Yeah. It’s a slow news day.
The Eagles’ epic December comeback against the Giants continues to pile up accolades, earning an ESPY nomination this week for “Best Game of the Year”. The well-earned nod comes nearly a month after the NFL Network officially crowned the game the second greatest comeback in league history.
Unfortunately, this might likely be the last bit of national recognition The Miracle gets. Other nominees in the “Best Game” category include Oklahoma City’s ridiculous triple-overtime win over the Grizzlies and Butler’s last-second upset of the top-seeded Panthers last March. While, in my opinion, I think the Birds’ win was every bit as exciting and heart-pounding as the other nominees, the odds are pretty heavily stacked against them.
For starters, New York lost the game. That’s pretty much a deal-breaker right there. Then there’s the fact that, in the nine year history of the award, no regular season game has ever won. Previous winners have all been Bowl games or playoffs, pretty evenly split between pro leagues and the NCAA. I’d be shocked if the Eagles won – regardless of the fact that it was without question the best football game of 2010 and arguably one of the best of all time. But the votes are collated from an odd mix of “experts” – who could be anyone from a sports writer to a former coach or a blogger – and fan opinions, which make the ESPY’s one of the least-regarded and little-heeded award shows in American history. Right above the Blockbuster Awards.
Roy Halladay has also been nominated for “Best MLB Player” and his no-hitter against the Reds is nominated for “Best Moment”. If you care.