Are the ESPYs even relevant any longer? Were they ever? Did you know that ESPY stands for "Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Awards"? I'd forgotten that it stood for anything until last night during the pre-award show festivities when the question was asked.
ESPN decided to do the show live this year, but then proceeded to announce certain awards live during SportsCenter at 6 p.m. ET. Yep, giving me reason not to watch the show in a couple of hours. Ah, but without any other sporting event on at the time I watched SportsCenter, the two-hour pre-game show, and then the award show itself. Darn you ESPN for having your award show during the dead of summer!
Seth Meyers hosted this year's festivities and his opening monologue was decent. He made a joke about Tim Tebow's jersey sales and Jesus, which got some laughs. For Denver sports fans, there was a moment late in the show for us all, which leads us into Peaks & Valleys.
-George Karl received the Jimmy V Award For Perseverance. The Denver Post has his entire acceptance speech:
There are many cancer survivors and patients that are intensely committed to defeating this nasty disease, as I am. There are many thousands of people who taught me that at one time, I thought I was a tough S.O.B., but there are a lot of tough S.O.B.’s out there, fighting this nasty disease that Jimmy Valvano, 17-18 years ago, brought to our attention.
You can watch video of it here.
-The Houston Rockets gave Karl's Nuggets their first loss in the last game of the Summer League. Laurence Ekperigin led the team with 21 points.