ESPY Awards 2014: Complete Results and Biggest Snubs

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ESPY Awards 2014: Complete Results and Biggest Snubs
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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
Award Winner
Best Team Seattle Seahawks
Best Female Athlete Ronda Rousey
Best Male Athlete Kevin Durant
Best Play Chris Davis' FG Return
Best Driver Ryan Hunter-Reay
Best NFL Player Peyton Manning
Best Female U.S. Olympic Athlete Jamie Anderson
Best Male U.S. Olympic Athlete Sage Kostenburg
Best Game Alabama vs. Auburn, Iron Bowl
Best Female Action Sports Athlete Jamie Anderson
Best Male Action Sports Athlete Nyjah Huston
Best Moment USA defeats Ghana in World Cup
Best Comeback Athlete Russell Westbrook
Best Upset Mercer over Duke, NCAA tournament
Best Breakthrough Athlete Richard Sherman
Best Championship Performance Kawhi Leonard
Best Male College Athlete Doug McDermott
Best Female College Athlete Breanna Stewart
Best NBA Player Kevin Durant
Best WNBA Player Maya Moore
Best Coach/Manager Geno Auriemma
Best MLB Player Miguel Cabrera
Best NHL Player Sidney Crosby
Best Male Athlete with a Disability Declan Farmer
Best Female Athlete with a Disability Jamie Whitmore
Best Jockey Victor Espinoza
Best Fighter Floyd Mayweather
Best Male Golfer Bubba Watson
Best Female Golfer Michelle Wie
Best Male Tennis Player Rafael Nadal
Best Female Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Best Bowler Pete Weber
Best MLS Player Tim Cahill

ESPN.com

 

Biggest Snubs

Best Male Athlete: Peyton Manning

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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

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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

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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.

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