Watching the Oscars is an annual event we’ve all come to know and love. Magical performances mixed with our favorite actors winning awards they worked so hard for always provides a night of solid entertainment. And that is really what an Oscar boils down to, who is currently the best at this specific type of entertainment? But we don’t just draw our entertainment from movies; no, of course not. We also have sports! Athletes are just as entertaining as actors so it’s only fitting that they win a few Oscars too. Here are some Oscars for athletes who have just really wowed us as of late.
And the Award for Best Product Placement goes to… Peyton Manning
As a Broncos fan, watching them win the Super Bowl was a surreal moment. Together, we went through the ups and downs of an emotional season which ultimately ended in the victory every team hopes for. Leading this team was none other than our man, Peyton Manning – the winner of the Best Product Placement Oscar.
Anyone who watched the post-game interviews with Manning can still hear the repeated and oh-so-well placed lines of “I’m gonna drink a lot of Budweiser tonight.” And “Gonna drink a lot of beer tonight…Budweiser. Von Miller’s buying.” It was cringe-worthy how blatantly obvious this placement was. One of his notable lines can be seen in the interview clip below.
Most of us would attribute this to poor product placement but this may actually be the best product placement ever. We all made jokes about how ridiculous Manning sounded, but in the end, we were still talking about Budweiser. Well done Manning, well done. You deserve this award.
And the Award for Best Unnecessary Talent goes to… Adams State Soccer
Adams State is a relatively small university located in southern Colorado’s Alamosa. Not too long ago the soccer team of this university graced the internet with this impressive video of the team getting in numerous headers before a trashcan finish.
Quickly spreading, this video soon compiled over 100,000 views and was even featured on ESPN. Like many others, after watching this video I waited for the team to present me a new video showing them pass the ball downfield using only their heads to eventually score. And win. Win something big. Like the college world championships of soccer-ONLY-using-your-head.
But I never received this video. In fact I never heard another word about Adams State Soccer. I had to do some research a few months later to learn that even though this video was (as the kid’s say these days) radical, it was unable to save them from a crippling record of 2 wins, 13 losses, and 2 ties. For that very reason, Adams State Soccer receives the award of Best Unnecessary Talent. You’ll get ’em next year Grizzlies.
And the Award for Best Mannered goes to… Weston “WestBallz” Dennis + William “Leffen” Hjelte
The Award for Best Mannered seems it has to be a joint award as two men are equally deserving of it. The two professional eSports players known as Leffen and WestBallz are both notorious in the pro-gaming community for being ludicrously good at Super Smash Bros. Melee as well as being players who are not afraid to speak their mind. Which sometimes involves words or phrases that many people would deem… uncouth.
At a recent tournament in Sweden, these two players met in bracket (twice) and had to play each other. To summarize what happened, disrespectful play between them led to disrespectful real life exchanges which led to even more disrespectful physical contact. It was hilarious, dramatic, and honestly quite painful to watch. Highlights of this interaction are a must see. So we honor these gentlemen with the Best Mannered award, keep up the good entertainment.
WARNING: The following video contains foul language. Watch at your own discretion.
And the Award for Best Impression of a Soccer Player Doing an Impression of an Injured Soccer Player goes to… Louis Van Gaal
In a fantastic 3-2 victory over Arsenal, Premier League team Manchester United secured another win in an already bright season. But not solidified before Head Coach Louis Van Gaal decided it was his turn to display some athletic prowess to the level he believes Arsenal does.
In response to decisions the refs had been making that game which seemed to favor Arsenal, Van Gaal physically demonstrated to them the shenanigans he was seeing on the field. Fed up with the “flopping,” those theatrics drove Van Gaal to present his falling abilities to the refs in hope of swaying them toward a less biased outlook. But the impression Van Gaal did of Arsenal player Alexis Sanchez made no impact on the referees of the game.
Thankfully, we as viewers find what he did hilarious, and that earns him the award of Best Impression of a Soccer Player Doing an Impression of an Injured Soccer player. We can only hope his next impression will be of pro soccer player Luis Suarez, biting the ear off another player; taking the ears of his enemies rather than their fondness of flopping.
And the Award for Best Team Player goes to… Steph Curry
Currently considered one of the best players in the NBA, Steph Curry plays point guard for the Golden State Warriors who recently beat OKC with less than one second to play. Widely renowned for his shooting, Curry drained 12 three-point shots that game and contributed 46 points to his team who scored a total of 121. Scoring over a third of his team’s total, it is no wonder why the Warriors treasure him.
On top of having such a high scoring game, Curry also made it one for the record books. He broke the record for most three-points scored in a season (which was previously still held by him) as well as tying the record for most three-points successfully made in a game. Highlights of this spectacular performance can be seen below.
With a performance like the one Curry showed, we eagerly give him this award. He showed us what an individual player can do and what one’s own talent can accomplish. Steph Curry, Golden State Warriors, we give you the award of Best Team Player. What you and the Warriors (Is there anyone else on that team besides him?) did was truly amazing.
As with all Awards Ceremonies, there is plenty of room for improvement. Tell us who you think we missed and what award they deserve! Maybe you’ll see them at next year’s Oscars for Athletes!