2008 ESPY Awards: The Winners & The Other (Real) Winners

Chris D'AnielloAnalyst IJuly 21, 2008

There were few surprises in the 2008 ESPY Awards that took place on Sunday, July 20.

Allbeit some shocking things did happen, such as the fact that Justin Timberlake was a great host, and that Tiger Woods, since undergoing his surgery, bears an uncanny resembelance to actor Will Ferrell. But the awards themselves carried no real major upsets—though there were definitely some tight races.

There were also some tight races in the Bleacher Report ESPY Awards, where you, the B/R community voted on each of the ESPY categories after I reported the nominees and asked for your opinions. Most categories received an overwhelming response, others received few but still meaningful votes. 

So without further ado, here are the winners of the official ESPY Awards polls and the winners as voted on by the Bleacher Report community (if different from official winner).

Hummer Like Nothing Else Award: George Martin

Best Track and Field Athlete: Tyson Gay

Best Female Tennis Player: Maria Sharapova / Justine Henin

Best Male Tennis Player: Roger Federer

Best Outdoor Athlete: Army Capt. Scott Smiley

Best Jockey: Kent Desormeaux

Best Golfer: Tiger Woods (no votes for any other nominee)

Best Fighter: Floyd Mayweather

Best Driver: Jimmie Johnson / Tony Schumacher

Best Bowler: Norm Duke

Best Female Action Sports Athlete: Gretchen Bleiler

Best Male Action Sports Athlete: Shaun White

Best MLS Player: David Beckham

Best NHL Player: Sidney Crosby

Best NFL Player: Tom Brady

Best WNBA Player: Lauren Jackson

Best NBA Player: Kobe Bryant / Lebron James

Best Baseball Player: Alex Rodriguez / Josh Beckett

Best Female International Athlete: Lorena Ochoa

Best Male International Athlete: Rafael Nadal / Manu Ginobili

Best Female Athlete With a Disability: Shay Oberg

Best Male Athlete With a Disability: Ryan Kocer

Best Female College Athlete: Candace Parker

Best Male College Athlete: Tim Tebow / Michael Beasley

Best Record Breaking Performance: Brett Favre

Best Breakthrough Athlete: Adrian Peterson

Best Upset: New York Giants over New England Patriots

Best Finish: WKU Hilltoppers Advance

Best Play: Eli Manning to David Tyree

Best Championship Performance: Tiger Woods, US Open

Best Game: Giants over Pats in Super Bowl

Best Coach-Manager: Pat Summitt / Tom Coughlin

Best Team: Boston Celtics

Best Moment: Central Washington Vs. Western Oregon Softball Sportsmanship

Best Female Athlete: Candace Parker

Best Male Athlete: Tiger Woods


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