ESPN hosted the 2010 ESPY Awards on July 14th. I, quite honestly, enjoyed this award show. I ended up hearing so many quotes during the host, Seth Meyers, dialogue. I’ll share just a few of his little “gems” that had me rolling.
About Lebron James’ 1 hour ESPN special announcing where he was playing next season:
"Did it really need to be an hour? Somebody time me. Miami. How long did that take? A second."
This led into a spoof of “The Decision”
Then, Meyers reassured the Cavs fans:
Ahhh…. So true. And I, a sworn Lakers hater, hereby hope that any team BESIDES the Heat win the championship every year that Lebron is in Miami. Really prefer anyone over the Lakers but definitely don’t want the Heat to win. Yes, I’m mean. Deal with it.
Let’s not forget when Meyers was explaining what the ESPYs are all about – entertainment and sports. Which he compared to some famous sisters:
"This is where sports and entertainment come together. It's like a Kardashian sister's bedroom."
Oh, the look on Reggie Bush’s face since ESPN panned over to see his reaction!
And of course the night would not have been complete without a few jabs at good old Tiger Woods:
"We all know which free agent is making the most money this summer -- Elin Nordegren." And, "Everyone, give it up for Tiger Woods, if you haven't already."
Below are the winners (my thoughts are in purple):
Arthur Ashe Courage Award: Aplington-Parkersburg (Iowa) High School coach Ed Thomas' family (I totally teared up during this presentation! Read the story here.)
Jimmy V Award For Perseverance: George Karl, Denver Nuggets coach
Best Female Athlete: Lindsey Vonn, Olympic skier (I completely thought Serena Williams had this one!)
Best Male Athlete: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (I was thrilled with this one although he had some tough competition.)
Best Comeback: Kim Clijsters, tennis player (I can’t even find the list of other nominees for this one)
Best Performance Under Pressure: Landon Donovan, soccer (Sure. None of the others stood out to me)
Best Moment: Landon Donovan, World Cup soccer, U.S. vs. Algeria (Ummm…. Can we say “unhappy”? It’s not even the fact that the Saints didn’t win although Hello! First Super Bowl Appearance in its 43 year history and they won? But the other two nominees were the Canadian Figure Skater that skated at the Olympics right after her mom died and Mickleson winning the Masters not knowing his wife who was battling cancer was there. One of those 2 were more deserving than the soccer team. But, whatever…..)
Best Team: New Orleans Saints (Over the moon with this one!)
Best Coach/Manager: Phil Jackson, Los Angeles Lakers (Really wanted Sean Payton to get this one)
Best Game: Canada vs. USA, Olympic men's hockey gold-medal game (OK, they can have this one)
Best Championship Performance: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (YES!!!)
Best Play: Brett Favre, Minnesota Vikings (NO! Besides the fact I don’t like “Mr. Needs to Retire”, but the baseball play that was nominated was way better!)
Best Upset: Northern Iowa over Kansas, NCAA tournament (Sure, they can have that one)
Best Breakthrough Athlete: Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans (I thought Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals had this one. But, I can deal with Chris Johnson)
Best Record Breaking Performance: John Isner vs. Nicolas Mahut, longest match in tennis history at Wimbledon (sure. Although shouldn’t that fast little Jamaican man deserve to win?)
Best Sports Movie: "The Blind Side" (This was a given)
College Athletic Program: Duke men's athletics and Stanford women's athletics (ok. I don’t know the other nominees)
Best Baseball Player: Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals (I really thought that Jeter was gonna win)
Best NBA Player: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers (Blech! I didn’t want him, Lebron or Dwayne Wade to win)
Best WNBA Player: Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury (Don’t follow)
Best NFL Player: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (Woohoo!!!)
Best NHL Player: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins (I don’t follow hockey players, just teams)
Best MLS Player: Landon Donovan, Los Angeles Galaxy (Don’t follow)
Best Male Action Sports Athlete: Shaun White, skateboarding/snowboarding (Don’t follow)
Best Female Action Sports Athlete: Torah Bright, snowboarding (Don’t follow)
Best Bowler: Walter Ray Williams Jr. (That was a given)
Best Driver: Jimmie Johnson (BOOOOO!!!!! But, it was a given)
Best Fighter: Floyd Mayweather (Sure. Although my fave of the nominees was Georges St. Pierre)
Best Male Golfer: Phil Mickelson (This was my choice. I didn’t know the second nominee and Tiger is on my sh*t list)
Best Female Golfer: Lorena Ochoa (Don’t follow)
Best Jockey: Calvin Borel (Don’t follow)
Best Male Tennis Player: Roger Federer (Don’t follow)
Best Female Tennis Player: Serena Williams (That was a given)
Best U.S. Male Olympian: Shaun White (Sure)
Best U.S. Female Olympian: Lindsey Vonn (Sure)
Best Track and Field Athlete: Usain Bolt (Don’t follow)
Best Male College Athlete: John Wall, Kentucky basketball (Don’t follow individual players)
Best Female College Athlete: Maya Moore, Connecticut basketball (Don’t follow individual players)
Best Male Athlete with a Disability: Steve Cash, hockey (OK)
Best Female Athlete with a Disability: Amy Palmiero-Winters, track and field (OK)
There was also a spoof of the movie; The Blind Side entitled The Dark Side. I laughed so hard. I would honestly go watch it if they ever made it!
Now, my favorite football team – The New Orleans Saints – won 4 awards in some capacity. Drew Brees won the Best Championship Performance and Best NFL Player awards during the Pre-Show. He also won Best Male Athlete. Here he is accepting his award:
Photo from ESPN
He also gave a shout out to the “Who Dat Nation” which I thought was awesome!
"I'd also like to thank the Who Dat nation," Brees said. "We love you." (Awwwww, Drew! We all love you too!)
Then came time for the Big Award. The one for Best Team. I was a little concerned about this one because the LA Lakers and NY Yankees were also nominees. I have no doubt that the Saints are better than both of them combined (you must know by now that I hate the Lakers and the Yankees), but you never know how these things will go. Kenny Chesney was the presenter. He made a little statement about the relationship between a sports team and its fans:
“Favorite players come and go
But our favorite team is forever
Passed down from generation to generation
Like a family heirloom
Our teams represent our home town
Our father’s home town
We don’t just root for them
We live for them
We don’t just wear their colors
We bleed their colors
And win or lose we believe that our team is the best”
Yes, Mr. Chesney… No truer words have been spoken. Although I am the first generation Saints fan, but hey, it’s gotta start somewhere! Then came the announcement….. The fans have decided the ESPY goes to…..
Photo from ESPN
Dat’s right, Da Saints!!! I was ecstatic! It totally made up for the Saints losing Best Moment to the USA Soccer Team. Well, at least in my eyes! But, you know….
"We were playing more than just football," said Sean Payton (NO Saints Head Coach), in his acceptance speech for the best team at the ESPY Awards. "We were playing for the region, for our city, beginning in 2006 after [Hurricane] Katrina and culminating this February in Miami."