2008 ESPY Awards: The Nominees

Chris D'AnielloAnalyst IJuly 1, 2008

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The nominees for the 2008 Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Awards, which will take place on July 20 and be hosted by Justin Timberlake, have been released. Skipping all the pleasantries... to the categories!

Best Male Athlete
Tiger Woods, Golf
Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees

Best Female Athlete
Lorena Ochoa, Golf
Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks
Danica Patrick, Auto Racing
Lindsey Vonn, Skiing

Best Moment                                                                                                 Great Sportsmanship, Central Washington Vs. Western Oregon Softball
Jon Lester's No-Hitter
Danica Patrick Wins

Best Team
Boston Red Sox
New York Giants
Boston Celtics
Kansas Men's Basketball
Tennessee Women's Basketball
Detroit Red Wings

Best Coach-Manager
Terry Francona, Boston Red Sox
Tom Coughlin, New York Giants
Pat Summitt, Tennessee Women's Basketball
Doc Rivers, Boston Celtics

Best Game
Super Bowl: Giants Over Patriots
NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kansas Over Memphis
NBA Finals, Game 4: Celtics Over Lakers

Best Championship Performance
Venus Williams, 2007 Wimbledon
Josh Beckett, 2007 Baseball Playoffs
Rafael Nadal, 2008 French Open
Tiger Woods, 2008 U.S. Open

Best Play
Mississippi Miracle (Trinity College's 15 lateral play)
Super Bowl: Eli Manning To David Tyree
Big 10 Stunner (Minnesota's Blake Hoffarber scores on a length-of-the-court pass to upset Indiana)
Columbus Blue Jacket's Rick Nash Shoots And Scores Game Winning Goal Against Phoenix

Best Finish
McMurray Edges Busch to Win the Pepsi 400
WKU Hilltoppers Advance Against Drake With a 26-foot 3-pointer as time expired
Spurs Prevail Over Phoenix
Penguins Stay Alive Against Red Wings in 3 OT Game

Best Upset
Appalachian State: Stuns Michigan In College Football, 34-32
Da' Tara: Wins The Belmont Stakes As A 38-1 Longshot
New York Giants: Beat Patriots In The Super Bowl
Fresno State: Beats Georgia To Win The College World Series

Best Breakthrough Athlete
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
Stephen Curry, Davidson Basketball
Kyle Busch, NASCAR
Ana Ivanovic, Tennis

Best Record-Breaking Performance
Barry Bonds, San Francisco Giants
Brett Farve, Green Bay Packers
Usain Bolt, Track And Field
Tom Brady & Randy Moss, New England Patriots

Best Sports Movie
Resurrecting The Champ
The Game Plan

Best Male College Athlete
Tim Tebow, Florida Football
Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina Basketball
Michael Beasley, Kansas State Basketball

Best Female College Athlete
Candace Parker, Tennessee Basketball
Angela Tincher, Virginia Tech Softball
Rachel Dawson, North Carolina Field Hockey

Best Male Athlete With A Disability
Matt Scott, Basketball
Phil Scholz, Swimming
Marthell Vazquez, Soccer
Ryan Kocer, Wrestling

Best Female Athlete With A Disability
Patty Cisneros, Basketball
Jessica Galli, Track And Field
Susan Beth Scott, Swimming
Shay Oberg, Softball

Best Male International Athlete
Kaka, Soccer
Manu Ginobili, Basketball
Cristiano Ronaldo, Soccer
Rafael Nadal, Tennis

Best Female International Athlete
Marta, Soccer
Lorena Ochoa, Golf
Lauren Jackson, Basketball
Justine Henin, Tennis

Best Baseball Player
Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees
Josh Beckett, Boston Red Sox
Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies
Jake Peavy, San Diego Padres
C.C. Sabathia, Cleveland Indians

Best NBA Player
Lebron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets
Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics

Best WNBA Player
Lauren Jackson, Seattle Storm
Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury
Becky Hammon, San Antonio Silver Stars
Seimone Augustus, Minnesota Lynx

Best NFL Player
Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Randy Moss, New England Patriots
Ladainian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers
Bob Sanders, Indianoplis Colts
Brett Favre, Green Bay Packers
Eli Manning , New York Giants

Best NHL Player
Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames
Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

Best MLS Player
Luciano Emilio, D.C. United
Juan Pablo Angel, New York Red Bulls
David Beckham, Los Angeles Galaxy
Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Chicago Fire
Landon Donovan, Los Angeles Galaxy
Matt Reis, New England Revolution

Best Male Action-Sports Athlete
Shaun White, Skateboarding/Snowboarding
Kevin Robinson, BMX
Chad Reed, Supercross
Kevin Pearce, Snowboarding

Best Female Action-Sports Athlete
Gretchen Bleiler, Snowboarding
Jessica Patterson, Motocross
Stephanie Gilmore, Surfing
Lindsey Jacobellis, Snowboarding

Best Bowler
Walter Ray Williams Jr.
Chris Barnes
Norm Duke

Best Driver
Jimmie Johnson
Dario Franchitti
Lewis Hamilton
Kyle Busch
Scott Dixon
Tony Schumacher

Best Fighter
Floyd Mayweather, Boxing
Joe Calzaghe, Boxing
Kelly Pavlik, Boxing
Georges St. Pierre, MMA
Holly Holm, Boxing

Best Golfer
Tiger Woods
Lorena Ochoa
Annika Sorenstam
Phil Mickelson

Best Jockey
Garrett Gomez
Robby Albarado
Kent Desormeaux

Best Outdoor Athlete
Skeet Reese, Angler
Lance Mackey, Dog Musher
Skip Storch, Marathon Swimmer
Army Capt. Scott Smiley, Mountain Climber
Dave Hahn, Mountain Climber

Best Male Tennis Player
Roger Federer
Rafael Nadal
Novak Djokovic
Bob And Mike Bryan

Best Female Tennis Player
Justine Henin
Maria Sharapova
Ana Ivanovic

Best Track And Field Athlete
Tyson Gay
Allyson Felix
Jeremy Wariner
Usain Bolt

Hummer Like Nothing Else Award
Manny Ramirez
Sidney Crosby
Ashley Force
George Marti

There you have it. Your 2008 ESPY nominees.

The actual winners, to be announced on July 20, may not be the ones that truly deserve the award because the "fan vote" is really just "who plays on a bigger stage vote".

I'd like to find out how the results would turn out if only true, sports afficienados were voting. Now, if I could go anywhere to get such votes, it'd be the Bleacher Report community.

Please take a little bit of time and vote for whatever categories you have any knowledge of by emailing me your votes at chrisdaniello@gmail.com. Any brief explanations of your votes that you may want to include would be appreciated. I'll publish the winners sometime before the actual ESPYs. Thanks ahead of time.


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