Houston Astros: Why the team will likely get snubbed at the ESPYS

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: (L-R) Justin Verlander
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: (L-R) Justin Verlander /
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The Houston Astros Game 5 of the 2017 World Series will always be remembered as one of the greatest sporting events ever. But to say it would be the best game according to the ESPYs and other sports industries might be fooling people.  Here’s the reason why the team may not get much love this year.

Houston Astros fans — I may be jumping the gun here when I write about this because the ESPY’s are not for another seven months. But then again, I might not be because I feel like I need to get something off my chest.

So far in 2018, we have seen three classic sporting events go down. It started when Georgia defeated Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl 54-48. At that point, you thought there was no other college football game that would be better.

One week later, Alabama stuns Georgia 26-23 in overtime thanks to a game-winning touchdown pass by their backup quarterback. Sorry Georgia, but your win got bumped. Surely, there can’t be anything better than that?

Yesterday, the Minnesota Vikings pulled off an incredible 29-24 victory on a buzzer-beating touchdown pass over the New Orleans Saints. The quarterback was former Houston Texan Case Keenum. Now all of the sudden, you have another classic game.

So basically, you have three games that the ESPYs will look into and put down as the nominees for Best Game. Guess what other sporting event could be there? Game 5 of the 2017 World Series.

How is That Possible?

Let me explain.

The ESPY Awards are held every July right after MLB’s All-Star game. So basically, they cover everything that took place from August to June or July. That’s like going to school from fall to summer.

If the ESPY Awards started now, they already have three games that can be nominated for Best Game Award. Now, if we were really honest, we can rank the games and Houston Astros fans could possibly nominate Game 5 as the best among all three. Unfortunately, there’s a problem with that. The fans are the ones that have the final say. They get to vote online for the winner.

With the way coverage has been going, I hate to say it, but the best sporting event I went to and possibly the best game of 2017 won’t win the award.


Houston Astros fans — I hate saying that but it’s unfortunately the truth. Baseball is not going to be as popular as the NFL and the NBA despite the issues those two sports face right now. Should it matter if it does? We all know the Super Bowl will be the most-watched sporting event every single year. That’s because even with all these other ways of watching TV such as Netflix, Hulu, and Youtube TV, people still find time to make chips and dip, drink some beer, and sit on a couch to watch the two teams fight for the Lombardi Trophy. Or maybe they wait till halftime for the concert in between.

I’m probably going to be someone ranting about my frustrations with how the ESPY Awards are done right now. But I need to let out whatever feelings I have. So if you bear with me, I can explain why we shouldn’t expect those awards to go our way. I’m going to be using a couple of awards that the ESPYs use as part of my arguments.