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The ESPY Awards State The Obvious

You got to love to the ESPY Awards, a sporting event devoted to rewarding the most obvious standout players of every major sport. The motto of the ESPY’s should be “No Duh.” Just look at this year’s big winners, like Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers (Best NFL Player) and tennis icon Serena Williams (Best Female Tennis Player). Of course, the real reason we watch the ESPYs is to enjoy the shenanigans, not necessarily root on the underdogs.

The event started out wonderfully bizarre, with Serena Williams wearing a low-cut, hot pink skirt suit, while Brian Wilson of the MLB showed up in a spandex tuxedo suit. Dirk Nowitzki and his Dallas Mavericks teammates, fresh off a historic NBA Championship win sang, “We are the Champions” much to the chagrin of Miami Heat. Nowitzki took home ESPY trophies for Male Athlete of the Year and NBA Player of the Year, while the Mavericks won Best Team and Rick Carlisle won Best Coach. Nowitzki took home the trophy even when while competing with other nominees Jimmie Johnson of NASCAR, Rafael Nadal in Tennis, and Aaron Rodgers in football.

Other awards to went to ski racer Lindsey Vonn, who won Female Athlete of the Year for the second straight year, and Tim Thomas won Best Championship Performance and Best NHL Player. Meanwhile the Philadelphia’s Roy Halladay won Best MLB Player. The Best Game of the Year went to the Eagles and Giants, 38-31.

The honorary awards, though not “surprising” were certainly amazing to watch. Anthony Robles was given a Jimmy V Award for Perseverance (and another award for an athlete working with a disability) for his career, in which he became NCAA Champion despite having been born with just one leg. Dewey Bozella was handed an Arthur Ashe Courage Award though he was only an amateur boxer in his day. However, he was wrongfully imprisoned for 26 years over a murder he did not commit. Still, that didn’t stop him from becoming Sing Sing Correctional Facility Boxing Champion.

The ESPY Committee even made time to honor the sports movie The Fighter, based on the true story of boxer Micky Ward and his half brother Dicky Eklund. The ESPYs are a great night for entertainment, not only because they allow inter-league competition, but also because it lets us relive the greatest moments in sports.