ESPY Awards 2012 Winners: Miami Heat Did Not Deserve to Win Team of the Year
Don't get me wrong, I know that the Miami Heat is a fantastic team.
They were fantastic last year and are a team that is stacked to win multiple championships. However, just looking at other championship teams this year, the Heat clearly did not deserve to win the ESPY for Team of The Year.
Did we somehow forget about the New York Giants and the L.A. Kings? These two teams were underdog stories that proved that you don't need to stack your team in order to win a championship.
The Heat are a team that was set for success after acquiring LeBron James. So is it really that much of a shock to anyone that they finally won a NBA championship? One that, with a team stacked like the Heat, they should have won in 2010?
It seems as though since LeBron finally won a championship, we need to hand him awards to justify that he is one of the greatest players and on one of the greatest teams in the NBA.
Instead, the award for team of the year could have easily gone to the L.A. Kings. Not only was it the first time since 1993 that the Kings had been in the Stanley Cup finals, they were the only team in NHL history to enter the conference as an eighth seed and then beat both the first and second seeds.
It wasn't like the Kings barely skated by the Vancouver Canucks or the St. Louis Blues. When they started their round of playoff games against the Canucks, they went 3-0 before the Canucks even won a game. They would end that series in Game 5 and would go on to sweep the second-seed Blues.
Then they would go on to face the third seed Phoenix Coyotes and beat them in five games. They would be the second team in NHL history to defeat the first-, second-, and third-seeded teams and the only team in NHL history to do it as an eighth seed.
They would go on to win the Stanley Cup by dominating the New Jersey Devils at the beginning of their series, and would win it in six games.
Clearly this was a team that deserved to win the Team of the Year award.
Even the New York Giants would have been a better pick over the Miami Heat for Team of the Year.
With the New York Giants, it probably starts before the season even began. When asked in an interview if he considers himself on the same level as Tom Brady, Eli Manning responded that he thinks he is in the same class.
Of course people would doubt him after he said it; the man did throw 25 interceptions during the 2010 season. But Eli and the New York Giants would prove everyone wrong.
Then, during the preseason, the Giants seemed to get riddled with injuries to their defense. Losing some linebackers for the year, and even a cornerback, the Giants had to find a way to rebuild their defense during the regular season. Even defensive ends Just Tuck and Osi Umenyiora dealt with nagging injuries.
The Giants would finish the regular season 9-7 having a win against the dominant Patriots, but at the same time, having losses to teams like the Redskins and Seahawks.
When the Giants entered the playoffs, though, they became a much different team. They would start by dominating the Atlanta Falcons. Then the Giants would move into Green Bay and defeat the reigning champions. It was the first time all season that the Packers trailed a team in points the entire game.
Then the Giants would go to San Francisco and battle it out with the 49ers. They would get the win thanks to their special teams.
Lastly, the Giants met the Patriots in the Super Bowl where the injury-riddled Giants were able to get the win over terrific Tom Brady and his New England Patriots.
All of a sudden, that comparison Eli made to Brady didn't seem that far off.
The New York Giants or the L.A. Kings deserved to win Team of the Year, not the Miami Heat. It's great that the Heat are that popular, but are they a team that was able to overcome the odds?
Or were they more like the first-seed teams that the Kings and Giants were able to overcome?
The Heat are a great team, but the Giants and the Kings are the true Teams of the Year.
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