Just one more day until the calendar flips to July. It’s the middle of summer and the midst of another crazy baseball season. July also marks the annual sports-themed awards show known as the ESPY Awards, which takes place on July 13 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Every year around this time, the various ballots are released for numerous awards to be handed out that day. Some of the more prominent ones that are recognized include the Male and Female Athletes of the Year, Best Championship Teams and Individual Performances and Best Individual Game. There is also the presentation of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, which goes to one individual who ‘helped transcend sports’ to what they are today.
You can click here for more information on the ESPY Awards and cast your votes. One of the more popular awards that is handed out during the night is the award for ‘Best Play’. It’s one of those where the fans get the most engaged in the voting process to select what is truly the best individual play over the last calendar year.
One of 16 plays were assembled into a bracket for fans to vote, which began back on June 22. One of the plays is the craziness that ensued at The Big House on October 17. In case you haven’t seen in the first 83,759,832 times, here is a reminder:
This game-winning, time-expiring, botched-punt touchdown return to seal a 27-23 victory for the Michigan State Spartans over the Michigan Wolverines after not leading for a single second in the game, is one of the 16 plays being nominated for the ESPY of ‘Best Play’.
As of Wednesday, this MSU blocked punt return TD had advanced through the voting bracket to the final eight teams. With 56 percent of the vote from June 22-28, it surpassed this incredible catch by Stanford wide receiver Francis Owusu.
You see now the caliber of plays being nominated, all of the choices will go down in history without question.
Now from Wednesday through next Tuesday July 5, fans can continue voting for the ‘Miracle at Michigan Part II’. Standing in their way now is UFC 193, when Holly Holm knocked out then champion Ronda Rousey.
This particular play triumphed over Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon hitting his first career major league home run earlier this season.
You can click here to vote for your best plays as well as other ESPY awards being handed out on July 13 in Tinseltown. Among the 30+ awards being dished out will be for ‘Best Female College Athlete‘. One of the options is Michigan softball player Sierra Romero, who put together a historically-decorated and successful career in Ann Arbor, which you can view some of those here. Romero earned National Player of the Year honors in college softball this past season as well.
You can catch the ESPYs live on Wednesday July [email protected] 8 p.m. ET on ABC, hosted by John Cena. Why? I don’t know. Are you going to argue with him? I’m not…