He didn't win the award (again) and his team is not playing in the big game, but it was a much easier loss for Doug Brown last night in Montreal.
Last year in Toronto, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers nose tackle arrived at the CFL awards show to find his assigned seat in the concert hall had been removed.
Brown eventually found a place to park his rear end, but he proceeded to lose the CFL's most outstanding Canadian award to B.C. Lions slotback Jason Clermont.
Brown finished second again last night, this time to Lions defensive end Cameron Wake for the most outstanding defensive player award, but the rest of his night went much smoother.
"I had a ride, and I had a seat, and I had a better looking girlfriend with me," Brown said last night from Montreal.
Brown also got two votes from the 46 members of the Football Reporters of Canada and CFL coaches who cast ballots, which isn't too shabby considering Wake led the loop with a whopping 23 sacks and is all but guaranteed to end up in the NFL next season.
Brown, 34, had one of his finest seasons in Blue and Gold, and he was also named the team's most outstanding player and top Canadian as a result. It wasn't just because the Bombers struggled, either. He was that good.
He keeps meeting tough competition at the annual awards show, however. Last night's runner-up showing was his third straight, as he also lost the top Canadian award to B.C.'s Brent Johnson in 2006.
Brown shelved his bombastic persona for a moment and deflected the praise for his fine season to the people around him.
"It was a good season, and it's no coincidence that three years with (defensive co-ordinator) Greg Marshall have resulted in three great levels of recognition," Brown said. "I can't give him -- and the people who surround me -- enough due."