ESPYs 2016

ESPYs 2016: Best and Worst Moments

Fun bit of trivia: Did you know the days immediately before and after the Major League Baseball All-Star Game are the only days on which no almost no* professional sports are played in America? So what better day for the ESPYs to corral all of that otherwise-unoccupied leaping, running, jumping, shooting, batting, swimming talent in one room?

Wednesday’s ceremony, which honored the best of the year in sports, was hosted by WWE wrestler John Cena and opened with four NBA stars delivering a sobering talk about Black Lives Matter and the importance of pro athletes to step up as leaders in their communities. That theme resonated through the night, which featured a teen gunshot victim posthumously receiving the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage.

But the ABC-broadcast evening also had its lighter moments, buoyed by Cena’s good-natured poking of sports stars both present and absent, and several very funny taped bits. We took the liberty of sorting through the night’s most memorable bits, from the sublime (cancer survivors imploring everyone to never stop fighting) to the ridiculous (seriously, Lindsey Vonn, what are those things?).

Click through the gallery below to see what caught our eye, then hit the comments: What leapt out at you as the best, worst and weirdest moments from the telecast?

*Sorry, WNBA and MLS. Didn’t see you over there.

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. Matt says:

    The fun bit of trivia is no longer true. The WNBA plays on the days surrounding the All-Star game.

  2. Mike says:

    You might want to fix your captions. Dwayne Wade is a Bull, not a Clipper.

  3. Rob Horine says:

    THe only way I would be interested is if AJ Styles and the Club ran out on stage and #beatupjohncena.

  4. Howa says:

    The NBA is racist.

  5. Jodi says:

    To say Steph Curry was a “worst moment” simply because his daughter wasn’t there? Really?

    • Jan says:

      Totally agree! I love Riley, too … but Steph’s accomplishments don’t deserve a spot in “Worse” moments!

  6. Wendy says:

    The only female athlete included in this is critiqued for her outfit?!? You should be better than this TVline.

  7. Bwhit says:

    Loved the ‘letters’ from Peyton especially the ones that featured Eli and Cooper….
    As a huge Ryan Dungey fan, I wish they would have shown him win his award, he’s a great athlete and an even better person.