It’s that time of year again when sports meets the glamour of Hollywood and the awards shows. The ESPY’s will broadcast on July 14, with the odds closing on July 10. Here’s a sample below and some picks from BroburySports.com.
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Best Male Athlete
Drew Brees is battling a couple of big-boys from the NBA, but it’s hard to argue against him after bringing the once-lowly Saints their first title. That’s especially true after what happened with Hurricane Katrina just a few years ago. Pick: Brees
Drew Brees – NFL (Even)
Kobe Bryant – NBA (+125)
LeBron James – NBA (+300)
Albert Pujols – MLB (+1000)
Jimmie Johnson – NASCAR (+1000)
The Blackhawks are a great story and are deserving of this award, but it’s hard for an NHL team to break through. The Saints are still the feel-good story five months after the Super Bowl and they will be rewarded. Pick: New Orleans.
New Orleans Saints – NFL (Even)
Los Angeles Lakers – NBA (+180)
Chicago Blackhawks – NHL (+400)
New York Yankees – MLB (+600)
Connecticut Women’s – College Basketball (+800)
Alabama Crimson Tide – College Football (+1000)
Best Male College Athlete
Wall gets the most publicity with March Madness, but it’s the Heisman Trophy winning Ingram that deserves this award. I like him to pull off the small upset.
John Wall, Kentucky basketball (-175)
Mark Ingram, Alabama football (+175)
Garrett Wittels, Florida International baseball (+500)
Evan Turner, Ohio State basketball (+700)
Blake Geoffrion, Wisconsin hockey (+1200)
It’s been a terrible year for Tiger Woods with poor play on the course and giving $100 million to his soon-to-be ex-wife. It will only get worse with Phil Mickelson getting the Best Golfer ESPY.
Phil Mickelson (-500)
Tiger Woods (+220)
Ernie Els (+800)
Best Female Athlete
Williams is the favorite here, but it’s time to give an upset pick. Skier Lindsey Vonn won the downhill gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics. She also had a hell of a photo shoot for Sports Illustrated. She’s the selection at +300.
Serena Williams, Tennis (-200)
Lindsey Vonn, Skiing (+300)
Diana Taurasi, WNBA (+300)
Maya Moore, College Basketball (+700)