IIRC, Pappy really blew up after the New York Times did an article about it. It had gotten some awards in the years prior, but wasn't really any media attention. This was really on the front end of the bourbon craze, so simply winning an award didn't get that much mainstream attention.
The person that constantly posts IFLS stuff on my Facebook is a theater major. Doubt she took a single science class. None of the people who actually do science for a living ever seem to post anything from it.
I saw the University of Florida national championship team play, and Joaquin Noah looks like he was assembled from spare parts. Even weirder looking in person than on TV. He was a beast though, hustled on absolutely every play.