Rank these 10 memorable moments in ESPYS history
From Jamie Foxx’s tennis balls to Drake’s side pieces to LeBron James’ prerogative
When one thinks of ESPN’s annual ESPYS award show, many moments stand out. While some made us laugh out loud, like host Justin Timberlake, or laugh uncomfortably, like Saturday Night Live alum Norm Macdonald’s scathing opening monologue, the most memorable moments of the past 25 years have evoked emotions, tears and standing ovations.
There’s Sidney Poitier introducing a muted Muhammad Ali in 1997 and the riveting musical performance that Chance the Rapper gave in Ali’s honor when he died 19 years later. The Banana Boat crew opening the 2016 show with a rousing call to action for athletes in the face of police-involved shootings and killings of unarmed black men paved the way for Zaevion Dobson, a Tennessee high school football player killed by gunfire while shielding three young girls, being posthumously honored for his courage. The speeches, from ESPN anchor Stuart Scott and TNT reporter Craig Sager accepting the Jimmy V Perseverance Award to the Arthur Ashe Courage Award presented to Pat Summitt and Jim “Jimmy V” Valvano, have had a lasting impact over the years.
But while those moments will forever epitomize the importance and impact of sports, there have been other times since 1993, the ESPYS’ first broadcast, that had viewers unable to take their eyes off the television or not draft a tweet to send out to their followers. Ahead of Wednesday’s ESPYS (8 p.m. EDT, ABC) hosted by former NASCAR driver Danica Patrick, The Undefeated compiled a list of 10 moments in the show’s history that have stood out from the rest. Because ranking these moments would be a daunting task, we have allowed you to choose where each should be pegged on the list. For each of the 10 options, you can either vote up (green arrow) or down (red arrow) for your favorite moments in ESPYS history.
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