I have never really paid any attention to ESPYS Awards. I certainly stopped after the Bruce Jenner thing a few years ago. #NoPolitics
However, a Tweet from @UA_Athletics to go vote for Justin Thomas for Best Male Golfer and Best Play for “Tua Tagovailoa’s OT TD pass for Alabama” got me intrigued. Thomas is up against Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed (fluke). The Best Play is made up as a Sweet 16-seeded voting in rounds. 2nd & 26 is seeded No. 4 going up against No. 13 of some NBA player dunking on another.
The No. 1 seed is the game-winning shot of the Notre Dame women’s hoops championship. M’kay. No. 2 is the blown tackle on the Vikings’ Stephon Diggs. No. 3 is “Eagles 4th down TD pass in Super Bowl”.
I, of course, voted for Tua and then the lower seeds of all the others.
The rest of the voting - Best Male Athlete, Best NFL Player, Best Jockey, Best International Women’s Soccer Player (really?), etc., etc., etc. - for the most part gives four options. Several of the categories you would think would include a choice of the 2017-18 Alabama football team and perhaps one of the biggest moments in the long history of Tide football. However, they are totally omitted.
ESPN has made a ton of money off all the eyeballs that the Crimson Tide brings to their network. You’d think they would recognize the achievements of this team.