Mavericks steal Packers thunder at 2011 ESPY awards
The Green Bay Packers’ championship run was overshadowed by the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday Night at the 17th annual ESPY Awards. Nominated for five awards, only Aaron Rodgers took home any hardware, being voted by fans as the NFL’s best player. Here’s a look at the Packers’ nominations and how each category was voted. Winners are bolded.
Nominees: Dallas Mavericks, Texas A&M (women’s college basketball), Boston Bruins, Green Bay Packers, San Francisco Giants, Auburn Tigers (college football)
Why: The Dallas Mavericks stole the show at this year’s ESPY awards, culminating in their award for best team. While the Packers put together an excellent run in the 2010 NFL Playoffs, it’s hard to argue with this selection. The Mavericks lost just five games in four series, including a second round sweep of the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers. Helping their cause with the fan voting was their six-game NBA Finals victory over LeBron James and the Miami Heat. One could argue that the Packers defeating the top three teams in the conference, all on the road, was more impressive, but the timing of the ESPY awards certainly helped. The Mavs playoff run was clearly fresh in the minds of the voters.
Best NFL Player
Nominees: Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, Troy Polamalu, Tom Brady, Arian Foster
Why: This was Rodgers’ award to lose, and he took home the trophy after a spectacular 2010. Rodgers threw 28 touchdowns in the regular season and ended his season as the MVP of Super Bowl XLV, a game which the Packers won 31-25. It would have been tough for Matthews to win the award over Defensive Player of the Year Troy Polamalu, and Brady had the numbers but failed to win a playoff game, and leading rusher Arian Foster stole the hearts of fantasy owners, but it wasn’t enough for him to win this award.