When ESPY Award nominees were announced, I wondered if the Steelers would lose to the Penguins, or vice versa, in the Best Team category. If I remember my words exactly, I think I said:
“…since Pittsburgh became the first city to claim both the NHL and NFL championships in the same year, that means the ESPY for Best Team will pit the Stanley Cup-winning Penguins against the Lombardi-hoisting Steelers. There’s other nominees up for that award, but they aren’t winning.”
Whoops. Apparently, the Lakers are a better team than either the Steelers or Penguins. Because a team coached by the guy with the most titles in league history did it better than championship teams with second year and rookie head coaches, respectively.
That doesn’t mean the city was shut out, though. Santonio can back up his promise to bring home an ESPY, as his Super Bowl-winning catch from Ben Roethlisberger won the award for Best Play. The Super Bowl win also got the Best Game nod. And Sidney Crosby may not have been a Hart finalist at the NHL Awards, but he snagged the Best NHL Player ESPY like it was nobody’s business.
You can catch a complete list of winners here. Because who needs to watch the actual ceremony when you’ve already scoured this list?