The ESPY awards are a great time in sports where many of the world's best athletes meet to celebrate each other's achievements over the past year.
Last night's ceremony was highlighted by the US Women's National Soccer team winning the award of Outstanding Team, Stephen Curry winning Best Male Athlete, and Ronda Rousey earning the honor of Best Female Athlete for the second year in a row.
Most of the awards were won by the candidate that everyone anticipated except for one of them. Lebron James was awarded Best Championship Performance for the second time in his career for his impressive showing against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.
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However, the difference this time around was that Lebron's team did not win the NBA Finals. He was on the losing team which was the same factor that went in to not awarding him the Finals MVP despite his quite incredible performance.
Historically, the ESPY for Best Championship Performance has always gone to a winner. This year, Lebron wasn't.
Many people believe that because of this, Madison Bumgarner was the candidate who truly deserved the award after his cold-blooded performance for the San Francisco Giants as they won the World Series for the third time in the last five years.
The pitcher from North Carolina showed his class as he not only pitched the first and fifth games of the series letting up only a single run over the two games, but he also came in during game seven and shut out the Kansas City Royals on his way to leading the Giants to the win. Bumgarner went on to be awarded the World Series MVP.
After analyzing the performance, it is difficult to understand why the Giants' pitcher didn't win the ESPY, but with Lebron James losing out to Stephen Curry for Best Male Athlete, it makes sense that "The King" would win at least one award on the night.
After all, they can't let the Bay Area teams win everything these days.
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