As always, the ESPY Awards this year were a showcase of the sporting world's best—complemented by a full dose of hilarious and bizarre.
Viewers shouldn't have expected anything different with NFL legend Peyton Manning running the show as host. His performing prowess earned from an appearance on Saturday Night Live and in national commercials shone through as he put most of sport's biggest names over a spit for a roast while moving the event along throughout the evening.
Manning didn't take long to go viral thanks to a joke spitting fire at Kevin Durant before asking Russell Westbrook if he'd like to get in on the action, via Sports Illustrated:
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Kevin Durant was not feeling this Peyton Manning joke AT ALL 😂 https://t.co/kdXTr2gE1E2017-7-13 00:15:29
Durant himself presumably reacted to the worldwide burn on Twitter:
Kevin Durant @KDTrey5
Manning dissing Durant wasn't the only notable funny moment, though. He had plenty of fire for teams, former hosts of the show and beyond, even throwing down an SNL-inspired skit for good measure.
In his opening monologue, Manning even took shots at the Atlanta Falcons for their not-so-clutch ways in this year's Super Bowl, per ESPN:
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Nothing was off limits in Peyton Manning's monologue ... including the Atlanta Falcons. https://t.co/qPnBjwq6SB2017-7-13 00:38:31
Former ESPYs host and WWE superstar John Cena got caught in the crossfire as well when Manning brought him up alongside Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, who had the bizarre incident in Rio a year ago.
"John Cena is an athlete, the same way Ryan Lochte is a reliable witness," Manning said, according to Michael Rothman of ABC News.
As for the skit, as one can probably imagine, it centered on football as Manning decided to host a Super Bowl party.
ESPN offered a video of the hilarity:
Peyton Manning hosted his first Super Bowl party ... and was less than thrilled with the results. https://t.co/cu0QTlZMzN2017-7-13 01:26:57
To their credit, some of those involved didn't sit around and take the jabs.
Some, such as New England Patriots wideout Julian Edelman, clapped right back at Manning while giving a post-award speech.
Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star captured the gist of what he had to say:
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Julian Edelman: "I have to admit, Peyton's killing it tonight. We are indoors though."2017-7-13 01:20:48
The funny blends with the borderline bizarre in all the above, though the bizarre often had a way of shining through on its own.
For instance, the Chicago Cubs predictably reeled in the "Best Moment" award for winning the World Series and ending a 108-year drought.
A still-celebrating Bill Murray then took the stage in an...interesting hat, chronicled by ESPN:
Bill Murray is still celebrating the Cubs' World Series win. #ESPYS https://t.co/ZQJe755R9x2017-7-13 01:14:33
The bizarre wasn't limited to during the broadcast itself, though, not with the red carpet offering plenty of oddities beforehand.
Said strange moments included a fidget spinner, Mike Conley with an odd-looking suit and—obviously—a cat in a stroller:
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Yes that is @StephenCurry30 with a fidget spinner on the #ESPYS carpet https://t.co/JQJ5M7nszj2017-7-12 23:48:32
Mike Conley @mconley11
#espys @StephenCurry30 https://t.co/YgQv2szm792017-7-13 00:00:24
#ESPYS guess who's going to be walking the red carpet shortly #SpaceCat https://t.co/Nf9ab9YwCv2017-7-12 20:48:17
The show wound up a success thanks to a melting pot of all the above orchestrated by Manning. It's safe to say those in charge might ask him back for an encore in the near future.
Here's a look at the winners from the 2017 ESPY Awards:
Best Male Athlete: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
Best Female Athlete: Simone Biles, Gymnastics
Best Team: Golden State Warriors
Best Play: Aaron Rodgers' Pass to Jared Cook vs. Dallas Cowboys
Best Championship Performance: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
Best Breakthrough Athlete: Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
Best Record-Breaking Performance: Michael Phelps, 28 Career Olympic Medals
Best Upset: Mississippi State def. Connecticut, Women's College Basketball
Best Game: New England Patriots def. Atlanta Falcons, Super Bowl LI
Best Moment: Chicago Cubs win 2016 World Series
Best NFL Player: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Best Female U.S. Olympic Athlete: Simone Biles, Gymnastics
Best Coach: Bob Hurley Sr., St. Anthony High School
Best WNBA Player: Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks
Best Male College Athlete: Deshaun Watson, Clemson
Best Female College Athlete: Kelly Barnhill, Florida
Best Male Action Sports Athlete: Mark McMorris, Snowboarding
Best Female Action Sports Athlete: Anna Gasser, Snowboarding
Best Male U.S. Olympic Athlete: Michael Phelps, Swimming
Best Male Athlete with a Disability: Steve Serio, Wheelchair Basketball
Best Female Athlete with a Disability: Becca Meyers, Paralympic Swimming
Best Comeback Athlete: Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Best International Athlete: Usain Bolt, Runner
Best NBA Player: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Best MLB Player: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
Best NHL Player: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Best Driver: Lewis Hamilton, Formula One
Best Fighter: Demetrious Johnson, UFC
Best Male Golfer: Sergio Garcia
Best Female Golfer: Ariya Jutanugarn
Best Male Tennis Player: Roger Federer
Best Female Tennis Player: Serena Williams
Best MLS Player: David Villa, New York City FC
Best Jockey: John Velazquez
Best Bowler: Jason Belmonte
Results via ESPNMediaZone.com.