The Long Shot: Sidney Crosby winning “Best Championship Performance” at the ESPYs tonight.
The Odds: 14/1
Why it might happen: Crosby is accompanied by LeBron James (9/8 odds), Carli Lloyd (3/1) and Von Miller (3/1) in the category. James delivered Cleveland its first championship in 52 years, Lloyd scored a hat trick in the World Cup final, and Miller tallied 2.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles in the Super Bowl. Was any of that incredibly impressive? Yes, all of it!
But the problem with the ESPYs is that they’ve always been too predictable. They could give it to any one of those three athletes and no one would complain, but the ESPYs need some controversy and maybe, just maybe, we’ll get that this year with Sid the Kid taking home some hardware. Crosby had 19 points in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, earning him the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the postseason.
You could make a case for Crosby as the best athlete in a championship situation. If enough hockey fans get their say, who knows, he could hear his name called by John Cena this evening. After all, this would be the kind of “upset” win that would get people talking, and ESPN, like all networks, likes publicity (see: their choice of Caitlyn Jenner for the Arthur Ashe Courage Award last year).
I’ll put 100 bucks on Crosby and use the $1,400 I make to buy as many of his jerseys as possible.