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ESPY Awards Highlights

The ESPYS is the annual award show which recognizes sports-related performances throughout the year. They were hosted last night in Los Angeles with Peyton Manning as the MC, so we decided to look back on some of the highlights from the show to reminisce and remember what has happened this past year in sports. 

The ESPYS "Best Play of the Year"

Tied with the Dallas Cowboys and with just 12 seconds remaining in the NFC Divisional game, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers faced third-and-20 on their own 33-yard-line. Rodgers stepped back into the pocket, then rolled to his left. He stuttered a few steps and fired in-stride from his back foot. The 36-yard pass was reeled in by Jared Cook on the left sideline, who was able to just drag his toes in-bounds before touching the white line.  This set up the game-winning field goal and pushed the Packers into the NFC title game:

 

The ESPYS "Female Athlete of the Year" 

This award went to Simone Biles of the US Women's Gymnastics team. She was a part of the historic gold medal-winning team dubbed the "Final Five" at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The 20-year-old earned four gold medals and a bronze medal in the 2016 Olympics. Quite an impressive young woman with an ability to perform routines like this:

 

The ESPYS "Best Game"

It's hard to argue that Super Bowl 51 wasn't the most mind-boggling and incredible comebacks in the history of sports. Trailing by 25 points halfway through the third quarter, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots managed to defeat the odds and not only force overtime with the Atlanta Falcons, but also won the game.

 

"You’re the greatest, bro!...” Patriots running back LaGarrette Blount screamed at Brady during the post-game celebration. “...THE GREATEST!”

The ESPYS Best Championship Performance

Kevin Durant capped his spectacular first season with the Warriors by bringing home the NBA Championship that he was so determined to get. He scored 39 points in a fast-and-furious, Finals-clinching 129-120 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games.

KD shot 14/20 from the field, 5/8 from three-point range, and 6/6 from the foul line in closing out the series. His play earned him the Finals MVP honors: Averaging 35.2 points (55.6% shooting), 8.4 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.0 steals per game.

Hilariously, he was unimpressed with one of Peyton Manning's jokes at him during the presentation:

The ESPYS "Best Moment"

History was made last year when the Chicago Cubs finally won a World Series after a 108-year drought. 

 

What do you remember as your fondest memory from the past year in sports? 

 

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