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2012 ESPY Presenters: Rob Riggle and Star-Studded Show Will Make for Fun Evening

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 13:  MLB pitcher Brian Wilson arrives at The 2011 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJuly 11, 2012

No baseball. No football. No basketball or hockey. Hell, no soccer being televised. Even the Tour De France will have wrapped up for the day.

There are no sports on television tonight. But fear not, sports fans, for ESPN presents its annual sports award show, the ESPYS, at 9 p.m. ET this evening. It's a savvy move by the Worldwide Leader, capitalizing on an otherwise empty sports night like that.

And while the event will be rife with top athletes and personalities from the world of sports, the show itself will also feature the ever-hilarious Rob Riggle as its host and a slew of star presenters to keep the evening fun.

From ESPN:

This year’s scheduled presenters include Jessica Biel (Total Recall), Jordana Brewster (Dallas), Kenny Chesney (Welcome to the Fishbowl), Cody Horn (Magic Mike), Jimmie Johnson, Joel McHale (Community), Olivia Munn (The Newsroom), Danica Patrick, Jeremy Renner (The Bourne Legacy), and Shaun White, with more to be announced.

The New York Post also hears that "Zooey Deschanel, Connie Britton and Bar Refaeli are among the presenters for the annual show." They've also reported that Usher had to pull out of the show after the jet-ski tragedy involving his stepson.

I'm a pretty big fan of Jessica Biel, Jordana Brewster, Olivia Munn, Connie Britton, Danica Patrick and Bar Refaeli for obvious reasons, and Zooey Deschanel has the whole actress/singer/hipster chick/hot girl combination going for her, so her appearance would be fantastic as well.

Plus, Joel McHale? How awesome is that?

Jeff Winger would be seriously stoked to attend the ESPYs. And Troy would act like he was getting an ESPY while Abed filmed the whole experience, but I digress...

Generally, award shows that aren't about movies or music sort of suck—Comedy Central's attempt to do a comedy awards show stands out; have you ever met a comedian who thinks award shows are cool?—but the ESPYs has sports highlights and stuff, so that makes it worth a watch.

So yeah, to recap: Rob Riggle is funny, there are hot ladies presenting, sports highlights are cool and what the hell else are you going to do tonight anyway?

 

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