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ESPYs 2015 - one big popularity contest?

  • ESPYs 2015 - one big popularity contest?

The ESPYS are less than two weeks away, and public voters are no doubt in a frenzy. But are votes based on skill and talent, or is it just another popularity contest? Let's take a look at some of the nominees and see if we can predict who'll walk away with some shiny hardware.

Best Male Athlete Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)  LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers)  Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers)  JJ Watt (Houston Texans)

This has been a phenomenal year for Curry, and it seems the fans can't get enough. James earned the nickname King for a reason but he hasn't had the best reception over the past few months. He may win Best Championship Performance instead. Aaron Rodgers is a generous man who gives time and money, but the ESPY will wind up with Curry.

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Best Female Athlete  Ronda Rousey (MMA) Breanna Stewart (UConn Basketball)  Lindsey Vonn (Skiing) Serena Williams (WTA)

The pin-up girl of skiing, Vonn has been plagued by injuries this season, so if she wins, it won't be based on her performance. Williams, however, has proven over and over that she still has what it takes to be a true champion.

Best Breakthrough Athlete  Odell Beckham Jr (New York Giants) Mo'ne Davis (Little League Baseball)  Cardale Jones (Ohio State Buckeyes) Jordan Spieth (PGA)

Beckham Jr has a ton of fans and wowed everyone with some impressive plays. Spieth broke some records and is very deserving, but it's safe to say the voters are mostly young football fans, not mature golf enthusiasts. You do the math.

Best Record-Breaking Performance Lauren Chamberlain hits 91st home run in NCAA softball, Devin Hester takes punt in for 20th touchdown return, Peyton Manning throws record-509th touchdown pass, Klay Thompson scores 37 points in a single quarter

Thompson won the hearts of many, especially during the playoffs. But it will be hard to beat Manning and his 509th touchdown pass. Let's face it. He's a nice guy who's hard not to like.

    

Best Coach/Manager Geno Auriemma (UConn Huskie)  Bill Belichick (New England Patriots) Steve Kerr (Golden State Warriors) Mike Krzyzewski (Duke Blue Devils) Urban Meyer (Ohio State Buckeyes)

Belichick and Kerr are on equal footing here. They brought out the best in their teams, this will be based on whether the voters consist of more NFL fans or more NBA fans.

Best NFL Player Tom Brady (New England Patriots) Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers) DeMarco Murray (Dallas Cowboys) Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers) JJ Watt (Houston Texans)

All skilled players, but it will come down to Brady or Rodgers. Brady hasn't done himself any favours this season, so if votes are based on the nicer person, Rodgers has it. 

Best MLB Player Madison Bumgarner (San Francisco Giants) Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers) Corey Kluber (Cleveland Indians) Giancarlo Stanton (Miami Marlins) Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels)

Bumgarner has the best chance, especially after the last few weeks of the season.

Best NHL Player  Duncan Keith (Chicago Blackhawks) Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens) John Tavares (New York Islanders) Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks)

The Stanley Cup Championship is still fresh in everyone's mind, so Keith and Toews have a good chance. Keith was more significant in the playoffs, so he has a slight edge.

Best NBA Player (Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans) James Harden (Houston Rockets) LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder)

Looks like Curry or James will walk away with two ESPYS at the end of the night. A possible surprise is Harden, who won over a lot of fans in the playoffs.

Best Male Action Sports Athlete  Ryan Dungey (Motocross) Tucker Hibbert (SnoCross) Nyjah Huston (Skateboarding)  Mark McMorris (Snowboarding) Josh Sheehan (Freestyle Motocross)

McMorris was nominated in 2013 but didn't win. Huston won last year. They're highly skilled at their sports, but McMorris has a huge fanbase. It could be his turn to win.

Best Female Action Sports Athlete Paige Alms (Surfing) Kelly Clark (Snowboarding) Stephanie Gilmore (Surfing) Laia Sanz (Enduro/motorbike)

Gilmore is an amazing surfer, but hasn't been doing as well this season due to injuries. Clark has been nominated before and her skill is undeniable. Hopefully this time, she'll get it.

Best Male Golfer Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Billy Horschel

McIlroy has been in top form, and his affable personality has made him a hit. Being around for longer will give him an advantage over Spieth.

Best Male Tennis Player Marin Cilic, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka

Djokovic and Federer have both won, and they're at the deep end of the popularity pool. It could go either way. Wawrinka should've been in the Breakthrough category. 

 Best Female Tennis Player Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams

Williams is an incredibly strong performer and we still love her. If Sharapova was more likeable, she'd have a better chance. 

Whoever wins, it's guaranteed to be yet another glittering night for sports.

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