ESPY Play of the Year 2012: Why Christian Watford Deserved to Win

Sebastian MaldonadoFeatured ColumnistJuly 12, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11:  Christian Watford wins award for Best Play  poses in the press room during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Last night, the 2012 ESPY Awards featured four incredible nominees for the 2012 Play of the Year. Fans had a tough choice from the UFC, community college baseball, college football and college basketball. It was Indiana Univeristy’s Christian Watford who took the prize for his buzzer-beating shot over Kentucky.

The fans made the right call.

Watford got the ball with 1.4 seconds left in the game and hit a three to win the game 73-72.  Fans stormed the crowd and cheered in excitement. ESPN announcers Dick Vitale and Dan Shulman were in shock at what they just witnessed. Even Indiana coach Tom Crean’s jaw dropped when that shot hit. 

It stunned everyone because the victory had weight behind that buzzer beater.  Indiana upset Kentucky, who was seeded No. 1 in the country at the time.  

The three-pointer was the cherry on top for Watford, who ended the night with 20 points and five rebounds. Compared to the other nominees, merit alone let this play rise above the rest.

Make no mistake. This was a tough list of nominees this year.

Left fielder Derrick Salberg of Lower Columbia College leapt over a four-foot-tall outfield fence to rob a home run from Everett Community College and seal the victory for Lower Columbia.

Joe Adams of Arkansas University made an exciting touchdown punt return against Tennessee.

UFC lightweight fighter Edson Barboza knocked out Terry Etim with an amazing spinning right leg kick.

Despite the stiff competition, fans voted for Watford. They understood the importance of that shot and what it means in Indiana/Kentucky history.

The rivalry between the two universities is intense, and they’ve played against each other since 1969. A victory over the other is important to each team.  

Plus, fans knew Watford made an incredible shot. In fact, everyone in Indiana knew it.

The fans made the right call voting for Chrisitan Watford’s buzzer-beating shot over Kentucky.  He deserved it.