On Wednesday night ESPN hosts their yearly sports award show, the ESPYs, to celebrate the best of the last 365 days in sport.
One thing they will not be celebrating, or did not even consider celebrating, was Braden Holtby’s save in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.
This year there were 16 plays nominated to be the “Best Play” and were seeded into a bracket. For the past month fans have been voting in each head-to-head matchup culminating in four pretty outstanding plays:
- Arike Ogunbowale’s National Championship buzzer beater
- The Philly Special in the Super Bowl
- A double play off of a bunt in the WCWS
- An 80 ft buzzer beater in a high school game
All of those plays can be viewed here.
Three of those four were in a championship game, the other was a just a once in a lifetime play from a teenager.
But the ESPYs are saying that there are 16 plays from this past year that were better than Holtby’s save… Can we really believe that? Everyone loves buzzer beaters, but they accounted for six of the 16 plays. One of them could have easily gotten bumped.
And aside from the three listed above there were only two that were in the championship event for each sport. Holtby could have rounded it out for six.
We’re not saying that Holtby’s play was the best in the past year, or even in the top four. Heck, there should be no one that tops Ogunbowale’s incredible heroics. But arguably the best play in D.C. sports history not making the top-16 for best plays in a 365 day period?
It must have been one heck of a sports year.
For those that are nominated, Alex Ovechkin is a finalist for Best Male Athlete and Best NHL Player. The Capitals are in the running for Best Team.