The ESPYs, or, Drake Night II


Over at Rolling Stone, I wrote about the ESPYs hosted by Drake last night. It has a little bit of Blake Griffin, and a whole lot of Michael Sam and Stuart Scott. You can read the entire piece here, excerpt is below. Enjoy.

Award shows are a tricky thing. The red carpet always feels short on substance, mostly because it’s about what everyone’s wearing. The show itself always feels a little too long. So credit the ESPYs (you know, ESPN’s annual celebration of sports) for trying to be different.
Like, hey, this year they got Drake to host!
The show aims to entertain and honor athletic achievement (or something), but also manages to carve out time for the more meaningful human stories. When I think about the history of the show, the memories range from Norm Macdonald’s opening monologue to Jim Valvano’s stirring speech.
Last night, everyone from Peyton Manning and Kevin Durant to the Seattle Seahawks and the U.S. Men’s National Team won awards. But the show was mostly about Drake putting his talent on display, and the stories of Michael Sam and Stuart Scott.

The ESPYs, or, Drake Night II

Over at Rolling Stone, I wrote about the ESPYs hosted by Drake last night. It has a little bit of Blake Griffin, and a whole lot of Michael Sam and Stuart Scott. You can read the entire piece here, excerpt is below. Enjoy.

Award shows are a tricky thing. The red carpet always feels short on substance, mostly because it’s about what everyone’s wearing. The show itself always feels a little too long. So credit the ESPYs (you know, ESPN’s annual celebration of sports) for trying to be different.

Like, hey, this year they got Drake to host!

The show aims to entertain and honor athletic achievement (or something), but also manages to carve out time for the more meaningful human stories. When I think about the history of the show, the memories range from Norm Macdonald’s opening monologue to Jim Valvano’s stirring speech.

Last night, everyone from Peyton Manning and Kevin Durant to the Seattle Seahawks and the U.S. Men’s National Team won awards. But the show was mostly about Drake putting his talent on display, and the stories of Michael Sam and Stuart Scott.


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