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The ESPYS :: Open Thread

Just got back from the beach... I should probably be writing about the Ducks reinstating baseball or what our baseball and football teams will be like next year, but the ESPYS are that shining object at the end of the tunnel for me right now.

Now, the ESPYS were recorded on Wednesday, so everyone and their dog knows who won the awards, but  I do not. I'm not joking... SportsCenter is playing in the background right now, and when they went to announce the notable winners of ESPY's, I covered my ears and looked away. No joke. I'm clean.

The BuildingTheDam party for tonight's festivities will be held in the comment's section-- I don't have the energy to do one of those minute by minute live blog things.

You can view the nominees after the jump. Most, including me, feel the Beavers got shafted, as they're not even nominated for a single ESPY. (Pat Casey for best coach, OSU for best Championship Performance, OSU for best Team, etc.) Maybe you have to three-peat to get an ESPY at the college level, unless you live in the state of Florida.

Anyway, with Jimmy and LeBron hosting, it should be a good show. Join me in the comment thread, if you wish. I won't say much. Besides-- you guys already know who won the awards. I don't.

To see the nominations, click "Read More".

Remember, I'm clean. Don't reveal any secrets.

Go BEAVERS!

--JB--

Best Male Athlete
Roger Federer, Tennis Pro
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts
LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers
Tiger Woods, Pro Golfer

Best Female Athlete
Lisa Leslie, Los Angeles Sparks
Taryn Mowatt, University of Arizona Softball
Lorena Ochoa, Golf Pro
Candace Parker, Tennessee Lady Vols Basketball

Best Team
Florida Gators Basketball - Final Four Champs
Florida Gators Football - BCS Champs
Indianapolis Colts - Super Bowl Champs
San Antonio Spurs - NBA Champs
St. Louis Cardinals - World Series Champs
Tennessee Lady Vols Basketball - Final Four Champs

Best Coach/Manager
Billy Donovan, Florida Gators
Tony Dungy, Indianapolis Colts
Jim Leyland, Detroit Tigers
Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs
Pat Summitt, Tennessee Lady Vols Basketball

Best Game
Oklahoma State over Texas - College Hoops Triple Overtime
AFC Championship - Colts over Patriots - Remarkable Playoff Comeback
Fiesta Bowl - Boise State over Oklahoma - David vs Traditional Goliath

Best Championship Performance
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Jimmie Johnson, Nascar Driver
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts
Serena Williams, Tennis Pro

Best Moment
Tiger Woods, British Open - Tears of Joy
New Orleans, Monday Night Football - Saints Return, Beat the Falcons
Tony Dungy vs Lovie Smith - Super Bowl's First African American Coaches
Derek Fisher - Father First, Utah J*** Second

Best Play
Boise State 2 Pt Conversion vs. Oklahoma - The Statue of Liberty Play
Darrelle Revis' Return - One Thunderous Block
Dwyane Wade Shot - Crazy Shot off the Glass
Endy Chavez Catch - Home Run Thief
Travis Pastrana - X12 - Moto X Double Backflip

Best Finish
Dodgers over Padres - Back to Back to Back to Back
Harwick's Daytona 500 - Nothing Closer, Ever
Division II Men's Basketball Championship - 57 Game Win Streak, Broken
Preakness - Triple Crown Spoiler

Best Upset
Detroit Tigers vs New York Yankees - AL Division Series
Golden State Warriors vs Dallas Mavericks - NBA Playoffs
Florida Gators vs Ohio State Buckeyes - BCS National Championships
Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Duke Blue Devils - NCAA Women's Sweet 16

Best Breakthrough Athlete
Kevin Durant, Texas Longhorns
Devin Hester, Chicago Bears
Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies
Morgan Pressel, Women's Golf Pro

Best Record-Breaking Performance
Bobby Knight, Coach, Texas Tech Red Raiders
Michael Phelps, U.S. Swimmer
Kelly Slater, Pro Surfer
LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers

Best Sports Movie
Invincible
Pride
Talledega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
We Are Marshall

Best Baseball Player
Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies
Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
Justin Morneau, Minnesota Twins
Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals
Johan Santana, Minnesota Twins

Best NBA Player
Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets
Kobe Bryant, Los Angles Lakers
Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks

Best NFL Player
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts
Larry Johnson, Kansas City Chiefs
Jason Taylor, Miami Dolphins
LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers
Brian Urlacher, Chicago Bears