I can't recall the last time I actually watched the ESPY awards show, but ESPN still makes a big deal out of it and draws lots of big names to the event. Therefore, let's take note of some athletes with Baltimore connections who are among the nominees:

  • Carmelo Anthony (Towson Catholic), best NBA player
  • Jessica Long (Middle River), swimmer, best female athlete with a disability
  • Travis Pastrana (Davidsonville), nominated in a couple of categories for his double back flip aboard a motorcycle during the X Games and for best male action sport athlete
  • Michael Phelps (Rodgers Forge), also nominated in two categories for his record-breaking performance at the world swimming championships
  • Troy Smith (Ravens draft pick), best male college athlete
  • Preakness (Curlin beats Street Sense), best finish