The ESPYs! Boy, is this the night for you if you’re super depressed regarding the lack of professional sports in mid-July (check!), passionate about absurd athlete outfits (eh) and B-list celebrities (God no), and enjoy bad roasts of popular athletes (cringe). The Eagles had three opportunities to win on the evening, and every opportunity to regret being so successful, which forced them to attend such a silly event.
The first award of the night in which an Eagle was in the running—Best Championship Performance—went to Nick Foles. He was up against Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors), Donte DiVincenzo (Villanova Wildcats) and George Springer (Houston Astros) for their respective performances in the NBA Finals, NCAA Championship, and World Series. Foles, of course, won it for his 28 completions, 373 yards, and 4 tuddies in Super Bowl 52.
As one might expect, Foles’ speech was simple and earnest. He touched on the absurdity of his career path to this point, the love he has for the environment cultivated by his teammates and coaches in Philadelphia, and the passion of Philadelphia fans.
I couldn’t help but reminisce on the days of “Sunshine” Nick Foles, with the long, flowing locks of a carefree rookie back-up—short hair Nick is one handsome lad.
Up next was Philly Special for “Best Play,” which went up against Jessie Warren’s double play in Game 1 of the Women’s College World Series, Arike Ogunbowale’s game-winner in the NCAAW tournament, and an 80-foot buzzer beater from Blake Peters of Evanston Township High. It should be noted that exactly one of these was a drawn-up play. But whatever.
Ogunbowale’s shot took home the award, and while the massive Eagles fan (and huge college softball fan) in me feels slighted, Ogunbowale deserved to bring home at least one ESPY. She lost “Best Moment” to the Minneapolis (Momentary) Miracle, which is some trash, because one was a championship moment and the other was a divisional round moment. (There was also a nominee that was a Super Bowl championship moment.) BUT WHATEVER.
The night ended on best team, which included the Houston Astros, Golden State Warriors, women’s Olympic hockey team, Washington Capitals, Villanova Wildcats (NCAA BB), Notre Dame Fighting Irish (NCAA WB) and of course, your Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. The Astros won this one, a victory on which I have basically no take. Hurrah for them. Go Birds.