Thursday, July 15, 2010
John Wall, UNI, Duke take home ESPYS
By Eamonn Brennan
The ESPYS had its share of highlights last night. Seth Meyers was casually great. The story and presentation of the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage to the survivors of slain high school football coach Ed Thomas made my living room suddenly dusty. Brooklyn Decker was ... present.
And yes, college hoops got its fair share of dap in the awards category. Duke was named best men's college athletics program, which might have had something to do with the Blue Devils winning their fourth NCAA title under coach Mike Krzyzewski. John Wall won the award for best male college athlete, which is kind of hard to defend: What about Evan Turner? What about Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram? Wall was good, but he wasn't even the best college hoops player in 2009-10, so how could he have been the best male college athlete? I demand answers to my ESPY-related queries!
There was no questioning the winner of the Best Upset category, though: That award rightfully went to the Northern Iowa Panthers for their second-round win over No. 1-ranked Kansas this March. As Diamond wrote yesterday, it would have been a major upset if the Panthers didn't win.