With the ESPY awards less than two weeks away, sports fans around the world are putting last minute check marks onto their voting ballot. This year's nominees include a wide range of superstars and highlight reels all seen on SportsCenter on numerous occasions. Who deserves the award is up to the voters, but as for me, some of my predictions are as follows.
Best Male Athlete – Tom Brady. Aside from the Superbowl, Brady was perfect this year and so was his team. While in the process of going 16-0, Brady found the end zone a record 50 times and led the league in completion percentage, passing yards, and QB rating.
Best Female Athlete - Lorena Ochoa. The best female golfer in the world with a No. 1 ranking, Ochoa is well on her way to a third straight LPGA Rolex Player of the Year award. She also became the first players in LPGA history to pocket more than $3,000,000 in a season.
Best Team – Kansas Jayhawks. A college basketball powerhouse in the 07-08 season, finishing an amazing 37-3 including a Big 12 championship, a national championship, and a number one ranking in both college polls.
Best Championship Performance – Josh Beckett. I know Woods played on a bum knee during the Open, but what made this year different than the last if he has been hurt for so long? That’s why I am giving it to Beckett. This guy became unbeatable in the postseason and led the Red Sox to another World Series by posting a 1.20 ERA and registering only 2 walks in 30 innings.
Best Breakthrough Athlete – Stephen Curry. A household name in the month of March, Curry took his tenth seeded Davidson Wildcats against seventh seeded Gonzaga and scored 40 and then scored 30 against second seeded Georgetown. He then beat three seeded Wisconsin with 33 points and took the Wildcats to the elite eight.
Best Record Breaking Performance – Brett Favre. One of the greatest football players ever, Favre “retired” with 442 touchdowns surpassing former record holder Dan Marino in September with a pass to Greg Jennings.
Best Upset – NYG over NE. I know that both Fresno State and Appalachian State deserve major recognition, but when a wild-card team beats an undefeated dynasty with the best quarterback in the league in the Super Bowl, it's hard to overlook.
Best Moment – Central Washington Softball. Imagine an opposing player carrying you around the bases after tearing your ACL rounding first base. A true sign of sportsmanship and a snapshot moment in sports history.
Best Game – Kansas vs. Memphis. An overtime thriller to finish off an amazing tournament highlighted by a buzzer beating three pointer and a clutch performance by Darrell Arthur who didn’t seem to miss for the Jayhawks.
Best Play- Manning to Tyree. Manning appeared to be sacked several times during the play and I am still trying to figure out how Tyree managed to hang on to the ball. Play of the game to keep the drive alive.