Wednesday, July 11, 2012

ESPY talk

**As I watched more, I had to go back and edit this post at the bottom, so if it pops up on your google reader twice, I apologize

I am a sports lover.  Most any sport (except baseball - snooze fest) I want to watch from start to finish, so when I saw the ESPY's are on tonight, I decided to give it a try.  Awards shows can be fun, pretty dresses, funny hosts, good music.  Well, the ESPY's is not proving one of those.

Bad Parts
#1 - guys win most of the awards, and looking at different suits just isn't that interesting.
#2 - Bless her 6'10" heart, Brittany Griner just won for best female athlete, and so that was another miss on seeing a pretty dress, or even an ugly dress.  She had on slacks and a vest
#3 - The women I have seen can't seem to decide whether this is a formal event or a BBQ, the styles are all over the place, and not one dress has made me swoon. 
#4 - The 2012 highlights they were showing in the pre-show are nothing new.  If you love that sport, you've seen that highlight 10 times on SportsCenter.  If you don't love that sport, another ball being hit over a fence, or another outfielder sliding across grass and catching a ball does nothing to inspire me.
#5 - Chris Berman's hair dresser
#6 - Random rap music

Good parts
#1 - Tim Tebow presenting - Though it's taken time for me to let go of my feelings of ill will that he chose to play for Florida in college, he grows on me more and more all the time
#2 - Micheal Jordan highlights - don't think I could ever get enough
#3 - Kerri Strug Olympics highlight - never fails to bring a tear to my eye.  That. Was. Amazing!  Whose heart wasn't bursting with American pride that night??

Time out, they are doing a piece on Pat Summitt, that Peyton Manning is intro-ing, and Reese Witherspoon is narrating.  I could be swayed here...

Yeah, I just got swayed, ESPY = best thing ever.  If you are a fan of hers, find this piece somewhere on YouTube tomorrow.  Wow, did not realize Pat had 6 miscarriages.  6 miscarriages.  I've never experienced that, but those I know that have been deeply affected by it.  It's a huge loss, and she felt the excitement of expecting and the loss of finding out she wouldn't have that child 6 times.  That's just not something I knew she had to deal with.  And her players talking about her just makes me want to get out there and impact someone, and then her mom at the end...  Give me the tissues.

I'm adding the link 

And just disregard all I said above, they had another inspirational story later with the football player from Rutgers who was paralyzed.  Wow. 

And that's why even though the dresses may not be as pretty and the speeches and intros may be a little more awkward, sports holds a special place in my heart.  Athletes and coaches are special people, who push for the best, and can inspire us all with what they do.  And that's why my falls are filled with football and why I enjoy ESPN.

I've loved this quote since I first saw it

I always turn to the sports section first. The sports section records people's accomplishments; the front page nothing but man's failures
Earl Warren

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