ESPY Awards 2014: Complete Results and Biggest Snubs

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIJuly 17, 2014

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16:  NFL player Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks accepts the Best Breakthrough Athlete award onstage during the 2014 ESPYS at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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The 2014 ESPY Awards have come and gone, and with the showcase's final results comes plenty of debate.

Surely, every award winner was well deserving—they wouldn't have been nominated otherwise—although we can't help but look back and give an after-the-fact opinion on what transpired Wednesday night.

There were 33 awards handed out to various athletes during ESPN's event. Let's take a look at the winners from every category and overview the ESPYs' biggest snubs.

 

2014 ESPY Winners

2014 ESPY Award Winners
AwardWinner
Best TeamSeattle Seahawks
Best Female AthleteRonda Rousey
Best Male AthleteKevin Durant
Best PlayChris Davis' FG Return
Best DriverRyan Hunter-Reay
Best NFL PlayerPeyton Manning
Best Female U.S. Olympic AthleteJamie Anderson
Best Male U.S. Olympic AthleteSage Kostenburg
Best GameAlabama vs. Auburn, Iron Bowl
Best Female Action Sports AthleteJamie Anderson
Best Male Action Sports AthleteNyjah Huston
Best MomentUSA defeats Ghana in World Cup
Best Comeback AthleteRussell Westbrook
Best UpsetMercer over Duke, NCAA tournament
Best Breakthrough AthleteRichard Sherman
Best Championship PerformanceKawhi Leonard
Best Male College AthleteDoug McDermott
Best Female College AthleteBreanna Stewart
Best NBA PlayerKevin Durant
Best WNBA PlayerMaya Moore
Best Coach/ManagerGeno Auriemma
Best MLB PlayerMiguel Cabrera
Best NHL PlayerSidney Crosby
Best Male Athlete with a DisabilityDeclan Farmer
Best Female Athlete with a DisabilityJamie Whitmore
Best JockeyVictor Espinoza
Best FighterFloyd Mayweather
Best Male GolferBubba Watson
Best Female GolferMichelle Wie
Best Male Tennis PlayerRafael Nadal
Best Female Tennis PlayerMaria Sharapova
Best BowlerPete Weber
Best MLS PlayerTim Cahill
ESPN.com

 

Biggest Snubs

Best Male Athlete: Peyton Manning

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16: (L-R) Former NFL quarterback Dan Marino, NFL quarterback Peyton Manning and NBA player Kevin Durant pose for the award for Best Record Breaker at The 2014 ESPYS at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, Califor
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Let's kick things off by noting that Kevin Durant was simply impressive last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was certainly deserving of the Best NBA Player award due to wining the league MVP after averaging 32.0 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game.

Although, as impressive as those numbers are, they paled in comparison to what Peyton Manning accomplished with the Denver Broncos.

While Durant led the Association in scoring, Manning not only led all quarterbacks in yards and touchdowns, but he set single-season records in both categories. Those records led to him winning another award, via ESPN Stats & Info:

His end-of-season stat line included a 68.3 completion percentage, 5,477 yards, 55 touchdowns, just 10 interceptions and a passer rating of 115.1.

Accomplishing this at the age of 37 should have only solidified Manning with this award.

 

Best Moment: Chris Davis' FG Return in Iron Bowl

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16:  Auburn football player Chris Davis accepts the Best Play award onstage during the 2014 ESPYS at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Yes, the U.S. men's national soccer team defeating its nemesis Ghana in the World Cup was a great moment of national pride for every American watching. However, was it really the best overall sports moment?

Let's put it into perspective. The United States' win was a great sight, but it was the team's only victory in the World Cup and it came against a winless Ghana team.

On the other hand, we have Chris Davis' 100-plus yard field-goal return for Auburn's game-winning touchdown against a highly talented Alabama team in the Iron Bowl. That kind of conclusion to a game has never happened in the collegiate ranks.

As you'd believe, several members of the media took to Twitter to convey their displeasure with the outcome.

Jordan Brenner of ESPN The Magazine and Doug Gottlieb of CBS were two such people who stood out:

Let's not take a great win away from the United States men's national team, but as far as an incredible sports moment goes, the conclusion of the Iron Bowl easily takes the cake.

 

Best Team: San Antonio Spurs

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16:  (L-R) NFL players Golden Tate, Malcolm Smith, Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman and teammates from the Seattle Seahawks accept the Best Team award onstage during the 2014 ESPYS at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 16, 2014 in Los A
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This was a bit of a tough category, as each nominated team showed a great deal of dominance leading up to the awards ceremony. However, voters got it wrong when they selected the Seattle Seahawks as the winners.

Yes, the Seahawks were incredible during the Super Bowl. They defeated Manning's Broncos by an incredible 35-point margin, which puts them among the best performers in the game's history, according to ESPN Stats & Info:

Although, while that performance was very impressive, the team wasn't nearly as dominant leading up to the big game.

Both of Seattle's games leading up to the Super Bowl ended in one-score margins.

Seattle's defense allowed Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints to get back in the game, giving up 15 points in the fourth quarter while allowing the quarterback to pass for over 300 yards. One game later, the Seahawks needed to mount a fourth-quarter comeback to defeat the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game.

It was a different story for the Spurs leading up to the NBA Finals.

After being forced to a Game 7 in Round 1 by a good Dallas Mavericks team, San Antonio went on a tear, dropping just four games the remainder of the way to claim the title.

Kevin Pelton of ESPN tweeted the incredible point differential the Spurs accumulated throughout the playoffs:

So, the same team with the highest ever point differential in the NBA playoffs went on to defeat LeBron James and Co. four games to one in the Finals?

It sure seems that kind of performance would amount to an award here.