"The bribes are here, the bribes are here" said reporter Jefferson Donaldson as a pizza from the representatives of Giovinco and Toronto FC arrived at his office with the pepperoni in the shape of a number 10. "This is the BEST.... BEST part of the entire season... well, except if you are a reporter that hung out with NWSL stars at the All-Star Game this season."
Part of the annual tradition of buttering up voting journalists on the MLS MVP front, many teams take to elaborate examples to show what their player means to them while appealing to the carnal or youthful side of the reporter.
Meanwhile reporters were sent a pack from Columbus with a detailed information on Kei Kamara's achievements, a USB key and an OYO sports figurine
Reporters say that this part of the year is like Christmas for having to suffer through boring press conferences, terrible buffets, and the ignominy of having to be paid to write about sports.
"It's only fair that we should receive these items." said Mr Donaldson "We deserve them, and trust me when I tell you that the junior members of staff that don't get these are insanely jealous. I keep telling them, 'just keep plugging away and hope that MLS gets bigger so that there are more reporters that teams need to butter up'. It is simple math, you see. None of this changes the fact that I'm voting for Giovinco, but damn if that pizza isn't tasty."
The Nutmeg News will have more on this when NYCFC sends blood diamond encrusted rolex watches to advocate for Grabavoy for 2016 MVP.