The ESPYs are one of those things that usually slips past me. It’s never been something I’d go out of my way to pay attention to, but sometimes, something gets brought to your attention that can’t be overlooked. Not one single Spur is on the ESPY list. Lets take a peek.
Kobe Bryant NBA
LeBron James NBA
Jimmie Johnson Auto Racing
Michael Phelps Swimming
Ok, I’ll give that to you, that’s a pretty studly list, even though we could craft an argument against Jimmie Johnson. He really needs to rethink his car though, he could do so much better in a Ford.
Florida’s Tim Tebow’s speech
Helio Castroneves wins the Indy 500
US swim team wins thrilling finish in Olympic relay
Alright, I racked my brain, and this looks pretty good too.
Connecticut Women’s Basketball
Los Angeles Lakers
North Carolina Men’s Basketball
We all love our Spurs dearly, but we don’t deserve this category in any way after our bench failed to do anything.
Geno Auriemma Connecticut Women’s Basketball
Dan Bylsma Pittsburgh Penguins
Phil Jackson Los Angeles Lakers
Joe Maddon Tampa Bay Rays
Mike Tomlin Pittsburgh Steelers
Now we can make a valid complaint. Jackson is a coach and all, but I don’t think we can give him the “Best Coach” distinction. Best Mediator, sure, but when you have Kobe, Fisher, Odom, Gasol, Bynum, and Ariza, there’s not a lot of coaching to be done, just keep them happy. I’m not sure the Spurs can get there due though either. Take a peek at the Hawks and what they did with the roster they have, or maybe the Jazz, they got hit with injuries worse than San Antonio and were still in the hunt down the stretch. I’ll pick Jerry Sloan here.
Federer vs. Nadal 2008 Wimbledon Final
Steelers vs. Cardinals Super Bowl XLIII
Syracuse vs. Connecticut Big East Tournament Quarterfinals
Ok, the Superbowl had a pretty good finish, and that ‘Cuse game was crazy, but does anyone actually watch Tennis outside of France?
Ovechkin vs. Rangers
Pacquiao KO’s Hatton
Roethlisberger to Holmes Super Bowl Winning TD
Texas Tech’s Michael Crabtree makes game-winning catch vs.
With thousands upon thousands of great plays every year, I see how we’d get overlooked.
Shawn Johnson Olympic Gymnastics
Evan Longoria Tampa Bay Rays
Derrick Rose Chicago Bulls
Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons
Again, understandable. We didn’t have anyone come out of nowhere, but this next year I expect to see DeJuan Blair on the list, after he wins Rookie of the Year.
Usain Bolt Olympic Sprinter
Larry Fitzgerald Arizona Cardinals
Phil Jackson Los Angeles Lakers
Michael Phelps Olympic Swimmer
Are you joking? What record breaking performance did Jackson and the Lakers have? They won, but not spectacularly.
Usain Bolt Jamaica, Sprinter
Pau Gasol Spain, Basketball
Lionel Messi Argentina, Soccer
Rafael Nadal Spain, Tennis
Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal, Soccer
This right here, BEST Male International Athlete, this is where we have our best complaint. How does Gasol get on the list? What did he do? He got a ring, thanks to Kobe. He plays in a media market, thanks to a gift wrapped trade. What does he really bring to the table? The Spurs became Parker’s team this year, and he had major games to go along with it. When was the last time Gasol dropped 55 points on anybody, much less carried a very injured team on his back? Oh yeah, and the beautiful wife.
Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers
Dwight Howard Orlando Magic
LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers
Dwyane Wade Miami Heat
I’ll give you the first 3, but again, I don’t see Wade shining more than Parker. He’s up there, but there are several guys who could easily be in front of him.
Somebody remind me when the ESPY stuff starts next year, we need to get a movement going to make sure the Spurs get on the list. Apparently somebody has a hard on for the Lakers too, because they make the list twice as much as they should.