John Wall wins an ESPY, Strasburg doesn't
Much as it pains me to suggest there is any meaning whatsoever in winning a made-up award named after a TV station, The Post blogged four times about John Wall's decision to skip the ESPYs ceremony Wednesday night, so I suppose we should include the D.C.-specific results.
Incidentally, Wall told me he'd watch the awards from his hotel room, but instead he wound up back in the Cox Pavilion on UNLV's campus, watching Summer League action.
* The Best Male Collegiate Athlete award was given to Wall, although it was announced during the pre-game red carpet portion of the show by Colin Cowherd, which devalues it about 70-fold. In a subsequent press release, the Kentucky athletics department pointed out that Wall also won the K-Association Male Athlete of the Year in "The CATSPY Awards," which are a "spin-off of the ESPY Awards." I'm gonna start the BOGspys, I think.
"Thanks to God and everybody that voted for me and help me win best male college athlete!!! Love y'all this means a lot to my fam and I," Wall wrote on Twitter after his ESPY was announced.
* Breakthrough Athlete was won by Chris Johnson over both Wall and Stephen Strasburg. Luckily for Wall, LeBron James suggested on Twitter that he might yet break through.
"Give me John Wall or DeMarcus Cousins for ROY this year," James wrote. "Them young cats been balling in Summer League."
"Yessir," Wall replied.
I'd put a LeBron endorsement right up there with a Cowherd one at this point.
* Best NHL Player was given to Sidney Crosby. Alex Ovechkin was also nominated. Eric Fehr, apparently, was not.
* The Performance Under Pressure award -- sorry, the "CASTROL EDGE PERFORMANCE UNDER PRESSURE AWARD -- was given to Landon Donovan, who topped Strasburg, among others. If you think the pressure of the World Cup compares to the pressure of a live MASN2 audience, we have nothing in common.
Wall will be back in Summer League action Thursday at 8 East Coast time. I'll be sure not to ask him about the ESPYS.
July 15, 2010; 9:53 AM ET
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