While professional sports may stop for a week in July, the ESPY Awards celebrate the incredible accomplishments of athletes on and off the field. Like always, it is an exciting night full of laughs, joys, and even tears. It's a cant-miss event for any sports event, so here is some information you need to know beforehand:
Event: 23rd annual ESPY Awards
Time: July 15, 8/7 CT
Place: Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, California
Host: Joel McHale
What to expect: Plenty of jokes, especially on sensitive issues. Awards hosts never shy away from any type of joke, especially at the ESPYs. A tribute of Stuart Scott that will leave the whole audience teary-eyed. All eyes on Caitlyn Jenner’s speech and a standing ovation from the crowd of A-listers there. However, don’t expect the same support on social media. Gift bags for athletes and celebrities in attendance worth over $20,000. Jealous of everybody there, as it’s the best place to be that night.
Major Awards Predictions
Best Male Athlete: Stephen Curry, Lebron James, Aaron Rodgers, J.J. Watt
Of the four candidates, Steph Curry is the only one to have won a championship this year. He also took home the NBA MVP Award and has emerged as one of the best young athletes in the country.
Best Female Athlete: Ronda Rousey, Breanna Stewart, Serena Williams
At 33 years old, Serena Williams is still dominating the women's tennis scene. Since last year's ESPY Awards, she has won the Australian Open, French Open, and US Open, among several other tournament wins. She's arguably one of the best athletes in the world, as seen by her ongoing display at Wimbledon.
Best Team: New England Patriots, Connecticut Huskies, Golden State Warriors, Chicago Blackhawks, Ohio State Buckeyes, U.S. Women’s Soccer
While these are all championship teams, the Ohio State Buckeyes take the honor because of their ability to perform so well when their first two quarterbacks went down with injuries. But they persevered through the season and the playoffs and cruised to a 42-20 victory over Oregon in the championship.
Best Game: A’s vs. Royals, Spurs vs. Clippers Game 7, Seahawks vs. Patriots
If Marshawn Lynch runs the ball, this isn’t the winner. But the ending to Super Bowl XLIX is certainly up there in the best all-time category. The dramatic finish with Malcolm Butler’s interception of Russell Wilson created controversy immediately, and it still continues to be brought up as one of the most questionable play calls ever.