The Ravens were well-represented today when ESPN announced the nominees for the 2013 ESPY Awards, which will be held on July 17 at 9 p.m.
The Ravens, who beat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 to capture Super Bowl XLVII and complete a stunning playoff run, were nominated for the "best team" category along with Alabama's football team, the Chicago Blackhawks, the Miami Heat, the San Francisco Giants, the Oklahoma softball team and the U.S. women's Olympic gymnastics team.
After completing 22-of-33 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns in the Super Bowl, quarterback Joe Flacco was nominated for "best championship performance," joining NBA Finals MVP LeBron James, Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski and World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval.
The Ravens' 38-35 double-overtime victory over the Denver Broncos in an AFC divisional playoff game will be up against the Boston Bruins' Game 7 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Heat's Game 6 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals in the "best game" category.
Running back Ray Rice's catch-and-run conversion on 4th-and-29 in the Ravens' 16-13 win over the San Diego Chargers is also in the bracket for "best play."
Former Ravens defensive coordinator and current Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano was nominated for "best moment" for his return to the sideline during his battle with leukemia.
Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, the Rodgers Forge native who was a fixture cheering on the Ravens during their playoff run, was also nominated as the "best male athlete" in a category that includes the Heat's James, Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. Phelps, the most decorated Olympian ever, is also up for "best record-breaking performance" and the "best male U.S. Olympian."
Former Towson Catholic star Carmelo Anthony is a nominee for best NBA player. Former St. Frances standout Angel McCoughtry is nominated for the best WNBA player award. Paralympic athletes Jessica Long, a Baltimore resident, and Tatyana McFadden, who went to Atholton High, are both up for the "best female athlete with a disability" award.
You can vote for the ESPY Awards up until July 17 on ESPN.com/espys. The show will be hosted by actor Jon Hamm.