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2011 ESPY Awards Predictions (Part 2)

In Sports on July 12, 2011 at 6:23 pm

by:  Eric Buenning

Before I finish predicting the remaining categories, let it be known that SNL head writer Seth Meyers will be hosting for the second straight year.  Seth hosts ‘Weekend Update’ on the show, and does a fantastic job hosting The ESPYS.  Can’t wait to see what he’ll do this year.

Here is last year’s monlogue.

Without furhter adieu, here is part 2.

BEST NFL PLAYER

Tom Brady (Patriots)–Arian Foster (Texans)–Clay Matthews III (Packers)–Troy Polamalu (Steelers)–Aaron Rodgers (Packers)

Who should win: Aaron Rodgers.  Aaron did just lead the Packers second string (essentially) to the world championship.  However, he doesn’t have the legendary status of the winner, yet.

Who will win:  Tom Brady.  Brady is the best quarterback in the league for now, and you can’t argue against it.  The stats back it up completely.  Plus, he’s dreamy and wears ugg boots and has long hair and….whoa.

BEST MLB PLAYER

Jose Bautista (Blue Jays)–Roy Halladay (Phillies)–Felix Hernandez (Mariners)–Josh Hamilton (Rangers)–Joey Votto (Reds)

Who should/will win: Roy Halladay.  He is the most consistently dominant player we have in the game today.  Watching him when he takes the mound is riveting.  His navigates his pitches all over the plate and makes the hitters look dizzy.  It’s truly fascinating to watch.

BEST NHL PLAYER

Corey Perry (Ducks)–Daniel Sedin (Canucks)–Martin St. Louis (Lightning)–Tim Thomas (Bruins)

Who should/will win: Tim Thomas.  Did you watch the Stanley Cup Playoffs this year at all?  Thomas was a wall out there.  Enough said.  Moving on.

BEST DRIVER

Greg Anderson–John Force–Dario Franchitti–Jimmie Johnson

Who should/will win:  Jimmie Johnson.  You can’t argue against back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to back Sprint Cup titles.  You just can’t.  Why make this any more complicated?  It’s Jimmie Johnson.

BEST NBA PLAYER

Kobe Bryant (Lakers)–Kevin Durant (Thunder)–LeBron James (Heat)–Dirk Nowitzki (Mavericks)–Derrick Rose (Bulls)

Who should win:  Kevin Durant.  The only thing holding Kevin Durant back now is an appearance in the NBA Finals.  He is on the precipice of becoming the face of the game.  Next year, this award will be his (provided we have a season next year).

Who will win: Dirk Nowitzki.  It would be LeBron James, but Dirk beat him in the Finals, and Dirk’s herculean effort catapults him to the top of the heap for the time being.

BEST WNBA PLAYER

Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever)–Lauren Jackson (Seattle Storm)–Cappie Pondexter (New York Liberty)–Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury)

Who should/will win:  Tamika Catchings.  She is very fun to watch play, and she led the league in All-Star votes.  I do expect this award to be given to Maya Moore though for next bajillion years.

BEST FIGHTER

Bernard Hopkins–Jon “Bones” Jones–Sergio Martinez–Manny Pacquiao–George St. Pierre

Who should/will win:  Manny Pacquiao.  He is incredibly gifted in the ring, and the guy isn’t half bad at singing, either.  This will be one of my easiest decisions yet.

BEST MALE GOLFER

Luke Donald–Jim Furyk–Graeme McDowell–Rory McIlroy–Charl Schwartzel

Who should/will win:  Rory McIlroy.  Rory has the best game right now, paired with the most potential going forward.  He also just came off an absolutely dominant performance in the U.S. Open that everyone remembers, so there should be no reason why he won’t win.

BEST FEMALE GOLFER

Na Yeon Choi–Christie Kerr–Jiyai Shin–Yani Tseng

Who should/will win:  Yani Tseng.  Reasoning:  look at the last category, minus the last major part).

BEST MALE TENNIS PLAYER

Roger Federer–Rafael Nadal–Novak Djokovic

Who should win:  Novak Djokovic.  The new world’s #1 is on an unfathomable pace this season, losing only 1 match (coincedentally, to Roger Federer).  However, The Djoker doesn’t look to be slowing down;  but it may not be enough for this year’s award.

Who will win:  Rafael Nadal.  The most dominant player these last few years will hold on just long enough to take this hardware home this year.  After beating Federer AGAIN on clay at The French Open, Nadal seemed to be back in charge.  That is, until Wimbledon came around.  Nonetheless, people will still recognize Nadal as the best in the world, despite what the rankings say.

BEST FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER

Kim Clijsters–Li Na–Serena Williams–Caroline Wozniacki

Who should win:  Kim Clijsters.  Kim Clijsters should win this one by default.  Her and Li Na are playing the best right now out of anyone, but Clijsters should have a slight advantage because she’s won before, as opposed to Li Na only winning once.

Who will win:  Serena Williams.  Not a lot of fans care about women’s tennis outside of the Williams family, so the award will probably stay with Serena.

BEST MALE COLLEGE ATHLETE

Jimmer Fredette (BYU)–Andy Miele (Miami OH Hockey)–Cam Newton (Auburn)–Rob Pinnell (Lacrosse)–Kemba Walker (UConn)

Who should/will win:  Jimmer Fredette.  Jimmer captivated the whole country with his play on the hardwood this year.  I have a hard time believing that he won’t take this award in, too.  Unfortunately, this could be the last award Jimmer ever wins, so soak it up everyone.

BEST FEMALE COLLEGE ATHLETE

Blair Brown (Penn St. Volleyball)–Dallas Escobedo (Arizona St. Softball)–Melissa Henderson (Notre Dame Soccer)–Katinka Hosszu (USC Swimming)–Maya Moore (UConn basketball)

Who should/will win:  Maya Moore.  Without a doubt, Moore will win this award.  I’ve never even heard of any of these other girls until right now, so that should tell you something.

BEST MALE ACTION SPORT ATHLETE

Tucker Hibbert (Snowmobiling)–Travis Pastrana (Motocross)–Kevin Holland (Freestyle Skating)–Kelly Slater (Surfing)–Shaun White (Snowboarding)

Who should win:  Tucker Hibbert.  Only because of his name.  Only reason.

Who will win:  Shaun White.  Everyone loves Shaun White.  America’s favorite ginger (sorry, Brian  Scalabrine) will take home another award in a close vote between him and Pastrana.

BEST FEMALE ACTION SPORT ATHLETE

Sarah Burke (Freestyle Skiier)–Kelly Clark (Snowboarding)–Ashley Fiolek (Motocross)–Stephanie Gilmore (Surfing)

Who should/will win: Ashley Fiolek.  Although she may not be as decorated as the others, overcoming your loss of hearing in a sport like Motocross has to be insanely difficult.  I can’t imagine what obstacles that presents on a day-in-day-out basis.  More power to her.

BEST JOCKEY

Ramon Dominguez–Garrett Gomez–John Velasquez

Who should/will win:  Garrett Gomez.  He is the 2011 George Wolff Memorial Jockey Award winner, so that has to mean something, right?  Also, his 10 Breeders’  Cup wins are pretty impressive.  And, when in doubt, go with alliterated intials.

BEST MALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY

Chris Devlin-Young (skiing)–Anthony Robles (wrestling)–Aaron Scheidies (running)–Jerome Singleton (Track & Field)–Steve Wampler (climbing)

Who should win:  All of them.  They do the same things we do, but without having the same privileges we take for granted every day.

Who will win:  Anthony Robles. The one-legged wrestler from Arizona State won the National Championship this year, serving as an inspiration to sports fans and non-sports fans alike.

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY

Allison Jones (skiing)–Tatyana McFadden (Track & Field)–Alana Nichols (wheelchair basketball)–Melissa Stockwell (swimming)–Mallory Weggemann (swimming)

Who should win: Again, all of them.

Who will win: Melissa Stockwell.  She was the first Iraq woman soldier to lose a limb in the war, and also the first Iraq war veteran in the Paralympics.  To have come this far after a roadside bomb took her leg is awe-inspiring.

BEST BOWLER

Chris Barnes–Jason Belmonte–Mika Koivuneimi–Bill O’Neil

Who should/will win:  Chris Barnes.  These bowlers are 1-2-3-4 in the points standings so far, so why not go with #1?  Seems pretty logical to me.

BEST MLS PLAYER

Edson Buddle (Los Angeles Galaxy)–Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)–David Ferreira (FC Dallas)–Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

Who should/will win:  Landon Donovan.  He is still the best male soccer player we have.  Even if he wasn’t, he’s still the most popular guy we’ve got.  It would be “the shock heard round the world that nobody cared about” if Donovan didn’t win this award again.

BEST TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETE

Allyson Felix–Tyson Gay–David Oliver

Who should/will win: Tyson Gay.  Dude beat Usain Bolt.  Need I say more?????  He’s also the best shot the U.S. has at winning the 100m dash at the 2012 Olympics, so we better start supporting our guy now.

Well there it is.  I hope you enjoyed it, and we will see just how correct I am Wednesday at 9PM, ET.  See you guys there!!

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