The world of sports held its annual awards gala last night, and per usual the ESPYs produced several special moments. You can find recaps of the night anywhere. However, here at FDF, we like to delve a little deeper and find the interesting tidbits behind the moments that made the night.
First up, ya boy Peyton Manning did a better than average job of hosting the show, although nowhere as good as Drake’s performance while hosting the NBA postseason awards show. Manning set the Internet ablaze with a joke made at the expense of Kevin Durant. Manning made a quip about the Finals MVP wanting to join the women’s gymnastic team because of their dominance. Durant didn’t laugh at the joke and hit the world with the stone face.
Now, fast forward to Russell Westbrook winning the Male Athlete of the Year award. The camera flashed on Steph Curry who did not look impressed. Here’s what I peeped: the Warriors gone whoop that ass next year. KD isn’t playing with the world or laughing at their jokes and Steph Curry feeling like an under appreciated mafia capo ready to go to the mattresses. The Warriors won Best Championship Performance, but on a night when maybe one of the best teams ever and their championship winning stars could’ve been the talk of the night, the spotlight shined elsewhere. The Warriors aren’t soft and they’ll look to rectify the lack of respect in short order.
Michelle Obama could be president if she decided that was something she wanted to do. Vacay and time away from the press of the beltway has done the forever First Lady well. She looked amazing, youthful, and vibrant. It’s no secret that Mrs. Obama’s approval ratings are high af, but in a room with majority minority attendance, it’s clear that she is more than just well liked. She’s entered the rarified air of cultural icon.
Mrs. Obama presented the Arthur Ashe Courage Award to the family of Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Kennedy Shriver founded and championed the Special Olympics. The video package that accompanied the award presentation was touching and informative. I didn’t know she hosted over 100 special needs children and their families at a summer camp she held in her backyard. I got love for the Kennedys, true American dynasty. Last thing about the Forever First Lady; the pictures from her post White House vacation showed the First Lady with a natural hairstyle. Well, last night that joint was straight as Chuck Norris. I like to imagine Mrs. Obama getting her hair straightened by some Dominican ladies in a little shop ducked off somewhere. Jokes.
Simone Biles was awarded the Female Athlete of the Year award beating out Serena Williams. Biles has been living the life of Riley since winning four gold medals at the Rio Olympics; shopping, traveling, and shooting the shit with stars and celebrities. I hope this isn’t the end of her wave and the last we hear from the ‘flying squirrel’. This fame and relevancy game is hard for olympians. They get a global platform once every four years, and for Biles she’ll be about 23 the next time around. That is usually the age where gymnasts start to move on from the physically taxing sport. So for anyone murmuring about Serena not winning the award, let’s let little Simone ride her wave all the way to the shore. Serena can win several more of these awards. Biles might be one and done.
Here’s a list of the night’s big winners and some photos to sate your thirst for red carpet flyness.
Male Athlete of the Year: Russell Westbrook
Female Athlete of the Year: Simone Biles
Best Championship Performance: Golden State Warriors
Best Team: Golden State Warriors
Arthur Ashe Courage Award: Eunice Kennedy Shriver
Best Moment: Cleveland Indians
Best Breakthrough Athlete: Dak Prescott
Best Game: Super Bowl LI New England Patriots vs Atlanta Falcons
Jimmy V Perseverance Award: Jarrius Robertson
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