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FaceDown91
06-25-2009, 05:06 AM
http://www.seattlepi.com/othersports/2080ap_espys_nominees.html


LOS ANGELES -- Michael Phelps has 14 Olympic gold medals but only one ESPY. That's likely to change after he led the way Wednesday with four nominations for next month's ESPY Awards.

The swimmer is nominated for male athlete, championship performance, record-breaking performance and U.S. male Olympian.

Phelps' only ESPY win came in 2005, when he earned the male Olympic performance honor following his effort at the 2004 Athens Games, where he won six gold medals.

The NBA finals matchup between Kobe Bryant and LeBron James didn't materialize, with James' Cleveland Cavaliers failing to reach the finals, where Bryant's Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Orlando Magic.

Even so, Bryant and James will compete for male athlete honors, along with Phelps and NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson.

Bryant was also nominated for championship performance and NBA player, a category he won last year.

Serena Williams, Candace Parker, Olympic all-around gymnastics champion Nastia Liukin, Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin and Connecticut basketball player Maya Moore were nominated for the female athlete award.

Tiger Woods will compete for his record 21st ESPY, in the male golfer category.

The NBA champion Lakers, North Carolina's national champion basketball team, the World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies, the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers, and the national champion Connecticut women's basketball team were the best team nominees.

Actor Samuel L. Jackson will host the awards that honor the best achievements, moments and leading athletes of the previous year. They will be presented July 15 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, with the taped show airing July 19 on ESPN.

The Arthur Ashe Courage Award will be given to former South African president Nelson Mandela. Dara Torres, who won three silver medals as a 41-year-old swimmer at the Beijing Olympics, will receive the Best Comeback award.

The Jimmy V Award for Perseverance will go to Northern State men's basketball coach Don Meyer, who battled cancer after surviving a near-fatal car accident.

Fans will determine winners in 37 categories through online and mobile phone voting that begins Thursday and runs through July 11.

Predictions anyone?

LakersIn5
06-25-2009, 05:57 AM
****ing ray allen now wont be able to say "another win in LA"

JayW_1023
06-25-2009, 06:07 AM
Kobe wins hands down. He has really become a true basketball great winning his fourth title.

S.J.Basketball
06-25-2009, 06:32 AM
Phelps for winning 7 or 8 gold medals. I love Kobe. but that feat was just ridiculous.....

i.got.the.nutz
06-25-2009, 06:33 AM
Phelps for winning 7 or 8 gold medals. I love Kobe. but that feat was just ridiculous.....

I agree. As much as I love Kobe, its gotta be Phelps.

cubulls
06-25-2009, 09:37 AM
If Phelps doesn't win, then the Espy's are a complete joke. Winning an MVP award or NBA title, while a great accomplishment, is insignificant when compared to 8 gold medals.

GrkGawdofWalkz
06-25-2009, 09:58 AM
Phelps will win every ESPY he is nominated for. This is like Lance "I am a fraud" Armstrong winning the 7th Tour de France, there was no one close that was going to beat him. He set 7 world records in 8 Olympic events and made the Summer Olympics big again in the states.

AntiG
06-25-2009, 10:14 AM
Hands down it should be Phelps. He's the greatest athlete of this generation in any sport that had the greatest performance in the history of the Olympics. What he did blows away anything anyone has ever done in any sport.

heyman321
06-25-2009, 10:21 AM
Kobe wins hands down. He has really become a true basketball great winning his fourth title.

LOL. Do you know what you're talking about? Winning eight gold medals and setting records in almost all of the races is a way bigger feat than an NBA championship.

ManRam
06-25-2009, 10:22 AM
Gotta be Phelps. If it isn't, I'm never watching the ESPYs again.

FaceDown91
06-26-2009, 05:28 AM
also Samuel Jackson hosts the Espy's this year :D

WoodbridgeSkins
06-26-2009, 05:37 AM
Who cares about swimming, but it's gotta be Phelps. The guy won a record 8 gold medals. It'll be ******** if he doesn't win! I mean c'mon, the guy can win EIGHT gold medals but he can't win an ESPY. If you get caught smoking a bong and barely get any **** for it, you deserve to win the ESPY Man of the Year Award.

montazingmvp
06-26-2009, 05:44 AM
what a stupid award....

i mean seriously talk about american bias...not one non-american is mentioned for male athlete of the year...

how about roger federer for completing the career grand slam.

or christiano ronaldo, for having a spectacular season for ManU

or leo messi for having a great season with barcelona...

i mean phelps, lebron and kobe are great athletes...but what they do isn't on as global of a scale as what messi, ronaldo, or federer do on a regular basis

GSW fan
06-26-2009, 06:14 AM
what a stupid award....

i mean seriously talk about american bias...not one non-american is mentioned for male athlete of the year...

how about roger federer for completing the career grand slam.

or christiano ronaldo, for having a spectacular season for ManU

or leo messi for having a great season with barcelona...

i mean phelps, lebron and kobe are great athletes...but what they do isn't on as global of a scale as what messi, ronaldo, or federer do on a regular basis

i agree w/ ur point, but it still gotta be phelpsidk y lebron is there.

but pwning the world to get 8 gold medals has to be the winner