of the 428 total votes is…


Second place: The Toddfather (28%)


Up next is Favorite Food at Great American Ball Park.  Of the 21 nominees, the winner tallied 58 of the 380 votes.

And the Burt Award goes to…


Second place: Skyline Chili (14%)

Notes:  The popular Nacho Helmet held off Skyline by just 4 votes for the victory.  I guess no one likes Candy anymore.  It was the only nominee to not get a single vote.  Dentists everywhere, pat yourselves on the back.


The next category is Best Special Event of 2013.  This one wasn’t even close.  Of the 15 nominees, the winner collected over half of the 372 total votes.

And the winner is….


Second place: Opening Day (13%)

Notes:  Redsfest finished in third place, just 6 votes shy of Opening Day.


The next poll asked you Reds fans, “Who gets your vote for a 2014 Bobblehead?”  There were 14 random nominees for this one, but the winner looks very familiar.

With 99 of the 416 total votes, the winner is….


Sam also won this category in 2013.  You folks are adamant about getting Mr. LeCure enshrined in porcelain, aren’t ya?

Second place: Sparky Anderson (14%)

Notes:  Jeff Brantley (eating a chicken leg) held off Charlie Sheen for third place.


The Reds 16 sellouts in 2013 were a franchise record and the season attendance of 2,492,059 was a Great American Ball Park record.  But where is it that you all most enjoyed sitting at the ol’ ball game (or standing)?  That’s what our next poll asked – What is Your Favorite Section at GABP?

Twenty-one nominees amassed 359 votes.  The winner with 99 votes is…


Second place: Infield Box (7%)

Notes:  This is a PERFECT time to remind you that you can now place a deposit for 2014 Reds Season Tickets!  See what all this fuss about the Sun/Moon Deck is by sitting in that section next season!  CLICK HERE for details.


Now, back to regularly-scheduled programming…our next category is Favorite Game-Time Start.  Ten candidates (all Cincinnati time) combined for 330 votes.

When’s the best time to watch a Reds game?  You said….


Second place: 4:05pm (11%)

Notes:  No one likes 9:40pm…it didn’t get one measly vote.


The next category, Reds Player with the Best Music, could’ve simply been called ‘Sinatra vs. Paint it Black.’  Every single Reds player to appear on the 2013 roster was eligible for this award, but only 2 ended up with a real chance to win – Frazier and Votto.

The winner with 87 of the 350 votes is….


Second place: Joey Votto (21%)

Notes: Frazier beat Votto by 15 votes.  I was delighted to see Mike Leake, who used an “XX” song in 2013, get 7 votes.  Seven more than I would’ve thought (sadly).


And it’s now time for our final category of 2013 – Favorite Place to Go Following a Reds Game.  Thirty nominees collected a combined 378 votes.

The winner, with 103 votes is…


The Holy Grail Tavern & Grille is literally right across the street from the ballpark.  It’s close proximity and friendly staff are probably what propelled it to victory.

Second place: Home (26%)

Notes: There were 15 “other” votes.  Skyline Chili (29 votes) held off Christian Moerlein Lager House (25 votes) for third place.


Well, that concludes the 2013 Burt Awards!  I hope you had as much fun with this as I did.  I can’t believe this was the third year of The Burts.  Where has the time gone?!

You better believe we’ll be back next season, hopefully recovering from a World Series celebration!

Before we sign off, I must thank all of you who voted on the polls and participated in the discussion/fun.  You folks are the reason we do this.  Thank you!

And congratulations to all of the prize winners this week!  Including, “mac,” an active participant in the Burt Awards discussion.  For her efforts, she has been randomly selected as this week’s final winner and will receive a cool prize pack from BOR HQ.

That’s all for now.  Have a great weekend!!

Go Reds!

Expect Good News,


1 Comment

Loved the Burts again this year. Todd and Frank …just priceless.

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